Most Unusual One Hit Wonder of Them All

(Gibson) One of the most unusual, memorable and certainly intriguing one hit wonders of all time, "In the Year 2525," made it to no 1 on the U.S. singles charts on this very day in 1969.

The space-age theme of technology threatening man's very survival obviously hit a chord in 1969, the era of Star Trek, prototype computers and the U.S. versus the Soviet Union space race. Sung by Zager and Evans, the song, ostensibly a folk protest number, somewhat akin to Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction," warns of what will become to the universe as technology takes over: "In the year 2525 / Your arms are hanging limp at your side, You legs got nothing to do, Some machine's doing that for you"

Timing is everything, and the song was still #1 on July 20, 1969 in the U.S., the date of Neil Armstrong's historic Apollo moon landing. By staying at #1 for six weeks, which was longer than any other song that year, the track won itself the honor of Billboard's #1 record of the year. more on this story

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