RETRO MU­SIC What was No.1 on this day?

Hits from the past we still love and lis­ten to to­day

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Each month we take a look at the songs that were blar­ing from your ra­dio on this day over his­tory. This month we find some clas­sics from The Bea­tles, Ge­orge Har­ri­son, INXS and a charm­ing ditty from the peo­ple who brought us Bar­bie Girl.

1964 The Bea­tles – I Want To Hold Your Hand

7 weeks at No.1 With ad­vance or­ders in the UK ex­ceed­ing one mil­lion copies, it would have gone straight to No.1 but it was blocked by She Loves You, which had a burst of pop­u­lar­ity fol­low­ing in­tense me­dia cov­er­age. I Want To Hold Your Hand sat in the UK top 50 for 21 weeks, and was the band’s first chart top­per in the US. The rest is his­tory ...

If this song was writ­ten and re­leased to­day it would prob­a­bly be called I Wanna Sext You Up Mofo. More proof things were bet­ter in the “old days”.

1971 Ge­orge Har­ri­son – My Sweet Lord

8 weeks at No.1 His first solo sin­gle, My Sweet Lord was the for­mer Bea­tle’s big­gest solo hit, be­com­ing the high­est sell­ing sin­gle in the UK for the whole of 1971.

Aussies kept it on top of the charts for two months.

The song was the sub­ject of sev­eral law­suits af­ter sug­ges­tions the song was iden­ti­cal to He’s So Fine by Ron­nie Mack. Five years af­ter re­lease, Har­ri­son lost the case. Speak­ing to his friend Derek Tay­lor in 1979, Har­ri­son said of the episode: “I don’t feel guilty or bad about it, in fact it saved many a heroin ad­dict’s life. I know the mo­tive be­hind writ­ing the song in the first place and its ef­fect far ex­ceeded the le­gal has­sle.

1984 INXS – Orig­i­nal Sin

2 weeks at No.1 It was the sin­gle that sent INXS into a whole new league. The big­gest sin­gle off their al­bum The Swing, it fea­tures Daryl Hall on vo­cals along with Michael Hutchence. The sin­gle was pro­duced by Nile Rogers, one of the hottest pro­duc­ers on the planet at the time. The video, filmed in Ja­pan, was played all over the world, and was the launch­ing pad for their fol­low up al­bum, Kick, that broke all records for an Aussie band.

1998 Aqua – Doc­tor Jones

6 weeks at No.1 From the band that brought us Bar­bie Girl came this lit­tle ditty that spent six weeks on top of the charts. Prov­ing that the Dan­ish band wasn’t a one-hit won­der, they turned out to be a two-hit won­der, thanks to this sin­gle with an In­di­ana Jones-style video kids adored.

It went to No.1 in six coun­tries, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia.

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