The U.K. Singles Chart Number Ones

From the 10th March 1960 the chart used nationally in the U.K. was compiled by "Record Retailer". This was a trade publication as used by record shops and the music industry which later became "Music Week". The choice of this chart as the one used for "official" purposes is slightly unfortunate, because in just about EVERY other national chart "Please Please Me" was number 1 (and therefore the Beatles FIRST number one).

Consequently, there will always be much debate as to which record was actually The Beatles first number one, and quiz compilers and the like should avoid asking this question because of the ambiguity of the answer !

Track From Date Weeks
From Me To You 2nd May 1963 7
She Loves You 12th September 1963 6
I Want To Hold Your Hand 12th December 1963 5
Can't Buy Me Love 2nd April 1964 3
A Hard Day's Night 23rd July 1964 3
I Feel Fine 10th December 1964 5
Ticket To Ride 22nd April 1965 3
Help ! 5th August 1965 3
Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out 16th December 1965 5
Paperback Writer 23rd June 1966 2
Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine 18th August 1966 4
All You Need Is Love 19th July 1967 3
Hello Goodbye 6th December 1967 7
Lady Madonna 27th March 1968 2
Hey Jude 11th September 1968 2
Get Back 23rd April 1969 6
Ballad Of John And Yoko 11th June 1969 3
Total Weeks at Number One : 69

"She Loves You" was at number 1 for 4 weeks from 12th September 1963, after which it was replaced by firstly Brian Poole and the Tremeloes for 3 weeks, and then Liverpool chum, Gerry and the Pacemakers for 4 weeks ... incredibly after a SEVEN week gap, "She Loves You" returned to number 1 on the 28th November for 2 more weeks. It was then knocked off the top slot by "I Want To Hold Your Hand", which was the Beatles first Christmas number one.
The Christmas number ones were,
1963 - I Want To Hold Your Hand
1964 - I Feel Fine
1965 - Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out
1967 - Hello Goodbye

Chart Information by The Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles

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