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90 Favorite One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s

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Make a 1970s throwback playlist featuring these favorite one-hit wonders from the era. A one-hit wonder is an artist who achieves success primarily for one song.

Make a 1970s throwback playlist featuring these favorite one-hit wonders from the era. A one-hit wonder is an artist who achieves success primarily for one song.

'70s Flashback

I was a kid in the 1970s but remember the era like it was yesterday. Popular music ranged from mellow soft rock tunes to campy disco numbers to hard rock songs that have become classics.

Fashion included shag haircuts (had one and hated it), mood rings, clogs, gauchos, and lots of polyester. The decade exploded with color—both in fashion and in home decor. And if you can't recall harvest gold, avocado green, or pumpkin colored wallpaper, shag carpets, or appliances, you just weren't there.

As a nation, we endured Watergate, the energy crisis, and the Iranian hostage crisis. We celebrated America's bicentennial birthday and were wowed by the victories of Dorothy Hamill and Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner at the 1976 Olympics.

If you survived the thrill and challenges of 1970s, then see how many of the following one-hit wonders you remember. If you weren't born yet, then you missed out on the dynamite of disco and a momentous period in both culture and history. You can still get acquainted with the decade, however, by making yourself a '70s one-hit wonders playlist.

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1. "I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round)" by Alicia Bridges

The narrator seeks to escape her relationship troubles in this 1978 disco hit, which reached #5 on the US Hot 100 Billboard charts. Rather than trying to fix her broken romance and address her lover's cheating directly, she wants to instead head to the dance floor to boogie the night away.

2. "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry

Could you get by with this song today? Maybe not.

Wild Cherry was a rock band who reached the top spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 with this 1976 tune. It was inspired by a black audience member at one of their gigs who yelled to the group, "Play some funky music, white boy."

Based on that one-liner, one of the all-time most memorable rock song hooks of the decade (or longer) was born:

Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music white boy
Lay down the boogie and play that funky music till you die.

3. "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now McFadden & Whitehead

Double down on your personal motivation, 1970s style. If there have been things in your life holding you back, then kick them to the curb and get your groove on. Don't let anything hold you back or hold you down.

In 1979, this happening R&B crossover hit rose to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

4. "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos

Eric Clapton was a member of Derek and the Dominoes when he wrote this Grammy-winning song, released in 1971. The song was inspired by Clapton's relationship with Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend, ex-Beatles member George Harrison.

The song's narrator is an interloper who begs the woman he loves to leave her lover. It reached #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts and was among the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

5. "Dancing in the Moonlight" by King Harvest

Climbing to #13 on the US Billboard Hot 100, this simple pop song from 1972 is about a group that gathers under the moonlight to dance together in peace and harmony.

6. "Love Hurts" by Nazareth

I found it humorous to watch singer Dan McCafferty in the video above. As he sings this power ballad, notice that his hand just rests on his hip. Talk about a lack of stage presence! The song itself, however, completely makes up for that.

The narrator in this 1975 rock classic is way too young to be as jaded as he is. Having fallen for the wrong girl, love has left him burned and bitter:

Love hurts
Love scars
Love wounds and marks
Any heart not tough or strong enough
To take a lot of pain, take a lot of pain ... .

The tune became an international hit for the Scottish rock band and peaked at #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

7. "Angel in Your Arms" by Hot

While this lady's lover slinks around town getting some side action, she wants him to know that she's not the fool he assumes she is. The gal tells him that two can play at this cheating game. (Oh, burn!)

The international country hit climbed to #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1977, also crossing over to R&B and other charts. And you probably thought Barbara Mandrell originated this hit, huh?

8. "Third Rate Romance" by Amazing Rhythm Aces

Cheap one-night stands. Forget the frills. That's what this 1975 country rock song is about.

A man and woman meet in a restaurant and decide not to play games. Decades before the Tinder app, these two strangers skip the niceties and just get down to what they both want from one another:

Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous,
Then he said, "You don't look like my type, but I guess you'll do."
Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous,
He said, "I'll tell you I love you, if you want me to."
Third rate romance, low rent rendezvous.

The ditty peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. When country music artist Sammy Kershaw recorded the song in 1994, he had Russell Smith, the song's writer and former Amazing Rhythm Aces group member, sing back-up vocals.

9. "The Hustle" by Van McCoy

In 1975, this disco song and the accompanying dance were international sensations. Despite winning a Grammy, the hit consists of exactly five words, repeated in slightly different combinations: Oh, do it, the hustle.

It's about the simplest set of song lyrics I've ever encountered in popular music. Were there slim pickins that year for Grammy songs? Just wondering. The tune topped the US Billboard Hot 100 charts. People still dance The Hustle today.

10. "Cat Scratch Fever" by Ted Nugent

So is this what's wrong with Ted Nugent?

Long before he was known for his ultraconservative, intolerant political rants, he was mouthing off this 1977 heavy metal treasure about what else but venereal disease. (In case you don't know, that's what folks used to call STDs back then.)

The most inappropriate part of the song is that the narrator indicates that his first encounter with "cat scratch fever" was when he was 10 years old. Only Ted Nugent could write a song like this. It topped out at #30 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

How Much Do You Remember About the 1970s?

Secretariat won the Triple Crown

The Beatles broke up

wide-collar shirts

"Charlie's Angels"

very wide bellbottoms

"All in the Family"

the Nerf ball

Watergate

Battle of the Sexes in tennis between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King

"Little House on the Prairie" television show

beanbag chairs

Bloody Sunday

fall of Saigon

cut-out swimsuits

very high, clunky heeled shoes

shiny clothes

"Saturday Night Live"

Skrinky Dinks

"The Godfather"

Terror at the 1972 Olympics

Holly Hobbie

energy crisis

"Star Wars"

pocket calculators

Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female Prime Minister

Cambodian genocide

Elvis dies

"Roots"

disco fever

"Jaws"

pet rocks

Stretch Armstrong

the Jamestown massacre

latchkey kids

Big Wheels

Nixon becomes the first US President to visit China

the first test tube baby

Iranian hostage crisis

"M*A*S*H"

11. "Please Come to Boston" by Dave Loggins

This 1974 soft rock song describes a struggling singer who leaves both his home and the woman he loves in Tennessee to pursue his dreams. As he travels the country, from Boston to Denver to Los Angeles, he writes home to urge his girlfriend to come join him.

Each time, she declines:

There ain't no gold and there ain't nobody like me
I'm the number one fan of the man from Tennessee.

The song rose to #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The real kicker? Songwriter Dave Loggins said the tune was only semi-autobiographical, as there was actually no one waiting for him back in Tennessee. How lonely is that?

12. "Cruel to Be Kind" by Nick Lowe

In this 1979 rock song, the narrator is confused by the treatment his lover dishes out. When he asks for an explanation, she replies, "You've gotta be cruel to be kind." The phrase means that sometimes you have to cause someone temporary pain for their overall wellbeing. The hit peaked at #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making Nick Lowe a one-hit wonder.

Remember 8-Track Tapes?

Before the cassette tape, there was the 8-track tape. It was impossible to rewind.  This one appears in a 1978 American Motors Corporation Matador four-door sedan, shown here in the "play" position.  Groovy!

Before the cassette tape, there was the 8-track tape. It was impossible to rewind. This one appears in a 1978 American Motors Corporation Matador four-door sedan, shown here in the "play" position. Groovy!

13. "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas

Some of the lyrics in this disco hit wouldn't fly today (e.g., "They were funky China men from funky Chinatown"), but you have to remember that this was 1974. There was no political correctness.

The song was written in a hurry, recorded in just two takes, and was intended to be "side B." However, it wound up becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time, topping not only the US Billboard Hot 100 chart but also charts around the world.

You can still hear the song today in commercials as well as movies (e.g., animated Kung Fu Panda series).

14. "Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band

Many people say this 1976 song has a double entendre, or double meaning, as it alludes to "appetite" (sexual or gustatory). The song was inspired by the spicy late-afternoon appetizer menu at the restaurant Clyde's of Georgetown, in Washington, D.C.

I say, however, there's no hidden meaning at all; it's about as 70s horny as a song could get. The narrator wants to line up a little afternoon romp in the sack with his lover. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

The song reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and won the group a Grammy for Best New Artist. One particularly unusual use of the song was that it was CBS' theme song for their coverage of the Bicentennial Celebration, anchored by Dan Rather. Now that's just weird.

Remember Shag Carpet and Avocado Green?

What were people of the 1970s thinking?  Shag, or deep pile, carpets were ugly and came in colors that were even uglier.   This one is harvest gold and avocado green.   Classic 1970s!

What were people of the 1970s thinking? Shag, or deep pile, carpets were ugly and came in colors that were even uglier. This one is harvest gold and avocado green. Classic 1970s!

15. "You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone

The lonely lady in this 1977 pop song waited for a long time for love to arrive, and now that he's here she wants to remind him how special he is. Although by today's standards, I think the song seems clingy, it was a very popular wedding song back in the day.

The song climbed to the top spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Boone won a Grammy Award for it and was named Best New Artist, but her career peaked early. She was a one-hit wonder.

16. "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" by Lynn Anderson

Crossing over from the country charts to climb to #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, this Grammy Award-winning ditty became an international smash hit in 1970. It features a narrator who reminds her sweetheart that realistically, love consists of both sunshine and rain.

Remember Roller Disco?

In the 1970s, roller skating became popular and the roller disco was born.

In the 1970s, roller skating became popular and the roller disco was born.

17. "What the World Needs Now Is Love (Abraham, Martin and John) by Tom Clay

This tune may be about four decades old, but it is as relevant today as it was back then.

The 1971 song is a remix of Jackie DeShannon's 1965 tune. The remix features a young boy describing what words like segregation, bigotry, hatred, and prejudice mean. (He doesn't know and thinks "it's when somebody's sick.")

Interspersed with DeShannon's lyrics are

  • soundbites of the Vietnam war
  • newscasts describing the assassinations of JFK and Bobby Kennedy
  • Teddy Kennedy's emotional eulogy for brother Bobby and
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I "Have a Dream" speech.

The unique song peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

18. "Just When I Needed You Most" by Randy VanWarmer

The epitome of heartbreak, this 1979 soft rock song paints a picture of a guy who mourns the loss of an important love relationship. He misses his partner but knows she's gone for good.

Although the narrator portrays her as a cold-hearted lady—someone who left him in the rain without closing the door—we all know that there are two sides to every heartbreak. Otherwise, abandoning someone when they needed you the most would be pretty brutal, right?

The song peaked at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

19. " Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" by Charley Pride

Check out the smile on the narrator in this country ditty and ask him what his secret to happiness is. This is what he'll tell you:

You've got to kiss an angel good mornin'
And let her know you think about her when you're gone.
Kiss an angel good mornin'
And love her like a devil when you get back home.

If you were getting that much lovin', wouldn't you be upbeat and perky, too? The song went to the top of the country charts in 1971, then crossed over to the US Billboard Hot 100, where it climbed to #21.

20. "O-o-h Child" by Five Stairsteps

Wouldn't it be wonderful if during difficult times you had a soothing voice of experience to promise you that the future will be easier and brighter? Wouldn't it be perfect to have an assurance that your head with be lighter from less stress? Ahhhh. That's exactly what this mellow R&B crossover song does.

It peaked at #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. For good reason, it's ranked as one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Groovy.

During the 1970s, millions of smiley face badges, coffee mugs, t-shirts, and other items were sold.  Often the phrase, "Have a nice day" was used in conjunction with the item.

During the 1970s, millions of smiley face badges, coffee mugs, t-shirts, and other items were sold. Often the phrase, "Have a nice day" was used in conjunction with the item.

Even More Favorite One-Hit Wonders From the 1970s

Have a favorite one-hit wonder from the 1970s that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right

Barbara Mandrell

1979

22. Woman to Woman

Shirley Brown

1974

23. If You Want It

Niteflyte

1979

24. I Can't Stand the Rain

Ann Peebles

1974

25. I Can't Stand the Rain

Eruption

1977

26. The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

Vicki Lawrence

1972

27. Ring My Bell

Anita Ward

1979

28. All the Young Dudes

Mott the Hoople

1972

29. Love Is in the Air

John Paul Young

1977

30. Got to be Real

Cheryl Lynn

1978

31. Lovin' You

Minnie Riperton

1975

32. Tell Me a Lie

Sami Jo

1974

33. Lizzie and the Rainman

Tanya Tucker

1975

34. Feelings

Morris Albert

1975

35. The Boys Are Back in Town

Thin Lizzy

1976

36. Here Comes the Sun

Richie Havens

1971

37. I'm Not Lisa

Jessi Colter

1975

38. Born to Be Alive

Patrick Hernandez

1979

39. Teddy Bear

Red Sovine

1976

40. Don't Give Up on Us

David Soul

1976

41. In the Midnight Hour

Cross Country

1973

42. I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)

The Hillside Singers

1971

43. She's All I Got

Freddie North

1971

44. Fooled Around and Fell in Love

Elvin Bishop

1976

45. I've Got the Music in Me

The Kiki Dee Band

1974

46. More, More, More

The Andrea True Connection

1976

47. If We Make It Through December

Merle Haggard

1973

48. Short People

Randy Newman

1977

49. Turn the Beat Around

Vicki Sue Robinson

1976

50. Hot Rod Lincoln

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

1971

51. How Long?

Ace

1974

52. Welcome Back

John Sebastian

1976

53. Stumblin' In

Chris Norman and Suzi Quatro

1978

54. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)

Edison Lighthouse

1970

55. Vehicle

The Ides of March

1970

56. Put Your Hand in the Hand

Ocean

1971

57. Popcorn

Hot Butter

1972

58. Emotion

Samantha Sang

1977

59. Do You Wanna Make Love

Peter McCann

1977

60. Fool (If You Think It's Over)

Chris Rea

1978

61. You Can't Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On)

High Inergy

1977

62. Heaven on the 7th Floor

Paul Nicholas

1977

63. Eres tú (Touch the Wind)

Mocedades

1974

64. Telephone Man

Meri Wilson

1977

65. Ariel

Dean Friedman

1977

66. Thunder and Lightning

Chi Coltrane

1972

67. Livin' It Up

Bell and James

1979

68. I Can Help

Billy Swan

1974

69. Hocus Pocus

Focus

1973

70. I'm Doin' Fine Now

New York City

1973

71. Gimme Dat Ding

The Pipkins

1970

72. Tubular Bells

Mike Oldfield

1974

73. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)

Eumir Deodato

1973

74. Doctor's Orders

Carol Douglas

1974

75. Chevy Van

Sammy Johns

1973

76. Yellow River

Christie

1970

77. Turn the Beat Around

Vicki Sue Robinson

1976

78. Driver's Seat

Sniff 'n' the Tears

1979

79. Indiana Wants Me

R. Dean Taylor

1970

80. You Could Have Been a Lady

April Wine

1972

81. Vehicle

The Ides of March

1970

82. Bang a Gong (Get It On)

T. Rex

1971

83. Falling

Leblanc & Carr

1977

84. King Tut

Steve Martin

1978

85. Black Betty

Ram Jam

1977

86. Timothy

The Buoys

1970

87. Autobahn

Kraftwerk

1974

88. Disco Duck

Rick Dees

1976

89. Knock on Wood

Amii Stewart

1979

90. The Last Farewell

Roger Whitaker

1975

Questions & Answers

Question: Would "Chevy Van" make Sammy Johns a one-hit-wonder?

Answer: Sammy Johns released the song, "Chevy Van" in 1973 about a man who gives a ride to a woman (a hitchhiker) in his Chevy van. She seduces him and they have a one-night stand before he drops her off the next town. It was a fitting song for the free-loving 1970s. It was his only Top 40 mainstream pop hit, so yes, he's a one-hit-wonder. Others such as country stars Eric Church, Sammy Kershaw, and Waylon Jennings have recorded covers of the song. Here's Sammy Johns' song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFnkCIwGwiA

Thanks for asking about this. I'm adding it to the list in the article!

Question: Is Ted Nugent really a one-hit wonder? He's had other singles do well.

Answer: Ted Nugent is a lot of things, and for better or worse, a one-hit wonder is one of them, according to the definition that was used in this listing.

Here's the definition again for your convenience:

Musical One-Hit Wonder: An artist who achieves mainstream success for a single song. ("Mainstream success" is often defined by a peak position in the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100). The musician may have had successful songs, however, on country, R&B, or other recognized music charts in other countries.

In Ted Nugent's case, "Cat Scratch Fever" was his only song to enter the Top 40 of the US Billboard Top 100, although he did have successful songs further on down the list (e.g., "Yank Me, Crank Me," "Home Bound," "Hey Baby") and successfully placed songs on both the Canadian and US Rock charts.

Just because someone is dubbed a one-hit wonder doesn't mean they are without talent.

Question: Wasn't Maureen McGovern a one-hit-wonder for her song, "The Morning After"?

Answer: Released in 1973, "The Morning After" was a song also called "The Song from The Poseidon Adventure." It was a number one hit and received the Academy Award for the Best Original Song. While Maureen McGovern was widely known for this hit, she had one follow-up Top 40 song in 1979 called "Different Worlds" which was the theme some from the television series "Angie." Here's the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uenud_vexZA

Question: Why is Cheryl Lynn on this list of one-hit wonders? She's not a one-hit wonder, is she?

Answer: It's simply a matter of definition used. In the middle of the article "Musical One-Hit Wonder" is defined as follows, based on what's typical:

"an artist who achieves mainstream success for a single song. ("Mainstream success" is often defined by a peak position in the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100). The musician may have had successful songs, however, on country, R&B, or other recognized music charts or in other countries."

In Cheryl Lynn's case, "Got to Be Real" is her only Top 40 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 list. However, she has songs lower on that list (like "Star Love and "Shake It Up Tonight"), some of her songs have charted well in other countries, and she has rocked the R&B charts with hits -- so much so that she has an R&B "Greatest Hits" collection.

Question: What about Robbie something, is there a Robbie who was a one-hit wonder in the 1970s?

Answer: There was a singer named Robbie Dupree who sang a 1980 song, "Steal Away." Are you talking about him perhaps? He actually had two hits but you'll often see him listed on many one-hit wonder lists. His other hit was "Hot Rod Hearts" (1980).

Question: Do you know who sang “My Time” in the late 1960s or early 1970s?

Answer: The artist who sang that song was Boz Scaggs in 1972.

Question: Is the band Sweet a one-hit-wonder with their song, "Love is like Oxygen"?

Answer: Actually, no, they had four additional Top 40 hits: "Little Willy" (1972), "The Ballroom Blitz" (1974), "Fox on the Run" (1976), and "Action" (1975).

Question: Have you heard of the 70s orchestral pieces by Waldo de los Ríos? Where can I hear them?

Answer: Waldo de los Ríos was an Argentine music arranger who transformed pieces of classical music such as that by Beethoven or Mozart into pop numbers. He died by suicide in 1977, so his creations stopped. However, you can still access his music on Amazon music and similar paid platforms or for free on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QALWoEmP578.

Question: Have you heard a 1970s song named "Supermarket," and if so, then what is the name of the band?

Answer: I did a search for a song with "Supermarket" in the title, then narrowed several hundred songs down to those released in the 1970s. What I came up finally with was “Supermarket Blues” (1971) by Gene McDaniels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeF9L7FB_Fw and “Fairytale in the Supermarket” (1979) by The Raincoats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDrUZOZnFNE. One of these obviously isn't a band. I'm not sure if this is what you were looking for. If this isn't it and you can recall key lyrics, just leave me a comment in the Comment Section of the playlist.

Question: Is Carol Douglas a one-hit wonder for her song, "Doctor's Orders?"

Answer: Her song, "Doctor's Orders" reached #11 on the mainstream pop chart in 1974 and was her only hit, so yes, great addition to the list!

Question: Was Hot Chocolate a one-hit wonder with "Brother Louie"?

Answer: Hot Chocolate, a British disco and soul band, was not a one-hit wonder. Their song, "Brother Louie" did not hit the Top 40 US Hot 100 chart. However, several other singles did: "Emma" (1974), "Disco Queen" (1975), "You Sexy Thing" (1975), "So You Win Again" (1977), and "Every 1's a Winner" (1978).

Question: Was Rex Smith a one-hit wonder for "You Take My Breath Away?"

Answer: Rex Smith's hit "You Take My Breath Away" ranked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1979, however, he wasn't actually a one-hit-wonder. He was saved from that designation by a follow-up hit in 1981, "Everlasting Love" which featured Rachel Sweet.

Question: There was a song from the 1970s with the lyrics, "Bye love so long baby, Don't cry love, Feel so crazy, Bye bye, my love if you happen to feel the pain." Do you know what 1970s song had these lyrics and who sang it?

Answer: The British disco group 5000 Volts released, "Bye Love" in 1976. Here's the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ldzyb8hmIkI.

Question: There was a song in the 1970s called "Popcorn," do you know who played it?

Answer: The 1972 version of the song was released by Hot Butter. No kidding. The song was an instrumental-only early synth-pop song that was globally popular. Here's the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBYjZTdrJlA.

Question: Was Merle Haggard a one-hit-wonder?

Answer: As much The Hag is a total legend in country music, I was about as surprised as you were to learn that his 1973 single, "If We Make It Through December" was his only country hit that crossed over to the mainstream pop chart (specifically, the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100) during his long and illustrious career. "Okie from Muskogee" barely missed the Top 40 (it ranked #41).

Of course, on the country charts, he had approximately 35 number one hits and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. That just goes to show that just because you're a one-hit-wonder doesn't mean you necessarily lack talent. Sometimes it just means you're more of a niche artist rather than a mainstream pop artist. In this case, The Hag's niche was country music and he totally owned it.

Question: Wasn't Looking Glass a one-hit wonder for their song "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)"?

Answer: "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" was a #1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1972 for the rock group Looking Glass. However, it wasn't their only Top 40 hit. They also scored a Top 40 follow-up hit with "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" in 1973. Therefore they are technically not a one-hit-wonder.

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 03, 2020:

Bandit One - You're a real gas! I bet the vendor is still talking about you. Thanks for that terrific song suggestion which I absolutely added. Have a groovy week.

Bandit One on August 02, 2020:

Not sure if Amii Stewart with Knock on wood fits your description??

Being born in the dawn on the death of disco my mother always wondered why her own son drives 70’s cars , listens and loves 70’s music and fashion, and Can beat her to any song title regardless of the genre within 2 notes! Great job Author! Keep the good memories accessible for the younger gens ie : slinky, rubix cube, atari, Definitely 8tracks! Picked up some good ones at the flea market last yr for my T/A and GP . Best ever negotiating scene- how much for the box of old 8tracks?” Vendor” uhhhhhhhhh” me”ill give u 5 bucks! Lol never even bargained lol

Keep on truckin’ y’all!!!!!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 25, 2020:

Wayne - Regrettably, I've done extensive searches and advanced searches in a number of databases and cannot find this song. You've think that if the lyrics are correct, especially with the unusual lyrics "nothing ventured, nothing gained," it would be found fairly easily, but no. I found some songs with the general theme but the date doesn't match and the lyrics don't fit that paragraph. Maybe a reader can help. People often peruse the comments. Sorry!

Wayne on April 24, 2020:

Seeking help from anyone who might recall a song which I'm trying to find the song title and the name of the artist.

It's a ballad (performed by a male singer) that was on the radio airwaves back around 1977. I recall the singer kind of had a sound/style similar to Kenny Loggins' or Morris Albert. It used to be played on a radio station that played light rock pop songs of the day.

This is the opening lyric/verse: "Sometimes a love that's lost can hurt you so much, that you don't think you'll ever learn to love again, and life can seem to be so cruel, it treats you like a little child that's broken every rule, and friends all say, nothing ventured, nothing gained."

If anyone can identify the artist or song title I would most grateful. Thank you.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 17, 2020:

Daniel - True, in fact, as they only had one song that hit the US Top 40 Billboard Hot 100. They had other songs that did well in the UK, Germany, Ireland, and Canada, but well, that is outside the parameters of the definition.

Daniel on April 17, 2020:

Thin Lizzy one hit wonder?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 14, 2020:

Peggy - We had a shag rug too! And fake wood paneling, an avocado green refrigerator, and wallpaper that was orange/putrid yellow/pea green. Some things are better off left in the past. My husband's uncle never revealed the secrets, sadly. We inherited all of his Presential travel memorabilia, photos, etc. because no one else wanted it. Imagine!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2020:

I well remember most of these things. We even had green shag carpet. Ha! Here is a smiley face for you! :) Your uncle must have some fascinating stories to tell!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 08, 2020:

Bill Arsenault - Sorry but I couldn't find anything like this in my database searches. I'm hoping that a reader might know the song and will leave a comment here in the Comment Section.

bill arsenault on January 08, 2020:

looking for the song and artist that has first words in the chorus...." are you with me, are you with me tonight? I got a feeling like I need a friend..." Thanks.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 27, 2019:

Armin - I like the song actually even though it's not lyrically that deep. The definition was based on wide and careful perusal of how the term is used elsewhere. Unfortunately, lines have to be drawn somewhere. I have very diverse musical interests, and some of my favorite artists are country artists who have top 40 hits on the country chart but they could only muster one mainstream crossover hit. In my mind they are significant but they're niche artists basically, not mainstream artists. I know where you're coming from and guess we'll just have to disagree on this. Thanks anyway. I hope you have a Happy New Year.

Armin on December 27, 2019:

I might seem a little touchy because I believe your comments belittle the success of "The Hustle," which I believe is well earned. And by the way, I also believe your definition of a One Hit Wonder is skewed. You seem to list songs on the basis that a group or artist had only one hit on the "pop" charts while ignoring other songs from those same artists that may just as much or more well known. I don't think your definition always reflects what most people think of as a One Hit Wonder.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 26, 2019:

Armin - You're a bit touchy about this, but thanks for your comment anyway.

Armin on December 20, 2019:

Since when are the amount of a song's lyrics a requisite for winning a Grammy? Van McCoy's "The Hustle" won the award for its ingenious musical composition and production and its iconic statement helped define the disco era.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 06, 2019:

Gideon Donato - Thanks for stopping by!

Gideon Donato from Utica NY on December 05, 2019:

Always loved 70s music as I was in high school then.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 02, 2019:

LaustCawz - Apparently Blue Swede had another Top 40, "Never My Love," that reached #7. Thanks for the heads up on the double entry which I fixed. Have a great day!

LaustCawz on December 01, 2019:

Can't believe I forgot this one--"Hooked On A Feeling"--Blue Swede (aka the "ooga-chahka" song) For years, I would've sworn it was Blue Suede. Was amazed when I finally realized it wasn't. This was also the first Swedish group to hit #1 in the U.S. (3 years before ABBA did it with "Dancing Queen"). Btw, #s 21 & 66 on the the list are the same song.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 30, 2019:

LaustCawz - What a terrific bunch of additions here! The Rocky Burnette one was in 1980 so I added it to the 80s list. You're amazing!

LaustCawz on November 29, 2019:

Thought of some here--"Hocus Pocus"--Focus (hard rock with yodeling!!); "Tired Of Toein' The Line"--Rocky Burnette (around the end of the decade); "I'm Doin' Fine Now"--New York City; "Gimme Dat Ding"--The Pipkins; "Tubular Bells (Theme from 'The Exorcist')"Mike Oldfield; "'Star Wars' Theme & Cantina Band"--Meco; "Also Sprach Zarathustra"--Deodato;...SPECIAL MENTION: I've only ever found the full version of this song on a long-out-of-print (at least in its original form) K-Tel compilation double-album..."Superstars' Greatest Hits" (even the artist's original album version is the edited version): "Thunder & Lightning"--Chi Coltrane (runs about a minute longer than the standard version).

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 21, 2019:

debysteele - Thanks for making the suggestions! Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

debysteele00@gmail.com on November 21, 2019:

Wow. I was surprised to see the songs I suggested on the list...at first I thought I had missed seeing them somehow, and felt kind of silly for being redundant. Then I realized you had put them on the list! It's fun, thank you for considering my suggestions. You're cool!!!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 18, 2019:

Laust Cawz - You're terrific! I hope that answers Anonymous' question.

Laust Cawz on November 18, 2019:

FlourishAnyway--Re: fake interviews with sound bytes from popular songs as the answers--you're thinking of Dickie Goodman, formerly of the team of Buchanan & Goodman, who did something similar in the '50s with "The Flying Saucer". Dickie had several successes (big & small) with what have come to be known as "break-in" records. I think the most successful one was "Mr. Jaws"--"Sheriff, the shark is going to be back for lunch! What do you intend to do?" "Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight." ...& so on. More recent examples have been made by Whimsical Will of The Dr. Demento radio show.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 17, 2019:

Deby00 - Thank you for these suggestions! I will go through them, do a double check, and put the ones that fit on the listing. Have a great week! You're awesome!

Deby00 on November 17, 2019:

I am late to this party but I am very glad to find this site..just a few suggestions..

1. Samantha Sang- Emotion

2. Peter McCann-Do you Wanna Make Love

3. Nigel (can't remember last name)- Dancin Shoes

4. Chris Rea- Fool(if you think it's over)

5. High Inergy You can't Turn Me Off

6. Paul Nicholas- Heaven On the 7th Floor

7. Mocedades- Eris Tu

8. The DiFranco Family- Heartbeat (It's a love beat)

9. Exile- Kiss You All Over

10. Spider- It Didn't Take Long

11. Richie Furay- I Still Have Dreams

12. Telephone Man

13. Dean Friedman "Ariel"

14. Marshall Haines-Dancing in the City

You did list one by Nightflyte, but "Breaking My Heart In Two" is awesome...

And finally....he picks his music like he does his movies...Mr. John Travolta

Let Her In....

Having so much fun reading your lists, thank you...

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 13, 2019:

Anonymous - I'm hoping a reader can help us out with this request, as it doesn't ring a bell with me.

Anonymous on November 13, 2019:

Do you know the artist who made songs where he would act like he was interviewing (President Nixon was the one I remember), askk a question and answer with popular song clips? I remember hearing it in the mid-70’s and it was hilarious!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 24, 2019:

Lora - Thank you for describing your memories. I'll never forget the avacado, orange, and gold colors of the 1970s, the clothing styles, and the Watergate hearings my mother watched and talked about every day as she did her housework (I wasn't in elementary school yet). We also used to get our groceries delivered to us. Seems like some things are coming full circle!

Lora Hollings on September 23, 2019:

I love the 70's music! Wonderful songs and groups. It was certainly a turbulent time politically but as far as the music, fashion, and the decor that was popular, it was a very fun and memorable period in history. I remember going to friend's houses and seeing the gold and avocado green shag carpeting. But most of all, I remember the sock hops at my junior high school and dancing to many of the songs above. This article brought back so many memories for me. It was like going back in a time capsule to such a unique era! You did a great job, Flourish, in not only covering the songs that are so identifiable with this period but in covering the major new stories and pop culture too. Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed my trip.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 23, 2019:

Jon - The answer can be found in the definition of one-hit wonder: "An artist who achieves mainstream success for a single song. ("Mainstream success" is often defined by a peak position in the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100). The musician may have had successful songs, however, on country, R&B, or other recognized music charts in other countries."

Ted Nugent is primarily known in the mainstream arena for that one song that reached the Top 40 list of the Billboard Hot 100 list, "Cat Scratch Fever" (it peaked at #30). Other songs by Nugent such as "Yank Me, Crank Me" and "Home Bound" failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart's Top 40 list but were somewhere between 41-100 or they charted elsewhere, like on the Canadian or US Rock charts. It's a similar scenario for Thin Lizzy.

Being a one-hit wonder doesn't take away from their talent. They just didn't repeatedly meet a certain threshold on the mainstream pop chart, the US Billboard Hot 100. I appreciate your comment.

Jon on September 23, 2019:

Good list, but I don't know that you can include anything from Thin Lizzy here, as they were not a one hit wonder. Ted Nugent is also a stretch, as he had several hits that are still in AOR/Classic airplay still today.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 10, 2019:

Nithya - Thanks for stopping by and registering your favorite! Have a great weekend.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 09, 2019:

A great compilation, my favorite is Dancing in the Moonlight.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 30, 2018:

James - That's a lot of detail about the instrument not to recall what it is. If this is a serious request, please say more about the song itself (genre, anything you recall about the lyrics, artist, etc.).

James Blunt on November 30, 2018:

I'm thinking about a song that had a keyboard instrument in ti that was a one hit wonder I believe in the 70's which the keyboard instrument involved was the first time that keyboard instrument was involved ina hit song.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 27, 2018:

Shaloo - Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!

Shaloo Walia from India on October 27, 2018:

Layla is my favorite among this playlist. Nice compilation!!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 09, 2018:

Edward Lee - Please take a look at the definition of "Musical One Hit Wonder" as posted in the call out box of the article above:

Musical One-Hit Wonder - An artist who achieves mainstream success for a single song. ("Mainstream success" is often defined by a peak position in the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100). The musician may have had successful songs, however, on country, R&B, or other recognized music charts in other countries.

Again, this article uses mainstream success, the top 40 US Bill Hot 100 chart. It doesn't mean the artist isn't talented if they're designated as a one-hit wonder.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 22, 2018:

Horst - Thanks for the heads up. Have a good day!

Horst on September 21, 2018:

45. an 53. are the same

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 14, 2017:

Ann - I love hearing about memories that are connected with the "way back" playlists -- where people were, what they were doing, what they enjoyed. Thanks so much for sharing a part of your life.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 14, 2017:

I loved the early 70s, though not quite as much as the 60s! Lots of the above are my favourites but the best of your selection for me is 'Layla' by Derek & the Dominoes (aka Eric Clapton of course). I remember going to the first ever disco in Brighton, Sussex, and wearing those flares and high wedged shoes.

Great list as always, Flourish!

Ann

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 10, 2017:

Peg - I love that one too! Thanks for stopping by! Have a good weekend!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 10, 2017:

I love number 44. That one always brought couples to the dance floor.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2017:

Peg, I enjoyed your personal walk down memory lane. Thanks for sharing where you were and what you were doing.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 30, 2017:

So many favorites on this playlist and so many wonderful memories. In the 70s I lived in Miami, Florida, then, Tampa, then Vero Beach, back to Tampa, then Dallas, then Miami again. Most of the songs remind me of beauty school where I went to class in the morning before working as a receptionist in a hair salon at night. These songs blared from the overhead speakers all day long. In Dallas I worked for the airlines and was flying over Tennessee when we got the news about Elvis. Disco was hot, so were permanent waves (for men, too) Dorothy Hamill cuts, platform shoes and the Bi-Centennial celebration. Ah, the seventies...

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 29, 2017:

Dolores - I like that song too! Thank you for stopping by to reminisce and comment. Have a wonderful weekend!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on September 29, 2017:

I love your music articles. I remember most of these songs so this was a great trip down memory lane. Am especially fond of "Play That Funky Music."

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 19, 2017:

Debangee - I appreciate your kind comment. I like the throwback tunes as well. Have a great week!

DEBANGEE MANDAL from India on September 19, 2017:

Many beautiful, evergreen and talented pieces have been composed this time. I love music , specially these old classics.

So, thank you for sharing this wonderful collection of songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 15, 2017:

Dianna - My husband reminded me of an an 1980s saying: "Death before disco." However, given time, we all appreciate the music we grew up with.

Dianna Mendez on September 15, 2017:

Who doesn't like the 70's music? I am still hearing that Funky tune!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 12, 2017:

Chris - We definitely have that in common! Thanks for stopping by!

Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on September 12, 2017:

I love older music and the 70s is one of the my favorite decades so thank you for sharing this list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 09, 2017:

Devika - Thanks for sharing a bit about your love of the 1970s.

DDE on September 09, 2017:

Music from my time sounds great. I often listen to this music to remember how much younger I was and enjoyed listening then as I do now.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2017:

James - You've provided a stellar rundown of a decade that many people don't give enough credit to culturally. It was disco, yes, but so much more! Thanks for that fabulous "best of" music review ... quite a trip down memory lane!

James C Moore from The Great Midwest on September 07, 2017:

You've outdone yourself this time. The 70's, the undisputed best ever time for music, all music. This decade produced 'Devil Went Down to Georgia' (Charlie Daniels Band-Country Western) and 'Freebird' the air guitar anthem by Lynrd Skynrd. Also, the Hawkins singers gospel classic'Oh Happy Day' featured prominently in the '70s. James Brown, the Jackson 5, Parliament Funkedelics and the remainder of the world's best R&B sounds helped the 7-0 decade the music decade. And quiet as it's kept, rap (with the Sugar Hill Gang) entered the mainstream along with the late great Prince who debuted in the '70s.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 06, 2017:

Linda - Thanks for stopping by. It's nice to relive the past, but I sure wouldn't want to live there again! For all of our modern problems, I like now too much.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 05, 2017:

This is an interesting article with respect to both music and history. I enjoyed the entertainment, the education, and the memories. Thanks, Flourish.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 05, 2017:

Dora - Thank you for sharing your 70s memories! Have a wonderful week!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 05, 2017:

I remember "You Light Up My Life." Gained personal independence in the 70s--perhaps a bit late by some standards. Those were still the "good ole days."

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 05, 2017:

Nadine - She hit #8 with the Goldfinger theme song but that was in 1964, and in the 1970s she had a couple of songs that just missed the Top 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts. She had better success, however, in the UK. It's hard to understand sometimes why musicians make it in one country but not another. Thanks for stopping by!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 05, 2017:

Larry - I completely agree. The one song he's known for is nasty, and so is he. What a waste. I wish the media would ignore people like that instead of giving them a sexist, racist, hating platform to spread their garbage.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 05, 2017:

Rasma - Thanks for sharing your memories! Have a groovy week!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 05, 2017:

Thank you so much for the awesome memories of the 70s. That was my high school time. SIGH..... Still love that music and play it when nostalgia hits.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on September 04, 2017:

Ted Nugent has one song that, as far as one hit wonders goes, really isn't that good. What keeps him in the news all these years?

Being a racist jerk. Just saying, lol.

Love the one hit lists.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on September 04, 2017:

Yes, I remember Little House on the Prairie and "M*A*S*H" That the Beatles broke up and the Rolling Stones but I missed seeing the Welsh singer Shirley Bassey mentioned. I loved her songs. Great post.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 04, 2017:

Jo - Thanks for sharing where you were and what you were doing. Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 04, 2017:

Tamara - Glad you enjoyed these throwback songs! Have a wonderful week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 04, 2017:

Demas - Thanks for the kudos! Hope your week is far out.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on September 04, 2017:

I was mainly birthing babies in the 70's. As a 60's person, I was never very fond of the music of the 70's, but I do remember a few of these.

Tamara Moore on September 04, 2017:

Very much love the 70' songs! I am going to add a few of these to my Playlist, in fact. Groovy!

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on September 04, 2017:

What an outstanding "flashback". You rock, gal!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 03, 2017:

Audrey - Thanks for sharing your love of the '70s! I loved the disco craze. Have a great Labor Day!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on September 03, 2017:

Now you're talking! My era is the 70's and just today I found a radio station playing all 70's music. Oh yeah! "I love the night life" found me out on the dance floor and what memories they do bring.

Thank you for this joy!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 03, 2017:

Heidi - Marcia! Marcia! Marcia! I loved the Brady Bunch, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, Soul Train, and the movie Grease. I can still hear some of the theme songs in my head. Thanks for sharing even more fun memories! It's hard to believe it was so long ago. Have a groovy Labor Day weekend, you dig?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 03, 2017:

Bill - You know what they say about if a hammer is the only thing in your toolbox, then everything starts looking like a nail. That's so funny that they played their one hit over and over. I guess that's why people were there, huh? Thanks for stopping by! Have a groovy Labor Day weekend.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 03, 2017:

Did you ever wonder what those "one hit wonders" did at concerts? If they only had one hit, how did they manage to play an hour show? LOL Just keep playing the same song over and over again? I actually saw the Kingsman back in, gosh, early 60s maybe? They played Louie Louie twelve times at that performance. :)

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on September 03, 2017:

Far out! I loved the 70s music (and 80s, as you know). Many of these tunes STILL run through my head. And "Dancin' in the Moonlight" was in the recent "The Hitman's Bodyguard" movie. So that's been an earworm since last week for me.

What was I doing in the 70s? High school. Other stuff I remember from the 70s:

* The Brady Bunch (although it started in the fall of 1969 and ran through 1974). Talk about funky clothes. They had 'em! Their one-hit wonder theme song still lives on. And weren't you curious as to why the TV stations in Bradyland always wanted them on a show? More one-hit wonders with "Sunshine Day," "Good Time Music," and "Time to Change."

* Soul Train. Started here in Chi-town, showcasing some of the greatest funk and disco acts of the era.

* The Love Boat. Boarding in 1977, another one-hit theme song that lots of us still remember.

* Saturday Night Fever. Can't believe it's celebrating it's 40th anniversary this December!

Okay, gotta dig out my 8-track. Peace, man!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 02, 2017:

Bob - I do remember that. And if for some reason they didn't find your tiny Visa or MasterCharge (at that time) number, they'd have to call somewhere or switch books (for the most up-to-date one). Your science teacher must have had a crystal ball. Just imagine what the future holds now.

Bob Bamberg on September 02, 2017:

You mentioning credit cards, FlourishAnyway, and that jogged another memory. Remember when you paid with a credit card the cashier had this little book with tissue paper pages and columns upon columns of little, really little, 16-digit numbers that they'd have to check your card against to make sure it was good? Also, ATM cards were introduced then and a lot of people didn't trust them...and didn't trust getting cash from the machine after dark for fear of getting konked on the head and robbed.

I remember being in the 7th grade...1959...and our science teacher told us that someday, we wouldn't even have to carry money around. We'd all have little plastic cards that contained our banking information and we'd use those instead. We all thought he was crazy!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 02, 2017:

Linda - I don't wish to go back either, particularly given where women stood with civil rights, getting their own credit cards, etc. We still have more progress to make. Thanks for sharing your memories!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 02, 2017:

Bob - Thanks for sharing your memories. I remember Datsuns, too! My family had one in an unusually yellow/orange that had a very long life. It racked up almost 300,000 miles before it went to the graveyard because we couldn't get parts for it any longer.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 02, 2017:

Oh my goodness, I remember each and every one of these. I'm admitting my age, but I was already an adult in the working world in the 70's. The styles were hideous, and the decor looked like Halloween 12 months of the year. The songs are fun, but I'm not yearning for a reset button to go back to that time in our history.

Bob Bamberg on September 02, 2017:

We bought the kids an Apple IIc computer and a Colecovision game system in the 70's, and that was pretty high tech... especially the Colecovision. When I bought it, they were offering a college scholarship, I think it was $100. I filled out the paperwork. By the time my oldest son was ready for college in 1990, Colecovision was long gone, but when I submitted the voucher, I got a check. They must have established some sort of a trust fund for it.

In the 70's, we had no Cable TV...that came to the Boston area in the early 80's. I had a new 1972 Datsun, which is now Nissan. It was always Nissan Motors, but the auto brand was Datsun back then.

Gas reached $1 a gallon to everyone's outrage, especially when gas was rationed. Depending on whether the last number of your license plate was odd or even, you could get your gas on odd or even days.

There were no cell phones, although there was a wireless model that you could use within a hundred feet of the base station, which was plugged into an electrical outlet.

There were no reality shows or 24 hour news channels, and some shows were still being produced in B&W.

Your kids could safely leave the yard by themselves, cigarettes were 65 cents a pack, hamburger was 89 cents a pound, and I was entering middle age.

I was a broadcaster in local radio and played every one of those songs you listed. I especially liked Layla... but didn't care for Clapton's unplugged version in the 90's. That was hard to get used to. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Fun hub.