1962 was much more of a split decision than I thought it would be - as of this posting, no song from that year has more than 15% of the vote. Let’s take a look now at 1963, the last year before Everything Changed.
A brief note on this year’s entries - technically, “Telstar” was the #1 for the first week of 1963, and I had said before that I would list wrap-around songs in both years in which it was at #1. However, since it’s been leading the 1962 poll pretty consistently and is at this time only one vote shy of the lead for that year, I have made an executive decision to exclude it from this year’s vote. In the future, all wrap-around songs will still be listed in both years unless it wins or is within a very close margin of winning the first year’s poll.
That being said, excluding Telstar, there are 20 songs that topped the charts this year, including quite a few oddities - the only Japanese-language song to ever reach #1, the only #1 by a member of the Catholic clergy, the first surf song to reach #1, and a still-standing record for the youngest musician to ever achieve a #1. Which of these songs stands the test of time for you?