ABC (The Jackson 5 song)

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This article is about the Jackson Five song. For alphabet songs, see Alphabet song. For other songs, see ABC song (disambiguation).
Single by The Jackson 5
from the album ABC
B-side "The Young Folks"
Released February 24, 1970 (U.S.)
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Genre Soul, R&B, bubblegum pop
Length 2:55
Label Motown
M 1163
Writer(s) The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell and Deke Richards)[1]
Producer(s) The Corporation
The Jackson 5 singles chronology
"I Want You Back"
"The Love You Save"
The Jackson 5's "ABC" from ABC

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"ABC" is a 1970 number-one hit song by the Jackson 5. It was written with the same design as "I Want You Back", and was first heard on American Bandstand (on the ABC network) in February 1970. "ABC" knocked the Beatles' song "Let It Be" off the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970 and was also number one on the soul singles chart for four weeks.[2] Billboard ranked the record as the No. 15 song of 1970, just one notch ahead of the Jackson 5 single that followed it to No. 1, "The Love You Save".[citation needed]

"ABC" was the first single from the second album by the Jackson 5, ABC and is considered one of the band's signature songs. It is one of the shortest titles to hit #1, and is the first song alphabetically in the list of #1 hits of the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was performed in full throughout their tours from 1970-1971. Through the second half of 1971, it was performed as a medley along with "I Want You Back", and later "Mama's Pearl" as 1972 came along. By 1973, "Mama's Pearl" was replaced with "The Love You Save" & for the rest of the Jackson 5 tours and Jacksons tours as well. However, "ABC" was replaced by "I'll Be There" for the rest of the Jackson 5 medley's performances in the 1984 Victory Tour and Michael Jackson's three solo tours. The song was performed once again by the Jackson brothers during the 2001 30th Anniversary Celebration special.


Chart (1970-1971, 2009) Peak
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[3] 24
UK Singles Chart 8
US Billboard Hot 100 1
Chart (2009) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 43
Irish Singles Chart 38
UK Singles Chart 50



  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 286. 
  3. ^ [2][dead link]

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Preceded by
"Let It Be" by The Beatles
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
April 25, 1970 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"American Woman" / "No Sugar Tonight" by The Guess Who
Preceded by
"Call Me" by Aretha Franklin
Billboard‍ '​s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
April 4, 1970 (four weeks)
Succeeded by
"Turn Back the Hands of Time" by Tyrone Davis