music 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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richerb added American Pie Don McLean

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438 162
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richerb added Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

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444 187
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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

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393 189
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In the Summertime Stealers Wheel

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395 154
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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

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400 163
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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

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258 89
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311 226
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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

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227 65
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mainpleine added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

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366 187
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275 132
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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

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233 77
Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
wimvi added Baker Street Gerry Rafferty

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263 160
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273 148
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229 78
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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s 21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs

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244 135
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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

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185 67
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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

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208 86
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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

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246 147
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236 166
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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

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285 154
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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

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229 140
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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

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243 127
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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

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173 62
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308 154
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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

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135 74
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IanHarvey added Black Betty Ram Jam

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259 131
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234 139
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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

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225 159
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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

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174 59
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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

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115 65
Magic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
mainpleine added Magic Pilot

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207 130
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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

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217 105
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richerb added Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

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170 88
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Amie Pure Prairie League

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127 72
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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

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179 144
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

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181 79
Seasons in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
tcjx14me added Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

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196 149
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

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134 69
Rock On is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Rock On David Essex

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75 20
In the Summertime is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

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147 107
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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

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125 69
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143 111
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RandySWilhite added Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

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104 117
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Brand New Key Melanie

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163 113
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111 47
Cover of 'Rolling Stone' is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
StevenHess added Cover of 'Rolling Stone' Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

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136 87
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I'd Like to Teach the World The Hillside Singers

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180 137
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Please Come to Boston Dave Loggins

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80 21
Stuck in the Middle With You is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added Stuck in the Middle With You Stealer's Wheel

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Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo Rick Derringer