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TOP 40 ACTS OF THE ROCK ERA

(The Very First American Top 40 Special)

Broadcast  1st May 1971

Pos

Artist

Song Played

Accomplishments

1

Elvis Presley

Don't Be Cruel/It's Now Of Never/Suspicious Minds 18 #1 hits, 37 Top 10 hits, 95 Top 40 hits
2 The Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand/Let It Be 20 #1 hits, 32 Top 10 hits, 47 Top 40 hits
3 Pat Boone Love Letters In the Sand 5 #1 hits, 12 Top 10 hits, 38 Top 40 hits
4 Connie Francis Who's Sorry Now 3 #1 hits, 16 Top 10 hits, 35 Top 40 hits
5 The Supremes Where Did Our Love Go 12 #1 hits, 20 Top 10 hits, 29 Top 40 hits
6 Rick Nelson Poor Little Fool 2 #1 hits, 17 Top 10 hits, 35 Top 40 hits
7 Ray Charles Hit the Road Jack 3 #1 hits, 11 Top 10 hits, 30 Top 40 hits
8 The Four Seasons Sherry 4 #1 hits, 13 Top 10 hits, 27 Top 40 hits
9 Fats Domino Blueberry Hill No #1 hits, 8 Top 10 hits, 36 Top 40 hits
10 Brenda Lee I'm Sorry 2 #1 hits, 12 Top 10 hits, 29 Top 40 hits
11 The Everly Brothers Bye Bye Love 3 #1 hits, 15 Top 10 hits, 27 Top 40 hits
12 James Brown I Got You (I Feel Good) No #1 hits, 6 Top 10 hits, 32 Top 40 hits
13 Marvin Gaye I Heard It Through the Grapevine 1 #1 hit, 12 Top 10 hits, 29 Top 40 hits
14 Bobby Vinton Blue Velvet 4 #1 hits, 8 Top 10 hits, 26 Top 40 hits
15 Bobby Darin Mack the Knife 1 #1 hit, 10 Top 10 hits, 22 Top 40 hits
16 Sam Cooke You Send Me 1 #1 hit, 5 Top 10 hits, 29 Top 40 hits
17 The Beach Boys Good Vibrations 3 #1 hits, 13 Top 10 hits, 27 Top 40 hits
18 The Rolling Stones (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 5 #1 hits, 12 Top 10 hits, 18 Top 40 hits
19 The Temptations Ball Of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) 3 #1 hits, 13 Top 10 hits, 27 Top 40 hits
20 The Miracles Shop Around 1 #1 hit, 4 Top 10 hits, 26 Top 40 hits
21 Paul Anka Diana 1 #1 hit, 8 Top 10 hits, 25 Top 40 hits
22 Nat King Cole Rambin' Rose No #1 hits, 6 Top 10 hits, 25 Top 40 hits
23 Perry Como It's Impossible 1 #1 hits, 7 Top 10 hits, 27 Top 40 hits
24 The Platters Smoke Gets In Your Eyes 2 #1 hits, 7 Top 10 hits, 23 Top 40 hits
25 Chubby Checker The Twist 3 #1 hits (one hit #1 twice), 8 Top 10 hits, 22 Top 40 hits
26 Dean Martin Everybody Loves Somebody 2 #1 hits, 5 Top 10 hits, 17 Top 40 hits
27 Brook Benton It's Just a Matter Of Time No #1 hits, 8 Top 10 hits, 24 Top 40 hits
28 Andy Williams Can't Get Used To Losing You 1 #1 hit, 8 Top 10 hits, 26 Top 40 hits
29 Frank Sinatra Strangers In the Night 2 #1 hits, 8 Top 10 hits, 27 Top 40 hits
30 The 5th Dimension Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failure) (Medley) 2 #1 hits, 5 Top 10 hits,15 Top 40 hits
31 Roy Orbison Oh, Pretty Woman 2 #1 hits, 9 Top 10 hits, 22 Top 40 hits
32 Areatha Franklin I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Loved You) 1 #1 hit, 10 Top 10 hits, 23 Top 40 hits
33 Dionne Warwick This Guy's In Love With You No #1 hits, 8 Top 10 hits, 22 Top 40 hits
34 Jackie Wilson Lonely Teardrops No #1 hits, 6 Top 10 hits, 24 Top 40 hits
35 Simon and Garfunkel Mrs. Robinson 3 #1 hits, 7 Top 10 hits, 13 Top 40 hits
36 Stevie Wonder Fingertips (Part 2) 1 #1 hit, 11 Top 10 hits, 20 Top 40 hits
37 The Young Rascals/The Rascals People Got To Be Free 3 #1 hits, 6 Top 10 hits, 13 Top 40 hits
38 The Monkees I'm a Believer 3 #1 hits, 6 Top 10 hits, 11 Top 40 hits
39 The Four Tops Baby, I Need Your Loving 2 #1 hits, 5 Top 10 hits, 17 Top 40 hits
40 Dion Abraham, Martin and John 1 #1 hit, 9 Top 10 hits, 14 Top 40 hits

 The very first non-year end countdown done by American Top 40. As nothing like it was done before, it makes for interesting listening. The songs selected for each artist were usually the acts' biggest hit, but for some a more recent hit was played. Top 2 artists has more than one song played. The special was in part necessary for AT40 to do. According the "American Top 40: The Countdown of the Century" by Rob Durkee, until this week, AT40 in fact played the Top 40 of the Hot 100 chart one week ahead. For instance, when the first AT40 show was broadcast on the 4th of July weekend 1970, the 11th of July chart was used. For the 11th of July show, the 18th of July chart was used and so on. So in fact, people were listening to the top 40 songs before they were even published in Billboard! After awhile it became a bit too awkward and hectic to do this so it was decided to broadcast the chart for the weekend the show was to be broadcast. The 24th of April 1971 show broadcast the 1st of May 1971 chart. When the regular countdowns resumed on the 8th of May 1971 weekend, it broadcast the 8th of May chart. So the AT40 listeners actually never missed a chart when they heard this special.

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