1964 Manfred Mann started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy', possibly the first No.1 with a Nonsense Song Title. Also a No.1 in the UK, the song was first released by the US group The Exciters.
1970 The Jackson Five started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'll Be There'. The group's fourth No.1 of 1970, it made No.4 in the UK. Motown records claimed the group had sold over 10 million records during this year.
1981 Christopher Cross started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Arthur's Theme, (Best That You Can Do)', his second US No.1. and a No.7 hit in the UK.
1998 Canadian rock band, The Barenaked Ladies went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'One Week'.
Click the icon at left for the songs that were No.1 on October 17 from 1940 to 2016. Then, select a year to see all songs that hit No.1 in that year. Do you know the number one song on the charts today?
What are your thoughts on today's hit compared to those of times past?
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...