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 Don McLean

2
748 328
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Norman Greenbaum

3
692 302
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richerb added Harry Chapin

4
612 322
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Mungo Jerry

5
661 268
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richerb added The Knack

6
611 282
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Wild Cherry

7
492 182
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8
500 373
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Carl Douglas

9
479 178
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doremifasola added Blue Swede

10
506 202
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wimvi added Gerry Rafferty

11
392 68
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egghead added Looking Glass

12
585 313
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13
426 152
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The Charlie Daniels Band

14
451 167
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IanHarvey added Derek and the Dominos

15
401 218
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Brewer & Shipley

16
364 125
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17
401 269
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18
443 252
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19
387 169
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IanHarvey added Nazareth

20
378 245
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smellsrank added Gilbert O'Sullivan

21
463 227
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The Blues Image

22
415 238
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richerb added Nick Lowe

23
373 119
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IanHarvey added Golden Earring

24
482 259
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Starland Vocal Band

25
367 230
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26
285 157
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IanHarvey added Ram Jam

27
378 208
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richerb added Nick Gilder

28
382 177
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tcjx14me added Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

29
296 75
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30
393 202
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31
262 156
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The Hues Corporation

32
306 199
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IanHarvey added Warren Zevon

33
328 277
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Vicki Sue Robinson

34
272 216
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Lynn Anderson

35
342 274
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The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

36
244 152
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doremifasola added Pilot

37
350 184
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richerb added The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

38
335 238
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Walter Egan

39
311 152
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Pure Prairie League

40
303 216
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Amii Stewart

41
237 138
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42
219 105
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Mark Freidkin

43
201 205
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Melanie

44
258 141
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David Essex

45
245 192
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RandySWilhite added Tony Orlando and Dawn

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259 175
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doremifasola added Edwin Starr

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236 104
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StevenHess added Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

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286 242
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Anita Ward

49
255 191
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196 86
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Mungo Jerry