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Here are the US 1974 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 Smokin' In The Boys Room 3   Jan 1974  
  Brownsville Station  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Smokin' In The Boys Room was the only top 20 hit for Brownsville Station. The group had a string of album rock songs that received radio airplay, like I'm The Leader Of The Gang.  

  2 Americans 9   Feb 1974  
  Byron MacGregor  
    YouTube    
  The background music on Americans was America The Beautiful. This song was originally called The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion) when it was done by Gordon Sinclair in 1973. The Byron MacGregor version was the most popular version in the United States, but both versions received airplay. Byron MacGregor, a news director, never had another popular song. This song was written by Gordon Sinclair.  

  3 Seasons In The Sun 1   Feb 1974  
  Terry Jacks  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Seasons In The Sun was the 1974 top song of the year, and a top 20 one hit wonder for Terry Jacks. Terry Jacks received some airplay with other songs, and he and his sister Susan Jacks were members of The Poppy Family. About ten years earlier, in 1964, The Kingston Trio recorded its version of Seasons In The Sun. This Terry Jacks song was from album Seasons In The Sun. This song was written by Jacques Brel.  

  4 Rock On 4   Mar 1974  
  David Essex  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Rock On was the only top 20 hit for David Essex, he had a few other songs that received minor radio airplay like Lamplight. In 1989, the Michael Damian remake of Rock On became a number one hit.  

  5 My Sweet Lady 16   Mar 1974  
  Cliff DeYoung  
    YouTube    
  My Sweet Lady was the only top 20 hit for actor Cliff DeYoung. He did not have another song which received mentionable radio airplay. However, this song and a song Sunshine were both from the movie Sunshine. This song was written by John Denver.  

  6 Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo 19   Mar 1974  
  Rick Derringer  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo was the only top 20 song for Rick Derringer. He had some other solo songs that received radio airplay including a remake of Hang On Sloopy, which was a 1965 number one hit for The McCoys. Rick Derringer had been the lead singer of The McCoys.  

  7 The Lord's Prayer 9   Apr 1974  
  Sister Janet Mead  
    YouTube    
  The Lord's Prayer was the only top 20 hit by Sister Janet Mead. She followed-up with Take My Hand which received minor airplay. Sister Janet was an Australian nun who wanted to bring hip rock music into her teachings with the church.  

  8 Tell Me A Lie   Apr 1974  
  Sami Jo  
    YouTube    
  Although the top 20 near miss song Tell Me A Lie was the greatest hit by Sami Jo, she followed up with a string of songs that received some country radio airplay, including It Could Have Been Me, which was played on pop stations also.  

  9 TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) 2   Apr 1974  
  MFSB Featuring The Three Degrees  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  TSOP became the theme for TV show Soul Train. MFSB stood for Mothers Fathers Sisters Brothers. MFSB had a string of soul and instrumental songs that received radio airplay. The Three Degrees also had a string of hits including the 1974 number 2 song When Will I See You Again. This song was written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.  

  10 Lookin' For A Love 13   Apr 1974  
  Bobby Womack  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Bobby Womack was in the group The Valentinos when they sang Lookin' For A Love years earlier. This redone version of the song was a technical top 20 one hit wonder by the soul superstar.  

  11 Tubular Bells 11   Apr 1974  
  Mike Oldfield  
    YouTube    
  While Tubular Bells was a top 20 one hit wonder for Mike Oldfield, he had a string of instrumental songs that received pop and rock radio airplay, including the 1988 number 8 rock top 20 song Magic Touch. The song was from the movie The Exorcist. This song was written by Mike Oldfield.  

  12 The Entertainer 2   May 1974  
  Marvin Hamlisch  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Top movie score producer and song writer Marvin Hamlisch had his own top 20 one hit wonder with his production of the Scott Joplin song The Entertainer from the movie The Sting.  

  13 Be Thankful For What You Got 6   Jun 1974  
  William DeVaughn  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  While Be Thankful For What You Got was the only top 20 hit for William DeVaughn, he had a few other songs that received some airplay, like Blood Is Thicker Than Water.  

  14 Rock Your Baby 1   Jul 1974  
  George McCrae  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  KC And The Sunshine Band wrote, produced, and performed Rock Your Baby, except that George McCrae sang lead vocals. George McCrae went on to receive radio play with many other songs including I Can't Leave You Alone.  

  15 Good Things Don't Last Forever 20   Jul 1974  
  Ecstasy, Passion & Pain  
    YouTube    
  Good Things Don't Last Forever was a top 20 one hit wonder and by far the most popoular song for dance and vocal group Ecstacy, Passion & Pain. I Wouldn't Give You Up, from a few months earlier, was the group's second most famous song.  

  16 The Night Chicago Died 1   Aug 1974  
  Paper Lace  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although The Night Chicago Died was the only top 20 hit for Paper Lace, the group had other songs that received some airplay. Paper Lace did the original version of Billy, Don't Be A Hero, a big international song. A few months later, Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods made it a number one hit.  

  17 Please Come To Boston 2   Aug 1974  
  Dave Loggins  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Please Come To Boston was the only top 20 hit for Dave Loggins. Among his other releases was a moderately popular 1979 version of a song he wrote, Pieces Of April. Dave Loggins was a cousin of Kenny Loggins.  

  18 Rub It In 8   Aug 1974  
  Billy Crash Craddock  
    YouTube    
  Rub It In was a top 20 one hit wonder for long-time famous singer Billy Crash Craddock, whose 1975 tune, Ruby Baby, was a top 20 near miss.  

  19 Hang On In There Baby 7   Sep 1974  
  Johnny Bristol  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Although Hang On In There Baby was the only top 20 hit by Johnny Bristol, he had a string of popular songs that received soul radio airplay, like Do It To My Mind.  

  20 Beach Baby 2   Oct 1974  
  The First Class  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Tony Burrows sang Beach Baby. The First Class received slight radio airplay with other songs too. Tony Burrows as singer had many other top 20 hit songs. The song Beach Baby was from album The First Class. This song was written by John Carter and Gillian Shakespeare.  

  21 Sugar Pie Guy 15   Oct 1974  
  The Joneses  
    YouTube    
  Sugar Pie Guy was the only top 20 hit for soul and dance group The Joneses. This song was the follow-up of Hey Babe (Is The Gettin' Still Good?), which received minor play earlier in the year. Sugar Pie Guy was written by Glenn Dorsey.  

  22 Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) 3   Oct 1974  
  Reunion  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Reunion followed-up its only top 20 hit Life Is A Rock with the song Disco-Tekin about a year later. Reunion lead singer Joey Levine was also in the group The Ohio Express. Reunion was a part of the family of fantasy groups of Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Chorus.  

  23 Don't Send Nobody Else   Oct 1974  
  Ace Spectrum  
    YouTube    
  Don't Send Nobody Else was the most popular song by soul group Ace Spectrum, and a top 20 near miss. The group received minor radio airplay with Trust Me also. The song Don't Send Nobody Else was from album Inner Spectrum. This song was written by Ashford & Simpson.  

  24 I Can Help 1   Nov 1974  
  Billy Swan  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  After I Can Help, Billy Swan had a string of popular country songs, some receiving pop radio airplay, like I'm Her Fool.
The extra here is a live video performance.
 

  25 Kung Fu Fighting 1   Dec 1974  
  Carl Douglas  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Carl Douglas followed-up Kung Fu Fighting with Dance The Kung Fu, which received some radio airplay.  

  26 Woman To Woman 18   Dec 1974  
  Shirley Brown  
    YouTube download at Amazon  
  Woman To Woman was the only top 20 hit for Shirley Brown, but she had a string of popular soul songs, like Blessed Is The Woman (With A Man Like Mine).  


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1974 Top Pop One Hit Wonders

1Seasons In The Sun
 Terry Jacks
2TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)
 MFSB Featuring The Three Degrees
3The Night Chicago Died
 Paper Lace
4Rock On
 David Essex
5Kung Fu Fighting
 Carl Douglas
6I Can Help
 Billy Swan
7Rock Your Baby
 George McCrae
8Smokin' In The Boys Room
 Brownsville Station
9The Entertainer
 Marvin Hamlisch
10Please Come To Boston
 Dave Loggins
11Beach Baby
 The First Class
12Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me)
 Reunion
13Be Thankful For What You Got
 William DeVaughn
14Hang On In There Baby
 Johnny Bristol
15The Lord's Prayer
 Sister Janet Mead
16Rub It In
 Billy Crash Craddock
17Americans
 Byron MacGregor
18Tubular Bells
 Mike Oldfield
19Lookin' For A Love
 Bobby Womack
20My Sweet Lady
 Cliff DeYoung

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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 1974. 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.