List of number-one R&B singles of 1965 (U.S.)

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These are the Billboard magazine R&B singles chart number one hits of 1965:

See also: 1965 in music, List of number-one R&B hits (United States)

Gap in the chart[edit]

From November 30, 1963 to January 23, 1965 there was no Billboard R&B singles charts. Some publications have used Cash Box magazine's stats in their place. No specific reason has ever been given as to why Billboard ceased producing R&B charts, but the prevailing wisdom was that the chart methodology used was being questioned, since more and more Caucasian acts were reaching number one on the R&B chart. According to researcher Joel Whitburn, "there was so much crossover of titles between the R&B and pop singles (Hot 100) charts that Billboard considered the charts to be too similar. This does not mean that R&B artists stopped turning out hits. After all, it was during this 14-month period that Motown established itself as an R&B institution."[1]

Issue Date Song Artist
2 January NO CHART
9 January NO CHART
16 January NO CHART
23 January NO CHART
January 30 "My Girl" The Temptations
February 6 "My Girl" The Temptations
February 13 "My Girl" The Temptations
February 20 "My Girl" The Temptations
February 27 "My Girl" The Temptations
March 6 "My Girl" The Temptations
March 13 "Shotgun" Junior Walker & the All-Stars
March 20 "Shotgun" Junior Walker & the All-Stars
March 27 "Shotgun" Junior Walker & the All-Stars
April 3 "Got to Get You Off My Mind" Solomon Burke
April 10 "Shotgun" Junior Walker & the All-Stars
April 17 "Got to Get You Off My Mind" Solomon Burke
April 24 "Got to Get You Off My Mind" Solomon Burke
May 1 "We're Gonna Make It" Little Milton
May 8 "We're Gonna Make It" Little Milton
May 15 "We're Gonna Make It" Little Milton
May 22 "I'll Be Doggone" Marvin Gaye
May 29 "Back in My Arms Again" The Supremes
June 5 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" The Four Tops
June 12 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" The Four Tops
June 19 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" The Four Tops
June 26 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" The Four Tops
July 3 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" The Four Tops
July 10 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" The Four Tops
July 17 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" The Four Tops
July 24 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" The Four Tops
July 31 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" The Four Tops
August 7 "In the Midnight Hour" Wilson Pickett
August 14 "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (Part 1)" James Brown
August 21 "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (Part 1)" James Brown
August 28 "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (Part 1)" James Brown
September 4 "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (Part 1)" James Brown
September 11 "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (Part 1)" James Brown
September 18 "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (Part 1)" James Brown
September 25 "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (Part 1)" James Brown
October 2 "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (Part 1)" James Brown
October 9 "I Want To (Do Everything for You)" Joe Tex
October 16 "I Want To (Do Everything For You)" Joe Tex
October 23 "I Want To (Do Everything For You)" Joe Tex
October 30 "Rescue Me" Fontella Bass
November 6 "Rescue Me" Fontella Bass
November 13 "Rescue Me" Fontella Bass
November 20 "Rescue Me" Fontella Bass
November 27 "Ain't That Peculiar" Marvin Gaye
December 4 "I Got You (I Feel Good)" James Brown
December 11 "I Got You (I Feel Good)" James Brown
December 18 "I Got You (I Feel Good)" James Brown
December 25 "I Got You (I Feel Good)" James Brown

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. xiii.