70s 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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568 254
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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

3
531 229
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richerb added Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

4
469 233
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In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

5
495 192
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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

6
474 212
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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

7
345 119
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381 272
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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

9
324 110
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doremifasola added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

10
343 122
Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
wimvi added Baker Street Gerry Rafferty

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430 241
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12
327 162
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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

13
285 108
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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

14
291 168
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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

Famous People You Didn't Know Were Married to Each Other

15
318 206
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286 176
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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

17
285 123
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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

18
262 107
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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

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370 183
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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

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328 192
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345 183
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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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175 31
Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
egghead added Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) Looking Glass

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235 87
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286 151
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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

25
277 176
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26
257 111
Seasons in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 26 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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185 98
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IanHarvey added Black Betty Ram Jam

28
269 197
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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

The Greatest Songs by '60s One-Hit Wonders

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230 81
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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

30
176 96
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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

31
300 158
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273 166
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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

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268 198
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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

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251 151
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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

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207 159
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

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156 32
Stuck in the Middle With You is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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259 133
Jackie Blue is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
richerb added Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

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156 90
Magic is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
doremifasola added Magic Pilot

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192 144
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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

40
219 111
Amie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Amie Pure Prairie League

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233 172
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

42
161 90
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174 91
Rock On is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Rock On David Essex

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198 137
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133 143
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Brand New Key Melanie

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168 107
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I'd Like to Teach the World The Hillside Singers

47
171 142
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RandySWilhite added Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

48
131 67
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American Woman Mark Freidkin

49
112 38
In the Summertime is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

50
162 119
War is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
doremifasola added War Edwin Starr