Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 14, 1970
RecordedOctober 26, 1970 – November 13, 1970
ProducerRick Hall
The Osmonds chronology
Hello! The Osmond Brothers
Singles from Osmonds
  1. "One Bad Apple"
    Released: November 14, 1970
  2. "Sweet and Innocent"
    Released: February 27, 1971

Osmonds is the third album released by the Osmonds, the first under MGM as the Osmonds and the first to feature Donny. The first single from the album, "One Bad Apple", became a number-one hit according to the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[1] The second single from the album, "Sweet and Innocent", reached number seven, with the single sleeve crediting group member Donny Osmond as the artist. The album reached number 14 on the Billboard Top Lps chart on February 27, 1971.[2] It was certified Gold by the RIAA on September 13, 1971.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideD[4]

Dave Thompson of AllMusic criticised the album's "Motown medley that contrarily ranks among the least soulful excursions you could imagine" and said that the album "nevertheless finds them [the Osmonds] still putting performance ahead of personality, and barely hinting at the heights they would soon be scaling".[3]

Track listing

1."(Would It Make You) Think"Bodie Chandler2:56
2."One Bad Apple"George Jackson2:45
3."Catch Me Baby"Alan Osmond4:11
4."Lonesome They Call Me, Lonesome I Am"Jimmy Elledge, Dave Day2:38
5."Motown Special"Earl Brown, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Kenneth Gamble, Matthew Ross, Williams, Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield3:28
6."Sweet and Innocent"Rick Hall, Billy Sherrill3:04
7."He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"Bob Russell, Bobby Scott3:56
8."Find'em, Fool'em, and Forget'em"Rick Hall, George Jackson2:29
9."Most of All"Buddy Buie, J. R. Cobb3:02
10."Flirtin'"Kenny Nolan2:55


Recording dates


Chart (1970) Peak
Canadian Albums (RPM)[5] 34
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[6] 65
US Billboard 200[7] 14


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[8] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ The Osmonds, "One Bad Apple" Chart Position Retrieved February 23, 2015
  2. ^ Osmonds 1971 Timeline
  3. ^ a b Osmonds at AllMusic
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: O". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  5. ^ "RPM: The Osmonds (albums)". RPM Magazine. Archived from the original on April 13, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  6. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
  7. ^ "The Osmonds US Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Osmond Brothers – Osmonds". Recording Industry Association of America.