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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richerb added Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

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471 199
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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

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409 196
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In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

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413 159
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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

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410 174
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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

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275 93
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253 73
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mainpleine added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

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319 236
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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

10
256 81
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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379 196
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287 138
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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

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277 173
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286 156
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202 73
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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

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237 85
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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

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215 95
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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

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249 142
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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

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242 147
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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

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251 155
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295 164
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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

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252 131
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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

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244 173
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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

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182 66
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25
320 160
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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

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267 139
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241 144
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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

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142 80
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IanHarvey added Black Betty Ram Jam

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231 169
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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

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182 66
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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

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215 134
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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

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200 88
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

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134 77
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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

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186 147
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

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121 71
Magic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
mainpleine added Magic Pilot

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97 16
Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) is listed (or ranked) 36 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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200 154
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

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222 112
Jackie Blue is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
richerb added Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

39
175 94
Amie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Amie Pure Prairie League

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152 114
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RandySWilhite added Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

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132 73
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152 118
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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

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170 119
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141 73
Rock On is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Rock On David Essex

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83 27
In the Summertime is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

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142 92
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I'd Like to Teach the World The Hillside Singers

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106 124
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Brand New Key Melanie

48
181 145
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Please Come to Boston Dave Loggins

49
102 53
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American Woman Mark Freidkin

50
91 25
Stuck in the Middle With You is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added Stuck in the Middle With You Stealer's Wheel