RETRO MUSIC What was No.1 on this day?
Hits from the past we still love and listen to today
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.