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

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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955 369
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richerb added Don McLean

2
771 335
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richerb added Harry Chapin

3
821 374
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Norman Greenbaum

4
661 365
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Mungo Jerry

5
744 292
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richerb added The Knack

6
681 309
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Wild Cherry

7
546 206
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8
547 196
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doremifasola added Blue Swede

9
555 407
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Carl Douglas

10
475 82
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egghead added Looking Glass

11
568 222
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wimvi added Gerry Rafferty

12
637 352
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13
522 195
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IanHarvey added Derek and the Dominos

14
487 177
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The Charlie Daniels Band

15
448 241
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Brewer & Shipley

16
444 289
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17
420 149
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18
425 274
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Gilbert O'Sullivan

19
438 194
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IanHarvey added Nazareth

20
511 247
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The Blues Image

21
479 275
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22
460 262
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richerb added Nick Lowe

23
429 132
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IanHarvey added Golden Earring

24
539 278
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Starland Vocal Band

25
340 174
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IanHarvey added Ram Jam