US Top 40 Singles Week Ending 22nd December, 1973

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TW LW TITLE Artist (Label)-Weeks on Chart

1 1 THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL –•– Charlie Rich (Epic)-13 (2 weeks at #1)
2 2 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD –•– Elton John (MCA)-9
3 5 TIME IN A BOTTLE –•– Jim Croce (ABC)-6
4 7 LEAVE ME ALONE (Ruby Red Dress) –•– Helen Reddy (Capitol)-8
5 6 HELLO IT’S ME –•– Todd Rundgren (Bearsville)-12
6 9 THE JOKER –•– The Steve Miller Band (Capitol)-10
7 3 TOP OF THE WORLD –•– The Carpenters (A&M)-12
8 4 JUST YOU ‘N’ ME –•– Chicago (Columbia)-13
9 10 IF YOU’RE READY (Come Go With Me) –•– The Staple Singers (Stax)-9
10 14 NEVER, NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP –•– Barry White (20th Century)-9

11 16 SHOW AND TELL –•– Al Wilson (Rocky Road)-10
12 22 SMOKIN’ IN THE BOY’S ROOM –•– Brownsville Station (Big Tree)-9
13 8 PHOTOGRAPH –•– Ringo Starr (Apple)-12
14 17 ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY –•– The Stylistics (Avco)-10
15 19 LIVING FOR THE CITY –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-7
16 18 MY MUSIC –•– Loggins and Messina (Columbia)-8
17 12 THE LOVE I LOST (Part 1) –•– Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (Phil. Intl.)-13
18 26 I’VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION –•– Gladys Knight and the Pips (Buddah)-5
19 20 MIND GAMES –•– John Lennon (Apple)-7
20 24 HELEN WHEELS –•– Paul McCartney and Wings (Apple)-5

21 11 SPACE RACE –•– Billy Preston (A&M)-14
22 28 D’YER MAK’ER –•– Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)-10
23 15 MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA –•– Gladys Knight and the Pips (Buddah)-17
24 31 LET ME BE THERE –•– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)-6
25 21 COME GET TO THIS –•– Marvin Gaye (Tamla)-8
26 35 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) –•– Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)-5
27 33 ME AND BABY BROTHER –•– War (United Artists)-7
28 23 HEARTBEAT-IT’S A LOVEBEAT –•– The DeFranco Family Featuring Tony DeFranco (20th Century)-16
29 13 KEEP ON TRUCKIN’ (Part 1) –•– Eddie Kendricks (Tamla)-18
30 25 I GOT A NAME –•– Jim Croce (ABC)-12

31 39 ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT / WHEN I FALL IN LOVE –•– Donny Osmond (Kolob)-5
32 27 WHO’S IN THE STRAWBERRY PATCH WITH SALLY –•– Tony Orlando and Dawn (Bell)-7
33 50 LOVE’S THEME –•– The Love Unlimited Orchestra (20th Century)-4
34 29 LET ME SERENADE YOU –•– Three Dog Night (Dunhill)-9
35 55 THE WAY WE WERE –•– Barbra Streisand (Columbia)-5
36 57 LIVIN’ FOR YOU –•– Al Green (Hi)-3
37 30 PAPER ROSES –•– Marie Osmond (MGM / Kolob)-15
38 42 I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN –•– Ann Peebles (Hi)-17
39 40 SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK –•– The Persuaders (Atco)-8
40 46 TELL HER SHE’S LOVELY –•– El Chicano (MCA)-6

OFF THE CHARTS

42 36 YOU’RE A SPECIAL PART OF ME –•– Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye (Motown)-12
47 37 CORAZON –•– Carole King (Ode)-9
51 34 CHEAPER TO KEEP HER –•– Johnnie Taylor (Stax)-11
52 38 WHY ME –•– Kris Kristofferson (Monument)-38
53 32 ANGIE –•– The Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones)-16

POWER PLAYS

41 49 SISTER MARY ELEPHANT (Shudd-Up) –•– Cheech and Chong (Ode)-5
43 45 PAINTED LADIES –•– Ian Thomas (Janus)-9
44 54 WALK LIKE A MAN –•– Grand Funk (Capitol)-5
45 47 THIS TIME I’M GONE FOR GOOD –•– Bobby “Blue” Bland (Dunhill)-6
46 56 SPIDERS AND SNAKES –•– Jim Stafford (MGM)-7
48 52 I FOUND SUNSHINE –•– The Chi-Lites (Brunswick)-6
49 59 AMERICAN TUNE –•– Paul Simon (Columbia)-4
50 75 YOU’RE SIXTEEN –•– Ringo Starr (Apple)-2

DEBUTS THIS WEEK

71 — PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER –•– The O’Jays (Philadelphia International)-1
72 — JOY (Part 1) –•– Isaac Hayes (Enterprise)-1
85 — MIDINIGHT RIDER –•– Gregg Allman (Capricorn)-1
86 — LET YOUR HAIR DOWN –•– The Temptations (Gordy)-1
95 — RAISED ON ROBBERY –•– Joni Mitchell (Asylum)-1
96 — PLEASE, DADDY –•– John Denver (RCA)-1
98 — TRYING TO HOLD ON TO MY WOMAN –•– Lamont Dozier (ABC)-1
99 — WANG DANG DOOBLE –•– The Pointer Sisters (Blue Thumb)-1
100 — LAST KISS –•– J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers (Virgo)-16