Global Charts
National Charts
 

Global Single Chart
50 years ago
the most popular tracks worldwide
according to the national single charts
dated to January 9, 1971
compiled and provided by

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1 / 3
week 4
My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
Apple - 2 weeks at No.1
2 / 1
week 12
Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond
Uni
10 / -
week 2
I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds
MAM
3 / 4
week 6
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Vertigo / Warner Bros.
8 / 7
week 7
I Think I Love You - Partridge Family
Bell
9 / -
week 2
Knock Three Times - Dawn
Bell
6 / 8
week 3
One Less Bell To Answer - The Fifth Dimension
Bell
5 / 2
week 8
The Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Tamla Motown
4 / 5
week 6
Black Night - Deep Purple
Harvest / Warner Bros.
7 / 6
week 12
I'll Be There - The Jackson 5
Motown
 

"My Sweet Lord" was released on November 23, 1970 for the triple album All Things Must Pass (1970). It was the first Harrison single as a solo artist. Originally he gave the song to his fellow Apple Records artist Billy Preston to record. This version, which Harrison co-produced, appeared on Preston's Encouraging Words album in September 1970. Harrison wrote "My Sweet Lord" in praise of the Hindu god Krishna, while intending the lyrics as a call to abandon religious sectarianism through his blending of the Hebrew word hallelujah with chants of Hare Krishna and Vedic prayer. Later in the 1970s, "My Sweet Lord" was at the centre of a heavily publicised copyright infringement suit due to its similarity to the Ronnie Mack song "He's So Fine", also a global no.1 smash in April 1963 for the Chiffons. "My Sweet Lord" was one of the biggest hits in the 1970s, reached the top positions in almost all countries around the world.

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