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What Beatles songs made #1 around the world, not covers or solo songs?

We know the 27 Beatles #1’s covering the US and the UK (they are on the ‘1’ album) and to that we can add ‘Please Please Me ‘ (it did reach #1 in the UK just not the chart that is now referred to – google it).

Rock And Roll Music ‘ did and we can add ‘No Reply ‘ as that coupling was a double a-side in Austraila.

The Beatles’ version of “Rock And Roll Music ” was released as a single in some countries, and topped the charts in FinlandNorway, the Netherlands (double a-side with “No Reply“) and Australia.

(Source: wiki)

Are there any others to be added to the list?”

  1. Ain’t She Sweet ” (Se)
  2. Love Me Do ” (US)
  3. Please Please Me ” (It)
  4. I Saw Her Standing There ” (Aus)
  5. Twist And Shout ” (US Cash Box)
  6. From Me To You ” (UK)
  7. She Loves You ” (UK)
  8. All My Loving ” (Ca)
  9. Roll Over Beethoven ” (Aus)
  10. I Want To Hold Your Hand ” (UK)
  11. Can’t Buy Me Love ” (UK)
  12. Long Tall Sally ” (Aus)
  13. A Hard Day’s Night ” (UK)
  14. I Should Have Known Better
  15. I Feel Fine ” (UK)
  16. Rock And Roll Music ” (Nl)
  17. No Reply ” (Nl)
  18. I’ll Follow The Sun ” (Se)
  19. Eight Days A Week ” (US)
  20. Ticket To Ride ” (UK)
  21. Help !” (UK)
  22. Yesterday ” (UK)
  23. Day Tripper ” (UK)
  24. We Can Work It Out ” (UK)
  25. Nowhere Man ” (Ca)
  26. Michelle ” (Fr)
  27. Got To Get You Into My Life ” (Ca)
  28. Paperback Writer ” (UK)
  29. Yellow Submarine ” (UK)
  30. Eleanor Rigby ” (UK)
  31. Penny Lane ” (US)
  32. Strawberry Fields Forever
  33. All You Need Is Love ” (UK)
  34. Hello, Goodbye ” (UK)
  35. Lady Madonna ” (UK)
  36. Hey Jude ” (UK)
  37. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da ” (Aus)
  38. Don’t Pass Me By ” (Dk)
  39. Get Back ” (UK)
  40. The Ballad Of John And Yoko ” (UK)
  41. Something ” (US)
  42. Come Together ” (US)
  43. Let It Be ” (UK)
  44. The Long And Winding Road ” (US)

Country highlighted in brackets () is out of convenience going with the UK primarily, I’m not listing every country as I’ll be here for eternity – one is plenty.

US is Billboard unless otherwise stated.

Arranged in order of UK release date due to my laziness.

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‘Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da’ reached number one in Australia and three other countries so added to the list.

Michelle‘ – Belgium, Norway, Netherlands, France. 

Twist And Shout‘ – #1 in the US Cash Box Chart. If including ‘Please Please Me‘ I suppose I should include that – I have no idea how the US charts work, there are about 78,000 charts,  and I may be opening a very ugly can of worms. If you disagree feel fire to launch your fire and flames at me.

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meanmistermustard said

Twist And Shout‘ – #1 in the US Cash Box Chart. If including ‘Please Please Me‘ I suppose I should include that – I have no idea how the US charts work, there are about 78,000 charts,  and I may be opening a very ugly can of worms. If you disagree feel fire to launch your fire and flames at me.  

Billboard Magazine’s charts have generally been considered the definitive ones for U.S. data.

 

As far as Canada goes, the industry’s main source was RPM magazine. According to their records, “All My Loving ” and “Nowhere Man ” were both #1 singles in Canada. 

Also, (from “Rock n Roll Music) “Got To Get You Into My Life ” hit #1 in ’76, which would be the first time in my life I heard a Beatles “current” hit on the radio, although I didn’t find out it was the Beatles until a few years later (and it seems to me that both “Silly Love Songs” and “Let ’em In” got a lot more AM radio airplay that summer, from what I can remember.)

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It’s weird how The Ballad Of John And Yoko hit #1, I’ve always thought of the song as a deep cut for The Beatles.

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Yeah, it only hit as high as #8 in the USA, when practically every other single reached the top. But apparently a lot of radio stations wouldn’t play it because of the “Christ”, and also allegedly it was competing with “Get Back “.

GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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In the Netherlands 

‘Long Tall Sally‘ & ‘I Should Have Known Better

In Australia

I Saw Her Standing There ‘, ‘Roll Over Beethoven ‘, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever ‘ (double a-side with ‘Penny Lane ‘) 

In Denmark

Don’t Pass Me By

In Sweden (tho the site lists two different entry positions without explaining why)

Ain’t She Sweet ‘ – made #1 for 1 week in 1964.

I’ll Follow The Sun

In Italy

Please Please Me

And I also found this site which lists a lot including

Twist And Shout ‘ – Finland

However, it also includes ‘Words Of Love ‘ when there is no listening of such a single in the link above for Sweden or in Joe’s discography tho @Joe also omits ‘Ain’t She Sweet ‘ which was (maybe because it wasn’t EMI sanctioned), and ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer ‘ which isn’t included in Wiki’s link for French #1 singles in 1969 or 1970. So until further information i’ll leave it off.

With the inclusion of ‘Don’t Pass Me By ‘ there is now a very nice compilation here.

Strangest discovery so far is ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy ‘ as an a-side with ‘Yesterday ‘ on the flip in Sweden!

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Thanks for compiling this information, @meanmistermustard.

I think there is another #1 for the list: This Boy , which topped the chart for 5 weeks in Canada as a double-A with All My Loving :
Canadian number-one singles of 1964
Canadian CHUM Singles Chart for March 23, 1964 (retrieved from archive)

With respect to “Yesterday (UK)” and “Let It Be (UK)” in the list, those songs reached #1 in the US, but not in the UK. (Yesterday wasn’t released as a UK single until 1976, attaining #8 position. Let It Be achieved #2 in the UK in 1970.) So you may have intended to put “Yesterday (US)” and “Let It Be (US)” in the list.

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I think Don’t Pass Me By was intended to be the B-side to Back In The USSR :
45cat entry for Danish single ‘Back In The USSR / Don’t Pass Me By’
Discogs entry for Danish single ‘Back In The USSR / Don’t Pass Me By’

Some of the ‘Comments and Reviews’ on the 45cat webpage are interesting:

note the incorrect Lennon-McCartney credit on B side. Same as Norway (incorrect). Sweden got it right, and in Mono.

Interestingly it was Don´t pass me by that was promoted as the radio entry March 1969 in Denmark. It made No. 1 but faded quickly.

Total 15 White Album songs are available worldwide as 45 singles: Back In The USSR , Obladi oblada, Wild Honey Pie , While My Guitar Gently Weeps , Happiness Is A Warm Gun , Blackbird , Don’t Pass Me By , Helter skelter, Why don’t we do it in the road, I will, Julia , Birthday , Sexy Sadie , Cry Baby Cry , Revolution 9 . [Followed by an update to add Honey Pie to that list.]

 

There’s a Baker’s Dozen list on the subject of 13 Beatles songs that reached no.1 in any country’s main singles chart but were not no.1s in the main UK singles chart: https://www.beatlesbible.com/forum/yesterday-and-today/forum-games/the-bakers-dozen/page-208/#p295280

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