USA Best Selling Singles of 1969

USA Best Selling Singles of 1969
Authored By John Nicholson

Well I think we can do without hearing the Archies even once more. I was sick of it in 1969 and remain so, but the second on the list by 5th Dimension remains one of the glorious late 60s anthems. A song of real hope and optimism that everything was going to be alright. From Hair of course, which was such a big cultural force in 1969 and not to be underestimated in its profundity. The 5th Dimension was massive and so classy. At the time, they seemed middle-of-the-road to me, but now I see them as experts in the field. 


There was a hippie alert with The Youngbloods in at 16 with “Get Together” one of the great long hair anthems. And who would’ve thought Bob Seger System would have the 86th best-selling 7” on 1969 with "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man”? Also I note The Guess Who have two records on the list, this before 1970’s big hit “American Woman”.


1 "Sugar, Sugar" The Archies

2 "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" The 5th Dimension

3 "I Can't Get Next to You" The Temptations

4 "Honky Tonk Women" The Rolling Stones

5 "Everyday People" Sly and the Family Stone

6 "Dizzy" Tommy Roe

7 "Hot Fun in the Summertime" Sly and the Family Stone

8 "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" Tom Jones

9 "Build Me Up Buttercup" The Foundations

10 "Crimson and Clover" Tommy James and the Shondells

11 "One" Three Dog Night

12 "Crystal Blue Persuasion" Tommy James and the Shondells

13 "Hair" The Cowsills

14 "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" Marvin Gaye

15 "Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet" Henry Mancini

16 "Get Together" The Youngbloods

17 "Grazing in the Grass" The Friends of Distinction

18 "Suspicious Minds" Elvis Presley

19 "Proud Mary" Creedence Clearwater Revival

20 "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" Jr. Walker & The All Stars

21 "It's Your Thing" The Isley Brothers

22 "Sweet Caroline" Neil Diamond

23 "Jean" Oliver

24 "Bad Moon Rising" Creedence Clearwater Revival

25 "Get Back" The Beatles with Billy Preston

26 "In the Year 2525" Zager & Evans

27 "Spinning Wheel" Blood, Sweat & Tears

28 "Baby, I Love You" Andy Kim

29 "Going in Circles" The Friends of Distinction

30 "Hurt So Bad" The Lettermen

31 "Green River" Creedence Clearwater Revival

32 "My Cherie Amour" Stevie Wonder

33 "Easy to Be Hard" Three Dog Night

34 "Baby It's You" Smith

35 "In the Ghetto" Elvis Presley

36 "A Boy Named Sue" Johnny Cash

37 "Baby, Baby Don't Cry" The Miracles

38 "Only the Strong Survive" Jerry Butler

39 "Time of the Season" The Zombies

40 "Wedding Bell Blues" The 5th Dimension

41 "Little Woman" Bobby Sherman

42 "Love (Can Make You Happy)" Mercy

43 "Good Morning Starshine" Oliver

44 "These Eyes" The Guess Who

45 "You've Made Me So Very Happy" Blood, Sweat & Tears

46 "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" Jackie DeShannon

47 "Do Your Thing" Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

48 "I'd Wait a Million Years" The Grass Roots

49 "Touch Me" The Doors

50 "More Today Than Yesterday" Spiral Starecase

51 "I've Gotta Be Me" Sammy Davis Jr.

52 "Lay Lady Lay" Bob Dylan

53 "Atlantis" Donovan

54 "Traces" Classics IV

55 "It's Getting Better" "Mama" Cass Elliot

56 "This Magic Moment" Jay and the Americans

57 "Runaway Child, Running Wild" The Temptations

58 "Hawaii Five-O" The Ventures

59 "Galveston" Glen Campbell

60 "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" Lou Christie

61 "Gitarzan" Ray Stevens

62 "Can I Change My Mind" Tyrone Davis

63 "Time Is Tight" Booker T & the M.G.'s

64 "This Girl's in Love With You" Dionne Warwick

65 "Color Him Father" The Winstons

66 "Black Pearl" Checkmates, Ltd.

67 "Indian Giver" 1910 Fruitgum Company

68 "Mother Popcorn" James Brown

69 "Twenty-Five Miles" Edwin Starr

70 "Things I'd Like to Say" New Colony Six

71 "When I Die" Motherlode

72 "That's the Way Love Is" Marvin Gaye

73 "Everybody's Talkin'" Harry Nilsson

74 "Worst That Could Happen" The Brooklyn Bridge

75 "The Chokin' Kind" Joe Simon

76 "Smile a Little Smile for Me" The Flying Machine

77 "Polk Salad Annie" Tony Joe White

78 "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" Kenny Rogers and The First Edition

79 "Games People Play" Joe South

80 "You Showed Me" The Turtles

81 "Tracy" The Cuff Links

82 "Oh, What a Night" The Dells

83 "Something" The Beatles

84 "This Girl Is a Woman Now" Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

85 "Come Together" The Beatles

86 "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" Bob Seger System

87 "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" The Supremes & The Temptations

88 "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Marvin Gaye

89 "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" Crazy Elephant

90 "Hang 'Em High" Booker T & the M.G.'s

91 "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)" Lou Rawls

92 "Baby, I'm for Real" The Originals

93 "Oh Happy Day" Edwin Hawkins Singers

94 "Love Me Tonight" Tom Jones

95 "Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon" Paul Revere & the Raiders

96 "Laughing" The Guess Who

97 "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)" David Ruffin

98 "Soul Deep" The Box Tops

99 "Hooked on a Feeling" B.J. Thomas

100 "Sweet Cream Ladies" The Box Tops

Tie "Let Me" Paul Revere & the Raiders



Scroll To Top