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 Don McLean

2
751 328
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Norman Greenbaum

3
693 304
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richerb added Harry Chapin

4
613 324
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Mungo Jerry

5
664 269
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richerb added The Knack

6
616 282
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Wild Cherry

7
496 183
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8
480 178
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doremifasola added Blue Swede

9
502 376
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Carl Douglas

10
512 202
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wimvi added Gerry Rafferty

11
396 68
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egghead added Looking Glass

12
588 313
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13
430 153
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The Charlie Daniels Band

14
458 167
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IanHarvey added Derek and the Dominos

15
405 218
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Brewer & Shipley

16
367 126
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17
405 270
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18
391 169
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IanHarvey added Nazareth

19
445 254
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20
382 246
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smellsrank added Gilbert O'Sullivan

21
466 227
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The Blues Image

22
418 239
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richerb added Nick Lowe

23
377 119
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IanHarvey added Golden Earring

24
485 260
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Starland Vocal Band

25
368 231
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26
288 159
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IanHarvey added Ram Jam

27
379 208
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richerb added Nick Gilder

28
384 178
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tcjx14me added Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

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299 75
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30
395 202
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31
264 156
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The Hues Corporation

32
308 199
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IanHarvey added Warren Zevon

33
331 277
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Vicki Sue Robinson

34
274 216
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Lynn Anderson

35
346 274
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The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

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247 152
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doremifasola added Pilot

37
352 184
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richerb added The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

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339 238
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Walter Egan

39
314 152
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Pure Prairie League

40
305 216
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Amii Stewart

41
240 138
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42
220 105
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Mark Freidkin

43
203 206
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Melanie

44
260 141
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David Essex

45
248 192
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RandySWilhite added Tony Orlando and Dawn

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262 175
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doremifasola added Edwin Starr

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239 104
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StevenHess added Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

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289 242
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Anita Ward

49
257 192
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197 86
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Mungo Jerry