US Top 40 Singles Week Ending 5th January, 1974

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TW LW TITLE Artist (Label)-Weeks on Chart

1 1 TIME IN A BOTTLE –•– Jim Croce (ABC)-8 (2 weeks at #1)
2 4 THE JOKER –•– The Steve Miller Band (Capitol)-12
3 3 LEAVE ME ALONE (Ruby Red Dress) –•– Helen Reddy (Capitol)-10
4 2 THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL –•– Charlie Rich (Epic)-15
5 8 SHOW AND TELL –•– Al Wilson (Rocky Road)-12
6 9 SMOKIN’ IN THE BOY’S ROOM –•– Brownsville Station (Big Tree)-11
7 5 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD –•– Elton John (MCA)-11
8 10 NEVER, NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP –•– Barry White (20th Century)-11
9 11 LIVING FOR THE CITY –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-9
10 14 I’VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION –•– Gladys Knight and the Pips (Buddah)-7

11 7 TOP OF THE WORLD –•– The Carpenters (A&M)-14
12 16 HELEN WHEELS –•– Paul McCartney and Wings (Apple)-7
13 17 LET ME BE THERE –•– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)-8
14 6 HELLO IT’S ME –•– Todd Rundgren (Bearsville)-14
15 23 THE WAY WE WERE –•– Barbra Streisand (Columbia)-7
16 27 YOU’RE SIXTEEN –•– Ringo Starr (Apple)-4
17 21 LOVE’S THEME –•– The Love Unlimited Orchestra (20th Century)-6
18 19 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) –•– Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)-7
19 25 ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT / WHEN I FALL IN LOVE –•– Donny Osmond (Kolob)-7
20 24 ME AND BABY BROTHER –•– War (United Artists)-9

21 12 IF YOU’RE READY (Come Go With Me) –•– The Staple Singers (Stax)-11
22 15 ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY –•– The Stylistics (Avco)-12
23 13 JUST YOU ‘N’ ME –•– Chicago (Columbia)-15
24 30 LIVIN’ FOR YOU –•– Al Green (Hi)-5
25 18 MIND GAMES –•– John Lennon (Apple)-9
26 20 D’YER MAK’ER –•– Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)-12
27 22 THE LOVE I LOST (Part 1) –•– Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (Phil. Intl.)-15
28 26 MY MUSIC –•– Loggins and Messina (Columbia)-10
29 35 SISTER MARY ELEPHANT (Shudd-Up) –•– Cheech and Chong (Ode)-7
30 38 SPIDERS AND SNAKES –•– Jim Stafford (MGM)-9

31 36 WALK LIKE A MAN –•– Grand Funk (Capitol)-7
32 28 PHOTOGRAPH –•– Ringo Starr (Apple)-14
33 32 WHO’S IN THE STRAWBERRY PATCH WITH SALLY –•– Tony Orlando and Dawn (Bell)-9
34 33 COME GET TO THIS –•– Marvin Gaye (Tamla)-10
35 29 SPACE RACE –•– Billy Preston (A&M)-16
36 37 PAINTED LADIES –•– Ian Thomas (Janus)-11
37 54 JUNGLE BOOGIE –•– Kool and the Gang (De-Lite)-5
38 34 I GOT A NAME –•– Jim Croce (ABC)-14
39 43 AMERICAN TUNE –•– Paul Simon (Columbia)-6
40 50 IF WE MAKE IT THROUGH DECEMBER –•– Merle Haggard (Capitol)-7

OFF THE CHARTS

43 31 MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA –•– Gladys Knight and the Pips (Buddah)-19

POWER PLAYS

41 42 I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN –•– Ann Peebles (Hi)-19
42 44 THIS TIME I’M GONE FOR GOOD –•– Bobby “Blue” Bland (Dunhill)-8
44 62 JOY (Part 1) –•– Isaac Hayes (Enterprise)-3
45 45 TELL HER SHE’S LOVELY –•– El Chicano (MCA)-8
46 65 LET YOUR HAIR DOWN –•– The Temptations (Gordy)-3
47 57 I LOVE –•– Tom T. Hall (Mercury)-5
48 52 ROCK ON –•– David Essex (Columbia)-9
50 61 PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER –•– The O’Jays (Philadelphia International)-3

DEBUTS THIS WEEK

65 — AMERICANS –•– Byron MacGregor (Westbound)-1
70 — LAST TIME I SAW HIM –•– Diana Ross (Motown)-1
75 — CAN THIS BE REAL –•– Natural Four (Curtom)-1
76 — BOOGIE DOWN –•– Eddie Kendricks (Tamla)-1
86 — YOU’RE SO UNIQUE –•– Billy Preston (A&M)-1
87 — MY SWEET LADY –•– Cliff DeYoung with Bill Mumy and Corey Fischer (MCA)-1
90 — DADDY WHAT IF –•– Bobby Bare (RCA)-1
92 — STAR –•– Stealers Wheel (A&M)-1
98 — WOLD –•– Harry Chapin (Elektra)-1
99 — LET ME GET TO KNOW YOU –•– Paul Anka (Fame)-1

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