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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Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

388 186
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In the Summertime Stealers Wheel

385 153
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richerb added My Sharona The Knack

396 161
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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

256 89
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Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

363 180
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mainpleine added Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede

273 132
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richerb added Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe

228 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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226 76
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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

204 80
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IanHarvey added Layla Derek and the Dominos

240 135
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One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley

178 65
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IanHarvey added Love Hurts Nazareth

243 146
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Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson

225 134
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smellsrank added Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O'Sullivan

281 151
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Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image

239 126
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richerb added Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder

169 61
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Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band

257 130
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221 154
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O o h Child The Five Stairsteps - The Five Stairsteps

231 138
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Magnet and Steel Walter Egan

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

170 59
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IanHarvey added Radar Love Golden Earring

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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Knock on wood Amii Stewart

170 87
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Amie Pure Prairie League

213 103
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richerb added Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

177 144
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

122 71
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Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation

194 148
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Ring My Bell Anita Ward

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

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

168 77
Seasons in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 40 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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IanHarvey added Werewolves of London Warren Zevon

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The Best Current Nickelodeon Shows The Greatest Dance Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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RandySWilhite added Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn

103 116
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Brand New Key Melanie

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

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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Please Come to Boston Dave Loggins

77 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