On today’s date in 1964, The Beatles made Billboard history, when their songs held the top five spots on the charts. It looked like this:
No. 1: “Can’t Buy Me Love”
No. 2: “Twist and Shout”
No. 3: “She Loves You”
No. 4: “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
No. 5: “Please Please Me”
The Beatles had seven other songs in the Top 100 that week and also had the top two Albums in the United States: Meet The Beatles and Introducing The Beatles.
As Fest founder Mark Lapidos points out:
“The Beatles had total airwave saturation in the spring of 1964, with about every other song a Beatles song on the ‘Top 40′ radio stations. For those of us baby boomers who lived through that most exciting time in music history, we will never forget it. It is life affirming to know the music is as vital today as it was 50 years ago and that new generations of fans are still discovering their magical music.”
While remembering just how remarkable the Beatles’ accomplishments were in 1964, let’s take a look at videos of some of the best live versions of the five songs that made history.
Can’t Buy Me Love:
Twist and Shout:
She Loves You:
I Want To Hold Your Hand:
Please Please Me:
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