BILLBOARD TOP 40 HITS 1971: #44: ‘ JOY TO THE WORLD’- THREE DOG NIGHT

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Billboard Top 40 Hits 1971: #44: ‘Joy To The World’- March 13, 1971.

  • Single: ‘Joy To The World’- Three Dog Night
  • Record Company-Dunhill
  • Genre: Soft Rock
  • Written by Hoyt Axton
  • Time: 3:17
  • B-side:’ I Can Hear You Calling’
  • Album- Naturally
  • Grade: C
  • Peaked at #1

Some trivia: Hoyt Axon and his mother Mae Axton became the first mother and son to have written #1 hits in the rock era. Mae Axton co-wrote ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ which Elvis took to #1 and son Hoyt wrote this- one of the most annoying songs of the era. Actually it may not be that bad of a song except it has been played to death over the past 50 years. I never want to hear this song again. Even more overplayed than ‘Hotel California’ or ‘The Joker.’

6 responses to “BILLBOARD TOP 40 HITS 1971: #44: ‘ JOY TO THE WORLD’- THREE DOG NIGHT

  1. I agree that it’s one of the most annoying songs of the 20th century, primarily due to its being overplayed. I never want to hear it again either, and feel the same about “Margaritaville” and “Brown Eyed Girl”.

  2. I remember singing that song aloud with a bunch of us at Summer camp in Dade City, Florida. We were all on horseback and kept singing it so much that we drive our handlers and guides nuts. Good days, they were.

  3. I quite like some of Three Dog night’s catalog, but this one always seemed kind of weak to me even back in the day. But it sure was big. I remember my brother loving the song then, and my mom getting very tired of hearing it.

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