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

2
547 231
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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

3
506 213
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richerb added Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

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455 221
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In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

5
473 179
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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

6
455 202
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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

7
328 110
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360 261
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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

9
323 112
Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
wimvi added Baker Street Gerry Rafferty

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304 104
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mainpleine added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

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418 220
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12
316 155
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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

13
312 194
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14
319 179
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The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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247 98
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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

16
276 101
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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

17
264 117
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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

18
334 175
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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

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281 162
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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

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272 165
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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

21
222 82
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The Best Performing Digital Cameras

22
281 146
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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

23
361 178
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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

24
270 171
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25
266 188
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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

26
175 94
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IanHarvey added Black Betty Ram Jam

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293 155
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217 77
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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s

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156 27
Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) is listed (or ranked) 29 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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266 163
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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

31
259 189
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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

32
245 147
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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

33
243 105
Seasons in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
tcjx14me added Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

34
166 95
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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

35
148 86
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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202 157
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

37
227 169
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

38
141 31
Stuck in the Middle With You is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added Stuck in the Middle With You Stealer's Wheel

39
207 108
Amie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Amie Pure Prairie League

40
249 128
Jackie Blue is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
richerb added Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

41
185 135
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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

42
157 87
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The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders

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196 134
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108 37
In the Summertime is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

45
168 89
Rock On is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Rock On David Essex

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163 105
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I'd Like to Teach the World The Hillside Singers

47
164 135
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RandySWilhite added Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

48
125 141
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Brand New Key Melanie

49
196 160
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Please Come to Boston Dave Loggins

50
122 66
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American Woman Mark Freidkin