Beatles by the Numbers

Facts and stats about Beatles hits, albums and other milestones

by Beth Rowen

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1.6 billion

The number of Beatles records (singles) sold in the U.S.

600 million

The number of Beatles albums sold worldwide.

177 million

The number of albums sold in the U.S.

11.4 million

Number of copies 1, the re-mastered catalog of Beatles hits released in November 2000, sold between 2000 and 2010. It was the best-selling album of the decade.

4.5 million

Number of copies of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band sold in the UK.

2.3 million

The number of copies The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings) box set sold in its first five days of release in 2009 in North America, Japan and the UK.

855,473

Number of copies of The Beatles Anthology Volume 1 that were sold in the first week of release in November 1995.

3,000+

Number of times "Yesterday" has been covered. It's the most-covered song of all time.

1,278

Number of weeks Beatles material spent on Billboard charts.

174

Number of weeks Beatles albums spent at No. 1. in the UK.

132

Number of weeks Beatles albums spent at No. 1. in the U.S.

45

Number of weeks the Beatles topped both the album and single charts in the UK.

42 seconds

Length of time the last chord lasts in "A Day in the Life."

32

Number of No. 1 hits penned by Paul McCartney.

30

Number of weeks Please Please Me spent at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.

26

Number of No. 1 hits written by John Lennon.

20

Number of No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This is the most of any band.

19

Number of weeks "Hey Jude" spent on the charts. It's the longest any Beatles song spent on the charts.

19

Number of albums that reached No. 1 on the charts in the U.S.

18

Number of songs that include a woman's name in the title.

17

Number of singles that reached No. 1 in the UK.

15

Number of singles that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

15

Number of albums that reached No. 1 on the charts in the UK.

13

Number of albums certified as multi-platinum in the U.S.

7

Number of Grammy Awards the Beatles won.

2

Number of times the Beatles knocked themselves out of the No. 1 position on the UK chart.

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