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Billboard's Top 5 - 1964

The Beatles songs practically dominated the airwaves in the 1960's. This was especially true in 1964 when, for nine consecutive weeks (from February 22 to April 25 that year), the group held the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 with various singles. As a matter of fact, during that period (on April 4, 1964, to be exact), the top five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 were all Beatles singles. Let's have a look at these:

Top 1 - "Can't Buy Me Love". This single (with "You Can't Do That" on B-side) was released in the United States on March 16, 1964. It was on the very day when this single became Number 1 on the U.S. singles chart (April 4, 1964) that the next top 4 positions were likewise occupied by Beatles singles. This single stayed at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks.

Top 2 - "Twist and Shout". The Beatles covered this song (from the original version by the Top Notes) and was released in the United States on March 2, 1964 as a single; it has "There's a Place" on its B-side. Apart from reaching Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 4, 1964, this single likewise has the distinction of being the "only million-selling Beatles single that was a cover record."

Top 3 - "She Loves You". Prior to this position, this single held the Number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the two weeks preceding the week of April 4, 1964. It was, in fact, on the U.S. singles charts for fifteen consecutive weeks, beginning on January 25, 1964. This single was released in the United States on September 16, 1963, with "I'll Get You" on its B-side.

Top 4 - "I Want to Hold You Hand". With "I Saw Her Standing There" on its B-side, this single by The Beatles was released in the United States on January 13, 1964. Its best distinction is that it was the group's first Number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching that spot on February 1, 1964 and staying there for the next seven weeks.

Top 5 - "Please Please Me". This is the first single released by The Beatles in the United States (February 7, 1963). It had "Ask Me Why" on its B-side. However, when the single was re-issued in the U.S. on January 3, 1964, the record label opted to place "From Me To You" on the B-side. This second release became a big hit in the U.S., with the single reaching Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending March 14, 1964.

This significant achievement by The Beatles on April 4, 1964 is surrounded by several other milestones in the U.S. singles charts. These include: 5th in most Hot 100 entries (72), 3rd in most Top 40 hits (51), 3rd in most Top 10 singles (29), 3rd in most Cumulative Weeks at Number 1 (59), and 2nd in most Consecutive Number 1 hits from 1964 to 1966 (6).


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