Billboard #1 Hits: #217: “In The Year 2525”- Zager and Evans. July 12, 1969. #1 for 6 weeks.

  1. Single: “In The Year 2525”- Zager and Evans
  2. Record Company- RCA Victor
  3. Genre: Rock
  4. Written by Rick Evans
  5. Time: 3:10
  6. B-side: “Little Kids”
  7. Album- 2525
  8. Grade: B
  9. Peaked at #1 6 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 on UK Singles Chart, #1 in Canada and New Zealand.

“In The Year 2525” by Zager and Evans- a classic case of a one-hit wonder. They never had another hit- and their song was a song for the times. It was #1 on the charts- as the astronauts of Apollo 11 landed and walked on the Moon July 20, 1969. The 6 weeks it spent at #1 the most of any #1 hit for the year of 1969. The song was recorded mainly in a studio located in a cow pasture in Odessa, Texas. Zager and Evans both natives of Nebraska had met at Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1962.

Sometimes the timing needs to be right- this song was written 5 years earlier in 1964 and had been released on a small label in 1968 without any notice. Over the years it has been covered dozens of times in a number of languages. The moronic Clear Channel Communications listed it as a song lyrically questionable after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Zager and Evans remain the only artists to have a #1 hit in both the United States on the Billboard Chart and #1 in the UK- and never have another chart hit to their credit.

3 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #217: ” IN THE YEAR 2525″- ZAGER AND EVANS – JULY 12, 1969

    • and a song that fit in perfectly with the times it was released in…what better song to be #1 when we landed on the Moon!

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