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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richerb added Don McLean

2
767 338
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Norman Greenbaum

3
707 311
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richerb added Harry Chapin

4
621 332
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Mungo Jerry

5
679 275
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richerb added The Knack

6
625 290
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Wild Cherry

7
509 188
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8
492 181
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doremifasola added Blue Swede

9
513 380
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Carl Douglas

10
519 208
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wimvi added Gerry Rafferty

11
413 73
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egghead added Looking Glass

12
602 322
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13
438 158
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The Charlie Daniels Band

14
473 177
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IanHarvey added Derek and the Dominos

15
414 222
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Brewer & Shipley

16
379 131
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17
453 256
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18
408 274
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19
399 175
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IanHarvey added Nazareth

20
475 230
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The Blues Image

21
389 252
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smellsrank added Gilbert O'Sullivan

22
422 245
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richerb added Nick Lowe

23
385 124
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IanHarvey added Golden Earring

24
497 265
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Starland Vocal Band

25
376 234
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26
295 164
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IanHarvey added Ram Jam

27
385 213
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richerb added Nick Gilder

28
396 185
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tcjx14me added Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

29
312 80
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30
400 207
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31
269 161
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The Hues Corporation

32
314 209
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IanHarvey added Warren Zevon

33
280 217
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Lynn Anderson

34
334 285
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Vicki Sue Robinson

35
353 282
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The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

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252 156
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doremifasola added Pilot

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358 187
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richerb added The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

38
320 155
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Pure Prairie League

39
343 243
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Walter Egan

40
307 221
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Amii Stewart

41
229 107
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Mark Freidkin

42
245 142
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43
264 145
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David Essex

44
206 211
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Melanie

45
252 196
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RandySWilhite added Tony Orlando and Dawn

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244 107
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StevenHess added Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

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294 245
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Anita Ward

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266 182
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doremifasola added Edwin Starr

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260 197
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199 91
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Mungo Jerry