Billboard #1 Hits: #269: ” Heart Of Gold”- Neil Young. March 18, 1972. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Heart Of Gold”- Neil Young
- Record Company- Reprise
- Genre: Folk Rock
- Written by Neil Young
- Time: 3:07
- B-side: “Sugar Mountain”
- Album- Harvest
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #10 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Canada.
One day in the late 70’s I heard “Like A Hurricane” on the radio and thought I’d better check out this Neil Young fella. I bought his triple album compilation of his first decade of recording- Decade and there was no turning back. What shocked me was to read that Neil had had a #1 hit- “Heart Of Gold.” The only other time he had a song of his in the Top 30- was in 1970- as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young- his “Ohio” peaked at #13. Certainly “Heart Of Gold” was a fluke hit. Odd also- the song that replaced it at #1- “Horse With No Name”- sounds a lot like Neil. ” Heart Of Gold” features James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt singing back up. It was also written in part because of a back injury Neil had. He couldn’t stand up for long periods of time due to the injury so he turned to his acoustic guitar- and this song was one of the results. Bob Dylan while a big Neil Young fan hated hearing this song on the radio because he thought it sounded like him.
Neil would say of “Heart Of Gold”- “This song put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch . A rougher ride but I saw more interesting people there.