First Hit #1: December 7, 1963
From the first notes, you’ll think “How on earth did this stay at the top of the charts for an entire month?” It’s not very common that a religious song hits the top of the chart, or a song in French, or a song by a nun, or a song that has the decidedly weird opening notes that go very high and strange. But Dominique has it all, and was absolutely huge. I’m almost inclined to consider it a novelty song, but there’s no obvious novelty. Were people just fascinated by the idea of a nun singing?
It sounds so strange and out of place, but it was a massive hit. I can’t imagine it fitting comfortably on a radio playlist, it’s not going to bring people to the dance floor, and it’s just an odd song to listen to even in private. It’s a head scratcher, though I am fairly happy it hit number one, just because it’s so out of left field.