Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1971

This week 44 years ago, the Alan Shepard-commanded Apollo 14 landed on the moon, the stock market index Nasdaq was launched, "Love Story" was the No. 1 film at the box office and the following songs were the most popular in America, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "Mama's Pearl," Jackson 5

"Mama's Pearl" was the Jackson 5's follow-up to "I'll Be There" -- and was reportedly originally called "Guess Who's Making Whoopie (With Your Girlfriend)." I'm guessing the title was changed because Michael Jackson was 13 at the time and, you know, it's a pretty awful song title.

9. "If I Were Your Woman," Gladys Knight and the Pips

Weird music connection: This was co-written by Gloria Jones, who originally recorded 1980s classic tune "Tainted Love" — in 1964. "If I Were Your Woman" has an enduring legacy. It was covered by Alicia Keys, as well as a 2013 contestant on "The Voice."

8. "Your Song," Elton John

A ballad for the ages, "Your Song" was John's first big hit, though it was originally released just as a B-side to "Take Me to the Pilot."

7. "Groove Me," King Floyd

We must bow down to the song that brought us the phrase "Aw sookie sookie now."

6. "My Sweet Lord/ Isn't it a Pity," George Harrison

Harrison was famously found to have subconsciously plagiarized "My Sweet Lord" from "He's So Fine" by the Chiffons (side note: it was a case study in my media law class in college), which seems awfully similar to what's going on right now with Tom Petty and Sam Smith's "Stay With Me." Some things never change.

5. "Lonely Days," Bee Gees

Talk about coming back with a bang. "Lonely Days" was one of the first songs the band wrote after reuniting following a 16-month break-up.

4. "I Hear You Knocking," Dave Edmunds

"I Hear You Knocking" was written by New Orleans R&B legends Dave Bartholomew and Earl King and was originally recorded by 1955. But it took this version by a Welsh singer to propel it to the big time.

3. "Rose Garden," Lynn Anderson

Lynn Anderson -- putting men in their place since the early 1970s. By the way, "Rose Garden" was written by a man, Joe South.

2. "Knock Three Times," Tony Orlando and Dawn

I love this song, but you kind of want to yell at this person and just be like, "USE YOUR WORDS, IT'S EASIER." P.S. Technically, this was written before the "Dawn" part of this group was created, so it's more like Tony Orlando and the Women Who Came Before the Two Women Who Collectively Were Known as Dawn.

1. "One Bad Apple," the Osmonds

The good people of 1971 enjoyed this song so much that it was No. 1 for five weeks. If you hear the Jackson 5 in the band's rendition, it could be because it was reportedly written with them in mind, but the band decided to do "ABC" instead. Good move, Jackson 5.

Jordan Bartel

Jordan Bartel

Jordan Bartel is the editor of Wknd, The Sun’s Friday entertainment magazine, and b, the Baltimore Sun Media Group’s free weekly for young adults. A San Diego native, Jordan graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He was a features writer at the Carroll County Times and had been an editor at b since its founding in 2008. He was won MDDC Press Association and AP awards for feature writing.