This week 45 years ago, the U.S. Navy's F-14 Tomcat flew for the first time; Poland experienced citizen riots in response to rises in costs of food and other items; rapper DMX was born; the film "Love Story" topped the American box office; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "No Matter What," Badfinger
Girl, you can do whatever you want to do. Like, rob a bank. We'd still be cool.
9. "Gypsy Woman," Brian Hyland
Yup, this is the same guy who sang "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini." Let this be an inspiration for all Disney tween singers out there.
8. "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" Chicago
A better question: What would you do if someone actually said this song title to you if you asked for the time?
7. "Stoned Love," The Supremes
Rather than referring to drugs (come on, these are The Supremes!), the title refers to more of a tight, steady love. "Stoned Love" was the last top-10 hit for the Supremes, who were post-Diana Ross at this point.
6. "Knock Three Times," Tony Orlando and Dawn
This seems like a rather noisy apartment building. By the way, how weird is it to see Tony Orlando without a mustache? I feel like he's naked or something. PUT SOMETHING ON, TONY!
5. "Black Magic Woman," Santana
"Black Magic Woman's" songwriter, Peter Green, was a founding member of Fleetwood Mac. The band recorded its own version of the song in 1968. But the definitive take on the track belongs to Santana. It remains one of its biggest hits (that doesn't feature Rob Thomas).
4. "I Think I Love You," the Partridge Family
"I Think I Love You," had hit No. 1 in November, as it was featured a few times on the TV show of the "band's" same name. David Cassidy and Shirley Jones were the only cast members to actually sing on the track.
3. "One Less Bell to Answer," the Fifth Dimension
As per usual with Burt Bacharach/Hal David compositions, "One Less Bell to Answer" has been covered by many artists, including Dionne Warwick and Barbra Streisand. And it's still my favorite song about not picking up after a man even though you're sad about him leaving you.
2. "My Sweet Lord/Isn't It a Pity," George Harrison
Much has been made of the post-Beatles careers of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, but "My Sweet Lord" was the first big hit made by any former member of the Beatles. It was also later the subject of a copyright infringement suit, but still.
1. "The Tears of a Clown," Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
No. 1 for two weeks (sandwiched between No. 1 stints for "I Think I Love You" and "My Sweet Lord"), "The Tears of a Clown" was co-written by Robinson with Stevie Wonder and Hank Crosby. Its success also reportedly convinced Robinson to stick with his band after he was thinking of taking a break. If there's any song that should make someone still perform, it's "The Tears of a Clown."