To say the Beatles were at the top of their game on April 4, 1964, would be an understatement. It was 50 years ago when the Fab Four made chart-topping history. In a Billboard takeover the legendary group held the top 5 spots on the Hot 100 chart with their singles “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and “Please Please Me.”
As if locking down the top 5 wasn’t enough, the Beatles also had seven other hit songs in the Top 100. Only a week later they surpassed their record-breaking 12 song spread with a whopping 14. To top the craze off “We Love You Beatles” by the Carefrees and “A Letter to the Beatles” by the Four Preps both occupied the chart as well. Not to mention Meet the Beatles! and Introducing … The Beatles held the top 2 spots on the album chart.
According to USA Today, Billboard’s associate director of charts/retail Keith Caulfield says, “It was a unique moment in time, something that likely will never happen again.” The only artist to come close to accomplishing this feat is rapper 50 Cent. In March 2005, “Candy Shop” was at No. 1, “Disco Inferno” was at No. 5, and his single “How We Do” with The Game was at No. 4.
Just two months ago Beatles’ fans celebrated the 50th anniversary of the group’s first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” as Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney reunited on stage at a star-studded event. Decades later the ‘Beatle Invasion’ is still meaningful. One thing is for sure: The Beatles will always live on.