Happy Cinco de Mayo! First celebrated on May 5, 1862, the day represents the best in Mexican culture and heritage, so get ready for a little tequila and a quesadilla or two. To feed our never-ending feast of music, I thought it might be cool to take a look back at top-ranking acts with a “cinco”, or rather, a “five”, in their name. After all, quite a few quintets over the decades have taken pride in their top-selling singles. In fact, over a dozen acts have made the top 40 with the number in their name, from We Five to the Five Man Electrical Band to 5ive to Five For Fighting, and the list goes on. Can you guess which one has had the most top 40 hits on the Hot 100? Scroll down below… and a high-five to you if you guessed correctly!
This group formed in Texas during the late 1980’s and had a string of big hits beginning in 1991, including “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)” (#1) and 1992′s “She’s Playing Hard To Get” (#3). A total of five of their singles made the top 40 on the Hot 100 through 1994. Lead singer Tony Thompson died in 2007. They band returned in 2012 with new members and a self-released single, but it failed to chart.
04. MAROON 5
Here’s the most recent act on the list. The quintet, led by Adam Levine, has had eleven songs make the top 40 on the Hot 100 since their debut in 2003. That includes #1 hits like 2007’s “Makes Me Wonder” and 2012’s “One More Night”, their most recent of seven to hit the top 5 region. Can the fourth single from their album Overexposed, “Love Somebody”, add to that growing amount? We’ll see very soon.
** Thanks to reader Mike B. for noticing an error with this!
03. THE JACKSON 5
The family band out of Gary, Indiana took the charts by storm in 1969 and 1970 with four number-ones in a row: “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There”. In total, seven of their singles made the top 5, and sixteen of their hits made the top 40 through 1975’s “I Am Love”. When the group transferred to Epic Records in 1976, they changed their name to The Jacksons, and thus, songs like “Enjoy Yourself” and “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)” aren’t included in their total. They made the Hot 100 through 1989. Brothers Jermaine and Michael charted with solo entries.
02. DAVE CLARK FIVE
The Beatles may have started the British Invasion, but the Dave Clark Five continued that momentum with a total of seventeen top 40 hits over the span of a little over three years. They first made the top 40 in 1964 with “Glad All Over”, which went to #6, and broke through the top 5 with songs like “Because” (#3) and the #1 “Over And Over” from 1965, the last of their five top-5 singles. The group broke up by 1970 as their success in the U.K. faded. They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2008. There are two living members left: drummer Clark and lead guitarist Lenny Davidson.
01. THE 5TH DIMENSION
This five-piece band is the only mixed group in the pack, three males and two females. The group had a number of moderately successful singles and a handful of top tens, including four top five hits. 1969 remains their peak year on the Hot 100 when the band took two songs to the #1 spot: a medley of “Aquarius” and “Let The Sunshine In” from Hair (six weeks) and “Wedding Bell Blues” (three weeks). They continued to hit into the 70’s, last making the top 40 in 1973 after a total of twenty songs to hit that portion of the chart. They last entered the Hot 100 in 1976 with their first of many lineup changes. The group remains together today with one original member left, Florence LaRue.
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