This week 46 years ago, Cate Blanchett was born, the Baltimore Colts moved to the AFC in the NFL, rom-com "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium" topped the box office, and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "These Eyes," The Guess Who
The Canadian band's big breakthrough U.S. hit was originally titled "These Arms," and I have no idea what that could have been about. I guess hugs.
9. "Gitarzan," Ray Stevens
Sit down, 1969. We need to have a chat.
8. "Atlantis," Donovan
Is this real?
7. "The Boxer," Simon and Garfunkel
The lead single off Simon and Garfunkel's landmark "Bridge Over Troubled Water" album. Paul Simon has said that the song is primarily autobiographical, about staying strong in the face of unwarranted criticism. So, not about boxing, apparently.
6. "Hawaii Five-0," The Ventures
This theme song to the TV show of the same name was written by Morton Stevens, who was Julliard-trained and also served as the music director for the Rat Pack, which is probably the coolest job in history.
5. "Love (Can Make You Happy)," Mercy
4. "It's Your Thing," The Isley Brothers
Classic funk, but with a message. The Isley Brothers had recently left Motown Records and this track was directed at people still under what the band saw as repressive control by Motown's Berry Gordy.
3. "Get Back," The Beatles with Billy Preston
Eventually No. 1 for five weeks, "Get Back" was the Beatles' 17th No. 1 in the U.S.
2. "Hair," The Cowsills
The title song of the 1968 musical was the biggest hit for the Rhode Island family band that was the inspiration for "The Partridge Family." So basically a counter-culture anthem was made popular by a band that inspired perhaps the least counter-cultural TV show of the 1970s.
1. "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," The 5th Dimension
Speaking of "Hair," this medley of two songs from the musical topped the Hot 100 for six very mystical weeks (and won the Grammy for Record of the Year). Still waiting for Jupiter to align with Mars, aren't you?