A&M Records’ 50 Biggest Hits on the Billboard Hot 100 While it Was Owned by Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss
A&M Records is one of the most successful and admired labels in music history. A&M had more than 100 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962, when Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss founded the label, and 1989, when they sold it to PolyGram NV. The label’s first top 10 hit was Alpert & the Tijuana Brass’ bullfight-inspired instrumental “The Lonely Bull,” which reached No. 6 in December 1962. Its last in the years Alpert and Moss owned the label was Janet Jackson’s “Miss You Much,” which logged four weeks at No. 1 in October 1989.
As the industry continues to mourn Moss’ death on Wednesday (Aug. 16) at age 88, we give you this list of A&M’s 50 biggest hits in the 27 years that Alpert and Moss owned the label. Carpenters have eight entries on the list, followed by Jackson, with six; Captain & Tennille, with four; Billy Preston and Styx, with three each; and Alpert, The Human League, Breathe and Simple Minds, with two each. (Sting has two if you combined one solo hit and one megahit with The Police.)
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