The Beatles first topped the chart in May 1963 with the song ‘From Me To You’. While the song stayed there for 7 weeks, there is still some dispute as to whether or not this is an official number one as this was on a chart compiled by Record Retailer. The official chart developed a short time later.
In September 1963, ‘She Loves You’, spent 6 weeks at number 1 and this was followed in December of the same year with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ which topped the charts for a total of 5 weeks. In April the following year ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ stayed at the top for 3 weeks and in July ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ also scored 3 weeks at the tops.
The next Beatle’s song to get to number 1 was in December 1964 when ‘I Feel Fine’ stayed there for 5 weeks. In April 1965, ‘Ticket To Ride’ managed 3 weeks at the tops and ‘Help!’ was a chart-topper for 3 weeks in August the same year. December 1965 saw the release of the double A side of ‘Day Tripper’ and ‘We Can Work It Out’ which spent a total of 5 weeks at the top.
June 1966 was the next number 1 with ‘Paperback Writer’ for 2 weeks at the top but this was followed in August of that year with the double A side ‘Yellow Submarine’ and ‘Eleanor Rigby’ which was number 1 for 4 weeks. The band’s 12th chart-topper was in July 1967 with ‘All You Need is Love’ and in December that year ‘Hello Goodbye’ kept hold of the top spot for a total of 7 weeks.
In 1968 there were several number 1 hits but the band’s last chart-topper was in June 1969, with the ‘Ballad of John and Yoko’. In total, the Beatles have spent 69 weeks at the top of the UK singles chart.