Song: “Can’t Buy Me Love” by the Beatles
Reached #1: April 4, 1964 (their third, 5 weeks)
Previously: Day 32
I guess it’s fitting that I’m writing this the day after the story broke that the sons of the Beatles might get together to do some music… their dads changed music history once, why not let the sons have a chance now?
Of course, April 4, 1964 was a day unequaled in music history – and it won’t happen again. The circumstances that allowed the Beatles to have a dozen singles released at once, and five of them take the top 5 positions on the Billboard Hot 100, simply aren’t possible.
In the ‘60s, a band could shop its singles around if their record label didn’t want to release them – that can’t happen now with the much stricter artist contracts. Radio was willing to play multiple songs from the same band – that’s not likely now, either.
So for the record, here’s how the record-breaking Billboard Top 5 looked on this day in 1964:
- “Can’t Buy Me Love” (Capitol Records)
- “Twist And Shout” (Tollie/Vee-Jay Records)
- “She Loves You” (Swan Records)
- “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (Capitol Records)
- “Please Please Me” (Vee-Jay Records, originally released in 1963 with “The Beattles” misspelling)
The Beatles would go on to set an additional record one week from now… on April 11, 1964, they had 14 of the Billboard Top 100. Again, that’s a record as unbreakable as Joe Dimaggio’s 56-game hitting streak.
Tomorrow, an X-Factor UK alum who hit #1 in the US two days after her 23rd birthday.
Other songs that hit #1 on April 4:
1987 – “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship (their third, 2 weeks)
1998 – “All My Life” by K-Ci & JoJo (their first, 3 weeks)