The Beatle That Had The Most #1 Hits
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When it came to writing successful singles, The Beatles were masters. They regularly produced classic singles like “Please Please Me,” “Nowhere Man,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” and “Let It Be” during their career, which spanned the early 1960s until their last album.
The precise number of number-one singles by The Beatles is harder to pin down than it would first appear. It’s vital to keep in mind that the official UK Singles chart wasn’t created until February 1969, which was just around the time The Beatles were getting set to terminate their run. Further complicating matters is the fact that the band frequently released songs as double A-sides.
It’s a good thing that Beatles producer George Martin put together the 1 compilation album, which includes all of the songs that were at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 or the Record Retailer Chart.
Even if several famous songs were omitted as a consequence of this methodology, it offers a place to start when determining how many number-one hits The Beatles as a whole had, as well as how many of those were the product of the individual contributions of each member. Following that, we’ll attempt to determine which Beatle had the most number-one singles overall, including their solo efforts.
How Many Numbers-Ones Did the Beatles Have?
There were 32 songs by The Beatles that peaked at number one on various music charts. Three songs, nevertheless, weren’t included in this total since they didn’t meet Martin’s standards. “Please Please Me,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” and “For You Blue” are the three songs in question. They were left off because “Please Please Me” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” did not top the Record Retailer chart, and “For You Blue” was not regarded by Capitol Records as a stand-alone A-side since it was handled as a B-side to “The Long and Winding Road.” However, we still plan to include these three tracks on our list.
“Please Please Me” was the first song by The Beatles to reach the top spot on the singles chart. Martin complimented the band on making their first hit album when they completed recording it in the studio. His forecast turned out to be correct. But “For You Blue” was the final track by the band to top the charts.
Which Beatle Had the Most Number Ones With the Band?
Paul McCartney was known as a hardworking member of the Beatles, but during the 1960s, he faced strong competition from his co-writer John Lennon. Eventually, McCartney emerged as the winner.
Before writing the hugely popular song “Yesterday” in 1965, he started out with the songs “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Love Me Do.” McCartney had penned 10 or more number-one songs with him serving as the lead songwriter by the time The Beatles split up. But when it comes to the most songs written by a member of The Beatles, Lennon takes the cake with 66 (compared to McCartney’s 60) tracks. George Harrison, on the other hand, provided a total of 27 tracks.
How Many Number Ones Did the Beatles Have as Solo Artists?
The record for the most solo songs to top the charts belongs to Paul McCartney, a member of the Beatles who continued his solo career for the longest after the band disbanded. In addition to his work with The Beatles, McCartney has nine songs that have reached the top spot. One of his biggest hits was the song “Silly Love Songs” by his band Wings, which held the number one spot for a total of five weeks in 1976, though not consecutively, in the months of May, June, and July.
With a total of three solo number-one singles, Harrison, another member of The Beatles, sits in second place. They are “Got My Mind Set On You” from the album Cloud Nine, “My Sweet Lord” from the album All Things Must Pass, and “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)” from the album Living in the Material World.
Sharing the third position are Ringo Starr and Lennon, both with two solo songs that reached number one. Lennon achieved this with the songs “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” in 1974 and “(Just Like) Starting Over” in 1980. Starr also secured two number-one hits in the US with “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen,” both featured on his Ringo album.
Which Beatle Has Had the Most Number Ones in Total?
The most songs by one artist to ever reach the top of the charts belonged to Paul McCartney. As The Beatles’ primary songwriter, he produced 10 chart-topping songs, and he also co-wrote nine other hits as a solo artist or with Wings. There are 19 number ones in all as a result of this. The number rises to 32 if we include adding songs on which he co-wrote, with The Beatles contributing to 20 of those.