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Jaybeau: The first song I ever played on the air was a One Hit Wonder. It was Vehicle by the Ides Of March.

I was 16 years old, running the overnight Sunday public affairs show on WORC-AM in Worcester from midnight to 6 am. One Sunday night at 4 am a public affairs show tape was missing. So I had to fill the hour with music. Even though I was not allowed to crack the mic, I couldn’t resist. Our night DJ’s girlfriend was a nurse and worked over nights, and just happened to be listening.  BUSTED!

But it worked out, because shorty after, I got moved up to Saturday night and got permission to hit the air. Thanks to Erica Banis  for sharing this great story! 

The term “one-hit wonder” often brings about a negative connotation, but it’s difficult to have any negative feelings whenever you listen to these seven 70s one-hit wonders.

Seriously, try and have a bad thought while rocking out to these tracks.  It’s nearly impossible!


King Harvest – “Dancing In the Moonlight” (1972)

Dancing in the Moonlight (Remastered 40th Anniversary Edition)

Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises Dancing in the Moonlight · King Harvest Dancing in the Moonlight (Remastered 40th Anniversary Edition) ℗ 2013 Darbo Music LLC Released on: 2013-09-10 Music Publisher: EMI Auto-generated by YouTube.

Mott the Hoople – “All The Young Dudes” (1972)

MOTT THE HOOPLE - All The Young Dudes [ HQ remaster audio ]

Hott the Hoople consisting at this point of Ian Hunter (vocals, guitar), Mick Ralphs (lead & rhythm guitar), Overend Watts (bass), Verden Allen(keys), & Dale "Buffin" Griffin (drums) perform David Bowie penned All The Young Dudes

Norman Greenbaum – “Spirit In The Sky” (1970)

Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum

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Free – “All Right Now” (1970)

All Right Now

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group North America All Right Now · Free Molten Gold: The Anthology ℗ ℗ 1970 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited Released on: 1993-01-01 Producer: Free Producer: John Kelly Vocalist: Paul Rodgers Guitar: Paul Kossoff Bass Guitar, Piano: Andy Fraser Drums: Simon Kirke Author, Composer: Andrew Fraser Author, Composer: Paul Rodgers Auto-generated by YouTube.

Blue Swede – “Hooked on a Feeling” (1974)

Hooked on a Feeling

Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group Hooked on a Feeling · Blue Swede Hooked On A Feeling ℗ 1973 Parlophone Music Sweden, a division of Warner Music Sweden AB Producer: Bengt Palmers Writer: Mark James Auto-generated by YouTube.

Stealers Wheel – “Stuck in the Middle With You” (1973)

Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel

Groovy! "Stuck in the Middle With You" or, as originally titled, "Stuck in the Middle", is a song by Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty and performed by their band Stealers Wheel. Stuck in the Middle With You was released on Stealers Wheel's 1972 self-titled debut album Stealers Wheel.

Argent – “Hold Your Head Up” (1972)

Argent ~ Hold Your Head Up (1972)

And if they stare, just let them burn their eyes on you moving.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.