Artist Countdown: The Beatles Top 60 Hits 6pm ET

BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool, in 1960. With John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania”, but as their songwriting grew in sophistication they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era’s sociocultural revolutions.

From 1960, the Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act and producer George Martin enhanced their musical potential. They gained popularity in the United Kingdom after their first hit, “Love Me Do”, in late 1962. They acquired the nickname “the Fab Four” as Beatlemania grew in Britain over the following year, and by early 1964 they had become international stars, leading the “British Invasion” of the United States pop market. From 1965 onwards, the Beatles produced what many critics consider their finest material, including the innovative and widely influential albums Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (commonly known as the White Album, 1968) and Abbey Road (1969). After their break-up in 1970, they each enjoyed successful musical careers. Lennon was shot and killed in December 1980, and Harrison died of lung cancer in November 2001. McCartney and Starr, the surviving members, remain musically active.

According to the RIAA, the Beatles are the best-selling band in the United States, with 177 million certified units. They have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act. In 2008, the group topped Billboard magazine’s list of the all-time most successful “Hot 100” artists; as of 2014, they hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart with twenty. They have received ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Score and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. Collectively included in Time magazine’s compilation of the twentieth century’s 100 most influential people, they are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 600 million records worldwide. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Beatles as the greatest artist of all time. – Wikipedia

1 Hey Jude  
2 All You Need Is Love  
3 Get Back  
4 Yesterday  
5 Hello, Goodbye  
6 Paperback Writer  
7 Help!  
8 I Feel Fine  
9 A Hard Day’s Night  
10 Penny Lane  
11 Ticket to Ride  
12 We Can Work It Out  
13 Yellow Submarine  
14 The Ballad of John and Yoko  
15 Can’t Buy Me Love  
16 Lady Madonna  
17 She Loves You  
18 Free as a Bird  
19 Real Love  
20 Let It Be  
21 Something  
22 I Want to Hold Your Hand  
23 From Me to You  
24 Twist and Shout  
25 The Long and Winding Road  
26 All My Loving  
27 Nowhere Man  
28 Eight Days a Week  
29 Love Me Do  
30 Roll Over Beethoven  
31 The Beatles Movie Medley  
32 My Bonnie  
33 Strawberry Fields Forever
34 Eleanor Rigby
35 I Saw Her Standing There
36 Please Please Me  
37 Got to Get You into My Life  
38 Come Together
39 Day Tripper
40 Revolution
41 Matchbox  
42 Rain
43 And I Love Her  
44 I Am the Walrus
45 Do You Want to Know a Secret  
46 Back In the U.S.S.R.  
47 I’ll Cry Instead  
48 I Should Have Known Better
49 If I Fell
50 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da  
51 You Can’t Do That
52 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band   (A-side)
53 For You Blue
54 She’s a Woman
55 P.S. I Love You
56 Slow Down
57 Baby, You’re a Rich Man
58 Don’t Let Me Down
59 Thank You Girl
60 I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party

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