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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tell Me A Lie
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't Send Nobody Else
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.