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

2
471 187
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richerb added Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

3
499 213
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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

4
426 205
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richerb added In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

5
436 172
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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

6
422 187
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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

7
300 101
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8
282 89
Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
wimvi added Baker Street Gerry Rafferty

9
272 87
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mainpleine added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

10
335 245
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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

11
392 203
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12
301 143
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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

13
288 183
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14
295 162
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Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide

15
221 82
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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

16
250 92
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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

17
233 104
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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

18
314 167
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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

19
261 153
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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

20
257 155
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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

21
263 133
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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

22
259 160
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23
198 71
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24
252 178
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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

25
337 167
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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

26
277 146
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27
242 176
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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

28
151 88
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IanHarvey added Black Betty Ram Jam

The Greatest Songs by '60s One-Hit Wonders

29
250 155
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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

30
194 71
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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

31
226 141
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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

32
217 97
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

33
116 21
Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
egghead added Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) Looking Glass

34
191 151
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

35
145 87
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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

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129 78
Magic is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
mainpleine added Magic Pilot

37
207 160
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

38
185 99
Amie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Amie Pure Prairie League

39
232 119
Jackie Blue is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
richerb added Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

40
144 77
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41
94 28
In the Summertime is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

42
178 125
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Insane & Dangerous Stories From Aerosmith's Coke-Fueled Rise To The Top

43
152 81
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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154 121
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RandySWilhite added Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

45
159 130
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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

46
149 97
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I'd Like to Teach the World The Hillside Singers

47
112 130
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Brand New Key Melanie

48
107 29
Stuck in the Middle With You is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added Stuck in the Middle With You Stealer's Wheel

49
188 151
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Please Come to Boston Dave Loggins

50
124 58
Cover of 'Rolling Stone' is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
StevenHess added Cover of 'Rolling Stone' Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show