UK single release: We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper

On the same day that their sixth UK LP, Rubber Soul, was released, The Beatles issued a double a-side single, ‘We Can Work It Out’/‘Day Tripper’.

John Lennon had wanted Day Tripper to be The Beatles’ next single, but was overruled by the other band members, plus George Martin and Brian Epstein. As a compromise, the single was marketed as the first double a-side.

We Can Work It Out proved to be the more popular choice with the public, both through sales requests and radio airplay.

The Beatles’ fastest-selling single since ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’. It entered the charts on 9 December 1965, and seven days later reached number one – where it remained for five weeks. In all it spent 12 weeks on the UK singles charts.

Day Tripper single – United Kingdom

Last updated: 26 November 2018
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