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Biggest 1973 One Hit Wonders
ranked most popular 1973 songs
1.Playground In My Mind
Clint Holmes
2.Brother Louie
Stories
3.The Night The Lights
Went Out In Georgia
Vicki Lawrence
4.Dueling Banjos
Eric Weissberg
5.Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?
Hurricane Smith
6.The Last Song
Edward Bear
7.Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)
Deodato
8.Why Can't We Live Together
Timmy Thomas
9.Natural High
Bloodstone
10.Monster Mash
Bobby Boris Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers
11.Wildflower
Skylark
12.Soul Makossa
Manu Dibango
13.Dancing In The Moonlight
King Harvest
14.Hocus Pocus
Focus
15.My Maria
B.W. Stevenson

1973 Pop Top 100 Songs
the top songs of 1973 in order

1973 Number One Song Calendar
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Tunecaster has 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 supergoup 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 1973 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.

     

1973 One Hit Wonders Page

One Hit Wonders from 1973 at Tunecaster

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

     
    Jan 1973
     
       
     
    Love Jones by Brighter Side Of Darkness listen
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    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.  
    Feb 1973
     
     
    Timmy Thomas
     
     
    Why Can't We Live Together by Timmy Thomas listen
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    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?

     
    Feb 1973
     
     
    Hurricane Smith
     
     
    Oh, Babe, What Would You Say? by Hurricane Smith listen
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    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.  
    Feb 1973
     
       
     
    Dancing In The Moonlight by King Harvest listen
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    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
     
       
     
    Jambalaya (On The Bayou) by The Blue Ridge Rangers listen
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    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.  
    Mar 1973
     
       
     
    The Last Song by Edward Bear listen
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    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.
     
     
  7. Dueling Banjos

     
    Mar 1973
     
     
    Eric Weissberg
     
     
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    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.
     
     
  8. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)

     
    Mar 1973
     
     
    Deodato
     
     
    Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) by Deodato listen
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    This song was from movie 2001 A Space Odyssey. It was written by Richard Strauss.
     
     
  9. Dead Skunk

     
    Mar 1973
     
     
    Loudon Wainwright III
     
     
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    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

     
    Apr 1973
     
       
     
    The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia by Vicki Lawrence listen
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    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

     
    Apr 1973
     
     
    John & Earnest
     
     
    Super Fly Meets Shaft by John & Earnest listen
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    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

     
    May 1973
     
     
    Jud Strunk
     
     
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    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
     
     
    Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull And Orchestra listen
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    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

     
    May 1973
     
     
    The Independents
     
     
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    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.  
    May 1973
     
       
     
    Wildflower by Skylark listen
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    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.  
    Jun 1973
     
     
    Focus
     
     
    Hocus Pocus by Focus listen
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    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

     
    Jun 1973
     
     
    New York City
     
     
    I'm Doin' Fine Now by New York City listen
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    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

     
    Jun 1973
     
       
     
    Playground In My Mind by Clint Holmes listen
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    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. Natural High

     
    Jul 1973
     
       
     
    Natural High by Bloodstone listen
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    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.
     
     
  20. Soul Makossa

     
    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.
     
     
  21.  
    Aug 1973
     
     
    Bobby Boris Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers
     
     
    Monster Mash by Bobby Boris Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers listen
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    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

     
    Aug 1973
     
       
     
    Brother Louie by Stories listen
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    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

     
    Sep 1973
     
     
    B.W. Stevenson
     
     
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    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)

     
    Dec 1973
     
     
    Coven
     
     
    One Tin Soldier (The Legend Of Billy Jack) by Coven listen
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    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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