ABC (The Jackson 5 song)
|Single by The Jackson 5|
|from the album ABC|
|B-side||"The Young Folks"|
|Released||February 24, 1970|
|Format||Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)|
|Genre||Soul, R&B, bubblegum pop|
|Songwriter(s)||The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell and Deke Richards)|
|The Jackson 5 singles chronology|
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"ABC" is a 1970 number-one hit by The Jackson 5. It was released on February 24. "ABC" knocked The Beatles' Let It Be off the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970, and was number one on the soul singles chart for four weeks.
Written with a similar structure and feel as the Jacksons' first hit of 1970, "I Want You Back". ABC was performed on television on American Bandstand (February 21, 1970), The Ed Sullivan Show (May 10, 1970), and The Flip Wilson Show (November 4, 1971), among many other broadcasts. "ABC" is considered one of the band's signature songs. It is one of the shortest titles to hit #1, and is the first alphabetically in a list of #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. The upbeat lyrics compare learning to love to learning the alphabet.
50 Cent told NME that the song was the first he remembered hearing: "I've always loved MJ, so I guess it was probably a good place to start music: right here, with the ABCs." On 27 November 2016, the Grammy Hall of Fame announced its induction, along with that of another 24 songs.
|Chart (1970–1971, 2009)||Peak
|Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)||24|
|UK Singles Chart||8|
|US Billboard Hot 100||1|
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||43|
|Irish Singles Chart||38|
|UK Singles Chart||50|
- Lead vocals by Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, and Jackie Jackson
- Background vocals by Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, and Marlon Jackson
- Bass guitar by Wilton Felder
- Drums by Gene Pello
- Guitar by David T. Walker, Louis Shelton and Don Peake
- Keyboards by Freddie Perren
- Written and produced by The Corporation: Berry Gordy, Jr., Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren and Deke Richards
- [dead link]
- Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. Billboard Books. p. 272.
- Haynes, Gavin (October 1, 2015). "Soundtrack of my life". NME: 48.
-  Archived August 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Overview of ABC All the picture sleeves, Song and remixes to listen
- "ABC" song review from Allmusic website
- "ABC" as listed on the Rock Band song library.
"Let It Be" by The Beatles
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
April 25, 1970 (two weeks)
"American Woman" / "No Sugar Tonight" by The Guess Who
"Call Me" by Aretha Franklin
|Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
April 4, 1970 (four weeks)
"Turn Back the Hands of Time" by Tyrone Davis