Comparing No. 1 singles from the '60's, '70's and '80's...

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Rod Stewart, 1976. (Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

10/2/1965 (52 years ago today) - Rick Derringer was the lead guitarist for The McCoys when they hit No. 1 with the classic single "Hang On Sloopy" -- Didn't know it was a cover: the song was first released by The Vibrations (whoever they were, they sounded pretty cool) under the title "My Girl Sloopy" -- Hard not to sing along with this one...

10/2/1971 (46 years ago today) - Rod Stewart was {likely} at his peak: the single "Maggie May" started a five week run at No. 1; the album that it was on, "Every Picture Tells a Story" (which Rod himself produced and arranged), was also No. 1 on the LP chart at the same time! He never really had another full-length release that was as perfect as this one was...Superb live version with Faces right here:

10/2/1982 (35 years ago today) - It was his first No. 1 single: John Mellencamp kicks off four weeks at the top of the chart with "Jack And Diane" -- Who knew that it would end up being played on the radio 100 times a day every day for the rest of our lives? What did we do to deserve this?

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