List of 1970s one-hit wonders in the United States

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This is a list of musical artists whose one hit came out in the 1970s.

Tony Burrows in 2008. He was a member of several one-hit wonder bands, including Edison Lighthouse, White Plains, The Pipkins, The Brotherhood of Man and The First Class.

The list contains recording artists who reached the Top 40 of the U.S. pop chart (the Billboard Hot 100) with just one single.

Artists in italics have only one Top 40 hit, but either

  • had other songs chart on genre-specific charts
  • have had success and influence within their genre or the annals of popular music and/or
    • a long-lasting and devoted cult following
    • wider success in other fields of the music industry
  • are a non-American act who have had wider success in their homeland

Years[edit]

1970[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Evil Woman Don't Play Your Games With Me" Crow January 10, 1970 19
"Venus" Shocking Blue[C10] February 7, 1970 1
"Baby Take Me in Your Arms" Jefferson February 14, 1970 23
"One Tin Soldier" Original Caste[C2] February 14, 1970 34
"Hey There Lonely Girl" Eddie Holman[A2] February 21, 1970 2
"Jennifer Tomkins" The Street People[A4] March 7, 1970 36
"Ma Belle Amie" Tee Set[C6] March 14, 1970 5
"The Rapper" The Jaggerz March 21, 1970 2
"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" Edison Lighthouse[C9][D1] March 28, 1970 5
"The House of the Rising Sun" Frijid Pink[C2] April 4, 1970 7
"Spirit in the Sky" Norman Greenbaum April 18, 1970 3
"Long Lonesome Highway" Michael Parks[H1] April 18, 1970 20
"Tennessee Bird Walk" Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan[A3] April 25, 1970 23
"Reflections of My Life" Marmalade[C9] May 9, 1970 10
"Airport Love Theme (Gwen and Vern)" Vincent Bell May 16, 1970 31
"Vehicle" The Ides of March May 23, 1970 2
"My Baby Loves Lovin'" White Plains[C2][C9][D1] June 27, 1970 13
"United We Stand" The Brotherhood of Man[C9][D1][J1] July 4, 1970 13
"Ride Captain Ride" Blues Image July 11, 1970 4
"Mississippi Queen" Mountain[B] July 11, 1970 21
"O-o-h Child" Five Stairsteps[A2] July 18, 1970 8
"Gimme Dat Ding" The Pipkins[D1] July 18, 1970 9
"A Song of Joy (Himno a la Alegria)" Miguel Ríos[C8] July 18, 1970 14
"Mississippi" John Phillips[D2] July 18, 1970 32
"Go Back" Crabby Appleton July 18, 1970 36
"Are You Ready?" Pacific Gas and Electric August 1, 1970 14
"Tighter, Tighter" Alive N Kickin'[D3] August 8, 1970 7
"Lay a Little Lovin' on Me" Robin McNamara August 22, 1970 11
"Big Yellow Taxi" The Neighborhood August 22, 1970 29
"The Sly, Slick and the Wicked" The Lost Generation[A2] August 22, 1970 30
"Overture from Tommy (A Rock Opera)" Assembled Multitude August 29, 1970 16
"In the Summertime" Mungo Jerry[C9] September 12, 1970 3
"Rubber Duckie" Ernie[F1] September 26, 1970 16
"Neanderthal Man" Hotlegs[D4] September 26, 1970 22
"Joanne" Michael Nesmith and the First National Band[A1][D5][E1] October 3, 1970 21
"All Right Now" Free[C9][D6] October 17, 1970 4
"Do What You Wanna Do" Five Flights Up October 17, 1970 37
"God, Love and Rock and Roll" Teegarden and Van Winkle October 31, 1970 22
"Indiana Wants Me" R. Dean Taylor[C2][C9] November 7, 1970 5
"Somebody's Been Sleeping" 100 Proof (Aged in Soul)[A2] November 14, 1970 8
"As the Years Go By" Mashmakhan November 21, 1970 31
"Montego Bay" Bobby Bloom[C9] November 28, 1970 8
"Yellow River" Christie[C9] November 28, 1970 23
"5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love)" The Presidents[A2] December 26, 1970 11

1971[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"For the Good Times" Ray Price[A3] January 2, 1971 11
"Games" Redeye January 23, 1971 27
"We Gotta Get You a Woman" Runt[J2] January 30, 1971 20
"(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" Lynn Anderson[A3] February 13, 1971 3
"Precious, Precious" Jackie Moore[A2][A4] February 13, 1971 30
"1900 Yesterday" Liz Damon's Orient Express February 13, 1971 33
"Sweet Mary" Wadsworth Mansion February 27, 1971 7
"Theme from Love Story" Francis Lai March 6, 1971 31
"D.O.A." Bloodrock March 6, 1971 36
"Me and Bobby McGee" Janis Joplin[B][D7][E2] March 20, 1971 1
"Help Me Make It Through the Night" Sammi Smith[A3] March 27, 1971 8
"One Toke Over the Line" Brewer & Shipley April 10, 1971 10
"Put Your Hand in the Hand" Ocean[C2] May 1, 1971 2
"Stay Awhile" The Bells[C2] May 1, 1971 7
"Timothy" The Buoys May 1, 1971 17
"Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley" C. Company featuring Terry Nelson May 1, 1971 37
"Chick-a-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)" Daddy Dewdrop May 8, 1971 9
"Here Comes the Sun" Richie Havens[G2] May 22, 1971 16
"I Love You for All Seasons" The Fuzz May 22, 1971 21
"Woodstock" Matthews Southern Comfort[D8] May 22, 1971 23
"Toast and Marmalade for Tea" Tin Tin May 29, 1971 20
"Cool Aid" Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists June 12, 1971 29
"Funky Nassau - Part 1" The Beginning of the End July 17, 1971 15
"Get It On" Chase July 31, 1971 24
"Love Means (You Never Have to Say You're Sorry)" Sounds of Sunshine July 31, 1971 39
"Rings" Cymarron August 7, 1971 17
"Double Barrel" Dave and Ansell Collins[C9] August 7, 1971 22
"Resurrection Shuffle" Ashton, Gardner and Dyke August 7, 1971 40
"Mr. Big Stuff" Jean Knight[A2] August 14, 1971 2
"What the World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham, Martin and John" Tom Clay[H4] August 14, 1971 8
"Smiling Faces Sometimes" The Undisputed Truth[A2][A4] September 4, 1971 3
"K-Jee" The Nite-Liters[A2][D9] September 11, 1971 39
"I Ain't Got Time Anymore" Glass Bottle[D10] September 25, 1971 36
"The Wedding Song (There Is Love)" Paul Stookey[D11] October 16, 1971 24
"Trapped By a Thing Called Love" Denise LaSalle[A2][A4] October 30, 1971 13
"Women's Love Rights" Laura Lee[A2] October 30, 1971 36
"I've Found Someone of My Own" Free Movement[A1] November 13, 1971 5
"Easy Loving" Freddie Hart[A3] November 20, 1971 17
"I'd Love to Change the World" Ten Years After[B][E3] November 20, 1971 40
"One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack)" Coven November 27, 1971 26
"She's All I Got" Freddie North[A2] November 27, 1971 39
"Desiderata" Les Crane[H5] December 4, 1971 8
"Theme from Summer of '42" Peter Nero[H3] December 11, 1971 21
"Hallelujah" Sweathog December 18, 1971 33

1972[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"An American Trilogy" Mickey Newbury[G2] January 1, 1972 26
"Sunshine" Jonathan Edwards January 15, 1972 4
"I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)" The Hillside Singers[D12] January 15, 1972 13
"Once You Understand" Think January 15, 1972 23
"White Lies, Blue Eyes" Bullet January 15, 1972 28
"Kiss an Angel Good Morning" Charley Pride[A3][B] February 5, 1972 21
"Precious and Few" Climax[D13] February 26, 1972 3
"Joy" Apollo 100 featuring Tom Parker February 26, 1972 6
"Bang a Gong (Get It On)" T. Rex[C5][C9][E4] March 4, 1972 10
"Softly Whispering I Love You" The English Congregation March 4, 1972 29
"Jungle Fever" The Chakachas March 25, 1972 8
"Ain't Understanding Mellow" Brenda Lee Eager[A2][I1] March 25, 1972 21
"Crazy Mama" JJ Cale[G2] April 8, 1972 22
"Suavecito" Malo May 6, 1972 18
"Run Run Run" Jo Jo Gunne May 6, 1972 27
"Mister Can't You See" Buffy Sainte-Marie[E5][G2] May 6, 1972 38
"Hot Rod Lincoln" Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen June 3, 1972 9
"Immigration Man" Crosby & Nash[B][D14] June 17, 1972 36
"Long Haired Lover from Liverpool" Little Jimmy Osmond[C9][D15] June 17, 1972 38
"Amazing Grace" Royal Scots Dragoon Guards July 1, 1972 11
"I've Been Lonely for So Long" Frederick Knight[A2] July 8, 1972 27
"How Do You Do" Mouth & MacNeal July 22, 1972 8
"Day By Day" Cast of Godspell[H1] July 29, 1972 13
"Layla" Derek and the Dominos[D47] August 5, 1972 10
"Gone" Joey Heatherton[H1] August 12, 1972 24
"Hold Your Head Up" Argent[C9] August 26, 1972 5
"Motorcycle Mama" Sailcat August 26, 1972 12
"Small Beginnings" Flash August 26, 1972 29
"Beautiful Sunday" Daniel Boone[C9] September 16, 1972 15
"Easy Livin'" Uriah Heep[B][C10][E6] September 23, 1972 39
"Popcorn" Hot Butter October 21, 1972 9
"The City of New Orleans" Arlo Guthrie[D16][E7] October 28, 1972 18
"From the Beginning" Emerson, Lake & Palmer[B][E8] October 28, 1972 39
"Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" Danny O'Keefe November 4, 1972 9
"All the Young Dudes" Mott the Hoople[B][C9][D17] November 11, 1972 37
"Convention '72" The Delegates[D10] November 18, 1972 8
"Thunder and Lightning" Chi Coltrane November 18, 1972 17
"American City Suite" Cashman and West November 18, 1972 27

1973[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" Blue Haze January 13, 1973 27
"Love Jones" Brighter Side of Darkness February 3, 1973 16
"Why Can't We Live Together" Timmy Thomas[A2] February 10, 1973 3
"Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?" Hurricane Smith[G1] February 17, 1973 3
"Dueling Banjos" Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell February 24, 1973 2
"Dancin' in the Moonlight" King Harvest February 24, 1973 13
"Soul Song" Joe Stampley[A3] March 10, 1973 37
"Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)" Deodato[G1] March 31, 1973 2
"Dead Skunk" Loudon Wainwright III[D18][G2] March 31, 1973 16
"The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" Vicki Lawrence[A1][H1] April 7, 1973 1
"Walk on the Wild Side" Lou Reed[A5][A6][D19] April 28, 1973 16
"Daisy a Day" Jud Strunk[H2] May 19, 1973 14
"Wildflower" Skylark May 26, 1973 9
"Armed and Extremely Dangerous" First Choice[A2][A4][C9] May 26, 1973 28
"Superfly Meets Shaft" John & Ernest[D10] May 26, 1973 31
"Hocus Pocus" Focus[C9] June 2, 1973 9
"Leaving Me" The Independents[A2] June 2, 1973 21
"The Teddy Bear Song" Barbara Fairchild[A3] June 2, 1973 32
"Back When My Hair Was Short" Gunhill Road June 2, 1973 40
"Pillow Talk" Sylvia[A2][D20] June 9, 1973 3
"Playground in My Mind" Clint Holmes June 16, 1973 2
"I'm Doin' Fine Now" New York City[A2] June 23, 1973 17
"Right Place Wrong Time" Dr. John[E9] June 30, 1973 9
"Doing It to Death" Fred Wesley and the J.B.'s[A2][D21] July 14, 1973 22
"Satin Sheets" Jeanne Pruett[A3] July 14, 1973 28
"Misdemeanor" Foster Sylvers[D22] July 28, 1973 22
"Soul Makossa" Manu Dibango[E10] July 28, 1973 35
"Brother Louie" Stories[D23] August 25, 1973 1
"My Maria" B. W. Stevenson September 29, 1973 9
"In the Midnight Hour" Cross Country[D24] October 13, 1973 30
"I Can't Stand the Rain" Ann Peebles[A2] December 22, 1973 38

1974[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Painted Ladies" Ian Thomas[C2] January 12, 1974 34
"If We Make It Through December" Merle Haggard[A3][E11] January 19, 1974 28
"Americans"[J3] Byron MacGregor February 9, 1974 4
"Americans (A Canadian's Opinion)"[J3] Gordon Sinclair February 9, 1974 24
"Jim Dandy" Black Oak Arkansas February 16, 1974 25
"Can This Be Real" Natural Four[A2] February 16, 1974 31
"Midnight Rider" Gregg Allman[A5][B][D25] February 23, 1974 19
"Seasons in the Sun" Terry Jacks[C2] March 2, 1974 1
"I Love" Tom T. Hall[A3][G2] March 2, 1974 12
"Last Kiss" Wednesday[C2] March 2, 1974 34
"Rock On" David Essex[C9] March 9, 1974 5
"Eres Tu (Touch the Wind)" Mocedades[C8] March 23, 1974 9
"My Sweet Lady" Cliff DeYoung[H1] March 23, 1974 17
"Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" Rick Derringer[D26] March 23, 1974 23
"I'll Be the Other Woman" The Soul Children[A2] March 30, 1974 36
"The Lord's Prayer" Sister Janet Mead April 13, 1974 4
"TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" MFSB[A2][A4][D27] April 20, 1974 1
"Tell Me a Lie" Sami Jo April 20, 1974 21
"Tubular Bells" Mike Oldfield[A4][C2][C9] May 11, 1974 7
"The Entertainer" Marvin Hamlisch[E12][H3] May 18, 1974 3
"No Charge" Melba Montgomery[A3] June 8, 1974 39
"Be Thankful for What You Got" William DeVaughn June 29, 1974 4
"This Heart" Gene Redding July 20, 1974 24
"Please Come to Boston" Dave Loggins[D28][G2] August 10, 1974 5
"The Night Chicago Died" Paper Lace[C9] August 17, 1974 1
"Sugar Baby Love" The Rubettes[C9] August 31, 1974 37
"One Day at a Time" Marilyn Sellars[A3] September 28, 1974 37
"Beach Baby" The First Class[D1] October 5, 1974 4
"Hang on in There Baby" Johnny Bristol[C9] October 5, 1974 8
"Fallin' in Love" Souther, Hillman, Furay Band[D29] October 5, 1974 27
"Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" Reunion November 16, 1974 8
"I Can Help" Billy Swan[A3] November 23, 1974 1
"The Need to Be" Jim Weatherly[A3] November 23, 1974 11
"After the Goldrush" Prelude November 30, 1974 22
"Kung Fu Fighting" Carl Douglas[C9] December 7, 1974 1
"Woman to Woman" Shirley Brown[A2] December 7, 1974 22

1975[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Doctor's Orders" Carol Douglas[A4] February 8, 1975 11
"Up in a Puff of Smoke" Polly Brown[A4][C7] March 15, 1975 16
"Sad Sweet Dreamer" Sweet Sensation[C9] March 22, 1975 14
"Shame, Shame, Shame" Shirley & Company March 29, 1975 12
"Lovin' You" Minnie Riperton[A2][B] April 5, 1975 1
"Shaving Cream" Benny Bell April 26, 1975 30
"Chevy Van" Sammy Johns May 3, 1975 5
"Autobahn" Kraftwerk[A4][C10][E13] May 3, 1975 25
"How Long?" Ace May 31, 1975 3
"Judy Mae" Boomer Castleman[D30] June 14, 1975 33
"Lizzie and the Rainman" Tanya Tucker[A3] June 14, 1975 37
"I'm Not Lisa" Jessi Colter[A3][E11] June 21, 1975 4
"Love Won't Let Me Wait" Major Harris[A2] June 21, 1975 5
"The Last Farewell" Roger Whittaker[C9] June 21, 1975 19
"Magic" Pilot[C9] July 12, 1975 5
"The Hustle" Van McCoy[A2][A4][C9] July 26, 1975 1
"Rockin' Chair" Gwen McCrae[A2][A4] August 2, 1975 9
"Dynomite–Part 1" Tony Camillo's Bazuka August 2, 1975 10
"(Shu-Doo-Pa-Poo-Poop) Love Being Your Fool" Travis Wammack August 16, 1975 38
"Third Rate Romance" Amazing Rhythm Aces[A3] September 13, 1975 14
"Black Superman–'Muhammad Ali'" Johnny Wakelin and the Kinshasa Band September 13, 1975 21
"Your Love" Graham Central Station September 20, 1975 38
"Feelings" Morris Albert October 25, 1975 6
"Eighteen with a Bullet" Pete Wingfield November 29, 1975 15
"I Wanta Do Something Freaky to You" Leon Haywood[A2][A4] December 13, 1975 15
"I'm on Fire" 5000 Volts[C9] December 13, 1975 26

1976[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Let's Live Together" The Road Apples January 10, 1976 35
"Baby Face" Wing and a Prayer Fife and Drum Corps[A4] March 6, 1976 14
"Love Hurts" Nazareth[C2][C9] March 13, 1976 8
"The White Knight" Cledus Maggard & the Citizen's Band[F2] March 13, 1976 19
"Junk Food Junkie" Larry Groce[H4] March 20, 1976 9
"Love Is the Drug" Roxy Music[B][C2][C9][E14] March 20, 1976 30
"We Can't Hide it Anymore" Larry Santos April 10, 1976 36
"Welcome Back" John Sebastian[D31] May 8, 1976 1
"Fooled Around and Fell in Love" Elvin Bishop[D32] May 22, 1976 3
"Union Man" Cate Bros. May 22, 1976 24
"Happy Days" Pratt & McClain June 5, 1976 5
"Movin'" Brass Construction[A2][A4][C9] June 26, 1976 14
"Making Our Dreams Come True" Cyndi Grecco July 3, 1976 25
"Afternoon Delight" Starland Vocal Band July 10, 1976 1
"Save Your Kisses for Me" Brotherhood of Man[C9][J1] July 10, 1976 27
"The Boys Are Back in Town" Thin Lizzy[A5][C9][E15] July 24, 1976 12
"I'm Easy" Keith Carradine[H1] August 7, 1976 17
"Turn the Beat Around" Vicki Sue Robinson[A4] August 14, 1976 10
"Teddy Bear" Red Sovine[A3][E16] August 28, 1976 40
"Play That Funky Music" Wild Cherry September 18, 1976 1
"Street Singin'" Lady Flash September 18, 1976 27
"Wham Bam" Silver October 2, 1976 16
"A Fifth of Beethoven" Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band October 9, 1976 1
"Disco Duck (Part 1)" Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots[H4] October 16, 1976 1
"Did You Boogie (With Your Baby)" Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids October 23, 1976 29
"You Are My Starship" Norman Connors[A2] November 6, 1976 27
"Anything You Want" John Valenti November 6, 1976 37
"Nadia's Theme (The Young and The Restless)" Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr. December 11, 1976 8

1977[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Jeans On" David Dundas January 29, 1977 17
"Whispering/Cherchez La Femme/Se Si Bon" Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band[A4] January 29, 1977 27
"In the Mood" Henhouse Five Plus Too February 5, 1977 40
"Living Next Door to Alice" Smokie February 26, 1977 25
"Spring Rain" Silvetti March 19, 1977 39
"Disco Lucy (I Love Lucy Theme)" Wilton Place Street Band[A4] April 9, 1977 24
"Love in C Minor" Cerrone[A4][C3] April 9, 1977 36
"Don't Give Up on Us" David Soul[A1][H1] April 16, 1977 1
"Tryin' to Love Two" William Bell[A2][C9] April 30, 1977 10
"Sometimes" Facts of Life[A2] April 30, 1977 31
"Old Fashioned Boy (You're the One)" Stallion April 30, 1977 37
"Cherry Baby" Starz[D33] May 7, 1977 33
"Dancin' Man" Q May 14, 1977 23
"Slow Down" John Miles[C9] June 11, 1977 34
"Ariel" Dean Friedman[C9] June 25, 1977 26
"Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)" Maynard Ferguson[A4] June 25, 1977 28
"Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)" Bill Conti[H3] July 2, 1977 1
"Undercover Angel" Alan O'Day[G2] July 9, 1977 1
"Angel in Your Arms" Hot July 16, 1977 6
"Devil's Gun" C.J. and Co. July 16, 1977 36
"Do You Wanna Make Love" Peter McCann August 6, 1977 5
"It's a Crazy World" Mac McAnally[A3][D34][G2] August 13, 1977 37
"Telephone Man" Meri Wilson August 20, 1977 18
"Slide" Slave[A2][A4] August 20, 1977 32
"Black Betty" Ram Jam September 3, 1977 18
"Float On" The Floaters[A2] September 17, 1977 2
"Smoke from a Distant Fire" Sanford/Townsend Band September 17, 1977 9
"Cat Scratch Fever" Ted Nugent[A5][B][D35][E17] October 8, 1977 30
"You Light Up My Life" Debby Boone[A1][A3][D36] October 15, 1977 1
"The King Is Gone" Ronnie McDowell[A3] October 22, 1977 13
"Heaven on the 7th Floor" Paul Nicholas[C9][H1] November 26, 1977 6
"You Can't Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On)" High Inergy[A2][A4] December 24, 1977 12

1978[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Short People" Randy Newman[B][E12][G2][H3] January 28, 1978 2
"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" Santa Esmeralda[A4] February 18, 1978 15
"Native New Yorker" Odyssey[C9] February 18, 1978 21
"Emotion" Samantha Sang March 18, 1978 3
"Falling" LeBlanc and Carr April 1, 1978 13
"Theme Song from Which Way Is Up" Stargard[A2][A4][C9] April 1, 1978 21
"I'm Gonna Take Care of Everything" Rubicon April 22, 1978 28
"Werewolves of London" Warren Zevon[A5][B] May 13, 1978 21
"Let's All Chant" Michael Zager Band[A2][A4] May 20, 1978 36
"Because the Night" Patti Smith Group[C9][E18] June 24, 1978 13
"Almost Summer" Celebration featuring Mike Love[D37] June 24, 1978 28
"Dance Across the Floor" Jimmy "Bo" Horne[A2][A4] June 24, 1978 38
"Chattanooga Choo Choo" Tuxedo Junction July 1, 1978 32
"I Can't Stand the Rain" Eruption[A4] July 8, 1978 18
"Thank God It's Friday" Love & Kisses[A4] July 22, 1978 22
"My Angel Baby" Toby Beau[A1] August 12, 1978 13
"King Tut" Steve Martin[B][H1][H2] and the Toot Uncommons[D38] August 12, 1978 17
"Magnet and Steel" Walter Egan August 26, 1978 8
"Rivers of Babylon" Boney M[A4][C10] August 26, 1978 30
"Think It Over" Cheryl Ladd[H1] September 9, 1978 34
"Fool (If You Think It's Over)" Chris Rea[A1][C9][C10] September 16, 1978 12
"Love Is in the Air" John Paul Young October 14, 1978 7
"5.7.0.5." City Boy[C9] October 14, 1978 27
"Hot Child in the City" Nick Gilder[C2] October 28, 1978 1
"I Will Still Love You" Stonebolt October 28, 1978 29
"One Nation Under a Groove" Funkadelic[A2][A4][D39] November 18, 1978 28
"Run for Home" Lindisfarne[C9] December 9, 1978 33
"There'll Never Be" Switch[A2] December 9, 1978 36
"I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round)" Alicia Bridges[A4] December 23, 1978 5

1979[edit]

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"New York Groove" Ace Frehley[D40] February 3, 1979 13
"Don't Hold Back" Chanson[A4] February 3, 1979 21
"Got to Be Real" Cheryl Lynn[A2][A4] February 17, 1979 12
"Shake It" Ian Matthews[D41] February 17, 1979 13
"Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet" Gonzalez March 10, 1979 26
"What You Won't Do for Love" Bobby Caldwell[A2] March 24, 1979 9
"Heaven Knows" Brooklyn Dreams[I2] March 31, 1979 4
"Chase" Giorgio Moroder[A4][C9][G1] March 31, 1979 33
"Bustin' Loose, Part 1" Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers[A2][E19] April 7, 1979 34
"Knock on Wood" Amii Stewart[A2][C9] April 21, 1979 1
"Livin' It Up (Friday Night)" Bell and James[G2] April 21, 1979 15
"Music Box Dancer" Frank Mills[A1][C2] May 5, 1979 3
"Sweet Lui-Louise" Ironhorse[D42] May 5, 1979 36
"Stumblin' In" Suzi Quatro[C1][C9][E20] and Chris Norman[D43] May 12, 1979 4
"I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)" Instant Funk[A4] May 12, 1979 20
"Don't You Write Her Off" McGuinn, Clark and Hillman[D44] May 12, 1979 33
"Such a Woman" Tycoon May 26, 1979 26
"(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" Barbara Mandrell[A3] June 2, 1979 31
"It Must Be Love" Alton McClain and Destiny June 9, 1979 32
"Just When I Needed You Most" Randy VanWarmer[G2] June 16, 1979 4
"Get Used to It" Roger Voudouris June 16, 1979 21
"Don't Ever Want To Lose You" New England June 16, 1979 40
"Ring My Bell" Anita Ward[A4] June 30, 1979 1
"Makin' It" David Naughton[H1] July 21, 1979 5
"Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" McFadden & Whitehead[A2][G1] July 21, 1979 13
"Kiss in the Dark" Pink Lady[C5] August 4, 1979 37
"You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else" Jones Girls[A2][A4] August 18, 1979 38
"Morning Dance" Spyro Gyra August 25, 1979 24
"Oh Well" The Rockets September 1, 1979 30
"Girl of My Dreams" Bram Tchaikovsky[D45] September 1, 1979 37
"Saturday Night" Herman Brood September 8, 1979 35
"Cruel to Be Kind" Nick Lowe[C2][C9][G1][G2] September 29, 1979 12
"Driver's Seat" Sniff 'n' the Tears[C6] September 29, 1979 15
"Born to Be Alive" Patrick Hernandez September 29, 1979 16
"Rolene" Moon Martin October 13, 1979 30
"Hold On" Ian Gomm October 27, 1979 18
"Pop Muzik" M[C9] November 3, 1979 1
"Street Life" The Crusaders[A2][B] November 10, 1979 36
"Come to Me" France Joli[A4] November 17, 1979 15
"Please Don't Leave" Lauren Wood November 24, 1979 24
"Rainbow Connection" Kermit the Frog[F1] November 24, 1979 25
"If You Want It" Niteflyte December 1, 1979 37
"I Still Have Dreams" Richie Furay[D46] December 15, 1979 39
"Video Killed the Radio Star"[J4] The Buggles[C9] December 15, 1979 40

Notes[edit]

Several artists in the list (marked in italics on the main tables) are worth noting for achieving success or popularity outside of the Billboard Hot 100:

  • E The artist achieved critical success or multiple awards and/or is considered to be an influential figure in a specific genre or field.
    • E1 ^ One of the pioneers of country rock.
    • E2 ^ Acclaimed as the first woman to be successful in the male-dominated rock scene.
    • E3 ^ A seminal blues rock band.
    • E4 ^ One of the leaders in the glam rock movement.
    • E5 ^ One of the first female singer/songwriters.
    • E6 ^ Regarded as one of the first prog metal bands by many listeners.
    • E7 ^ An experimental folk singer more critically than commercially lauded.
    • E8 ^ A highly influential prog-rock band.
    • E9 ^ A seminal blues musician.
    • E10 ^ A seminal Cameroonian musician often regarded as the father of disco.
    • E11 ^ ^ A member of country music's acclaimed "Outlaw" movement during the 1970s.
    • E12 ^ ^ A critically acclaimed Grammy and Oscar-winning film composer.
    • E13 ^ One of the most influential bands in electronic music.
    • E14 ^ A seminal art-rock band and major influence on synth-pop and new wave.
    • E15 ^ An influential hard rock band.
    • E16 ^ A seminal country music performer; best known for truck-driving songs.
    • E17 ^ An important influence on straight edge movement.
    • E18 ^ A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; critically acclaimed live performer and spoken word artist.
    • E19 ^ A highly influential funk musician.
    • E20 ^ One of the major influences of women in punk rock.
  • F The artist has connections to other noted people outside of the music industry:
    • F1 ^ ^ A fictional character created by well-known puppeteer Jim Henson.
    • F2 ^ A fictional character played by advertising executive Jay Huguely.
  • G The artist achieved success in other fields of the music industry:

Several other artists are worth noting for achieving success or popularity in other fields outside of the music industry:

  • H Success in other fields of the entertainment industry:
    • H1 ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ The artist is well known in the field of acting.
    • H2 ^ ^ The artist is well known in the field of comedy.
    • H3 ^ ^ ^ ^ The artist is well known in the field of composing film music.
    • H4 ^ ^ ^ The artist is well known as a radio host.
    • H5 ^ The artist is well known as a talk show host.

Several songs on the list also feature credited appearances by artists with two or more Top 40 hits, either as featured artists or collaborating artists (I).

  • I1 ^ Jerry Butler is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Eager.
  • I2 ^ Donna Summer is credited as a collaborating artist alongside Brooklyn Dreams.

Additional notes

  • J1 ^ ^ Despite the fact that The Brotherhood of Man (1969–72) and the similarly named Brotherhood of Man (no article, 1973–present) had no personnel in common other than producer/founder Tony Hiller, some sources list the two bands as two different lineups of the same band.
  • J2 ^ One-hit wonder status unclear. Runt is sometimes regarded as a three-piece band featuring Todd Rundgren — but all reissues of their work credit Rundgren, and not Runt, as the artist. Runt is therefore usually regarded not as a band, but as a pseudonym for Rundgren. Regardless, under his own name, Rundgren had several top 40 hits. (Rundgren's collaborators on the record, Hunt and Tony Sales, later charted internationally with "Lust for Life," a record credited solely to Iggy Pop.)
  • J3 ^ ^ Spoken-word radio commentary, not originally intended for release as a single. Gordon Sinclair originally wrote and read the commentary in 1973; Byron MacGregor reread Sinclair's script (without Sinclair's permission) and released it as a single, prompting Sinclair to release the original as a single as well.
  • J4 ^ This song's video was the first ever aired on America's MTV.

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