“ABC” is a 1970 number-one hit by the Jackson 5. First aired on American Bandstand on the ABC network) on February 21, 1970. It was released on February 24. “ABC” knocked The Beatles’ Let It Be off the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970, and was number one on the soul singles chart for four weeks. It was written with the same design as their first 1970 hit ‘I Want You Back’. ABC was performed on the American Bandstand (21st February, 1970), Ed Sullivan Show (10th May, 1970), The Groovy Show (10th June, 1970), Flip Wilson Show (4th November, 1971), Save the Children Benefit Concert (September, 1972), The Jackson 5 Show (5th November, 1972), Royal Variety Show (5th November, 1972), One More Time (10th January, 1974), Sandy In Disneyland (10th April, 1974) and The Jacksons TV Series (7th July, 1976).
It is considered one of the band’s signature songs. It is one of the shortest titles to hit #1, and is the first alphabetically in a list of #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
50 Cent told NME that the song was the first he remembered hearing: “I’ve always loved MJ, so I guess it was probably a good place to start music: right here, with the ABCs.” On 27 November 2016, the Grammy Hall of Fame announced its induction, along with that of another 24 songs.