- Americans Hate Tingle: They had eleven Top 10 hits in the UK (with three hitting #1), but just two in America ("I'm Not in Love" and "The Things We Do for Love". "People in Love", which made it to #40, was their only other Top 40 hit in that country).
- Ear Worm:
- Load up, load up, load up, with ru-u-ub-ber bullets...
- "The Things We Do for Love" basically stuffs as many light rock hooks as possible into three-and-a-half-minutes.
- Face of the Band: Averted initially since the four founding members were basically equal. Eric Stewart became the unofficial face when Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left. Graham Gouldman has had the position since the 1999 reunion, largely because hes the only remaining founder.
- Misattributed Song: One reason that "Neanderthal Man" by Hotlegs became a hit is that a rumor started that it was The Beatles performing under an alias. Which became Hilarious in Hindsight with Eric Stewart's later work with Paul McCartney.
- Most Wonderful Sound: The vocal harmonies of "I'm Not in Love", which were accomplished by overdubbing 254 vocal tracks using tape loops and other then-state-of-the-art equipment. A clear case of Doing It for the Art, and one where it paid off extensively; it was a huge hit and is frequently regarded as one of the best-sounding songs of the '70s.
- Nightmare Fuel: "Clockwork Creep," a song about a bomb on board a plane, ends with a ticking sound getting louder before abruptly cutting off.
- Signature Song: "I'm Not in Love" was their biggest hit, hitting #1 in the UK (for 2 weeks), Canada and Ireland, and the Top 10 in several other countries. In the US, it spent 3 weeks at #2, kept out of the top slot by "The Hustle" (Van McCoy), "One of These Nights" (Eagles) and "Jive Talkin'" (The Bee Gees).
- Song Association: Modern fans of 10cc were first introduced to the band by either Superjail!, which used "Rubber Bullets" as the opening theme for the pilot episode, or J Dilla's Donuts, which heavily sampled "The Worst Band in the World" and "Johnny, Don't Do It". For the latter, Dave Chappelle has also introduced people to 10cc by proxy, due to using "Workinonit" as the theme to some of his modern skits. In 2014, "I'm Not in Love" got a noticeable boost in popularity from appearing on the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: The recurring guitar riff on "Feel the Benefit" sounds a lot like the "Dear Prudence" riff.
- Tear Jerker: "Old Wild Men" wonders what happens to aging rock stars; "Don't Hang Up" has someone calling their ex to try and patch things up, only to be hung up on mid sentence.
YMMV / 10cc