THE FIRST BILLBOARD TOP 40 CHART OF 1969- JANUARY 4, 1969

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On this date in 1969 the first Billboard Hot 100 of the year was released with Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” which ended 1968 at #1- still holding on to the top spot.  Motown/ Tamla would have the top 3 singles and 5 in the Top 10.

On the other charts this week- On the Top 200 Albums chart The Beatles: The Beatles which was #1 the last week of 1968 continued at the #1 spot as 1969 began. The Beatles started 1968 with the first #1- Magical Mystery Tour and ended the year with The Beatles {White Album} at #1.

On the country music charts- On the Country Singles chart- Johnny Cash and Daddy Sang Bass was #1 on the Country Album chart- Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman- which was the #1 album the last 5 weeks of 1968- continued at #1 and would remain so for a total of 20 weeks- when it would be replaced by Campbell’s new album “Galveston”

On the R&B Singles chart- another holdover- Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” was #1 the last 3 weeks of 1968 and would be #1 as 1969  began.

The #1 R&B album- Diana Ross and The Supremes Join The Temptations which was #1 the final two weeks of 1968 remained #1.

1 1 I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE –•– Marvin Gaye (Tamla)-7 (4 weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-10 (2)
3 7 I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME –•– Diana Ross and the Supremes and the Temptations (Motown)-5 (3)
4 16 SOULFUL STRUT –•– Young-Holt Unlimited (Brunswick)-6 (4)
5 4 WICHITA LINEMAN –•– Glen Campbell (Capitol)-10 (4)
6 10 CLOUD NINE –•– The Temptations (Gordy)-8 (6)
7 3 LOVE CHILD –•– Diana Ross and the Supremes (Motown)-12 (1)
8 5 STORMY –•– The Classics IV Featuring Dennis Yost (Imperial)-11 (5)
9 8 WHO’S MAKING LOVE –•– Johnnie Taylor (Stax)-11 (5)
10 13 HOOKED ON A FEELING –•– B.J. Thomas (Scepter)-8 (10)

11 9 I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME –•– Bobby Vinton (Epic)-10 (9)
12 12 CINNAMON –•– Derek (Bang)-11 (12)
13 23 TOO WEAK TO FIGHT –•– Clarence Carter (Atlantic)-9 (13)
14 26 LO MUCHO QUE TE QUIERO (The More I Love You) –•– Rene and Rene (White Whale)-7 (14)
15 20 GOING UP THE COUNTRY –•– Canned Heat (Liberty)-5 (15)
16 6 ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN –•– Dion (Laurie)-11 (4)
17 28 CRIMSON AND CLOVER –•– Tommy James and the Shondells (Roulette)-4 (17)
18 21 SON-OF-A PREACHER MAN –•– Dusty Springfield (Atlantic)-6 (18)
19 17 BRING IT ON HOME TO ME –•– Eddie Floyd (Stax)-12 (17)
20 14 SEE SAW –•– Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)-7 (14)

21 24 PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG –•– Otis Redding (Atco)-6 (21)
22 11 BOTH SIDES NOW –•– Judy Collins (Elektra)-9 (8)
23 15 HEY JUDE –•– The Beatles (Apple)-17 (1)
24 18 MAGIC CARPET RIDE –•– Steppenwolf (Dunhill)-14 (3)
25 38 THIS IS MY COUNTRY –•– The Impressions (Curtom)-6 (25)
26 30 IF I CAN DREAM –•– Elvis Presley (RCA)-6 (26)
27 42 EVERYDAY PEOPLE –•– Sly and the Family Stone (Epic)-6 (27)
28 43 HEY JUDE –•– Wilson Pickett (Atlantic)-3 (28)
29 66 CAN I CHANGE MY MIND –•– Tyrone Davis (Dakar)-3 (29)
30 27 SCARBOROUGH FAIR –•– Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 (A&M)-8 (16)

31 36 MY SONG –•– Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)-6 (31)
32 32 A RAY OF HOPE –•– The Rascals (Atlantic)-5 (32)
33 34 STAND BY YOUR MAN –•– Tammy Wynette (Epic)-9 (33)
34 40 HANG ‘EM HIGH –•– Booker T. and the MG’s (Stax)-9 (34)
35 49 THERE’S GONNA BE A SHOWDOWN –•– Archie Bell and the Drells (Atlantic)-4 (35)
36 19 CHEWY CHEWY –•– The Ohio Express (Buddah)-12 (15)
37 72 TOUCH ME –•– The Doors (Elektra)-2 (37)
38 53 WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN –•– Brooklyn Bridge (Buddah)-3 (38)
39 48 BABY LET’S WAIT –•– The Royal Guardsmen (Laurie)-8 (39)
40 41 I STARTED A JOKE –•– The Bee Gees (Atco)-3 (40)

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12 responses to “THE FIRST BILLBOARD TOP 40 CHART OF 1969- JANUARY 4, 1969

    • The late 60’s and early 70’s would still once in a while throw something which seemed out of place onto the charts- like Vinton or Sammy Davis Jr.. doing Candyman and going to #1.

    • They were definitely attention-getters amid the norm.

      The weirdest ones that come to mind that didn’t match anything were ‘Disco Duck’, ‘Rubber Biscuit’ and, pretty much anything Ray Stevens could come up with. I still have his ‘Hen House 5 + 2’ stuck in my head. The 50s & 60s were a little more loose.

    • A couple years ago I listened to every song that appeared in the Hot 100 in 1965.. you are right- a mixture of everything. great fun listening to the good, the bad and the ugly of that year but a lot of great stuff-

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