USA Best Selling Singles of 1970

USA Best Selling Singles of 1970
Authored By John Nicholson

As if to usher in the singer-songwriter era, it seems only fitting that Simon and Garfunkel should top this chart. That The Guess Who are at #3 with "American Woman"is surprising. A superb heavy track, that it was the third best-selling record of the year shows how far heavy rock had made it into commerciality

Similarly, "Spill The Wine", another fine song, making the top 20 is not one you'd think would be so high, whereas I thought "Fire & Rain" would have been a top seller. 

As ever, Motown's presence is striking. The amount of best-selling singles the label had is extraordinary.  

1 "Bridge Over Troubled Water" Simon & Garfunkel
2 "(They Long to Be) Close to You" The Carpenters
3 "American Woman" The Guess Who
4 "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" B.J. Thomas
5 "War" Edwin Starr
6 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" Diana Ross
7 "I'll Be There" The Jackson 5
8 "Get Ready" Rare Earth
9 "Let It Be" The Beatles
10 "Band of Gold" Freda Payne
11 "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" Three Dog Night
12 "Everything Is Beautiful" Ray Stevens
13 "Make It with You" Bread
14 "Hitchin' a Ride" Vanity Fare
15 "ABC" The Jackson 5
16 "The Love You Save" The Jackson 5
17 "Cracklin' Rosie" Neil Diamond
18 "Candida" Dawn
19 "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" Sly & the Family Stone
20 "Spill the Wine" Eric Burdon & War
21 "O-o-h Child" Five Stairsteps
22 "Spirit in the Sky" Norman Greenbaum
23 "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" Melanie
24 "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" The Temptations
25 "Love on a Two-Way Street" The Moments
26 "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" The Poppy Family
27 "All Right Now" Free
28 "I Want You Back" The Jackson 5
29 "Julie, Do Ya Love Me" Bobby Sherman
30 "Green-Eyed Lady" Sugarloaf
31 "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" Stevie Wonder
32 "Ride Captain Ride" Blues Image
33 "Venus" Shocking Blue
34 "Instant Karma!" John Lennon
35 "Patches" Clarence Carter
36 "Lookin' out My Back Door" Creedence Clearwater Revival
37 "Rainy Night in Georgia" Brook Benton
38 "Something's Burning" Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
39 "Give Me Just a Little More Time" Chairmen of the Board
40 "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" Edison Lighthouse
41 "The Long and Winding Road" The Beatles
42 "Snowbird" Anne Murray
43 "Reflections of My Life" Marmalade
44 "Hey There Lonely Girl" Eddie Holman
45 "The Rapper" The Jaggerz
46 "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" The Hollies
47 "Tighter, Tighter" Alive N Kickin'
48 "Come and Get It" Badfinger
49 "Cecilia" Simon & Garfunkel
50 "Love Land" Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
51 "Turn Back the Hands of Time" Tyrone Davis
52 "Lola" The Kinks
53 "In the Summertime" Mungo Jerry
54 "Indiana Wants Me" R. Dean Taylor
55 "(I Know) I'm Losing You" Rare Earth
56 "Easy Come, Easy Go" Bobby Sherman
57 "Express Yourself" Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
58 "Still Water (Love)" The Four Tops
59 "Make Me Smile" Chicago
60 "The House of the Rising Sun" Frijid Pink
61 "25 or 6 to 4" Chicago
62 "My Baby Loves Lovin'" White Plains
63 "Love or Let Me Be Lonely" The Friends of Distinction
64 "United We Stand" The Brotherhood of Man
65 "We've Only Just Begun" The Carpenters
66 "Arizona" Mark Lindsay
67 "Fire and Rain" James Taylor
68 "Groovy Situation" Gene Chandler
69 "Evil Ways" Santana
70 "No Time" The Guess Who
71 "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" The Delfonics
72 "The Wonder of You" Elvis Presley
73 "Up Around the Bend" Creedence Clearwater Revival
74 "(If You Let Me Make Love To You Then) Why Can't I Touch You?" Ronnie Dyson
75 "I Just Can't Help Believing" B.J. Thomas
76 "It's a Shame" The Spinners
77 "For the Love of Him" Bobbi Martin
78 "Mississippi Queen" Mountain
79 "I Want to Take You Higher" Ike & Tina Turner
80 "The Letter" Joe Cocker
81 "Ma Belle Amie" Tee-Set
82 "The Bells" The Originals
83 "Yellow River" Christie
84 "Somebody's Been Sleeping" 100 Proof (Aged in Soul)
85 "Vehicle" The Ides of March
86 "Gimme Dat Ding" The Pipkins
87 "Lay a Little Lovin' on Me" Robin McNamara
88 "Up the Ladder to the Roof" The Supremes
89 "Travelin' Band" Creedence Clearwater Revival
90 "Come Saturday Morning" The Sandpipers
91 "Psychedelic Shack" The Temptations
92 "Without Love (There Is Nothing)" Tom Jones
93 "Are You Ready?" Pacific Gas & Electric
94 "Woodstock" Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
95 "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" Dionne Warwick
96 "Look What They've Done to My Song Ma" The New Seekers
97 "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" Joe South
98 "The Thrill Is Gone" B.B. King
99 "It's Only Make Believe" Glen Campbell
100 "Call Me" Aretha Franklin

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