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Joe Cocker's Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

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Musician Joe Cocker photographed in the 1970s.

Before his death Monday (Dec. 22) at age 70, Joe Cocker charted 19 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including familiar recordings like 1968's cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," which later became the theme song for the hit 1980s TV show The Wonder Years. Cocker topped the Hot 100 with the 1982 single "Up Where We Belong," with Jennifer Warnes, from the film An Officer and a Gentleman.

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The latter song also won him his only Grammy Award, for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal.

"Up Where We Belong," which spent three weeks atop the Hot 100, is also Cocker's biggest hit of all time (see list, below).

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Cocker also charted top 40 hits with "You Are So Beautiful" (No. 5), "The Letter" (with Leon Russell and The Shelter People, No. 7), "When the Night Comes" (No. 11) and "Feeling Alright" (No. 33) -- all of which are among his 10 biggest hits ever.

Another famed Cocker track, the Randy Newman-penned "You Can Leave Your Hat On," became a hit in 1986 after it was used in the film 9 1/2 Weeks. The song reached No. 35 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. Hip-hop fans might also be surprised to discover that Cocker's 1972 single "Woman to Woman" was interpolated in 2Pac's No. 1 1996 Hot 100 hit "California Love."

This chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods.

10. "Put Out the Light"
Joe Cocker
Peak Position: No. 46
Peak Date: 7/27/1974

9. "Midnight Rider"
Joe Cocker and the Chris Stainton Band
Peak Position: No. 27
Peak Date: 10/28/1972

8. "Feelin' Alright"
Joe Cocker
Peak Position: No. 33
Peak Date: 2/12/1972

7. "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"
Joe Cocker
Peak Position: No. 30
Peak Date: 2/7/1970

6. "High Time We Went" / "Black-Eyed Blues" (double-sided single)
Joe Cocker
Peak Position: No. 22
Peak Date: 7/17/1971

5. "Cry Me a River"
Joe Cocker
Peak Position: No. 11
Peak Date: 11/14/1970

4. "When the Night Comes"
Joe Cocker
Peak Position: No. 11
Peak Date: 1/20/1990

3. "The Letter"
Joe Cocker with Leon Russell & The Shelter People
Peak Position: No. 7
Peak Date: 5/30/1970

2. "You Are So Beautiful" / "It's a Sin When You Love Somebody" (double-sided single)
Joe Cocker
Peak Position: No. 5
Peak Date: 3/29/1975

1. "Up Where We Belong"
Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Peak Position: No. 1
Peak Date: 11/6/1982