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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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

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In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

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richerb added Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

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doremifasola added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

10
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Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
wimvi added Baker Street Gerry Rafferty

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Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
egghead added Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) Looking Glass

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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

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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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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

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IanHarvey added Black Betty Ram Jam

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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

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

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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

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Magic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

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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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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

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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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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

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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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In the Summertime is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

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Brand New Key Melanie

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American Woman Mark Freidkin

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I'd Like to Teach the World The Hillside Singers

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War is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
doremifasola added War Edwin Starr

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RandySWilhite added Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

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