List of Billboard Easy Listening number ones of 1965


Adult Contemporary is a chart published by Billboard ranking the top-performing songs in the United States in the adult contemporary music (AC) market. In 1965 the chart underwent a significant change. Since its first publication in 1961, the listing had been compiled by simply extracting from the magazine's all-genre chart, the Hot 100, those songs which were deemed of an appropriate style and ranking them according to their placings on the Hot 100. At the start of 1965, the chart used this methodology and was published under the title Middle-Road Singles.[1] The title changed to Pop-Standard Singles in the issue of Billboard dated May 1.[1] With effect from the issue dated June 5, 1965, however, the magazine dropped the Pop-Standard listing and began compiling an Easy Listening top 40 wholly independently of the Hot 100, based on playlists submitted by easy listening radio stations and sales reports submitted by stores.[1] At the time, Billboard promoted the revamped listing as a brand new chart, with each song in the June 5 issue shown as being in its first week on the chart,[2] but the magazine now regards the charts before and after the methodology change as one unbroken lineage.[3]

Four young men wearing light-coloured sweaters and a young woman in a dark-coloured dress, all sitting on a wall
We Five spent five weeks at number one with their version of "You Were on My Mind".

On the first chart of 1965, the number one song was "The Wedding" by British singer Julie Rogers,[4] which held the top spot for three weeks before being replaced by another British act, Chad & Jeremy,[5] with their single "Willow Weep for Me". The longest unbroken run at number one during 1965 was ten weeks, achieved by Roger Miller with "King of the Road". The highest total number of weeks achieved by an artist was the 12 weeks which Elvis Presley spent in the top spot with "Crying in the Chapel", "(Such an) Easy Question" and "I'm Yours". Presley was the only artist with more than one Easy Listening number one during the year, although all three of his chart-toppers were older songs which were not released as singles until 1965.[6] "Crying in the Chapel", which had been recorded in 1960 but never previously released,[7] held the number one position on the first chart compiled under the new methodology in June.

The final number one of the year was "Make the World Go Away" by Eddy Arnold. Like "King of the Road" earlier in the year, Arnold's song also reached the top position on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart.[8] None of 1965's Easy Listening number ones topped the Hot 100,[9] which at the time was largely dominated by the rock and roll-influenced style of acts associated with the so-called British Invasion, such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.[10][11]

Chart historyEdit

 
Roger Miller spent ten consecutive weeks at number one with "King of the Road".
 
"A Taste of Honey" was a chart-topper for Herb Alpert.
 
Eddy Arnold ended the year at number one.
Key
  Indicates best-performing easy listening song of 1965[12]
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 2 "The Wedding" Julie Rogers [13]
January 9 [14]
January 16 [15]
January 23 "Willow Weep for Me" Chad & Jeremy [16]
January 30 "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You" Dean Martin [17]
February 6 "Have You Looked into Your Heart" Jerry Vale [18]
February 13 "King of the Road" Roger Miller [19]
February 20 [20]
February 27 [21]
March 6 [22]
March 13 [23]
March 20 [24]
March 27 [25]
April 3 [26]
April 10 [27]
April 17 [28]
April 24 "The Race Is On" Jack Jones [29]
May 1 "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" Sounds Orchestral [30]
May 8 [31]
May 15 [32]
May 22 "Crying in the Chapel" Elvis Presley [33]
May 29 [34]
June 5 [3]
June 12 [35]
June 19 [36]
June 26 [37]
July 3 [38]
July 10 "A Walk in the Black Forest" Horst Jankowski [39]
July 17 [40]
July 24 "(Such an) Easy Question" Elvis Presley [41]
July 31 [42]
August 7 "Save Your Heart for Me" Gary Lewis & the Playboys [43]
August 14 [44]
August 21 [45]
August 28 "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" Mel Carter [46]
September 4 "You Were on My Mind"   We Five [47]
September 11 [48]
September 18 [49]
September 25 [50]
October 2 [51]
October 9 "I'm Yours" Elvis Presley [52]
October 16 [53]
October 23 [54]
October 30 "A Taste of Honey" Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass [55]
November 6 [56]
November 13 [57]
November 20 [58]
November 27 [59]
December 4 "Make the World Go Away" Eddy Arnold [60]
December 11 [61]
December 18 [62]
December 25 [63]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2007). Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Top Adult Songs, 1961-2006. Record Research Incorporated. p. vi. ISBN 9780898201697.
  2. ^ "Easy Listening". Billboard. June 5, 1965. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Adult Contemporary chart for June 5, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  4. ^ "Julie Rogers Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Chad & Jeremy Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst (1998). Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. St. Martin's Press. p. 199. ISBN 9780312185725.
  7. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Crying in the Chapel - Elvis Presley". AllMusic. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Watson-Guptill. p. 518. ISBN 0823076326.
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2007). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2006. Record Research Incorporated. p. 1160. ISBN 9780898201727.
  10. ^ Puterbaugh, Parke (July 14, 1988). "The British Invasion: From the Beatles to the Stones, The Sixties Belonged to Britain". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "Pop/Rock » British Invasion » British Invasion". AllMusic. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "Billboard Adult Contemporary Year End, 1965" (PDF). Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  13. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for January 2, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for January 9, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  15. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for January 16, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for January 23, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  17. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for January 30, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  18. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for February 6, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  19. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for February 13, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  20. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for February 20, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  21. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for February 27, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  22. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for March 6, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  23. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for March 13, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  24. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for March 20, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  25. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for March 27, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  26. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for April 3, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  27. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for April 10, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  28. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for April 17, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  29. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for April 24, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  30. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for May 1, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  31. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for May 8, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  32. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for May 15, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  33. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for May 22, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  34. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for May 29, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  35. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for June 12, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  36. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for June 19, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  37. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for June 26, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  38. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for July 3, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  39. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for July 10, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  40. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for July 17, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  41. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for July 24, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  42. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for July 31, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  43. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for August 7, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  44. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for August 14, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  45. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for August 21, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  46. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for August 28, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  47. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for September 4, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  48. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for September 11, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  49. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for September 18, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  50. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for September 25, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  51. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for October 2, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  52. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for October 9, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  53. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for October 16, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  54. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for October 23, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  55. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for October 30, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  56. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for November 6, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  57. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for November 13, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  58. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for November 20, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  59. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for November 27, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  60. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for December 4, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  61. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for December 11, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  62. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for December 18, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  63. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for December 25, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.

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