One Hit Wonders: The 1970s

Next up is the decade of the 1970s. Again, these are mostly artists that had one chance in the spotlight. A few, like Nick Lowe, wrote songs and produced records for others. The songs below were gone in a puff of concert smoke, but their songs live on.

“Green-eyed Lady” by Sugarloaf (1970)

“Hitchin’ a Ride” by Vanity Fare (1970)

“Venus” by Shocking Blue (1970)

“Ride Captain Ride” by Blues Image (1970)

“Mississippi Queen” by Mountain (1970)

“Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” by Edison Lighthouse (1970)

“Vehicle” by Ides of March (1970)

“Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum (1970)

“Alright Now” by Free (1970)

“O-O-H Child” by Five Stairsteps (1970)

“Signs” by Five Man Electrical Band (1971)

“Put Your Hand in the Hand” by Ocean (1971)

“Mr Big Stuff” by Jean Knight (1971)

“Do You Know What I Mean” by Lee Michaels (1971)

“One Toke Over the Line” by Brewer & Shipley (1971)

“I Love You for All Seasons” by The Fuzz (1971)

“Smiling Faces Sometimes” by The Undisputed Truth (1971)

“Sweet City Woman” by The Stampeders (1971)

“I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)” by The Hillside Singers (1971)

“Wildflower” by Skylark (1972)

“Sunshine” by Jonathan Edwards (1972)

“Hold Your Head Up by Argent (1972)

Nice To Be With You” by Gallery (1972)

“Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues” by Danny O’Keefe (1972)

“Precious & Few” by Climax (1972)

“Popcorn” by Hot Butter (1972)

“Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass (1972)

“Son of My Father” by Chicory Tip (1972)

“Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest (1972)

“Me and Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul (1972)

“It Never Rains in Southern California” by Albert Hammond (1972)

“I’m Doin’ Fine Now” by New York City (1973)

“So Very Hard to Go” by Tower of Power (1973)

“My Maria” by B.W.Stevenson (1973

“Also Sprach Zarathustra” (2001) by Eumir Deodato (1973)

“The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” by Vicki Lawrence (1973)

“The Last Song” by Edward Bear (1973)

“Oh Babe What Would You Say?” by Hurricane Smith (1973)

“Duelling Banjos” by Eric Weissburg & Steve Mandell (1973)

“Pillow Talk” by Sylvia (1973)

“Drift Away” by Dobie Gray (1973)

“The Morning After” by Maureen McGovern (1973)

“Brother Louie” by Stories (1973)

“TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” by MSFB (1973)

“Rock On” by David Essex (1973)

“Stuck in the Middle With You” by Stealer’s Wheel (1974)

“The Night Chicago Died” by Paper Lace (1974)

“Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room” by Brownsville Station (1974)

“Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede (1974)

“Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas (1974)

“Billy, Don’t Be a Hero” by Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods (1974)

“Spiders & Snakes” by Jim Stafford (1974)

“Midnight At the Oasis” by Maria Muldaur (1974)

“Streets of London” by Ralph McTell (1974)

“Seasons in the Sun” by Terry Jacks (1974)

“Rock the Boat” by The Hues Corporation (1974)

“Lady Marmalade” by Labelle (1975)

“Love Hurts” by Nazareth (1975)

“I Can Help” by Billy Swan (1975)

“Chevy Van” by Sammy Johns (1975)

“The Hustle” by Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony (1975)

“I’m on Fire” by Dwight Twilley Band (1975)

“Loving You” by Minnie Riperton (1975)

“Feelings” by Morris Albert (1975)

“How Long?” by Ace (1975)

“Poetry Man” by Phoebe Snow (1975)

“Magic” by Pilot (1975)

“Sky High” by Jigsaw (1975)

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Kiki Dee (1976)

“A Fifth of Beethoven” by Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band (1976)

“Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry (1976)

“More, More, More” by Andrea True Connection (1976)

“Fooled Around and Fell in Love” by Elvin Bishop (1976)

“Love and Affection” by Joan Armatrading (1976)

“The Boys Are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy (1976)

“I’m Easy” by Keith Carradine (1976)

“Welcome Back” by John Sebastian (1976)

“Afternoon Delight” by Starland Vocal Band (1976)

“Shannon” by Henry Gross (1976)

“Turn The Beat Around” by Vicki Sue Robinson (1976)

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston (1977)

“Torn Between Two Lovers” by Mary MacGregor (1977)

“Heaven On The 7th Floor” by Paul Nicholas (1977)

“Don’t Give Up On Us” by David Soul (1977)

“Undercover Angel” by Alan O’Day (1977)

“Smoke from a Distant Fire” by Sanford & Townsend (1977)

“Black Betty” by Ram Jam (1977)

“You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone (1977)

“Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione (1978)

“Got to Be Real” by Cheryl Lynn (1978)

“Love is in the Air” by John Paul Young (1978)

“Emotion” by Samantha Sang (1978)

“Baby Come Back” by Player (1978)

“Hot Child In The City” by Nick Gilder (1978)

“If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman (1978)

“Sometimes When We Touch” by Dan Hill (1978)

“I Love the Nightlife” by Alicia Bridges (1978)

“Driver’s Seat” by Sniff & The Tears (1979)

“Lotta Love” by Nicolette Larson (1979)

“Stumblin’ In” by Chris Norman & Suzi Quatro (1979)

“Video Killed the Radio Star” by Buggles (1979)

“Ring My Bell” by Anita Ward (1979)

“Knock On Wood” by Amii Stewart (1979)

“Yes, I’m Ready” by Teri DeSario (1979)

“Just When I Needed You Most” by Randy Vanwarmer (1979)

“My Sharona” by The Knack (1974)

“Cruel to Be Kind” by Nick Lowe (1979)

“I Don’t Like Mondays” The Boomtown Rats (1979)

“Romeo’s Tune” by Steve Forbert (1979)

“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by McFadden & Whitehead (1979)

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