One Bad Apple

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"One Bad Apple"
One Bad Apple-The Osmonds cover.jpg
Single by The Osmonds
from the album Osmonds
B-side "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
Released November 14, 1970
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded October 26, 1970
Genre Pop, R&B, bubblegum pop
Length 2:46
Label MGM
Songwriter(s) George Jackson
The Osmonds singles chronology
"I've Got Loving on My Mind"
"One Bad Apple"
"Double Lovin'"
"I've Got Loving on My Mind"
"One Bad Apple"
"Double Lovin'"

"One Bad Apple" was a number-one hit single released by The Osmonds on November 14, 1970. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 2, 1971. It hit the top of the chart on February 13, 1971 and stayed there for five weeks. It also reached number six on the R&B chart.[1] Billboard ranked it as the No. 4 song for 1971. Both "One Bad Apple" and the Donny Osmond-credited single "Sweet and Innocent" are on the 1970 album Osmonds. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on February 4, 1971.

The song was written by George Jackson, who originally had the Jackson 5 in mind when he wrote it.[2] According to Donny Osmond, Michael Jackson later told him that the Jackson 5 almost recorded this song first, but chose to record "ABC" instead.[3]

"One Bad Apple" was also used as the theme to The Osmonds cartoon show on ABC-TV.

Other versions[edit]

  • 1984: Nolan Thomas covered it on his only album, Yo Little Brother
  • 1974: The Credibility Gap recorded a parody of the song, "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Hair" and a German version (with totally unrelated lyrics), "Foreign Novelty Smash". Both recordings appear on the album A Great Gift Idea!
  • 1997: Aaron Carter on his self-titled debut album Aaron Carter.

Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 445. 
  2. ^ "One Bad Apple by The Osmonds Songfacts". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  3. ^ Reference starts at 0:36
  4. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending MONTH DD, 19YY at the Wayback Machine (archived 30 September 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Songs from the Year 1971". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1971/Top 100 Songs of 1971". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  10. ^ Billboard. 1971-12-25. p. 15. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  11. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1971". 1971-12-25. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
Preceded by
"Knock Three Times" by Tony Orlando and Dawn
US Billboard Hot 100 number one single
February 13, 1971 (five weeks)
Succeeded by
"Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin
Preceded by
"If You Could Read My Mind" by Gordon Lightfoot
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
February 27, 1971 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by Creedence Clearwater Revival