Some top musical hits in the 1970s included "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" by B.J. Thomas, which spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard charts, and "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5, which spent one week at number one in January 1970. Simon & Garfunkel's hit "Bridge Over Troubled Water" spent six weeks at number one, and The Guess Who's "American Women" was at the top of the charts for three weeks.
"Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" won an Academy Award for best original song. Written by Hal David and credited to Mack David, the song was written for the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." Thomas was recovering from a case of laryngitis when the film version of the song was recorded, so his voice is hoarser in this version than on the album version. Billboard ranked it the number four overall song of 1970.
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" is often considered the most successful song by the duo Simon & Garfunkel. The song melody and message of support offered comfort in the face of difficulties in the early 1970s. The song has since been covered by a number of artists including Aretha Franklin, Chet Atkins, Willie Nelson and Bonnie Tyler.