Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1971

This week 43 years ago, Walt Disney World celebrated its one-month anniversary, Clint Eastood's film "Play Misty for Me" premiered, the Eisenhower Dollar was put into circulation and the following songs were the most popular in the United States, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," Joan Baez

Baez's cover of the Band's song became a No. 3 hit, quite a feat for a song about the end of the American Civil War. It was written by the Band member Robbie Robertson, who also penned that group's hit, "The Weight."

9. "Inner City Blues (Make Me Holler)," Marvin Gaye

We need another song like this in 2014.

8. "I've Found Someone Of My Own," the Free Movement

Easy listening at its 1971 finest. The Free Movement had a song hit No. 50 the following year -- and then the Movement was no more.

7. "Peace Train," Cat Stevens

Fittingly, Stevens (now Yusuf Islam) performed this at the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. It would be more fitting (in my dreams) if they played this at every Peace Prize ceremony when the recipient walked up to the podium.

6. "Superstar" / "Bless the Beasts and Children," the Carpenters

The Carpenters' less sugesstive version of the song (it's about sex with a groupie) was its most popular cover version.

5. "Yo-Yo," the Osmonds

Not about sex with a groupie.

4. "Imagine," John Lennon

Lennon's biggest post-Beatles hit was dubbed the No. 3 greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. It also peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart.

3. "Maggie May" / "Reason To Believe," Rod Stewart

"Maggie May," which hit No. 1, was written by Stewart about the older woman he lost his virginity to. No, she wasn't a groupie.

2. "Theme from 'Shaft,'" Isaac Hayes

Can ya dig it?

1. "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves," Cher

The anthem for anyone who was born in the wagon of a travelin' show was Cher's first big single as a solo artist.

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