One Hit Wonders The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s  

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List Rules Only hits from 1970s bands who were otherwise unsuccessful in the charts

We see flash-in-the-pan artists come and go with every decade, but one hit wonders of the 70s ironically always seem to stick around. For example, you’ve probably heard the classics “American Pie” by Don McLean or “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum despite not knowing any of their other songs or discography. Below, music lovers have ranked the greatest songs of the 70s by one hit wonders in order to increase awareness for them—and also because they kick ass. So if you like “American Pie” or “Spirit in the Sky”, then you’re sure to love the other one hit wonders of the 70s below. Also be sure to vote for your favorite 70 one hit wonders below or add any you feel should be on the list.

If you’re not satisfied with what others think are the best 70s one hit wonders, then you can copy and paste from the list to make your own list of favorite songs. Many great music artists only managed to have one true song hit in their music career that made the top 40. After all, not every artist can sustain quality output like Bob Dylan or Queen. Though to be fair, Dylan hasn’t sustained quality output in a while. Still, he’s far from a one hit wonder.

So if you haven’t heard some of the songs below, give them a listen! Browse through this list of the greatest songs by one-hit 70s wonders, and you may just find that one special nostalgic song that you haven’t heard in a long time. Just don’t be too adventurous with the artist’s other tracks, as they may not be quite up to standards. After all, these aren’t the best one hit wonders of the 70s for no reason.
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901 344
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richerb added Don McLean

2
782 345
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Norman Greenbaum

3
731 317
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richerb added Harry Chapin

4
632 343
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Mungo Jerry

5
699 281
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richerb added The Knack

6
643 296
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Wild Cherry

7
521 196
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8
511 185
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doremifasola added Blue Swede

9
528 388
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Carl Douglas

10
532 213
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wimvi added Gerry Rafferty

11
432 77
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egghead added Looking Glass

12
616 329
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13
454 163
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The Charlie Daniels Band

14
484 182
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IanHarvey added Derek and the Dominos

15
425 226
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Brewer & Shipley

16
392 135
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17
416 279
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18
411 181
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IanHarvey added Nazareth

19
400 258
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smellsrank added Gilbert O'Sullivan

20
483 235
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The Blues Image

21
458 264
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22
431 252
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richerb added Nick Lowe

23
511 267
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Starland Vocal Band

24
395 126
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IanHarvey added Golden Earring

25
310 167
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IanHarvey added Ram Jam

26
384 238
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27
414 188
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tcjx14me added Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

28
328 81
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29
395 219
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richerb added Nick Gilder

30
279 166
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The Hues Corporation

31
406 212
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32
326 217
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IanHarvey added Warren Zevon

33
286 223
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Lynn Anderson

34
342 289
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Vicki Sue Robinson

35
362 289
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The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

36
370 189
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richerb added The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

37
261 160
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doremifasola added Pilot

38
353 246
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Walter Egan

39
330 158
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Pure Prairie League

40
318 227
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Amii Stewart

41
238 111
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Mark Freidkin

42
253 147
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43
274 148
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David Essex

44
212 219
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Melanie

45
263 203
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RandySWilhite added Tony Orlando and Dawn

46
258 112
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StevenHess added Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

47
303 250
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Anita Ward

48
273 186
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doremifasola added Edwin Starr

49
274 200
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50
243 163
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The Hillside Singers