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
786 349
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Norman Greenbaum

3
734 318
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richerb added Harry Chapin

4
635 345
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Mungo Jerry

5
702 284
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richerb added The Knack

6
646 298
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Wild Cherry

7
525 197
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8
533 389
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Carl Douglas

9
514 187
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doremifasola added Blue Swede

10
537 214
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wimvi added Gerry Rafferty

11
437 77
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egghead added Looking Glass

12
619 330
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13
458 164
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The Charlie Daniels Band

14
489 183
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IanHarvey added Derek and the Dominos

15
426 229
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Brewer & Shipley

16
396 136
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17
419 280
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18
404 259
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smellsrank added Gilbert O'Sullivan

19
415 182
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IanHarvey added Nazareth

20
486 236
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The Blues Image

21
461 265
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22
435 252
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richerb added Nick Lowe

23
516 267
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Starland Vocal Band

24
399 126
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IanHarvey added Golden Earring

25
312 169
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IanHarvey added Ram Jam

26
386 239
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27
333 81
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28
417 189
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tcjx14me added Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

29
399 219
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richerb added Nick Gilder

30
280 168
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The Hues Corporation

31
408 213
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32
330 218
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IanHarvey added Warren Zevon

33
288 225
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Lynn Anderson

34
344 290
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Vicki Sue Robinson

35
365 289
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The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

36
373 189
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richerb added The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

37
265 161
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doremifasola added Pilot

38
355 247
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Walter Egan

39
332 160
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Pure Prairie League

40
320 228
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Amii Stewart

41
240 112
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Mark Freidkin

42
254 147
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43
277 148
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David Essex

44
214 219
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Melanie

45
265 203
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RandySWilhite added Tony Orlando and Dawn

46
260 112
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StevenHess added Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

47
276 186
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doremifasola added Edwin Starr

48
304 251
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Anita Ward

49
276 200
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50
244 164
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The Hillside Singers