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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902 344
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richerb added Don McLean

2
783 345
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Norman Greenbaum

3
732 317
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richerb added Harry Chapin

4
632 343
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Mungo Jerry

5
700 281
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richerb added The Knack

6
644 296
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Wild Cherry

7
521 196
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8
512 185
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doremifasola added Blue Swede

9
529 388
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Carl Douglas

10
533 213
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wimvi added Gerry Rafferty

11
433 77
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egghead added Looking Glass

12
617 329
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13
455 163
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The Charlie Daniels Band

14
485 182
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IanHarvey added Derek and the Dominos

15
425 227
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Brewer & Shipley

16
393 135
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17
417 279
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18
412 181
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IanHarvey added Nazareth

19
401 258
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smellsrank added Gilbert O'Sullivan

20
484 235
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The Blues Image

21
459 264
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22
432 252
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richerb added Nick Lowe

23
512 267
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Starland Vocal Band

24
396 126
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IanHarvey added Golden Earring

25
311 168
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IanHarvey added Ram Jam

26
385 238
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27
415 188
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tcjx14me added Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

28
329 81
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29
396 219
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richerb added Nick Gilder

30
279 167
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The Hues Corporation

31
407 212
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32
327 217
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IanHarvey added Warren Zevon

33
287 223
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Lynn Anderson

34
343 289
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Vicki Sue Robinson

35
363 289
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The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

36
371 189
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richerb added The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

37
262 160
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doremifasola added Pilot

38
354 246
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Walter Egan

39
331 158
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Pure Prairie League

40
319 227
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Amii Stewart

41
239 111
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Mark Freidkin

42
254 147
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43
275 148
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David Essex

44
213 219
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Melanie

45
264 203
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RandySWilhite added Tony Orlando and Dawn

46
259 112
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StevenHess added Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

47
275 186
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doremifasola added Edwin Starr

48
303 251
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Anita Ward

49
275 200
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50
244 163
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The Hillside Singers