Time In A Bottle
Jim Croce
If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1973 for two weeks
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 1973
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • B-side: "Hard Time Losin' Man
  • from Jim Croce's third studio album, You Don't Mess Around with Jim (1972)
  • "Time in a Bottle" was Croce's second No. 1 hit following "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" which hit the top of the charts earlier in 1973
  • written by Jim Croce
  • produced by Terry Cashman, Tommy West
  • recorded at The Hit Factory, New York City, NY
  • ABC Records label
  • on December 29, 1973, ”Time in a Bottle” moved Charlie Rich's ”The Most Beautiful Girl” off the top of the Hot 100, which had held the position for two weeks
  • since Jim Croce had died in a Louisiana plane crash three months earlier (September 20, 1973), "Time in a Bottle" became the third posthumous chart-topping song of the rock era following Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" and Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee"
  • ABC Records label
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