BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #252: “JOY TO THE WORLD”- THREE DOG NIGHT – APRIL 17, 1971

Three Dog Night - Joy To The World (1971, Vinyl) | Discogs

Billboard #1 Hits: #252: ” Joy To The World”- Three Dog Night. April 17, 1971. #1 for 6 weeks.

  • Single:”Joy To The World”- Three Dog Night
  • Record Company- Dunhill
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by Hoyt Axton
  • Time: 3:17
  • B-side:” I Can Hear You”
  • Album- Naturally
  • Grade: C
  • Peaked at #1 6 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #24 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Canada and South Africa.

This has to be one of the most overplayed songs of all-time. At this point if I never hear it again that will be just fine. My original grade back in the 70’s would have been a B but I am docking it a grade because it has become an annoyance the past few decades. It did spent 6 weeks at #1 for 6 weeks which was the most of any single in 1971. The highlight I have of this song is from the old NFL Films showing Chicago Bears head coach Abe Gibson singing the song on the sidelines during a game in 1973.

4 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #252: “JOY TO THE WORLD”- THREE DOG NIGHT – APRIL 17, 1971

  1. It’s the most popular 3DN song but I can’t really say it’s overplayed; in fact, aside from maybe Rod’s song I don’t think any of the 1971 number ones are overplayed. I’m not a big 3DN fan so a B- is about right for me.

  2. I guess this tune wasn’t as much burned on the radio in Germany while I was living there. In fact, I hardly recall hearing it all. So I guess I’m not sick and tired of it, so probably would still give it a B. 🙂

  3. I agree. I liked it well enough when it was released, though not as much as several other of Three Dog Night’s songs. But it was played so much that I grew to detest it, and to this day I cannot stand to hear it. Not to mention all the idiots who think it’s a great song, simply because it’s catchy and they can remember the dumb lyrics, even when drunk.

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