The Most Dominant Week in Hot 100 History

Exactly 50 years ago, the Beatles knocked themselves out of the number 1 spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, as “Can’t Buy Me Love” took over for “She Loves You.”  In doing so, the Beatles made history by becoming the first act ever — and still the only act – to replace themselves at number 1 twice in a row.  Two weeks earlier, “She Loves You” had replaced “I Want To Hold Your Hand” atop the chart.

That, though, was not the extent of the Beatles’ record-breaking performance that week.  The group also became the first and only act in chart history to hold all five of the top five spots on the Hot 100.  In addition to “Can’t Buy Me Love” at number 1, “She Loves You” at number 3, and “I Want To Hold Your Hand” at number 4, the Beatles’ single “Twist And Shout” occupied the number 2 spot, and their single “Please Please Me” checked in at number 5.  No act has even come close to having that kind of chart dominance in one week of Hot 100 history, and that makes 50 years today arguably the high point of Beatlemania in the United States.

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