One-hit Wonders of the '70s Quiz
by Staff
The '70s are among the most musically diverse decades in history, coming in with a groovy haze of flower power and passing through a hustlin' disco phase. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of some of the biggest one-hit wonders of the decade.

Lynn Anderson topped both pop and country charts in 1970, but she certainly never promised you one of these.

  • rose garden
  • prize
  • kiss

How long did Norman Greenbaum spend penning the lyrics for "Spirit in the Sky"?

  • 15 minutes
  • 15 months
  • 15 years

What band released the song "Play That Funky Music"?

  • the Five Stairsteps
  • Wild Cherry
  • King Harvest

How long is the song "American Pie"?

  • four minutes
  • eight minutes
  • 12 minutes

True or false: The title "American Pie" was inspired by the name of a plane.

  • true
  • false

Who sang the song "Mr. Big Stuff"?

  • Jean Knight
  • Jean Jackson
  • Jean Green

What band was Lillian Lopez a part of?

  • Wild Cherry
  • the Five Stairsteps
  • Odyssey

What band found fame with "The Boys Are Back in Town"?

  • the Knack
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Nazareth

What year did Van McCoy top the charts with "The Hustle"?

  • 1973
  • 1975
  • 1977

True or false: The song "Cat's in the Cradle" was inspired by a poem written by Harry Chapin's wife.

  • true
  • false

Who earned a Grammy nod for her 1976 version of "Turn the Beat Around"?

  • Joni Mitchell
  • Lynn Anderson
  • Vicki Sue Robinson

True or false: Mungo Jerry hailed from the U.K.

  • true
  • false

What year was everybody "Kung Fu Fighting"?

  • 1971
  • 1974
  • 1979

Who sang the 1978 hit "Hot Child in the City"?

  • King Harvest
  • Ace
  • Nick Gilder

Who did the lead singer of the Knack pen "My Sharona" for?

  • his dog
  • his wife
  • a girl he liked

True or false: The Federal Communications Commission banned the song "One Toke Over the Line" from the radio.

  • true
  • false

How many Grammy nominations did the Starland Vocal Band earn in 1976?

  • three
  • five
  • seven

True or false: Edison Lighthouse wasn't a real band.

  • true
  • false

How long did Anita Ward spend recording "Ring My Bell"?

  • two days
  • two months
  • two years

What 1972 one-hit wonder was featured in a 1999 Volkswagen commercial?

  • "Pink Moon"
  • "Wild Moon"
  • "Blue Moon"

Who sang the song "Hey There Lonely Girl"?

  • Eddie Haskell
  • Eddie Holman
  • Eddie Valens

What year did the Five Stairsteps release "O-o-h Child"?

  • 1970
  • 1973
  • 1976

A visit to this state inspired Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi."

  • Hawaii
  • California
  • Florida

What band sang "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke"?

  • New Edition
  • New Element
  • the New Seekers

What year did King Harvest release "Dancing in the Moonlight"?

  • 1973
  • 1976
  • 1979

Who sang the 1971 song "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia"?

  • Tanya Tucker
  • Vicki Lawrence
  • Betty White

Which group topped the charts with the song "How Long" in 1974?

  • Splice
  • Ace
  • Rant

Who originally sang the song "Love Hurts"?

  • Elvis
  • the Rolling Stones
  • the Everly Brothers

What year did Bobby Bloom release the cheerful "Montego Bay"?

  • 1970
  • 1974
  • 1978

Where did DJ Tom Clay hail from?

  • Detroit
  • New York
  • Orlando