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

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569 256
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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

3
533 230
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richerb added Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

4
472 234
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In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

5
496 196
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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

6
475 214
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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

7
345 122
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328 110
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doremifasola added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

9
347 124
Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
wimvi added Baker Street Gerry Rafferty

10
383 275
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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

11
431 243
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12
328 163
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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

13
286 110
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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

14
321 206
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Famous People You Didn't Know Were Married to Each Other

15
292 170
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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

16
287 176
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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

17
286 126
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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

18
262 108
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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

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373 187
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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

20
329 193
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180 32
Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
egghead added Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) Looking Glass

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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347 184
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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

23
236 87
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288 152
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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

25
278 176
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26
259 111
Seasons in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
tcjx14me added Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

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271 197
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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

28
185 99
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IanHarvey added Black Betty Ram Jam

The Greatest Songs by '60s One-Hit Wonders

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230 82
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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

30
178 97
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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

31
300 160
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32
275 167
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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

33
272 198
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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

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252 152
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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

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208 159
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

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158 32
Stuck in the Middle With You is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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262 133
Jackie Blue is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
richerb added Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

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160 90
Magic is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
doremifasola added Magic Pilot

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192 144
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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

40
221 111
Amie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Amie Pure Prairie League

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234 173
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

42
164 90
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175 91
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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198 137
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169 107
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I'd Like to Teach the World The Hillside Singers

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134 143
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Brand New Key Melanie

47
172 142
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RandySWilhite added Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

48
132 67
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American Woman Mark Freidkin

49
112 38
In the Summertime is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

50
165 121
War is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
doremifasola added War Edwin Starr