On April 17, 1971, Three Dog Night hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Joy to the World.” The song stayed at the top spot for six weeks and was the biggest Billboard hit of 1971. They had previously reached the top spot the year before with “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” and had one more No. 1 in 1972 with “Black and White.” In all, the group scored 11 top-10 hits.
Jessica Wheeler is a columnist for AliveTampaBay.