BBC chart reveals best-selling UK Beatles songs

She Loves You, The Beatles’ second number one hit, has topped a chart of the group’s biggest selling songs in the United Kingdom.

The chart was commissioned by BBC Radio 2, and was compiled by the Official UK Charts Company. It collated the all-time best-selling singles by The Beatles, including the songs’ various re-releases.

Although Love Me Do only reached number 17 upon its release in 1962, over the years it outsold the follow-up, Please Please Me.

Elsewhere, although it has the most cover versions of any song ever written, Yesterday was only released as a single in 1976, and so peaks on the chart at number 24.

The Beatles’ top 30 best-selling songs in the UK:

  1. She Loves You
  2. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  3. Can’t Buy Me Love
  4. I Feel Fine
  5. Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out
  6. Hey Jude
  7. From Me To You
  8. Help!
  9. Hello, Goodbye
  10. Get Back
  11. Paperback Writer
  12. All You Need Is Love
  13. Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby
  14. Ticket To Ride
  15. Magical Mystery Tour EP
  16. A Hard Day’s Night
  17. Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever
  18. Lady Madonna
  19. Love Me Do
  20. Please Please Me
  21. The Ballad Of John And Yoko
  22. Let It Be
  23. Free As A Bird
  24. Something/Come Together
  25. The Beatles Movie Medley
  26. Yesterday
  27. Real Love
  28. Baby It’s You
  29. Back In The USSR
  30. Strawberry Fields Forever (1976 re-issue)
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5 responses on “BBC chart reveals best-selling UK Beatles songs

    1. Joe Post author

      Yes, in 1995 shortly after Live At The BBC, in the UK at least. It had three extra tracks that weren’t on the album – BBC versions of I’ll Follow The Sun, Devil In Her Heart and Boys. It’s worth checking out because those other songs aren’t available (officially) anywhere else.

  1. Ron Nasty

    I don’t understand Strawberry Fields at #30 based on the 1976 reissue. It was never issued here (UK) without Penny Lane on the other side, so – as a single – they have both sold an identical amount. So, how does Strawberry Fields appear with Penny Lane at #17 and as an individual track at #30?

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