'American Top 40' Flashback: July 4, 1970
'American Top 40' Flashback: July 4, 1970

As fans of music, radio and an American pop culture institution mark the 40th anniversary of the launch of the program that reshaped the landscape of syndicated programming, here is a look at the select 40 songs that comprised the first "American Top 40."

As always, the initial show featured a mix of superstars (the Beatles, Elvis Presley) and one-hit wonders enjoying their moment in the musical spotlight (Crabby Appleton, the Pipkins). Ironically, "AT40" began with Marvin Gaye's song entitled "The End of Our Road."

"American Top 40," July 4, 1970 (a countdown of the Billboard Hot 100 dated July 11, 1970):

No. 40, "The End of Our Road," Marvin Gaye
No. 39, "Silver Bird," Mark Lindsay
No. 38, "Spill the Wine," Eric Burdon and War
No. 37, "Go Back," Crabby Appleton
No. 36, "I Just Can't Help Believing," B.J. Thomas

No. 35, "Spirit in the Dark," Aretha Franklin and the Dixie Flyers
No. 34, "Mississippi," John Phillips
No. 33, "Westbound #9," the Flaming Ember
No. 32, "It's All in the Game," Four Tops
No. 31, "Save the Country," the 5th Dimension