This week 45 years ago, the U.S. Postal Service raised its special delivery rates from 45 cents to 60 cents and first-class postage from 6 cents to 8 cents; Canonero II won the 96th Preakness Stakes; Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger wed Bianca de Macias in France (the couple would divorce in 1978); "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" 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. "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)," Daddy Dewdrop
$5 to someone who can explain this to me.
9. "I Am...I Said/Done Too Soon," Neil Diamond
It pays to write something deeply personal. Diamond's chronicle of his inner-psyche earned him his first Grammy nomination.
8. "Stay Awhile," the Bells
Another $5 to someone who can explain this one, as well.
7. "Bridge over Troubled Water/Brand New Me," Aretha Franklin
6. "Brown Sugar," the Rolling Stones
"Brown Sugar" is reportedly about Marsha Hunt, the mother of Jagger's first child.
5. "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo," Lobo
The debut single of Lobo (real name: Roland LaVoie). P.S.: Are there actually wheat fields in St. Paul?
4. "If," Bread
As the follow-up to the more urgent "Let Your Love Go," "If" takes a softer approach to romance. Aww, Bread was maturing.
3. "Put Your Hand in the Hand," Ocean
The second song from a Canadian band on this list (the Bells are also Canucks) and the first to be featured later on an episode of the TV show "Family Matters."
2. "Never Can Say Goodbye," The Jackson 5
The song's writer, actor Clifton Davis ("Amen," "Madam Secretary"), also wrote "Lookin' Through the Windows" for The Jackson 5. Michael Jackson, by the way, was 12 when he recorded this very mature song about love.
1. "Joy to the World," Three Dog Night
No. 1 on the Hot 100 for six weeks (and named by Billboard the top song of 1971), "Joy to the World" was written by Hoyt Axton, who once said that the somewhat nonsensical lyrics were originally just placeholders in order to sell the melody of the song. By the way, Axton's mother, Mae Axton, co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel."