One Hit Wonders: 1970-1979

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  • 1970

  • "1900 Yesterday" - Liz Damon's Orient Express (33)
  • "Airport Love Theme (Gwen And Vern)" - Vincent Bell (31)
  • "As The Years Go By" - MashMakhan (31)
  • "Big Yellow Taxi" - The Neighborhood (29)
  • "Gimme Dat Ding" - The Pipkins (9)
  • "Go Back" - Crabby Appleton (36)
  • "In The Summertime" - Mungo Jerry (3)
  • "Long Lonesome Highway" - Michael Parks (20)
  • "Mississippi" - John Phillips (32) (member of The Mamas & The Papas)
  • "Neanderthal Man" - Hotlegs (22)
  • "The Sly, Slick, And Wicked" - The Lost Generation (30)
  • "A Song Of Joy (Himno A La Alegria)" - Miguel Rios (14)
  • "Sweet Mary" - Wadworth Mansion (7)
  • 1971

  • "Battle Hymn Of Lt. Calley" - C Company Featuring Terry Nelson (37)
  • "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)" - Daddy Dewdrop (9)
  • "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" - Mac And Katie Kissoon (20)
  • "Cool Aid" - Paul Humphrey & His Cool Aid Chemists (29)
  • "D.O.A." - Bloodrock (36)
  • "Desiderata" - Les Crane (8)
  • "Double Barrel" - Dave And Ansil Collins (22)
  • "Easy Loving" - Freddie Hart (17)
  • "Hallelujah" - Sweathog (33)
  • "Here Comes The Sun" - Richie Havens (16)
  • "Love Means (You Never Have To Say You're Sorry)" - Sounds Of Sunshine (39)
  • "Resurrection Shuffle" - Ashton, Gardner & Dyke (40)
  • "She's All I Got" - Freddie North (39)
  • "Sunshine" - Jonathan Edwards (4)
  • "Theme From "Summer Of '42"" - Peter Nero (21)
  • "Theme From Love Story" - Francis Lai And His Orchestra (31)
  • "Wedding Song (There Is Love)" - Paul Stookey (24)
  • "What The Worlds Needs Now Is Love/Abraham, Martin and John" - Tom Clay (8)
  • 1972

  • "Amazing Grace" - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (11)
  • "Convention '72" - The Delegates (8)
  • "Day By Day" - Godspell (13)
  • "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues" - Danny O'Keefe (9)
  • "Hold Your Head Up" - Argent (5)
  • "I've Been Lonely For So Long" - Frederick Knight (27)
  • "Jungle Fever" - The Chakachas (8)
  • "Love Jones" - Brighter Side Of Darkness (16)
  • "Motorcycle Mama" - Sailcat (12)
  • "Popcorn" - Hot Butter (9)
  • "Run Run Run" - Jo Jo Gunne (27)
  • "Small Beginnings" - Flash (29)
  • "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" - Blue Haze (27)
  • "Softly Whispering I Love You" - The English Congregation (29)
  • "Suavecito" - Malo (18)
  • "Thunder And Lightning" - Chi Coltrane (17)
  • 1973

  • "Back When My Hair Was Short" - Gunhill Road (40)
  • "Dead Skunk" - Loudon Wainwright III (16)
  • "Dueling Banjos" - Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell (2)
  • "Painted Ladies" - Ian Thomas (34)
  • "Playground In My Mind" - Clint Holmes (2)
  • "Satin Sheets" - Jeanne Pruett (28)
  • "Soul Song" - Joe Stampley (37)
  • "Super Fly Meets Shaft" - John & Ernest (31)
  • "Walk On The Wild Side" - Lou Reed (16)
  • "Wildflower" - Skylark (9)
  • 1974

  • "Americana" - Byron MacGregor (4)
  • "The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion)" - Gordon Sinclair (24)
  • "The Entertainer" - Marvin Hamlisch (3)
  • "Eres Tu (Touch The Wind)" - Mocedades (9)
  • "Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me)" - Reunion (8)
  • "The Lord's Prayer" - Sister Janet Mead (4)
  • "My Sweet Lady" - Cliff DeYoung (17)
  • "No Charge" - Melba Montgomery (39)
  • "One Day At A Time" - Marilyn Sellars (37)
  • "Sugar Baby Love" - The Rubettes (37)
  • "This Heart" - Gene Redding (24)
  • "Tubular Bells" - Mike Oldfield (7)
  • 1975

  • "Baby Face" - The Wing And A Prayer Fife And Drum Corps (14)
  • "Black Superman - "Muhammad Ali"" - Johnny Wakelin & The Kinshasa Band (21)
  • "Dynomite - Part I" - Tony Camillo's Bazuka (10)
  • "Eighteen With A Bullet" - Pete Wingfield (15)
  • "I'm On Fire" - 5000 Volts (26)
  • "Judy Mae" - Boomer Castleman (33)
  • "The Last Farewell" - Roger Whittaker (19)
  • "Let's Live Together" - The Road Apples (35)
  • "Rockin' Chair" - Gwen McCrae (9)
  • "Sad Sweet Dreamer" - Sweet Sensation (14)
  • "Shaving Cream" - Benny Bell (30)
  • "Up In A Puff Of Smoke" - Polly Brown (16)
  • 1976

  • "Anything You Want" - John Valenti (37)
  • "I'm Easy" - Keith Carradine (17)
  • "Jeans On" - David Dundas (17)
  • "Junk Food Junkie" - Larry Groce (9)
  • "Street Singin'" - Lady Flash (27)
  • "We Can't Hide It Anymore" - Larry Santos (36)
  • "Wham Bam" - Silver (16)
  • 1977

  • "Ariel" - Dean Friedman (26)
  • "Black Betty" - Ram Jam (18)
  • "Dancin' Man" - Q (23)
  • "Disco Lucy (I Love Lucy Theme)" - Wilton Place Street Band (24)
  • "Do You Wanna Make Love" - Peter McCann (5)
  • "Float On" - The Floaters (2)
  • "Old Fashioned Boy (You're The One)" - Stallion (37)
  • "Smoke From A Distant Fire" - The Sanford/Townsend Band (9)
  • "Sometimes" - Facts Of Life (31)
  • "Spring Rain" - Silvetti (39)
  • "Telephone Man" - Meri Wilson (18)
  • 1978

  • "5.7.0.5." - City Boy (27)
  • "Almost Summer" - Celebration featuring Mike Love (28) (Mike Love is of the Beach Boys)
  • "Cattanooga Choo Choo" - Tuxedo Junction (32)
  • "Dance Across The Floor" - Jimmy "Bo" Horne (38)
  • "Don't Hold Back" - Chanson (21)
  • "I'm Gonna Take Care Of Everything" - Rubicon (28)
  • "Making Our Dreams Come True" - Cyndi Grecco (25)
  • "New York Groove" - Ace Frehley (13) (of KISS)
  • "Thank God It's Friday" - Love And Kisses (22)
  • "Think It Over" - Cheryl Ladd (34)
  • 1979

  • "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" - McFadden & Whitehead (13)
  • "Born To Be Alive" - Patrick Hernandez (16)
  • "Bustin' Loose Part 1" - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers (34)
  • "Come To Me" - France Joli (15)
  • "Don't You Write Her Off" - McGuinn, Clark & Hillman (33) (all three were principle members of The Byrds)
  • "Driver's Seat" - Sniff 'n' The Tears (15)
  • "Get Used To It" - Roger Voudouris (21)
  • "Girl Of My Dreams" - Bram Tchaikovsky (37)
  • "Haven't I Stopped Dancing Yet" - Gonzalez (26)
  • "Hold On" - Iam Gomm (18)
  • "I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)" - Instant Funk (20)
  • "I Still Have Dreams" - Richie Furay (39) (Richie was in Buffalo Springfield)
  • "If You Want It" - Niteflyte (37)
  • "It Must Be Love" - Alton McClain & Destiny (32)
  • "Kiss In The Dark" - Pink Lady (37)
  • "Livin' It Up (Friday Night)" - Bell & James (15)
  • "Makin' It" - David Naughton (5)
  • "Please Don't Leave" - Lauren Wood (24)
  • "Pop Muzik" - M (1)
  • "Saturdaynight" - Herman Brood (35)
  • "Savannah Nights" - Tom Johnston (34) (singer/guitarist for The Doobie Brothers)
  • "Such A Woman" - Tycoon (26)
  • "Video Killed The Radio Star" - The Buggles (40)
  • "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else" - The Jones Girls (38)
Author Comments: 

There are probably as many definitions of "one hit wonder" as there are one hit wonders, and here's one more. For this list I'm selecting artists that had just one song in the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles charts, and no other entries anywhere in the top 100. This will account for some of the more popular one-hit wonders being omitted (Tommy Tutone had a top 40 single prior to the phone # song, for example).

On a few occasions some artists had technically a single hit, but were part of a previous group that did have several charting singles. I've done my best to mark those.

Finally, if anybody spots any mistakes, please do let me know.

HI,
You wouldn't have an easy way to find the "2" hit wonders would you?

Thanks,

Myles