Can You Name The Band Behind These ’70s One Hit Wonders?

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From Jimi Hendrix to Abba, the 1970s were a time of musical revolution. While many can ramble off names like Janis Joplin or Led Zeppelin, only the most diehard fans of ’70s music can recall more obscure artists like Nick Lowe or Derek and the Dominos. They’re the ones whose hit song you’ll recognize as one of the most played of the decade, though their name may be harder to pull from memory. If you think you’re up to the challenge, take this quiz to test how many bands you can name based on their one hit from the ’70s.

This band commanded a white boy to “Play That Funky Music”

Retry Correct Incorrect Wild Cherry made it to the US Billboard Hot 100 list for their 1976 song “Play That Funky Music,” and the hit is still being played at parties everywhere today.
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This band commanded a white boy to “Play That Funky Music”

  • Down And Out
  • Wild Cherry
  • Wild Wild West
  • Cherry Lipstick
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This R&B duo mixed funk and disco into their hit “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”

Retry Correct Incorrect McFadden & Whitehead were discovered by Otis Redding, who they toured with in the 1960s. By the 1970s, they were on top with their hit “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now.”
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This R&B duo mixed funk and disco into their hit “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”

  • Megamax & Delta Jones
  • Murtle & Williams
  • McFadden & Whitehead
  • Hootie & The Blowfish
3%

Though she’s known for her hit “Turn The Beat Around,” this singer was also an actress

Retry Correct Incorrect Though you may not recognize Vicki Sue Robinson for her acting, you’re sure to recall her catchy song “Turn The Beat Around,” which remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for six months!
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Though she’s known for her hit “Turn The Beat Around,” this singer was also an actress

  • Rita Marshall
  • Angela Crosby
  • Naomi Ann Moore
  • Vicki Sue Robinson
5%

This band’s feel-good song “Dancing in the Moonlight” hit #13 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1972

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Retry Correct Incorrect King Harvest’s song “Dancing in the Moonlight” was a breath of fresh air during the Vietnam War era with carefree lyrics like “We like our fun and we never fight.”
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This band’s feel-good song “Dancing in the Moonlight” hit #13 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1972

  • Magic Season
  • East Of Eden
  • Wolves Of Night
  • King Harvest
8%

This artists’ catchy hit “Ring My Bell” reached number one in three countries

Retry Correct Incorrect School teacher-turned-singer Anita Ward wowed audiences with her hit “Ring My Bell,” which hit number one in the US, the UK, and Canada. Her latest album was released in 2011.
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This artists’ catchy hit “Ring My Bell” reached number one in three countries

  • Anita Ward
  • Bethany Cosgrove
  • Charmaign Laurence
  • Charlotte Anthony
10%

These Irish rockers became internationally known for their hit “The Boys Are Back In Town”

Retry Correct Incorrect Hard rock band Thin Lizzy released their hit “The Boys Are Back in Town” in 1976 and it went on to become their first single to hit the US charts.
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These Irish rockers became internationally known for their hit “The Boys Are Back In Town”

  • Lightning Town
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Big Bobby
  • The Beauty and the Bad
13%

This Scottish band put out arguably the best breakup song ever: “Love Hurts”

Retry Correct Incorrect Nazareth reached international acclaim for their ballad “Love Hurts,” which reached #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The timeless lyrics are sure to resonate with any heartbroken listeners today.
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This Scottish band put out arguably the best breakup song ever: “Love Hurts”

  • Nazareth
  • Omega
  • Bad Blood
  • Babel
15%

This artist managed to win a Grammy with just five words in his hit song “The Hustle”

Retry Correct Incorrect Musician, producer, and orchestra composer Van McCoy proved his brilliance when he created one of the most quintessential and catchy disco songs of all time using minimal lyrics rearranged throughout.
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This artist managed to win a Grammy with just five words in his hit song “The Hustle”

  • Charlie Winston
  • Van McCoy
  • Sawyer Brown
  • Daryl Adams
18%

This band’s hit song “Afternoon Delight” was inspired by an afternoon appetizer menu

Retry Correct Incorrect Starland Vocal Band’s hit “Afternoon Delight” made it to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and won the group a Grammy, proving that no source of inspiration is too small.
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This band’s hit song “Afternoon Delight” was inspired by an afternoon appetizer menu

  • Voices That Carry
  • Ships in the Night
  • Starland Vocal Band
  • Harmony Band
20%

This band made everyone feel like a musician with their hit “I’ve Got The Music In Me”

Retry Correct Incorrect The Kiki Dee Band’s “I’ve Got The Music In Me” was one of two huge hits for singer Kiki Dee. Her second was “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” which she performed without her band alongside Elton John, who is the song’s credited artist.
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This band made everyone feel like a musician with their hit “I’ve Got The Music In Me”

  • Dee and the Bumble Bees
  • Kiki and the Diamonds
  • The Kiki Dee Band
  • The Darling Band
23%

This Jamaican artist recorded his hit song “Kung Fu Fighting” in just two takes

Retry Correct Incorrect Carl Douglas wrote and recorded “Kung Fu Fighting” in a rush, but it still managed to become an international success. The hit has been used in movies and shows ever since.
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This Jamaican artist recorded his hit song “Kung Fu Fighting” in just two takes

  • Mark Johnson
  • Carl Douglas
  • Bobby Maxwell
  • Albert Noma
25%

This artist’s love ballad “You Light Up My Life” was a popular choice at weddings

Retry Correct Incorrect Debby Boone’s hit “You Light Up My Life” stayed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a whopping ten weeks! The hit also scored her a Grammy.
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This artist’s love ballad “You Light Up My Life” was a popular choice at weddings

  • Charlize Anderson
  • Patty Bloom
  • Debby Boone
  • Marsha Lawrence
28%

This family group created the timeless song “O-o-h Child”

Retry Correct Incorrect Five Stairsteps was the family group that gave us the timeless, mellow classic “O-o-h Child.” Rolling Stone listed the meaningful smash hit on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
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This family group created the timeless song “O-o-h Child”

  • Five Points of the Star
  • Five Steps at a Time
  • High Five
  • Five Stairsteps
30%

This singer helped come up with the name of her smash hit “I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round)”

Retry Correct Incorrect Alicia Bridges pushed songwriter Susan Hutcheson from “Disco Round” to “I Love The Nightlife” since Alicia believed the song to be more R&B than disco. Genre aside, the hit peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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This singer helped come up with the name of her smash hit “I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round)”

  • Alicia Bridges
  • Maridyth Marsh
  • Amy Davey
  • Charlie Rae
33%

This country-rock group disbanded three years after their hit “Third Rate Romance”

Retry Correct Incorrect Though Amazing Rhythm Aces is best known for “Third Rate Romance,” they’ve put out a whopping 18 albums. The band broke up in 1978, but they reunited in ’94 and have been rocking ever since.
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This country-rock group disbanded three years after their hit “Third Rate Romance”

  • The Awesome Rat Pack
  • The Ace of Blues
  • Grass Roots
  • Amazing Rhythm Aces
35%

This singer’s hit “Got to Be Real” was the first song she’d ever released

Retry Correct Incorrect Cheryl Lynn was just 21-years-old when her first released song “Got to Be Real” became a hit. The early attention made her first two albums a success, though her other songs struggled to compete with the smash hit.
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This singer’s hit “Got to Be Real” was the first song she’d ever released

  • Gayle Foster
  • Cheryl Lynn
  • Amy Francis
  • Jen Parker
38%

This blues musician both performed and wrote his timeless hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”

Retry Correct Incorrect Elvin Bishop’s hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song is so timeless that Miranda Lambert recorded a rendition of the song decades later.
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This blues musician both performed and wrote his timeless hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”

  • Arnold Chase
  • David Burns
  • Josh Nickels
  • Elvin Bishop
40%

This artist was acclaimed for his rendition of The Beatles hit “Here Comes The Sun”

Retry Correct Incorrect Though Richie Havens performed at Woodstock in 1969, his first album to reach the Billboard Top 30 was Alarm Clock, which contained his highly-acclaimed rendition of “Here Comes The Sun.”
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This artist was acclaimed for his rendition of The Beatles hit “Here Comes The Sun”

  • Reginald Swift
  • Thomas Leo
  • Roy Davis
  • Richie Havens
43%

This rock band’s hit “All The Young Dudes” was written for them by David Bowie

Retry Correct Incorrect Mott the Hoople was on the verve of splitting up when David Bowie convinced them to stay together, and ultimately wrote their biggest hit “All the Young Dudes.” Talk about a helpful friend!
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This rock band’s hit “All The Young Dudes” was written for them by David Bowie

  • Mott the Hoople
  • Mob the Stops
  • Hoops and Ladders
  • The Mop Heads
45%

This singer’s hit “Emotion” featured the Bee Gees

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Retry Correct Incorrect Samantha Sang had a 1967 hit in her native country, Australia, but it wasn’t until her 1977 collaboration with the Bee Gees that she reached the US charts with the song “Emotion.”
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This singer’s hit “Emotion” featured the Bee Gees

  • Jessica Ralph
  • Rachel Zein
  • Suzanne Thomas
  • Samantha Sang
48%

He was known for his song “Just When I Needed You Most”

Retry Correct Incorrect Randy VanWarmer was an American singer and guitarist, best-known for his pop hit “Just When I Needed You Most.” It reached No.8 on the UK Singles Chart in 1979 and No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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David Redfern/Redferns

He was known for his song “Just When I Needed You Most”

  • The James Gang
  • America
  • Randy VanWarmer
  • Styx
50%

They released the song “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'”

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Retry Correct Incorrect Aside from being a musician, Charley Pride is also known for playing baseball professionally. His song, “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” went to the top of the country charts in 1971 before making it to No.21 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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They released the song “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'”

  • Conway Twitty
  • Bill Anderson
  • Charley Pride
  • Ronnie Milsap
53%

He did his own version of “What The World Needs Now Is Love”

Retry Correct Incorrect Tom Clay was an American radio personality and disc jockey, although he is remembered for his single on Motown’s MoWest label “What the World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham, Martin, and John.”
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He did his own version of “What The World Needs Now Is Love”

  • Dan Ingram
  • Joey Reynolds
  • Dick Holler
  • Tom Clay
55%

His hit song was “Cruel to Be Kind”

Retry Correct Incorrect A notable figure in the power pop and new wave genres, although he had a few well-reviewed albums, his most regarded songs include “Cruel to Be Kind,” which was a Top 40 single and “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass.”
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Paul Welsh/Redferns

His hit song was “Cruel to Be Kind”

  • John Hiatt
  • Terry Williams
  • David Edmunds
  • Nick Lowe
58%

He is known for “Please Come Back to Boston”

Retry Correct Incorrect Dave Loggins is remembered for his 1974 track “Please Come Back to Boston,” which landed at the No.1 spot on the US Easy Listening Chart. He is the second cousin of Kenny Loggins.
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He is known for “Please Come Back to Boston”

  • Steve Dorff
  • Dave Loggins
  • Don Schlitz
  • Trey Bruce
60%

They wrote the song “Cat Scratch Fever”

Retry Correct Incorrect Ted Nugent is a musician and political activist. After playing as the lead guitarist for The Amboy Dukes, he embarked on a solo career where he released popular tracks such as “Cat Scratch Fever.”
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Mike Prior/Redferns

They wrote the song “Cat Scratch Fever”

  • Tommy Shaw
  • Ted Nugent
  • Jack Blades
  • Damn Yankees
63%

They played “Angel in Your Arms”

Retry Correct Incorrect Hot was a Los Angeles-based vocal group comprised of Gwen Owens, Cathy Carson, and Juanita Curiel. In 1977, their hit “Angel in Your Arms” went on to sell over one million records.
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GAB Archive/Redferns

They played “Angel in Your Arms”

  • Black Box
  • Hot
  • Sister Sledge
  • Chic
65%

Their hit song was “Layla”

Retry Correct Incorrect Eric Clapton was a member of Derek and the Dominos when he wrote “Layla,” which was released in 1971. It is about his relationship with Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend, George Harrison.
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Their hit song was “Layla”

  • Derek and the Dominos
  • Blind Faith
  • Steve Winwood
  • Cream
68%

She is known for “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden”

Retry Correct Incorrect Lynn Anderson was an American country music singer best-known for her super hit “Rose Garden” in 1970. The song helped her become country’s first mainstream female star of the early ’70s.
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Ron Howard/Redferns

She is known for “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden”

  • Lynn Anderson
  • Donna Fargo
  • Dottie West
  • Tammy Wynette
70%

She sang “I Can’t Stand the Rain”

Retry Correct Incorrect Ann Peebles gained popularity for her Memphis soul albums with Hi Records, and her song “I Can’t Stand the Rain” which she wrote with her husband Don Bryant and radio broadcaster Bernie Miller.
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She sang “I Can’t Stand the Rain”

  • Billie Ray Martin
  • Ann Peebles
  • Carla Thomas
  • Cyndi Lauper
73%

He released “Born to be Alive” in 1979

Retry Correct Incorrect Patrick Hernandez is a French singer who gained popularity with his worldwide hit “Born to be Alive” in 1979. The song spread throughout Europe before making its way to the United States not long after.
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He released “Born to be Alive” in 1979

  • Plastic Bertrand
  • Patrick Hernandez
  • Alec Mansion
  • Cookie Dingler
75%

Her vocals are impressive in “Lovin’ You”

Retry Correct Incorrect Known for her five-octave coloratura soprano range, Minnie Riperton released her hit track “Lovin’ You” in 1975. Today, she is commonly referred to as the “Queen of the whistle register.”
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Chris Walter/WireImage

Her vocals are impressive in “Lovin’ You”

  • Minnie Riperton
  • Deniece Williams
  • Rotary Connection
  • Kimiko Kasai
78%

“If You Want It” was released in 1979

Retry Correct Incorrect Niteflyte was an American funk group whose main members included Howard Johnson and Sandy Torano. Their single “If You Want It” landed on No.37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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“If You Want It” was released in 1979

  • The Brothers Johnson
  • Kashif
  • Niteflyte
  • Bill LaBounty
80%

She sings “Woman to Woman”

Retry Correct Incorrect Shirley Brown is an R&B singer who made a name for herself after releasing her million-selling single “Woman to Woman” in 1974. The song was then nominated for a Grammy Award in 1975.
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She sings “Woman to Woman”

  • Denise LaSalle
  • Barbara Mason
  • Shirley Brown
  • Betty Wright
83%

They released “Hocus Pocus” in 1973

Retry Correct Incorrect Formed in Amsterdam in 1969, Focus has had several lineup changes since its inception. Their lead single “Hocus Pocus” on their album Moving Waves earned them international recognition and a renewed interest after Nike used the song in a 2010 ad.
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GAB Archive/Redferns

They released “Hocus Pocus” in 1973

  • Focus
  • Camel
  • Caravan
  • Gentle Giant
85%

They released the song “Yellow River”

Retry Correct Incorrect Christie is an English rock band that formed at the end of the 1960s. They released the song “Yellow River” in 1970 which became a hit in both the UK and the US.
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GAB Archive/Redferns

They released the song “Yellow River”

  • The New Seekers
  • Christie
  • Bay City Rollers
  • Middle of the Road
88%

They released “I’m Not Lisa” in 19745

Retry Correct Incorrect Jessi Colter is a country music singer who had several collaborations with her husband, country star Waylon Jennings. She was also known for her 1975 hit country-pop crossover “I’m Not Lisa.”
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They released “I’m Not Lisa” in 19745

  • Janie Fricke
  • Brenda Lee
  • Jessi Colter
  • Anne Murray
90%

He’s known for his song “Short People”

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Retry Correct Incorrect Randy Newman is a singer-songwriter and composer, known for his American-influenced songs, Southern twang, and being involved in various film scores. One of his best-known songs is “Short People,” which was released in 1977.
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David Farrell/Redferns

He’s known for his song “Short People”

  • James Taylor
  • Randy Newman
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Alexandre Desplat
93%

Their song “Vehicle” was released in 1970

Retry Correct Incorrect The Ides of March are an American rock band that saw major success in the US with their 1970 hit “Vehicle” and minor success in the UK. After a hiatus in 1973, the band returned in 1990 and continue to play.
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Their song “Vehicle” was released in 1970

  • New Colony Six
  • Chase
  • Survivor
  • The Ides of March
95%

He released the song “Don’t Give Up On Us”

Retry Correct Incorrect David Soul is an American-British actor and singer, best known for his role as Hutch in the 1970s show Starsky & Hutch. He also had success as a musician with “Don’t Give Up on Us” which reached No.1 in the US and UK.
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He released the song “Don’t Give Up On Us”

  • Bobby Sherman
  • David Soul
  • Paul Michael Glaser
  • Hal Holbrook
98%

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Retry No Need To Trip, Man, It’s Just Not Your Bag Don’t beat yourself up; songs can be much easier to recognize than artists. We’re sure you’d at least recognize these tunes if you heard them. We Dig The Effort, But Your Results Aren’t Very Kosher You aren’t completely oblivious to ’70s artists, but you may not know as much as you thought you did. Your Results Are Far Out, Man Whether you lived through the ’70s or are just a big fan, you definitely know a thing or two about the era’s greatest hits. Jump Back, You’re A Genius! If you didn’t live through the ’70s, then you must have been born in the wrong generation because you know this music like the back of your hand.
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