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Biggest 1974 One Hit Wonders
ranked most popular 1974 songs
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
8The Entertainer
Marvin Hamlisch
9Smokin' In The Boys Room
Brownsville Station
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've 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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Tunecaster has 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 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 1974 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.

     

1974 One Hit Wonders Page

One Hit Wonders from 1974 at Tunecaster

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.  
    Jan 1974
     
     
    Brownsville Station
     
     
    Smokin' In The Boys Room by Brownsville Station listen
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    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

     
    Feb 1974
     
     
    Byron MacGregor
     
     
    Americans by Byron MacGregor listen
    Americans by Byron MacGregor listen
     
     
     
    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.  
    Feb 1974
     
       
     
    Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks listen
    Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks listen
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    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.  
    Mar 1974
     
       
     
    Rock On by David Essex listen
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    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

     
    Mar 1974
     
     
    Cliff DeYoung
     
     
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    My Sweet Lady by Cliff DeYoung listen
     
     
     
    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

     
    Mar 1974
     
     
    Rick Derringer
     
     
    Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo by Rick Derringer listen
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    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. TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)

     
    Apr 1974
     
       
     
    TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) by MFSB Featuring The Three Degrees listen
    TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) by MFSB Featuring The Three Degrees listen
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    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.
     
     
  8. The Lord's Prayer

     
    Apr 1974
     
     
    Sister Janet Mead
     
     
    The Lord's Prayer by Sister Janet Mead listen
    The Lord's Prayer by Sister Janet Mead listen
     
     
     
    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.
     
     
  9. Tell Me A Lie

     
    Apr 1974
     
     
    Sami Jo
     
     
    Tell Me A Lie by Sami Jo listen
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    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.
     
     
  10. Lookin' For A Love

     
    Apr 1974
     
       
     
    Lookin' For A Love by Bobby Womack listen
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    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

     
    Apr 1974
     
     
    Mike Oldfield
     
     
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    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.  
    May 1974
     
       
     
    The Entertainer by Marvin Hamlisch listen
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    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.  
    Jun 1974
     
     
    William DeVaughn
     
     
    Be Thankful For What You've Got by William DeVaughn listen
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    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

     
    Jul 1974
     
       
     
    Rock Your Baby by George McCrae listen
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    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

     
    Jul 1974
     
     
    Ecstasy, Passion & Pain
     
     
    Good Things Don't Last Forever by Ecstasy, Passion & Pain listen
    Good Things Don't Last Forever by Ecstasy, Passion & Pain listen
     
     
     
    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

     
    Aug 1974
     
       
     
    The Night Chicago Died by Paper Lace listen
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    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

     
    Aug 1974
     
       
     
    Please Come To Boston by Dave Loggins listen
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    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

     
    Aug 1974
     
     
    Billy Crash Craddock
     
     
    Rub It In by Billy Crash Craddock listen
    Rub It In by Billy Crash Craddock listen
     
     
     
    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

     
    Sep 1974
     
     
    Johnny Bristol
     
     
    Hang On In There Baby by Johnny Bristol listen
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    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

     
    Oct 1974
     
       
     
    Beach Baby by The First Class listen
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    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

     
    Oct 1974
     
     
    The Joneses
     
     
    Sugar Pie Guy by The Joneses listen
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    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)

     
    Oct 1974
     
       
     
    Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) by Reunion listen
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    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
     
     
    Don't Send Nobody Else by Ace Spectrum listen
    Don't Send Nobody Else by Ace Spectrum listen
     
     
     
    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

     
    Nov 1974
     
       
     
    I Can Help by Billy Swan listen
    I Can Help by Billy Swan listen
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    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

     
    Dec 1974
     
       
     
    Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas listen
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    Carl Douglas followed-up Kung Fu Fighting with Dance The Kung Fu, which received some radio airplay.
     
     
  26. Woman To Woman

     
    Dec 1974
     
     
    Shirley Brown
     
     
    Woman To Woman by Shirley Brown listen
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    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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