In The Year 2525 – Zager and Evans – 1969

Zager and Evans’ hit, In The Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus), was #1 on the US singles chart on July 20th 1969, the day Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on and walked on the moon.

neil armstrong and the bomb

Yes, I know this song is not really from the 70s but it’s near enough; and it’s topical. They played it on the radio this week when announcing that Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon, had died.

Those days of the, so called, space race were interesting times. It was USA versus USSR. There was the promise of holidays on Mars and day trips to the moon and Earth travel by robotic hovercraft transport – in fact, robots were going to run everything and we would simply relax; meals were a pill, communication was telepathic and science made everything possible.

Conversely, there were those for whom none of that mattered because, they believed, we were doomed. The planet was winding down. We were going to die of starvation, thrist and manmade pollution. That’s providing no one “pushed the button first.

Into that era came Zager and Evans’, In The Year 2525.

if man is still alive…

Zager and Evans, or Denny and Rick as I prefer to call them, formed a musical duo in the late 1960s and charted only once – at #1.

It’s quite unusual for a recording artist, even a one-hit-wonder, to have a #1 hit and then never have another chart single. Zager and Evans achieved this in both the US and the UK.

They did release a follow-up single to In The Year 2525. It was called Mr Turnkey, and was about a rapist who nails his own wrist to the wall as punishment for his crime. Surprisingly, it failed to make the charts anywhere.


In The Year 2525 reflected the thinking of young people of their era. It warned of the dangers of technology and advancement. It portrayed a future in which the human race destroyed itself with its own technological and medical innovations.

in the year 2525 fax

  • In The Year 2525’s full name is In The Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus). Exordium and Terminus means Beginning and End, or the beginning of the end.
  • In The Year 2525 hit #1 on the US singles chart on July 12, 1969 and stayed there for six weeks. Rick had written it in 1964 and released it in 1968 but it wasn’t picked up by RCA Records until 1969.
  • The song opens with the words; “In the year 2525, If man is still alive, If woman can survive, They may find…”. Subsequent verses move forward 1010 years at a time from 2525 to 6565, giving disturbing predictions for each year. Then it jumps to 7510, 8510 and 9595 (which you would have found out if you listened to the song!).
  • Total sales of In The Year 2525 top ten million units!
  • In The Year 2525 appeared in the movie Alien 3 and has been covered by at least 60 artists in seven different languages – but, by no artist of note.

in the year 2525 – zager and evans – 1969 – video

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2 Responses to In The Year 2525 – Zager and Evans – 1969

  1. finnattic says:

    Ah but did Neil and Buzz really walk on the moon…………

  2. Greg.K. says:

    A good question, finnattic!! 🙂

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