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The Beatles' Record Sales - 2: Britain


Most no. 1 albums in the British albums charts (15 no. 1s).
Help Please Please Me (1963, 30 weeks), With the Beatles (1963, 21 weeks), A Hard Day's Night (1964, 21 weeks), Beatles for Sale (1964, 10 weeks), Help! (1965, 9 weeks), Rubber Soul (1965, 9 weeks), Revolver (1966, 7 weeks), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967, 27 weeks), The Beatles (The White Album) (1968, 8 weeks), Abbey Road (1969, 17 weeks), Let It Be (1970, 3 weeks), The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl (1977, 1 week), Live at the BBC (1994, 1 week), Anthology 2 (1996, 1 week), 1 (2000, 9 weeks)

Group with most no. 1 hits in the British singles chart (17 no. 1 hits).
"From Me to You" (1963, 7 weeks), "She Loves You" (1963, 6 weeks), "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (1963, 5 weeks), "Can't Buy Me Love" (1964, 3 weeks), "A Hard Day's Night" (1964, 3 weeks), "I Feel Fine" (1964, 5 weeks), "Ticket to Ride" (1965, 3 weeks), "Help!" (1965, 3 weeks), "We Can Work It Out"/"Day Tripper" (1965, 5 weeks), "Paperback Writer" (1966, 2 weeks), "Yellow Submarine"/"Eleanor Rigby" (1966, 4 weeks), "All You Need Is Love" (1967, 3 weeks), "Hello, Goodbye" (1967, 7 weeks), "Lady Madonna" (1968, 2 weeks), "Hey Jude" (1968, 2 weeks), "Get Back" (1969, 6 weeks), "The Ballad of John and Yoko" (1969, 3 weeks)

Group with most weeks in the British singles chart (456 weeks).
Group with most weeks at no. 1 in the British singles chart (69 weeks).
Group with most top 10 hits in the British singles chart (28 top 10 hits).
"Please Please Me" (1963, #2), "Penny Lane"/"Strawberry Fields Forever" (1967, #2), Magical Mystery Tour EP (1967, #2), "Something"/"Come Together" (1969, #4), "Let It Be" (1970, #2), "Yesterday" (1976, #8), "The Beatles Movie Medley" (1982, #10), "Love Me Do" [re-entry] (1982, #4), "Baby It's You" (1995, #7), "Free as a Bird" (1995, #2), "Real Love" (1996, #4)

Most weeks at no. 1 in the British albums chart (174 weeks at no. 1).
Most consecutive weeks spent at no. 1 in the UK albums chart (51 weeks from May 11, 1963 to May 2, 1964 – this excludes soundtrack albums).
Most consecutive no. 1 hits in the British singles chart (11 consecutive no. 1 hits, excludes re-issues of old singles).
Most consecutive top 5 hits in the British singles chart (22 consecutive top 5 hits from 1963 to 1970).
Most complete ever domination of the British charts by occupying the first two positions in the singles chart and the albums chart as well as the top 3 positions in the EP chart (Extended Play) from December 12 to December 26, 1963.
Most weeks at no. 1 in the British albums chart within a calendar year (40 weeks at no. 1, 1964).
Most no. 1 albums in the British albums chart within a calendar year (3 no. 1 albums, 1965).
Most simultaneous weeks at no. 1 in the British singles and albums chart (45 weeks).

First act to replace itself at the no. 1 position in the British singles charts (December 12, 1963).
First act to replace itself at the no. 1 position in the British albums chart (December 7, 1963).
The Beatles’ Please Please Me album spent more weeks at no. 1 in the British album charts than any other album by a group (30 weeks at no. 1, this excludes albums by duos and soundtracks).
Most debuts at no. 1 in the British albums chart (8 no. 1 debuts, record shared with David Bowie)

Group with the most consecutive weeks inside the British singles chart (105 consecutive weeks, from October 11, 1962 to October 15, 1964).
Group with most single hits charted in the British singles chart simultaneously (6 hits on April 17, 1976).
Biggest ever jump within the British albums chart (94 positions jumped by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from no. 97 to no. 3 in 1987).
Most consecutive weeks inside the top 10 of the British albums chart (171 consecutive weeks from 1963 to 1966)

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