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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ nice choice human                              

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  • This bleak futuristic tale is a very unusual song, but 1969 was a very unusual year, with hippie anthems like "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" going to #1 along with bubblegum songs like "Sugar, Sugar." The Beatles, Elvis Presley and The Temptations all had classic #1s, but "In the Year 2525" stayed at #1 for six weeks, which was longer than any other song that year and earned it the distinction of #1 record of the year 1969. The song reflected the apprehension of the times and also the wonder of technology: it started its run at the top of the US chart the week before the Apollo 11 moon landing.
  • This was the only hit for the Nebraska folk-rock duo of Denny Zager and Rick Evans. Their followup single, "Mister Turnkey," failed to chart and in 1971, they released their third and final album. Evans was their primary songwriter and wrote this one.
  • Here is the timeline of why this science fiction-themed song was the #1 hit of 1969:

    March 1969 - two futuristic sci-fi movies receive Oscars: Planet Of The Apes and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    July 11, 1969 - David Bowie's "Space Oddity" (the tale of Major Tom) is released in the UK. It doesn't become a chart topper until September.

    Week ending July 12, 1969 - "In the Year 2525" hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100.

    July 16, 1969 - Apollo 11 Moon Mission lifts off from Florida.

    July 20, 1969 - Apollo 11 astronauts make history when they set foot on the moon. >>
  • Time magazine speculated that this was "composed by a computer at the Rand Corporation."
  • The song was subtitled "Exordium & Terminus," which is a fancy way of saying "Beginning & End." The song took itself quite seriously in it's description of what will become of man as technology takes over.
  • After this hit the top spot in both the US and UK, it put Zager & Evans at the very bottom of the alphabetical list of artists with a chart-topping song. In the UK, they held down the bottom until 2015, when David Zowie hit #1 with "House Every Weekend." In America, that spot was taken the next year by Zayn with "Pillowtalk."
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@ UncleMartin, nice bit of history man, very much appreciate it .                                                                                                                                                              

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