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The new decade seemed to start with no real pattern. Elvis Presley was the top performer of 1970 . In addition to the biggest single of the year ("The Wonder of You"), the King had top ten hits with "Don't Cry Daddy" and "I've Lost You".


Number two act of the year was the Jackson Five. None of their singles reached number one but all four were top ten contenders including "I Want You Back", "ABC", "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There".


Maintaining the American hold on the top spots were Simon and Garfunkel, the number four artists of the year. Their year was dominated by the classic album "Bridge Over Troubled Waters", the biggest LP hit of 1970. The title single from the album also topped the singles charts for three weeks.


The Beatles just managed to capture a spot in the
number five performers list in this year. Their single, "Let It Be", was a chart number two but the "Let It Be" LP stayed in the album charts for over a year peaking at number one. However, by April 1970 the band had broken up.


There were many number one singles from performers that were their only hits of the year in 1970. Dave Edmunds had the second biggest hit of the year with "I Hear You Knockin" but it was over two years before he returned to the singles charts.


The third biggest hit of the year was "In The Summertime" by Mungo Jerry



and the fourth biggest hit of the year was"Band of Gold" from Freda Payne



Edison Lighthouse were in the one hit wonder category with "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes", the fifth
biggest single of 1970.