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One Hit Wonders of the 70s

There were many great musical artists that got their start in the 70s and produced hit after hit throughout the decade.

Many others had a string of 70s hits and are still well known today. But another group of bands and solo artists fall into the category of “One Hit Wonders”, producing one great single that made it all the way to the top.

Afterwards, however, they were never heard from again or their subsequent releases never got even close to the top of the charts.

That’s not to say that their one-and-only hit wasn’t memorable. Some of the singles on the list below were among the most loved songs of the decade.

Take, for example, Debbie Boone’s “You Light Up My Life”. It remained at # 1 on the charts for a whopping 10 weeks, won a Grammy for “Song of the Year”, and an Oscar for Best Original Song for its use in the 1977 movie of the same name.

However, though Debbie Boone continued her singing career, nothing else ever got close to “You Light Up My Life”, for which she will always be remembered.

Here are some of the awesome one hit wonders of the 70s.

  • Hey There, Lonely Girl – Eddie Holman
  • Poetry Man – Phoebe Snow
  • Sometimes When We Touch – Dan Hill
  • House of the Rising Sun – Frijid Pink
  • Reflections of My Life – Marmalade
  • Put Your Hand in the Hand – Ocean
  • Smiling Faces Sometime – Undisputed Truth
  • Magic - Pilot
  • Sky High - Jigsaw
  • Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band
  • Convoy - C.W. McCall
  • Just When I Needed You Most - Randy Vanwarmer
  • Wildfire - Michael Murphy
  • Oh Babe, What Would You Say? - Hurricane Smith
  • Billy, Don’t Be a Hero - Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods
  • Playground In My Mind - Clint Holmes
  • Heartbeat, It’s a Lovebeat - The DeFranco Family
  • I Can Help - Billy Swan
  • Midnight At The Oasis - Maria Muldaur
  • The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
  • Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
  • Everlasting Love - Carl Carlton
  • Get Dancin’ - Disco Tex & the Sex-o-lettes
  • Walkin’ In Rhythm - The Blackbyrds
  • Run Joey Run - David Gedde
  • Shannon - Henry Gross
  • Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues - Danny O’Keefe
  • Why Can’t We Live Together - Timmy Thomas
  • My Maria - B.W. Stevenson
  • Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
  • Feelings - Morris Albert
  • Love Hurts – Nazareth
  • Gonna Fly Now (“Rocky” Theme) - Bill Conti
  • Precious and Few – Climax
  • Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes - Edison Lighthouse
  • More, More, More - Andrea True Connection
  • Misty Blue - Dorothy Moore
  • Torn Between Two Lovers - Mary MacGregor
  • You Take My Breath Away - Rex Smith
  • Give Me Just a Little More Time - Chairman of the Board
  • Spirit In the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
  • Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image
  • Ooh Child - Five Stairstep
  • In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry
  • Chick-a-Boom - Daddy Dewdrop
  • It Never Rains In Southern California - Albert Hammond
  • Jungle Fever – Chakachas
  • Dueling Bangos - Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell
  • Stuck In the Middle With You- Stealers Wheel
  • Eres Tu (Touch the Wind) – Mocedades
  • Rock Your Baby - George McCrae
  • Beach Baby - First Class
  • Jackie Blue - Ozark Mountain Daredevils
  • Love Won’t Let Me Wait - Major Harris
  • The Hustle- Van McCoy
  • Fooled Around and Fell In Love - Elvin Bishop
  • Turn The Beat Around - Vicki Sue Robinson
  • Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
  • A Fifth of Beethoven - Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band
  • Disco Duck - Rick Dees
  • Nadia’s Theme - Barry DeVorzon
  • Angel In Your Arms - Hot
  • Undercover Angel - Alan O’Day
  • Do You Wanna Make Love - Peter McCann
  • Short People - Randy Newman
  • Kiss You All Over - Exile
  • Love Is In the Air - John Paul Young
  • Hot Child In the City - Nick Gilder
  • I Love the Nightlife - Alicia Bridges
  • Lotta Love - Nicolette Larson
  • Knock on Wood/Amii Stewart
  • Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills
  • The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia - Vicki Lawrence
  • Rock the Boat - The Hues Corporation
  • Lovin’ You - Minnie Riperton
  • Seasons In the Sun/Terry Jacks
  • Don’t Give Up On Us Baby/David Soul