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Year-end chartbusters 50 years ago

What were the most popular songs constantly on air 50 years ago? These were the Top 10 songs in Britain and America at the end of December 1969.

We know these were the hottest songs at the time, thanks to the records preserved online. We looked at the UK Official Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100. Some of these songs can still be found and heard online.

Elvis Presley and the Beatles, both had Top 10 singles at the end of December 1969, Elvis in Britain and the Beatles in America.

Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town By Kenny Rogers and The First Edition was No 2 in Britain at the end of December 1969
Sugar Sugar By The Archies was No 3 in Britain at the end of December 1969
Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley was No 4 in Britain at the end of December 1969

Top 10 in UK (end of December 1969)
(Taken from the Official Singles Chart)

NoSongArtistPeak
position
No of
weeks
on chart
1Two Little Boys
Rolf Harris17
2Ruby Don’t Take Your
Love To Town
Kenny Rogers &
The First Edition
212
3Sugar SugarArchies113
4Suspicious MindsElvis Presley46
5Melting PotBlue Mink56
6Yester-me Yester-you
Yesterday
Stevie Wonder28
7All I Have To Do
Is Dream
Bobbie Gentry &
Glen Campbell
75
8Winter World
Of Love
Engelbert
Humperdinck
78
9TracyCufflinks96
10Without Love
(There Is Nothing)
Tom Jones104
Leaving On A Jet Plane by Peter, Paul and Mary was No 2 in America at the end of December 1969.
Down On The Corner/ Fortunate Son by the Creedence Clearwater Revival was No 4 in America at the end of December 1969
Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin was No 9 at the end of December 1969

Top 10 in USA (end of December 1969)
(Taken from the Billboard Hot 100)

NoSongArtistPeak
position
No of
weeks
on chart
1Someday We’ll Be
Together
Diana Ross &
The Supremes
18
2Leaving On A Jet
Plane
Peter, Paul
& Mary
110
3Raindrops Keep Fallin
On My Head
BJ Thomas39
‘4Down On The Corner/
Fortunate Son
Creedence
Clearwater
Revival
310
5No No Hey Hey
Kiss Him Goodbye
Steam111
6Holly HolyNeil Diamond69
7Come Together/
Something
The Beatles18
8I Want You BackJackson 587
9Whole Lotta LoveLed Zeppelin96
10Take A Letter
Maria
RB Greaves211

By Abhijit

Abhijit loves reading and writing.

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