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Here are the US 1973 one hit wonders. All the one hit wonder songs by the artists you remember, and maybe some one hit wonders you forgot. Find a one hit wonder.
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  1 Love Jones 18   Jan 1973  
  Brighter Side Of Darkness  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Brighter Side Of Darkness was a top 20 one hit wonder with Love Jones. The follow-up, I Owe You One, received slight soul and dance music play.  

  2 Why Can't We Live Together 6   Feb 1973  
  Timmy Thomas  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Why Can't We Live Together was the only top 20 song for Timmy Thomas. He received minor airplay with other songs, like the follow-up People Are Changin'. In 1984, Sade received some soul airplay with Why Can't We Live Together.  

  3 Oh, Babe, What Would You Say? 3   Feb 1973  
  Hurricane Smith  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Oh, Babe, What Would You Say was the only top 20 hit by music producer and engineer Norman 'Hurricane' Smith. He received minor airplay for other songs also like Don't Let It Die and Who Was It. Hurricane produced early albums for The Beatles, and worked with others like Pink Floyd and Stevie Wonder.  

  4 Dancing In The Moonlight 9   Feb 1973  
  King Harvest  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Dancing In The Moonlight was the only top 20 hit for King Harvest, the group had other songs that received radio airplay, like the follow-up A Little Bit Like Heaven.  

  5 Jambalaya (On The Bayou)   Feb 1973  
  The Blue Ridge Rangers  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  The Blue Ridge Rangers had one US top 20 song with this remake of Jambalaya. The group received significant rock and country radio play with other songs, and it included group member John Fogerty who was also in Creedence Clearwater Revival. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) was written by Hank Williams.  

  6 Dueling Banjos 2   Mar 1973  
  Eric Weissberg  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Dueling Banjos was the only top 20 hit for Eric Weissberg. In 1975, Eric Weissberg & Deliverance received minor radio airplay a remake of the 1958 number one song Yakety Yak by The Coasters. Comedian Martin Mull also received some radio airplay with a spoof of Dueling Banjos entitled Dueling Tubas. Dueling Banjos was from the movie Deliverance.  

  7 The Last Song 2   Mar 1973  
  Edward Bear  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  The group Edward Bear was named after a character in the cartoon Winnie-The-Pooh. The Last Song was the only top 20 hit for the group.  

  8 Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) 4   Mar 1973  
  Deodato  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  This song was from movie 2001 A Space Odyssey. It was written by Richard Strauss.  

  9 Dead Skunk 17   Mar 1973  
  Loudon Wainwright III  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Dead Skunk was the only top 20 hit for Loudon Wainwright III. He followed-up with New Paint, which received minor radio airplay.  

  10 The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia 1   Apr 1973  
  Vicki Lawrence  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia was first offered to Cher, but she turned it down. Bobby Russell, the writer, then offered the song to his wife, Vicki Lawrence. She had some other songs that received minor airplay, like the follow-up He Did With Me. Vicki Lawrence became famous as an actress on the TV show The Carol Burnett Show.  

  11 Super Fly Meets Shaft 15   Apr 1973  
  John & Earnest  
    YouTube    
  Super Fly Meets Shaft used cuts from popular songs to create a novelty record. The song was co-written by Dickie Goodman, who had his own hits with novelty records that used sampling of other songs.  

  12 Daisy A Day 17   May 1973  
  Jud Strunk  
    YouTube    
  Daisy A Day was the only top 20 hit for Jud Strunk. He had other songs that received some radio airplay, like the follow-up Next Door Neighbor's Kid.
The extra here is a live TV performance.
 

  13 Dueling Tubas   May 1973  
  Martin Mull And Orchestra  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Dueling Tubas was a spoof of Dueling Banjos by Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell. This was the most popular song by Martin Mull. He released some other novelty songs too, like Boogie Man. Martin Mull was a comedian, movie actor, and occasional guest on the TV show Saturday Night Live.  

  14 Leaving Me 20   May 1973  
  The Independents  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Leaving Me was the only top 20 hit for The Independents. The group received slight airplay with other songs including the follow-up Baby I've Been Missing You.  

  15 Wildflower 6   May 1973  
  Skylark  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Wildflower was the only top 20 hit for Skylark. A few months later, the group received minor radio airplay with I'll Have To Go Away. Skylark keyboardist David Foster went on to make his own songs, including the 1985 number 12 hit Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire.  

  16 Hocus Pocus 9   Jun 1973  
  Focus  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Hocus Pocus was the only top 20 hit for mostly instrumental group Focus, the group received minor airplay for other songs like Sylvia and Harem Scarem. The song Hocus Pocus was from album Moving Waves.  

  17 I'm Doin' Fine Now 10   Jun 1973  
  New York City  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  While I'm Doin' Fine Now was the only top 20 hit by New York City, the group had other songs that received soul and dance airplay like Quick, Fast, In A Hurry and Happiness Is.  

  18 Playground In My Mind 1   Jun 1973  
  Clint Holmes  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Clint Holmes enlisted the producer's son, Philip Vance, to help him sing this song. Clint Holmes followed-up with the song Shiddle-ee-dee, which received minor radio airplay. This song was written by Lee Pockriss and Paul Vance.  

  19 Soul Makossa 7   Jul 1973  
  Manu Dibango  
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  Soul Makossa was the only top 20 hit for Manu Dibango. He followed-up with Dangwa, which received slight radio airplay. This song was written by Manu Dibango.  

  20 Natural High 5   Jul 1973  
  Bloodstone  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  While Natural High was the only top 20 song for Bloodstone, the group received pop radio play with other songs and had a string of popular soul songs.  

  21 Monster Mash 7   Aug 1973  
  Bobby Boris Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Bobby Boris Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers had a top 20 one hit wonder twice with Monster Mash. After initially hitting number one in 1962, the song became a Halloween classic. The same record was re-released in 1973 and made the top 10 again. The original follow-up, Monsters' Holiday, was moderately popular.  

  22 Brother Louie 1   Aug 1973  
  Stories  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Stories keyboardist Michael Brown was also in The Left Banke whose greatest hit was the 1966 number 5 hit Walk Away Renee. Although Brother Louie was the only top 20 hit for Stories, the group had a string of songs that received pop or rock radio airplay.  

  23 My Maria 10   Sep 1973  
  B.W. Stevenson  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  My Maria was the only top 20 hit for B.W. Stevenson. He had other songs that received some radio airplay like the follow-up The River Of Love. In 1996, My Maria was remade by country duo Brooks & Dunn and received extensive radio airplay.  

  24 One Tin Soldier (The Legend Of Billy Jack) 16   Dec 1973  
  Coven  
    YouTube    
  In 1971, The original One Tin Soldier became a top 20 near miss. The song was redone with no major changes in 1973. The new version received minor airplay, and the original version hit number 16. The song was from the movie Billy Jack.  


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1973 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1Playground In My Mind
 Clint Holmes
2Brother Louie
 Stories
3The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia
 Vicki Lawrence
4Dueling Banjos
 Eric Weissberg
5Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?
 Hurricane Smith
6The Last Song
 Edward Bear
7Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)
 Deodato
8Why Can't We Live Together
 Timmy Thomas
9Natural High
 Bloodstone
10Monster Mash
 Bobby Boris Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers
11Wildflower
 Skylark
12Soul Makossa
 Manu Dibango
13Dancing In The Moonlight
 King Harvest
14Hocus Pocus
 Focus
15My Maria
 B.W. Stevenson
16I'm Doin' Fine Now
 New York City
17One Tin Soldier (The Legend Of Billy Jack)
 Coven
18Super Fly Meets Shaft
 John & Earnest

Top 100 One Hit Wonders

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One Hit Wonders by Year

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Welcome to the chart archive

Tunecaster Music Encyclopedia and Chart Archive includes one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000 including 1973. One Hit Wonders are songs which are the most popular by an artist. There are different views on what qualifies a song for a One Hit Wonder. A One Hit Wonder could be an artist that had only one song in the top 10, top 20, or even top 40. On these pages, strictly speaking, an artist is a One Hit Wonder if the artist had exactly one song make the pop or rock top 20. No artist can be considered a One Hit Wonder who made the top 20 twice. This strict definition may create some strange results where a super group like Metallica makes the Pop Top 20 charts once, despite a long list of rock number one songs. Superstar side projects with temporary or transient names may be technical One Hit Wonders.
Additionally, a One Hit Wonder listed on this 1980 page may be a song that is significantly more popular than other songs by the same artist, even though it did not make the top 20. Is it really a one hit wonder? You decide.