The 100 Best One-Hit-Wonders Of The 70s

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Every decade has its very own one-hit wonders. Many ’70s one-hit wonders, however, seem to have been written for the ages. Even today some 70s Hits are regularly heard at parties or on the radio.

The pop music of the ’70s ranged from mellow to upbeat Soft rock to disco numbers to hard rock songs that have become classics.

Songs like Don McLean’s “American Pie,” Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music” and Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” are familiar to anyone with a rudimentary interest in music. You may not know the artists, but you definitely know the songs.

If you survived the quirky haircuts and the decade of exploded colors, both in fashion and home decor, the following one-hit wonders of the 1970s will make for great memories. If you’re younger, you missed the legendary disco era. But that doesn’t matter!

Finally, you can just listen to the the-greatest-the-greatest-one-hit-wonders-of-all-times-of-all-times playlist of the 70s.

If you’ve never heard some of the songs before, listen carefully! Browse through our 70s playlist and maybe you’ll find a special nostalgic song you haven’t heard in a long time.

What exactly is a one-hit-wonder?

A one-hit wonder is generally referred to as a single song that has placed at least in the top 40 of the singles chart. The singer did not have a bigger hit after that. But that doesn’t mean that the musician or band won’t have more successful songs z. B. in other countries had.

(You can find a Spotify playlist at the end of the article.)

The 100 most successful one-hit wonders of the 70s:

Each song is linked to its music video via its title.

№: Song: Artist: Listen:
1. Black Betty Ram Jam
2. Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now McFadden & Whitehead
3. The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia Vicki Lawrence
4. I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round)” Alicia Bridges
5. American Pie Don McLean
6. Rapper’s Delight Sugarhill Gang
7. Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry
8. Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum
9. The Rapper The Jaggerz
10. Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks, Norman Greenbaum
11. You Light Up My Life Debby Boone
12. Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation
13. Layla Derek and the Dominos
14. In the Summertime Mungo Jerry
15. I Can’t Stand the Rain Eruption
16. Driver’s Seat Sniff ‘n’ the Tears
17. Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder
18. I Can’t Stand the Rain Ann Peebles
19. Beach Baby The First Class
20. Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson
21. Cat’s in the Cradle Harry Chapin
22. The Boys Are Back in Town Thin Lizzy
23. Stuck in the Middle With You Stealer’s Wheel
24. Me and Mrs. Jones Billy Paul
25. Radar Love Golden Earring
26. Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ Charley Pride
27. Mississippi Queen Mountain
28. If You Want It Niteflyte
29. My Sharona The Knack
30. Hot Rod Lincoln Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen
31. Why Can’t We Live Together Timmy Thomas
32. Just When I Needed You Most Randy VanWarmer
33. Woman to Woman Shirley Brown
34. Ride Captain Ride The Blues Image
35. Here Comes the Sun Richie Havens
36. Bad Case Of Lovin’ You (Doctor, Doctor) Robert Palmer
37. Feelings Morris Albert
38. Magnet and Steel Walter Egan
39. Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry
40. What the World Needs Now Is Love (Abraham, Martin and John) Tom Clay
41. The Hustle Van McCoy
42. Boys Are Back in Town Thin Lizzy
43. City of New Orleans Arlo Guthrie
44. Still the One Headpins
45. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right Barbara Mandrell
46. Knock On Wood Amii Stewart
47. I’m Not Lisa Jessi Colter
48. Playground in My Mind Clint Holmes
49. Greased Lightning John Travolta
50. All Right Now Free
51. Third Rate Romance Amazing Rhythm Aces
52. The Night Chicago Died Paper Lace
53. Lovin’ You Minnie Riperton
54. Cat Scratch Fever Ted Nugent
55. Rose Garden Lynn Anderson
56. Born to Be Alive Patrick Hernandez
57. Ariel Dean Friedman
58. Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas
59. If I Can’t Have You Yvonne Elliman
60. Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo Rick Derringer
61. O o h Child The Five Stairsteps
62. Got to be Real Cheryl Lynn
63. Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band
64. Teddy Bear Red Sovine
65. Never Been Any Reason Head East
66. Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
67. Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede
68. How Long? Ace
69. Brother Louie Stories
70. Magic Pilot
71. Love Is in the Air John Paul Young
72. Don’t Give Up on Us David Soul
73. Baker Street Gerry Rafferty
74. In the Midnight Hour Cross Country
75. Love Hurts Nazareth
76. All the Young Dudes Mott the Hoople
77. Welcome Back John Sebastian
78. Werewolves of London Warren Zevon
79. She’s All I Got Freddie North
80. My Maria B.W. Stevenson
81. The House of the Rising Sun Frijid Pink
82. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Grows) Edison Lighthouse
83. Fooled Around and Fell in Love Elvin Bishop
84. Amie Pure Prairie League
85. The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band
86. Cover of ‘Rolling Stone’ Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
87. Alone Again Naturally Gilbert O’Sullivan
88. Ring My Bell Anita Ward
89. Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) Looking Glass
90. I’ve Got the Music in Me The Kiki Dee Band
91. Sometimes When We Touch Dan Hill
92. War Edwin Starr
93. One Toke Over the Line Brewer & Shipley
94. More, More, More The Andrea True Connection
95. Brand New Key Melanie
96. Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe
97. If We Make It Through December Merle Haggard
98. Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn
99. Dancing in the Moonlight King Harvest
100. Short People Randy Newman

70s One-Hit-Wonder Spotify Playlist:

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