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
771 338
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Norman Greenbaum

3
713 312
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richerb added Harry Chapin

4
624 333
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Mungo Jerry

5
683 275
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richerb added The Knack

6
629 290
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Wild Cherry

7
511 188
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8
496 181
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doremifasola added Blue Swede

9
516 380
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Carl Douglas

10
522 209
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wimvi added Gerry Rafferty

11
416 73
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egghead added Looking Glass

12
606 323
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13
441 159
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The Charlie Daniels Band

14
476 180
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IanHarvey added Derek and the Dominos

15
416 223
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Brewer & Shipley

16
381 132
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17
455 257
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18
410 274
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19
477 230
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The Blues Image

20
401 177
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IanHarvey added Nazareth

21
390 254
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smellsrank added Gilbert O'Sullivan

22
424 247
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richerb added Nick Lowe

23
388 124
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IanHarvey added Golden Earring

24
501 266
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Starland Vocal Band

25
379 234
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26
298 164
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IanHarvey added Ram Jam

27
403 185
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tcjx14me added Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

28
388 215
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richerb added Nick Gilder

29
317 80
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30
402 208
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31
272 162
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The Hues Corporation

32
318 211
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IanHarvey added Warren Zevon

33
283 218
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Lynn Anderson

34
337 285
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Vicki Sue Robinson

35
357 283
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The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

36
256 156
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doremifasola added Pilot

37
361 188
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richerb added The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

38
344 243
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Walter Egan

39
321 157
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Pure Prairie League

40
308 222
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Amii Stewart

41
232 108
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Mark Freidkin

42
248 143
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43
268 145
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David Essex

44
208 212
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Melanie

45
256 199
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RandySWilhite added Tony Orlando and Dawn

46
299 245
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Anita Ward

47
249 110
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StevenHess added Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

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268 183
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doremifasola added Edwin Starr

49
265 198
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236 160
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The Hillside Singers