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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456 173
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richerb added Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

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473 200
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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

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410 197
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In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

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415 160
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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

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412 174
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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

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277 94
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254 73
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mainpleine added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

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321 237
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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

10
257 81
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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380 196
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289 139
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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

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277 174
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287 156
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203 74
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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s The Greatest Rap Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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239 86
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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

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216 96
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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

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249 143
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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

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243 147
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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

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252 155
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296 164
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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

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253 131
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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

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245 174
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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

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183 67
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320 161
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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

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267 140
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241 144
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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

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143 80
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IanHarvey added Black Betty Ram Jam

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233 169
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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

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183 66
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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

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215 134
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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

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201 89
Seasons in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 32 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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186 147
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

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136 79
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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

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121 71
Magic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
mainpleine added Magic Pilot

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97 16
Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) is listed (or ranked) 36 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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201 154
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

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223 112
Jackie Blue is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
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39
175 94
Amie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Amie Pure Prairie League

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152 114
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RandySWilhite added Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

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132 73
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153 119
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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

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142 73
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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170 120
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85 27
In the Summertime is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

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143 93
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I'd Like to Teach the World The Hillside Singers

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106 125
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Brand New Key Melanie

48
181 146
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Please Come to Boston Dave Loggins

49
102 54
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American Woman Mark Freidkin

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92 26
Stuck in the Middle With You is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added Stuck in the Middle With You Stealer's Wheel