One Bad Apple

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"One Bad Apple"
Single by the Osmonds
from the album Osmonds
B-side"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
ReleasedNovember 14, 1970
RecordedOctober 26, 1970
GenrePop, R&B, bubblegum pop
Songwriter(s)George Jackson
The Osmonds singles chronology
"I've Got Loving on My Mind"
"One Bad Apple"
"Double Lovin'"

"One Bad Apple" is a song by the Osmonds, released as a single 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 No. 6 on the R&B chart.[1] Billboard ranked it as the No. 4 song for 1971.[2] 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.[3] According to Donny Osmond, Michael Jackson later told him that the Jackson 5 almost recorded this song first, but chose to record "ABC" instead.[4] Rick Hall recorded and produced the song at his FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals; to determine who would sing lead, he lined up all of the brothers (including Jimmy) and had each one sing the opening line, choosing Merrill and Donny. Ultimately, songs led primarily by Merrill would be released as being by the Osmonds, while those by Donny would be released under Donny's name (with the brothers still accompanying him). Curb then brought it to Terry Manning in Memphis to mix.

"One Bad Apple" was also used as the theme to The Osmonds cartoon show on ABC-TV. It is the only song in the Osmonds' repertoire that continues to receive any appreciable airplay on oldies radio, and even then its airplay is much lower than comparable hits of the era (most of the Osmonds' other songs get no airplay at all).[5]



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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  2. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1971/Top 100 Songs of 1971". Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  3. ^ "One Bad Apple by The Osmonds Songfacts". Retrieved 2016-10-03.
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  5. ^ Ross, Sean (September 21, 2020). "Lost Factor 1971: Some Songs Are Like a Broken Yo-Yo". Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  6. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  7. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 12 April 1971
  8. ^ "Melody Maker Singles Charts 1970s". 12 February 2014. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  9. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 445.
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  12. ^ "Songs from the Year 1971". Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  13. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  14. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1971/Top 100 Songs of 1971". Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  15. ^ Billboard. 1971-12-25. p. 15. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  16. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1971". 1971-12-25. Archived from the original on 2016-10-06. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  17. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  18. ^ "American single certifications – The Osmonds – One Bad Apple". Recording Industry Association of America.

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