This week 45 years ago, the United States invaded Cambodia during the Vietnam War, Diane Crump became the first female jockey to compete in the Kentucky Derby, "Airport" was the No. 1 film at the box office, and the following songs were the most popular in the United States, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "Turn Back the Hands of Time," Tyrone Davis
A soul classic, "Turn Back the Hands of Time" was co-written by Jack Daniels (his real name), who also penned Davis' other big hit, 1968's "Can I Change My Mind."
9. "Vehicle," the Ides of March
It's always a good move to compare yourself to a car, as this one-hit wonder proves.
8. "Come and Get It," Badfinger
If this sounds Beatles-y to you, it's because Paul McCartney wrote it. It was passed off to Badfinger, which was also signed to Apple Records.
7. "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)," Edison Lighthouse
Another one-hit wonder — thank you, late-April 1970! America also owes a debt of gratitude to Tony Macaulay, because he not only wrote this nugget but also "Build Me Up Buttercup." Tony Macaulay, we salute you.
6. "Love or Let Me Be Lonely," the Friends of Distinction
Pop-soul was on point in 1970.
5. "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)," John Lennon
Featuring electric guitar by George Harrison and produced by Phil Spector, "Instant Karma" was reportedly written, recorded and released in just 10 days. It also inspired the title of Stephen King's novel "The Shining." So you can thank John Lennon for your hedge-maze nightmares.
4. "American Woman/No Sugar Tonight," the Guess Who
When the Guess Who were asked to perform at the White House, they were told not to perform "American Woman," even though the Canadian band always said it wasn't anti-American.
3. "Spirit in the Sky," Norman Greenbaum
A psychedelic rock song with Jesus references? Must be 1970.
2. "Let it Be," the Beatles
The last Beatles single before McCartney announced he was leaving the band. In 2004, "Rolling Stone" named it the 20th best song of all-time. Hard to argue with that. "Let it Be" was No. 1 for two weeks in April, and the Beatles would return to No. 1 in the summer of 1970 with "The Long and Winding Road."
1. "ABC," the Jackson 5
"ABC," the Jackson 5's follow-up to "I Want You Back," also spent two weeks at No. 1. And talk about competition: The album "ABC" was released on the same day as the Beatles' "Let it Be." Nice work, 1970.