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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richerb added American Pie Don McLean

The Greatest Alternative Rock Songs by One-Hit Wonders The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s

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richerb added Cat's in the Cradle Harry Chapin

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437 177
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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

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387 185
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In the Summertime Stealers Wheel

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384 152
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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

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396 160
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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

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256 88
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307 223
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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

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363 178
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219 63
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mainpleine added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

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273 131
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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

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227 76
Baker Street is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
wimvi added Baker Street Gerry Rafferty

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256 157
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266 148
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226 75
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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

Incredibly Famous Bands Playing Shows You Would Never Imagine They Would The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders

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203 79
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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

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240 135
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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

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177 65
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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

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242 146
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233 160
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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

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281 151
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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

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224 134
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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

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239 125
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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

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168 61
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302 153
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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

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221 153
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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

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256 130
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230 138
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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

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130 73
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IanHarvey added Black Betty Ram Jam

Awesome Superpowers We'd Give Anything to Have The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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170 59
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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

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108 64
Magic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
mainpleine added Magic Pilot

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202 129
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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

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170 87
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Amie Pure Prairie League

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213 103
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richerb added Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

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177 144
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

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122 71
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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

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194 148
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

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74 19
In the Summertime is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added In the Summertime Mungo Jerry

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131 68
Rock On is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Rock On David Essex

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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

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166 77
Seasons in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 41 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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122 69
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141 109
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RandySWilhite added Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

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162 111
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103 116
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Brand New Key Melanie

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135 86
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I'd Like to Teach the World The Hillside Singers

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106 47
Cover of 'Rolling Stone' is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
StevenHess added Cover of 'Rolling Stone' Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

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177 137
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Please Come to Boston Dave Loggins

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76 20
Stuck in the Middle With You is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s
Mark Lanzarotta added Stuck in the Middle With You Stealer's Wheel

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Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo Rick Derringer