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
755 329
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Norman Greenbaum

3
695 306
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richerb added Harry Chapin

4
615 326
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Mungo Jerry

5
665 272
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richerb added The Knack

6
618 283
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Wild Cherry

7
498 184
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8
482 179
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doremifasola added Blue Swede

9
504 376
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Carl Douglas

10
514 204
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wimvi added Gerry Rafferty

11
399 69
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egghead added Looking Glass

12
590 315
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13
461 168
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IanHarvey added Derek and the Dominos

14
431 155
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The Charlie Daniels Band

15
407 220
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Brewer & Shipley

16
370 128
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17
405 272
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18
391 171
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IanHarvey added Nazareth

19
447 255
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20
466 229
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The Blues Image

21
382 248
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smellsrank added Gilbert O'Sullivan

22
418 241
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richerb added Nick Lowe

23
378 120
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IanHarvey added Golden Earring

24
486 261
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Starland Vocal Band

25
369 232
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26
288 161
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IanHarvey added Ram Jam

27
380 209
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richerb added Nick Gilder

28
385 179
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tcjx14me added Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum

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300 77
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30
396 203
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31
264 158
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The Hues Corporation

32
309 200
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IanHarvey added Warren Zevon

33
275 217
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Lynn Anderson

34
331 279
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Vicki Sue Robinson

35
347 275
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The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

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353 185
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richerb added The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

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247 154
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doremifasola added Pilot

38
315 153
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Pure Prairie League

39
339 240
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Walter Egan

40
305 218
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Amii Stewart

41
222 105
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Mark Freidkin

42
240 140
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43
260 143
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David Essex

44
203 208
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Melanie

45
249 193
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RandySWilhite added Tony Orlando and Dawn

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240 105
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StevenHess added Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

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262 177
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doremifasola added Edwin Starr

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290 243
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Anita Ward

49
198 87
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Mungo Jerry

50
257 194
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