The ’70s were a revolutionary time for music. Hits from this decade not only put new spins on rock and R&B, but the world was also propelled into disco, which whether you liked it or not, became a sensation in itself. But while some artists made songs that become quintessential ’70s hits, unfortunately, their success would barely last a year on the U.S. charts, let alone the decade. Read on to see if you remember these one-hit wonders of the ’70s — maybe your favorite made the list!
One family band made a hit good enough to rival the Jackson 5! But first, this man is at the top of everyone’s ’70s hit list.
“Spirit in the Sky” – Norman Greenbaum
Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” is featured on the 1969 album of the same name. By April 1970, it reached No. 3 on the BillboardHot 100, a list it lasted on for 15 weeks. The single went gold when it sold 2 million copies within a year of its release.
Greenbaum told The New York Timesin 2006 that he was inspired to write the song after watching Porter Wagoner sing gospel on TV. “I thought, ‘Yeah, I could do that,’ knowing nothing about gospel music, so I sat down and wrote my own gospel song,” he said.