Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1969 [videos]

This week 45 years ago, the New York Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles to take the World Series, thousands across the country took part in mass organized anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was born and the following songs were the most popular in the United States, via Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "Tracy," the Cuff Links


This song is actually just the layered vocals of Ron Dante, better known as the lead singer of fictional band the Archies (see further up on this list).

9. "Easy to be Hard," Three Dog Night


It's the age of aquarius, man. Three Dog Night's take on this song from the Broadway show "Hair" peaked at No. 4.

8. "Wedding Bell Blues," the Fifth Dimension

Speaking of the age of aquarius, the band that had a huge hit with another "Hair" track, "Aquarius" had a No. 1 hit with "Wedding Bell Blues." Written by Laura Nyro, the "Bill" in the song is Fifth Dimension singer Billy Davis Jr., who was engaged at the time to the track's lead vocalist, Marilyn McCoo. And -- awww -- the two are still married today.

7. "That's the Way Love Is," Marvin Gaye

Originally recorded by the Isley Brothers, Gaye had a bigger hit after he slowed down the tempo a bit for a "I Heard it Through the Grapevine"-esque sound.

6. "Suspicious Minds," Elvis Presley

A rare late-career No. 1 hit for Presley, "Suspicious Minds" writer Mark James also co-penned another track Presley recorded: "Always On My Mind."

5. "Little Woman," Bobby Sherman


Summary: If you're female, drop everything and do whatever Bobby Sherman says.

4. "Jean," Oliver

Oliver is better known for "Good Morning Starshine" (yes, more "Hair" songs), but he actually had a slightly bigger hit with this one, the uber-dramatic theme to the Maggie Smith movie "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie."

3. "Sugar, Sugar," the Archies

Yep, a fictional cartoon band had an eventual No. 1 hit in 1969.

2. "Hot Fun in the Summertime," Sly and the Family Stone


Released in August, but 1969 folks were not ready to let this one go — even in October.

1. "I Can't Get Next To You," the Temptations

No. 1 for two weeks, this one has an interesting music history. The Jackson 5's "ABC" uses the same bridge section, the Osmonds covered the song in 1970, as Lil Wayne sampled it for his song "Oh I."