In 1973, 27 songs hit #1. Almost all of them were certified gold; Crocodile Rock was certified platinum.
Five of the exceptions were Motown songs, two by Stevie Wonder. From most reports, Motown didn’t allow the RIAA, the industry association, to look at the books to certify the recordings until the late 1970s.
The late Jim Croce is the other artist on the list with two #1 songs.
This #1s roster includes songs by all ex-Beatles except John Lennon, plus a Beatles colleague. The other non-gold record was by George Harrison.
I have links to all the songs and a dozen posts I wrote when the artist turned a number divisible by five or would have.
Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree – Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando, #1 for four weeks
#1 for TWO weeks
Keep On Truckin’ -Eddie Kendricks
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce
Top Of The World – Carpenters. Yesterday Once More Went To #2.
Brother Louie – Stories
The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia – Vicki Lawrence. Carol Burnette surprised her with a gold record for the song on the last show of the sixth season of The Carol Burnette Show.
Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce
The Most Beautiful Girl – Charlie Rich
The Morning After – Maureen McGovern
A single week at #1
Delta Dawn – Helen Reddy. Two songs about morning, followed by a dawn song?
Frankenstein – The Edgar Winter Group, an instrumental. Two instrumentals reached #2: Dueling Banjos by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell; and Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) by Deodato.
Angie – The Rolling Stones
We’re An American Band – Grand Funk
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Love Train – O’Jays