Saturday, January 31, 1970

The Jackson 5 hit #1 with “I Want You Back”

First posted 4/20/2020.

I Want You Back

The Jackson 5

Writer(s): Berry Gordy/Freddie Perren/Deke Richards/Fonce Mizell (see lyrics here)


Released: October 7, 1969


First Charted: November 15, 1969


Peak: 11 US, 11 CB, 2 HR, 14 RB, 2 UK, 2 CN, 77 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.6 UK, 6.0 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 172.4 video, -- streaming

Awards:

About the Song:

Rock critic Dave Marsh called this” “the greatest debut single of any act since the fifties, and…certainly the greatest record ever made by a singer who had yet to reach puberty.” MA “I Want You Back” introduced the world to a pre-teen from Indiana named Michael Jackson who became the youngest person ever featured on a Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper. SF He and four of his brothers comprised the Jackson 5, one of Motown’s proudest creations.

The label had undergone changes, such as relocating from Detroit to Los Angeles and losing their star writing team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. Head honcho Berry Gordy was eager to mint a new group as superstars helmed by a new writing team. He assembled a group of writers known simply as “The Corporation,” thus depersonalizing them and keeping them from becoming “too big for their boots.” TB They had written a song called “I Wanna Be Free” TM which was intended for Gladys Knight & the Pips. TB Gordy wasn’t satisfied so “the words were overhauled and the key lowered” TB with the direction that it be reimagined as a song for someone like Frankie Lymon, SF a teen star in the ‘50s best known for “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” The team “chiseled and polished [it] into this starmaking jewel” TM we now know as “I Want You Back.”

It was the first nationally distributed single by the Jackson 5 (they previously released a single in 1968 on a local label in Gary, Indiana) SF and it made the dancing brothers into stars overnight. It became the first of four consective #1 songs for the group on both the pop and R&B charts. “It’s an immaculate machine of a song, propelled into orbit by the leaping voice of Michael Jackson,” TM who “yelped his lead vocals with boyish fervor” RS500 while “singing about an emotional experience he could not possibly have had.” TM The song is, after all, “a passionate declaration of regret att a fractured relationship.” TB

“‘I Want You Back’ remains one of hip-hop’s favorite beats, sampled everywhere from Kris Kross’ ‘Jump’ to Jay-Z’s ‘Izzo (H.O.V.A.).’” RS500


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Monday, January 26, 1970

Simon & Garfunkel released Bridge Over Troubled Water

First posted 1/26/2013; updated 11/24/2020.

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Simon & Garfunkel


Released: January 26, 1970


Peak: 110 US, 133 UK, 19 CN, 115 AU


Sales (in millions): 10.0 US, 3.2 UK, 28.5 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: folk


Tracks:

Song Title (Writer(s) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Bridge Over Troubled Water [4:52] (2/7/70, 1 US, 1 UK, 1 AC, sales: 0.5 m, airplay: 7.0 m)
  2. El Condor Pasa (If I Could) (Daniel Alomía Robles, arranged by Jorge Milchberg and English lyrics by Paul Simon) [3:06] (9/12/70, 18 US, 6 AC)
  3. Cecilia [2:55] (4/11/70, 4 US, 31 AC, sales: 0.5 m)
  4. Keep the Customer Satisfied [2:33]
  5. So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright [3:41]
  6. The Boxer [5:08] (4/12/69, 7 US, 6 UK, 3 AC)
  7. Baby Driver [3:14]
  8. The Only Living Boy in New York [3:58]
  9. Why Don’t You Write Me [2:45
  10. ]Bye Bye Love (live) [2:55] (Felice Bryant/Boudleaux Bryant)
  11. Song for the Asking [1:49]

All songs written by Paul Simon unless noted otherwise.


Total Running Time: 36:29

Rating:

4.572 out of 5.00 (average of 29 ratings)


Awards:

About the Album:

Ironically, the album which would showcase Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel at their best was made while the lifelong friends were pulling away from each other. By the end of recording what would be their fifth and final album, this folk duo “pretty much hated each other.” TL Garfunkel was launching an acting career in Mexico with a film version of Catch-22 while Simon wrote most of the songs; “Art’s contribution is limited to providing angelic harmonies to Paul’s melodies.” PR “When they got together to finalize material they feuded endlessly.” TL However, “what remains is the partnership at its best: wry, wounded songs with healing harmonies such as The Boxer,” RS500 “a profound and perceptive song that is pure poetry.” RV

Bridge “serves as an effective counterbalance to the clichés” TM of 1960s America, providing listeners with “a quiet respite from the exuberant noise of pop culture in the Age of Aquarius.” TM. The decade has been simplified to “rampant flower-powered euphoria” TM and “almost utopian togetherness,” TM but Paul Simon “writes as an outsider” TM “in pieces that sit idly and contemplate life in America from the window seat of a bus” TM or in which “emotional entanglement brings heavy consequences and duties.” TM “Simon is a deceptive lyricist – he starts out describing the scenery, and pretty soon he's drawn listeners deep into the thoughts of his complicated, often conflicted characters.” TM

Bridge Over Troubled Water, at its most ambitious and bold…was a quietly reassuring album; at other times, it was personal yet soothing; and at other times, it was just plain fun.” AMG “Each song is a marvel of introspection,” TM “convey[ing] a slightly different perspective.” TM “Some of his best songs take the perspective of an alienated, isolated young man.” TM “There are moments of withering cynicism (Keep the Customer Satisfied) and euphoric expressions of teenage romance (Cecilia), personal reflections (The Only Living Boy in New York),” TM and exploration of “world music on tracks like El Condor Pasa, inspired by a Peruvian song he first heard performed by a Chilean musician.” RV

Only Garfunkel sang on the “gorgeous” RS500 “gospel-flavored title trackAMG which “expresses devotion and empathy in terms more likely to resonate with an adult than some headstrong hippie.” TM The song seemed an ironic send-off for the duo considering its “themes of enduring friendship and tenderness” RV “According to BMI, [it] was the 19th most performed song of the 20th century, spawning versions that run the quality gamut from Aretha Franklin’s transcendent cover at the Fillmore in ‘72 to Clay Aiken’s considerably less transcendent cover on American Idol in ’03.” TL In 1972, Simon told Rolling Stone, Garfunkel “felt I should have done it…And many times I’m sorry I didn’t.” RS500


Notes:

A 2001 reissue added demos of “Feuilles-O” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

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Thursday, January 1, 1970

Top 100 Songs from 1960-1969

First posted 4/2/2011; last updated 10/26/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

1960-1969

These are the top 100 songs from the 1960s according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, radio airplay, video airplay, streaming figures, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

Check out other “songs of the decade” lists here.

1. “Hey Jude” The Beatles (1968)
2. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” The Rolling Stones (1965)
3. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” The Beatles (1963)
4. “Respect” Aretha Franklin (1967)
5. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” Marvin Gaye (1968)
6. “Good Vibrations” The Beach Boys (1966)
7. “Like a Rolling Stone” Bob Dylan (1965)
8. “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” Otis Redding (1968)
9. “Yesterday” The Beatles (1965)
10. “The House of the Rising Sun” The Animals (1964)

11. “Stand by Me” Ben E. King (1961)
12. “(Oh) Pretty Woman” Roy Orbison (1964)
13. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” The Righteous Brothers (1964)
14. “Unchained Melody” The Righteous Brothers (1965)
15. “The Twist” Chubby Checker (1960)
16. “A Whiter Shade of Pale” Procol Harum (1967)
17. “Louie Louie” The Kingsmen (1963)
18. “Light My Fire” The Doors (1967)
19. “My Girl” The Temptations (1964)
20. “Brown-Eyed Girl” Van Morrison (1967)

21. “My Generation” The Who (1965)
22. “You Really Got Me” The Kinks (1964)
23. “Be My Baby” The Ronettes (1963)
24. “Suspicious Minds” Elvis Presley (1969)
25. “All Along the Watchtower” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)
26. “She Loves You” The Beatles (1963)
27. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” Ray Charles (1962)
28. “When a Man Loves a Woman” Percy Sledge (1966)
29. “I’m a Believer” The Monkees (1966)
30. “What a Wonderful World” Louis Armstrong (1967)

31. “Georgia on My Mind” Ray Charles (1960)
32. “It’s Now or Never” Elvis Presley (1960)
33. “The Sounds of Silence” Simon & Garfunkel (1965)
34. “God Only Knows” The Beach Boys (1966)
35. “Proud Mary” Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
36. “Honky Tonk Women” The Rolling Stones (1969)
37. “Dancing in the Street” Martha & the Vandellas (1964)
38. “A Day in the Life” The Beatles (1967)
39. “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” Four Tops (1966)
40. “Strawberry Fields Forever” The Beatles (1967)

41. “Runaway” Del Shannon (1961)
42. “I Want You Back” The Jackson 5 (1969)
43. “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” Elvis Presley (1960)
44. “Crazy” Patsy Cline (1961)
45. “Nights in White Satin” The Moody Blues (1967)
46. “Mrs. Robinson” Simon & Garfunkel (1968)
47. “Mr. Tambourine Man” The Byrds (1965)
48. “Paint It Black” The Rolling Stones (1966)
49. “California Dreamin’” The Mamas & the Papas (1966)
50. “Sugar, Sugar” The Archies (1969)

51. “Born to Be Wild” Steppenwolf (1968)
52. “Purple Haze” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
53. “Help!” The Beatles (1965)
54. “For What It’s Worth” Buffalo Springfield (1967)
55. “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” The 5th Dimension (1969)
56. “Space Oddity” David Bowie (1969)
57. “The Tracks of My Tears” The Miracles (1965)
58. “Whole Lotta Love” Led Zeppelin (1969)
59. “Get Back” The Beatles with Billy Preston (1969)
60. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” The Rolling Stones (1968)

61. “Something” The Beatles (1969)
62. “Sympathy for the Devil” The Rolling Stones (1968)
63. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” The Shirelles (1960)
64. “Penny Lane” The Beatles (1967)
65. “It’s a Small World After All” The Disneyland Chorus (1964)
66. “Stop! In the Name of Love” The Supremes (1965)
67. “Can’t Buy Me Love” The Beatles (1964)
68. “Baby Love” The Supremes (1964)
69. “Moon River” Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn (1961)
70. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” Elvis Presley (1961)

71. “Where Did Our Love Go” The Supremes (1964)
72. “A Change Is Gonna Come” Sam Cooke (1965)
73. “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” Tony Bennett (1962)
74. “Blowin’ in the Wind” Bob Dylan (1963)
75. “The Loco-Motion” Little Eva (1962)
76. “Cathy’s Clown” The Everly Brothers (1960)
77. “I Got You (I Feel Good) ” James Brown (1965)
78. “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” B.J. Thomas (1969)
79. “At Last” Etta James (1961)
80. “The Letter” The Box Tops (1967)

81. “In My Life” The Beatles (1965)
82. “A Hard Day’s Night” The Beatles (1964)
83. “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” James Brown (1965)
84. “Save the Last Dance for Me” The Drifters (1960)
85. “Strangers in the Night” Frank Sinatra (1966)
86. “White Rabbit” Jefferson Airplane (1967)
87. “Twist and Shout” The Beatles (1963)
88. “River Deep, Mountain High” Ike & Tina Turner (1966)
89. “Green Onions” Booker T. & the MG’s (1962)
90. “My Way” Frank Sinatra (1969)

91. “All You Need Is Love” The Beatles (1967)
92. “You Can’t Hurry Love” The Supremes (1966)
93. “Waterloo Sunset” The Kinks (1967)
94. “Eleanor Rigby” The Beatles (1966)
95. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” The Tokens (1961)
96. “Theme from ‘A Summer Place’” Percy Faith (1960)
97. “In the Midnight Hour” Wilson Pickett (1965)
98. “Everyday People” Sly & the Family Stone (1968)
99. “Happy Together” The Turtles (1967)
100. “Daydream Believer” The Monkees (1967)

Dave’s Faves: #1 Songs in the 1960s

First posted 5/1/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 1960-1969

September 18, 1982. I can peg my fascination with music charts to that date. After listening to a local radio station’s countdown of the hits of the summer, I decided to make my own list of favorites (see original list here). I ended up revising it every few days, eventually developing my own charts which I maintained into the ‘90s.

I’ve also projected before and after those lists to create speculative lists of #1 songs for eras not covered by those original charts. You can check out those links here, but this page is focused on the #1 songs that might have been for me in the 1970s.


1960:

  • May 7: Sam Cooke “Wonderful World” (4 wks)
  • June 4: Roy Orbison “Only the Lonely” (4 wks)
  • July 2: The Everly Brothers “When Will I Be Loved’ (3 wks)
  • July 23: Elvis Presley “It’s Now or Never” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 6: Chubby Checker “The Twist” (8 wks)
  • Oct. 1: Sam Cooke “Chain Gang” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 15: Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 12: Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs “Stay” (5 wks)
  • Dec. 17: The Miracles “Shop Around” (3 wks)

1961:

  • Jan. 7: Elvis Presley “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 4: The Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 18: Etta James “At Last” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 11: The Marcels “Blue Moon” (5 wks)
  • Apr. 15: Del Shannon “Runaway” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 29: Bobby Lewis “Tossin’ and Turnin’” (5 wks)
  • June 3: Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (5 wks)
  • July 8: Sam Cooke “Cupid” (3 wks)
  • July 29: Ray Charles “Hit the Road Jack” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 26: Roy Orbison “Crying” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 9: The Marvelettes “Please Mr. Postman” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 23: Dion “Runaround Sue” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 7: Elvis Presley “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 4: Jimmy Dean “Big Bad John” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 25: Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn “Moon River” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 9: Patsy Cline “Crazy” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 30: The Tokens “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” (4 wks)

1962:

  • Jan. 27: Dion “The Wanderer” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 10: Gene Chandler “Duke of Earl” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 3: Sam Cooke “Twistin’ the Night Away” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 31: Tony Bennett “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 21: The Shirelles “Soldier Boy” (2 wks)
  • May 5: Ray Charles and “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (3 wks)
  • May 26: Sam Cooke “Having a Party” (2 wks)
  • June 9: John Lee Hooker “Boom Boom” (2 wks)
  • June 23: Sam Cooke “Bring It on Home to Me” (2 wks)
  • July 7: Bobby Vinton “Roses Are Red My Love” (2 wks)
  • July 21: The Isley Brothers “Twist and Shout” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 4: The Beach Boys “Surfin’ Safari” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 25: Little Eva “The Loco-Motion” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 22: The Contours “Do You Love Me?” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 20: The Four Seasons “Sherry” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 10: Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers “Monster Mash” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 24: The Four Seasons “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 22: The Drifters “Up on the Roof” (3 wks)

1963:

  • Jan. 12: The Exciters “Tell Him” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 26: The Four Seasons “Walk Like a Man” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 16: Peter, Paul & Mary “500 Miles” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 9: The Chiffons “He’s So Fine” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 30: The Drifters “On Broadway” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 20: Little Peggy March “I Will Follow Him” (2 wks)
  • May 4: The Beach Boys “Surfin’ U.S.A.” (3 wks)
  • May 25: Lesley Gore “It’s My Party” (3 wks)
  • June 15: Bob Dylan “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” (2 wks)
  • June 29: Johnny Cash “Ring of Fire” (4 wks)
  • July 27: The Surfaris “Wipe Out” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 17: The Angels “My Boyfriend’s Back” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 7: The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 28: Bob Dylan “Blowin’ in the Wind” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 12: The Beatles “She Loves You” (5 wks)
  • Nov. 16: The Ronetttes “Be My Baby” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 14: The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (7 wks)

1964:

  • Feb. 1: Louis Armstrong “Hello, Dolly!” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 22: The Beatles “Twist and Shout” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 21: The Beatles “Can’t Buy Me Love” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 4: Mary Wells “My Guy” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 18: The Beatles “All My Loving” (2 wks)
  • May 2: Disneyland Chorus “It’s a Small World After All” (4 wks)
  • May 30: The Dixie Cups “Chapel of Love” (3 wks)
  • June 20: The Beach Boys “I Get Around” (2 wks)
  • July 4: The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 1: The Drifters “Under the Boardwalk” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 22: The Beatles “A Hard Day’s Night” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 12: Martha & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 10: The Kinks “You Really Got Me” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 7: Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 21: The Supremes “Baby Love” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 5: The Shangri-La’s “Leader of the Pack” (1 wk)
  • Dec. 12: Zero Mostel “Sunrise, Sunset” (1 wk)
  • Dec. 19: Burl Ives “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (1 wk)
  • Dec. 26: The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (4 wks)

1965:

  • Jan. 23: The Temptations “My Girl” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 20: Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1 wk)
  • Feb. 27: The Supremes “Stop! In the Name of Love” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 13: The Impressions “People Get Ready” (1 wk)
  • Mar. 20: The Beatles “Eight Days a Week” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 3: The Yardbirds “For Your Love” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 10: Bob Dylan “The Times They Are A-Changin’” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 24: The Dixie Cups “Iko Iko” (2 wks)
  • May 8: The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” (2 wks)
  • May 29: Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke with the Pearlie Chorus “Supercalifragilisticexpalidocious” (2 wks)
  • June 12: Them “Gloria” (1 wk)
  • June 19: Four Tops “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” (2 wks)
  • July 3: The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (4 wks)
  • July 31: The Beach Boys “California Girls” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 14: The Beatles “Help!” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 4: Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 25: The Beatles “Yesterday” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 23: The Rolling Stones “Get Off of My Cloud” (1 wk)
  • Oct. 30: The Byrds “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 20: The Who “My Generation” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 11: James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)” (3 wks)

1966:

  • Jan. 1: The Beatles “Michelle” (1 wk)
  • Jan. 8: The Mamas & the Papas “California Dreamin’” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 22: The Beach Boys “Barbara Ann” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 12: Nancy Sinatra “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 26: The Isley Brothers “This Old Heart of Mine” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 12: The Young Rascals “Good Lovin’” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 26: Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 23: The Rolling Stones “Under My Thumb” (2 wks)
  • May 7: The Troggs “Wild Thing” (3 wks)
  • May 28: The Rolling Stones “Paint It, Black” (1 wk)
  • June 4: The Beatles “Paperback Writer” (4 wks)
  • July 2: The Rolling Stones “Mother’s Little Helper” (3 wks)
  • July 23: The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 6: The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” (5 wks)
  • Sept. 10: The Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (5 wks)
  • Oct. 15: The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 12: The Supremes “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 26: Spencer Davis Group “Gimme Some Lovin’” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 17: The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Hey Joe” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 31: Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth” (3 wks)

1967:

  • Jan. 21: The Doors “Break on Through” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 11: The Rolling Stones “Ruby Tuesday” (1 wk)
  • Feb. 18: The Turtles “Happy Together” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 11: The Beatles “Penny Lane” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 8: Aretha Franklin “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 22: Aretha Franklin “Respect” (5 wks)
  • May 27: The Doors “Light My Fire” (2 wks)
  • June 10: Procol Harum “A A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1 wk)
  • June 17: The Beatles “A Day in the Life” (4 wks)
  • July 15: The Beatles “With a Little Help from My Friends” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 5: Jefferson Airplane “White Rabbit” Jefferson Airplane (2 wks)
  • Aug. 19: Van Morrison “Brown-Eyed Girl” (1 wk)
  • Aug. 26: The Beatles “All You Need Is Love” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 23: The Doors “People Are Strange” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 14: Aretha Franklin “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 28: Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World’ (3 wks)
  • Nov. 18: The Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 16: The Monkees “Daydream Believer” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 30: The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Little Wing” (3 wks)

1968:

  • Jan. 20: Cream “Sunshine of Your Love’ (2 wks)
  • Feb. 3: Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (9 wks)
  • Apr. 6: Sam & Dave “I Thank You” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 20: Simon & Garfunkel “Scarborough Fair” (2 wks)
  • May 4: Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson” (4 wks)
  • June 1: Tommy James & the Shondells “Mony Mony” (2 wks)
  • June 15: Deep Purple “Hush” (2 wks)
  • June 29: The Rolling Stones “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (2 wks)
  • July 13: The Doors “Hello, I Love You” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 3: Steppenwolf “Born to Be Wild” (4 wks) li>Aug. 31: The Beatles “Hey Jude” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 28: Big Brother & The Holding Company “Piece of My Heart” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 12: The Jimi Hendrix Experience All Along the Watchtower (3 wks)
  • Nov. 2: Creedence Clearwater Revival “Suzie Q” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 16: Cream “White Room” (1 wk)
  • Nov. 23: Joe Cocker “With a Little Help from My Friends” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 7: Marvin Gaye I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (4 wks)

1969:

  • Jan. 4: Tammy Wynette “Stand by Your Man” (1 wk)
  • Jan. 11: Sly & the Family Stone “Everyday People” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 1: The Rolling Stones “Sympathy for the Devil” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 22: Creedence Clearwater Revival “Proud Mary” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 15: The Who “Pinball Wizard” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 12: Frank Sinatra “My Way” (3 wks)
  • May 3: Cream “Badge” (1 wk)
  • May 10: The Beatles with Billy Preston “Get Back” (3 wks)
  • May 31: Creedence Clearwater Revival “Bad Moon Rising” (3 wks)
  • June 21: Elvis Presley “In the Ghetto” (3 wks)
  • July 12: The Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 9: the Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Women” (1 wk)
  • Aug. 16: David Bowie “Space Oddity” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 6: The Archies “Sugar Sugar” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 20: Blind Faith “Can’t Find My Way Home” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 4: Steam “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 18: The Hollies “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” (1 wk)
  • Oct. 25: The Beatles “Something” (1 wk)
  • Nov. 1: The Beatles “Come Together” (1 wk)
  • Nov. 8: Creedence Clearwater Revival “Fortunate Son” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 6: B.J. Thomas “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (1 wk)
  • Dec. 13: Led Zeppelin “Whole Lotta Love” (3 wks)