70s Music 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

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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
766 327
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richerb added Harry Chapin

3
815 365
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Norman Greenbaum

4
656 357
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Mungo Jerry

5
729 290
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richerb added The Knack

6
671 305
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Wild Cherry

7
540 202
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8
539 192
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doremifasola added Blue Swede

9
548 403
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Carl Douglas

10
465 80
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egghead added Looking Glass

11
559 220
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wimvi added Gerry Rafferty

12
633 342
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13
482 172
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The Charlie Daniels Band

14
515 192
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IanHarvey added Derek and the Dominos

15
443 235
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Brewer & Shipley

16
438 284
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17
414 146
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18
508 240
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The Blues Image

19
420 269
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smellsrank added Gilbert O'Sullivan

20
430 191
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IanHarvey added Nazareth

21
473 272
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22
453 260
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richerb added Nick Lowe

23
423 128
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IanHarvey added Golden Earring

24
535 274
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Starland Vocal Band

25
329 174
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IanHarvey added Ram Jam