Monday, December 18, 2017

December 18th

The Monkees hold on to the #1 position for the fourth straight week with "Daydream Believer", keeping The Beatles at bay with "Hello Goodbye" at #2 and Gladys Knight and the Pips' "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" at #3.  

In that respect it looks like The Monkees are finishing up the year the same way they started it … with both the #1 Single AND the #1 Album in the country!

"Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd." is the #1 album for the fourth straight week as well.  "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" may have been the album that turned the world on its ear in 1967 … but there is absolutely NO way to discount the contribution of The Monkees … a hit television series, five Top Five Singles and FOUR #1 Albums, all within the past twelve months!  (The Monkees ended up topping Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart for 28 of the year's 52 weeks!)

For more on "The Year of The Monkees, be sure to read our Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart feature ... along with our exclusive interview with Bobby Hart:

The rest of The Top Five  Singles Chart shows "I Second That Emotion" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and "The Rain, The Park And Other Things" by The Cowsills flip-flopping their #4 and #5 positions, with The Miracles coming out on top this week.  

Elsewhere in The Top Ten, "Woman Woman" by The Union Gap jumps from #14 to #6, "Boogaloo Down Broadway" by The Fantastic Johnny C is up from #12 to #7, "Chain Of Fools" by Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul, enters the Top Ten at #9 (up 14 spots from #23 the week before) and The American Breed climb up ten spots from #20 to #10 with "Bend Me, Shape Me".  

Other bulleted Top 40 Hits include "Skinny Legs And All" by Joe South (#15 to #11), "Judy In Disguise" by John Fred and his Playboy Band (#24 to #13), the holiday novelty hit "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsmen (#44 to #20), "Different Drum" by The Stone Poneys (#29 to#23), "It's Wonderful" by The Young Rascals (#39 to #25), "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (#34 to #26), "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" by Donovan (#37 to #29), "And Get Away" by The Esquires (#41 to #33), "Susan", another hit for The Buckinghams, their sixth record to make The Super Chart in 1967 (climbing from #49 to #36), "Love Me Two Times" by The Doors (#48 to #37) and "The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener" by Petula Clark (#46 to #39)