20 Of The Most Bizarre One Hit Wonders Of The 1970s

By | September 7, 2022

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The 1970s were a wild time for music. No one really knew what the big sound of the decade was going to be so songwriters, producers, and musicians threw everything at the wall. This crazy decade saw everything from the rise of punk to disco nights, and incredibly heavy bands forming at the same time as people were singing about a little "afternoon delight."

Many of the one-hit wonders of the '70s were literally just giving something a shot and seeing what would happen. Songs about kung fu fights, junk food diets, and the disassociation of the human race from one another thanks to our reliance on technology all hit the top of the charts in the '70s, making for some very weird radio. Some of these artists dropped off the face of the Earth while others have continued to have fantastic (but hit free) careers to this day.

Gary Numan, "Cars"

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Even though he's been a fixture on the electronic music scene since the late '70s, pop music pioneer is technically a one-hit wonder thanks to this ear worm of a single. Numan followed "Cars" with a series of great singles ("Complex" and "She's Got Claws" come to mind) but non of them packed the crowd pleasing power of his 1979 ode to automobiles. Numan is still performing today, and his 2021 album, "Intruders," came in at Number 2 on the UK charts.

Listen: Cars