30 One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s. Sometimes you have your finger on the pulse of what culture wants, but it’s hard to do that repeatedly. These artists had only one major song chart in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Although their fame may have faded quickly, there's no doubt that these musicians left their mark on the musical landscape of the decade—and you may be surprised that a few musicians we now consider to be irreplaceable icons were, in the strictest sense, one-hit wonders themselves. Let's take a look at the 30 musicians of the 70s who were able to top the charts, but only once!
Do you remember such bands as Shocking Blue, The Knack, Wild Cherry, or Starland Vocal Band? Did you know that actor Vicki Lawrence had a major #1 hit before it was covered by Reba McEntire? And there are major music stars who have become famous worldwide and are regularly cited as inspirations, but they were technically one-hit wonders. Janis Joplin is one such artist. Even though she has become a musical icon, she only had a single #1 hit. Elton John might not be a one-hit wonder, but his duet with Kiki Dee made her into one!