David Cassidy's Top 10 Songs on the Billboard Hot 100: 'I Think I Love You,' 'Cherish' & More

The late David Cassidy -- who died on Nov. 21 -- made his Billboard chart debut in 1970 thanks to his role on ABC TV’s The Partridge Family. In the show, the family band -- led by Cassidy’s real-life step-mother Shirley Jones -- record the song “I Think I Love You,” which becomes a hit. In real life, the song -- with lead vocals by Cassidy and backing vocals by Jones -- also became a hit, sailing all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It topped the list for three weeks in late 1970, and ranks as Cassidy’s top Hot 100 hit of all time (see list, below).

The Partridge Family would prove to be so popular, the act notched a total of nine hits on the Hot 100, including seven top 40-charting hits. The Family also scored five consecutive top 40-charting albums on the Billboard 200, including a trio of top 10s. (It may come as a surprise to some, but Cassidy and Jones were the only actors from the TV show to sing on The Partridge Family records.)

Cassidy himself embarked on a solo career, concurrent with his success with his TV family, and claimed five hits on the Hot 100. Among them were his No. 9-peaking hit “Cherish” and his final Hot 100 chart entry, 1990’s No. 27-peaking “Lyin’ to Myself.”

David Cassidy’s Top 10 Songs on the Billboard Hot 100:
Rank, Title, Peak Position, Peak Date
1. “I Think I Love You,” No. 1 (3 weeks), Nov. 21, 1970*
2. “Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted,” No. 6, March 27, 1971**
3. “Cherish,” No. 9, Dec. 25, 1971***
4. “I’ll Meet You Halfway,” No. 9, June 12, 1971**
5. “I Woke Up In Love This Morning,” No. 13, Sept. 25, 1971*
6. “Lyin’ to Myself,” No. 27, Nov. 17, 1990***
7. “It’s One of Those Nights,” No. 20, Jan. 22, 1972*
8. “How Can I Be Sure,” No. 25, July 1, 1972***
9. “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” No. 28, Aug. 19, 1972*
10. “Could It Be Forever,” No. 37, April 1, 1972***

* The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & Featuring David Cassidy
** The Partridge Family
*** David Cassidy

David Cassidy’s top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, through the Dec. 2, 2017, ranking. 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 to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.