From rock and roll to pop, these are music's best one hit wonders from the 1970s, listed by performer. This is a list of popular 70s songs from bands or artists who only had one single reach the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Many of these bands and artists had extensive careers, either in the US or other countries, they just didn't ever have another single reach the Top 40 after the songs on this list. Vote up and down your faves!
Many of the bands and artists listed had popular hits in their native countries. For example, Shocking Blue's only breakthrough song in America was the now-iconic "Venus," but they had a number of successful hits in their native Netherlands. Additionally, many of the artists on the list had massive success with other groups or projects. Lou Reed's only major single as a solo artist in the '70s was "Walk on the Wild Side," but of course he's more famous for his work with The Velvet Underground. Ace Frehley makes the list for his single "New York Groove," but had other singles as the lead guitarist for KISS. Finally, some artists on the list just had lengthy careers but a niche audience, such as Warren Zevon (whose "Werewolves in London" proved to be his only Top 40 single.) Other acts were simply flash-in-the-pans who had a big moment in the spotlight, then faded into obscurity.Who are some one hit wonders from the 1970s? This is an attempt to list every one hit wonder artist of the '70s. Think you have an example of a 1970s hit that was the only Top 40 US single for a band or artist? Let me know in the comments!
Albums: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition, In Concert, Got to Get Better in a Little While / Layla, Live at the Fillmore'Layla': Peaked at #10 on August 5, 1972.
Albums: Spirit in the Sky, Spirit in the Sky / Back Home Again, Spirit in the Sky [Varese], Petaluma, Spirit in the Sky: The Definitive Anthology'Spirit in the Sky': Peaked at #3 on April 18, 1970.
Albums: Hair of the Dog, Razamanaz, Loud 'n' Proud, Love Hurts, The Catch'Love Hurts': Peaked at #8 on March 13, 1976.
Albums: Free Live!, Heartbreaker, Tons of Sobs, Fire and Water, Free at Last'All Right Now': Peaked at #4 on October 17, 1970.
Albums: Normal as the Next Guy, ... But the Little Girls Understand, Get the Knack, Zoom, Round TripThis has to be the best one hit wonder of the '70s; My Sharona #1 in 1979
Albums: Excitable Boy, The Wind, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: An Anthology, Warren Zevon, The Envoy'Werewolves of London': Peaked at #21 on May 13, 1978.
Albums: Electric Warrior, The Slider, 20th Century Boy: The Ultimate Collection, T. Rex, Prophets'Bang a Gong (Get It On)': Peaked at #10 on March 4, 1972.
Albums: Live and Dangerous, Dedication: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy, Renegade, Jailbreak (bonus disc), Vagabonds of the Western World'The Boys Are Back in Town': Peaked at #12 on July 24, 1976.
Albums: Day After Day: Live, Straight Up, No Dice, Magic Christian Music, Ass
Albums: Climbing!, Mystic Fire, Nantucket Sleighride, Go for Your Life, Man's World'Mississippi Queen': Peaked at #21 on April 18, 1970.
Ram JamRock music, Hard rock
Albums: Ram Jam, Golden Classics, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ram, The Very Best Of, Black Betty'Black Betty': Peaked at #18 on September 3, 1977.
Albums: Gerry Rafferty, Snakes and Ladders, Baker Street, Right Down the Line: The Best of Gerry Rafferty, Night Owl
Albums: Wild Cherry, Super Hits, I Love My Music, Electrified Funk, Only the Wild Survive'Play That Funky Music': Peaked at #1 on September 18, 1976.
Albums: Russians & Americans, Year of the Cat, Time Passages, Famous Last Words, Modern Times
Albums: Dancing in the Moonlight'Dancin' in the Moonlight': Peaked at #13 on February 24, 1973.
- 267171'Cruel to Be Kind': Peaked at #12 on September 29, 1979.
Shocking BlueBlues-rock, Nederpop
Albums: Third Album, Beat With Us, At Home, Inkpot, Scorpio's Dance'Venus': Peaked at #1 on February 7, 1970.
Albums: Mott, All the Young Dudes, The Hoople, Mad Shadows, Wildlife'All the Young Dudes': Peaked at #37 on September 23, 1972.
Albums: Christmas at Home, Afternoon Delight: The Best of the Starland Vocal Band, Rear View Mirror, Starland Vocal Band, A Golden Classics Edition'Afternoon Delight': Peaked at #1 on July 10, 1976.
Albums: The Best of Ace, How Long: The Best of Ace, No Strings, Time for Another, The Best of Ace'How Long?': Peaked at #3 on May 31, 1975.
Albums: Emerson Lake & Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus, Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends, Trilogy'From the Beginning': Peaked at #39 on October 28, 1972.
Albums: The Collection, The Very Best of David Essex, Greatest Hits 1978-85, Greatest Hits, Rock On'Rock On': Peaked at #5 on March 9, 1974.
Albums: Roadwork, Edgar Winter's White Trash, They Only Come Out at Night, Shock Treatment, Entrance
Albums: The Dream Weaver, Who I Am, The Essentials, Headin' Home, The Light of Smiles
Albums: Rock America, City Nights, City Nights / Frequency, Stairways, The Best of Nick Gilder: Hot Child in the City'Hot Child in the City': Peaked at #1 on October 28, 1978.