.Before the Beatles appeared on 'the scene' in October 1962 the trend set by artists before them was to name the album release after their 'hit' single and according to Paul McCartney fill the remainder of the album with 'filler'. To a certain extent the Beatles followed the trend with their debut album Please Please Me LP. After the release of their debut single 'Love Me Do' in October 1962 they also released the title track as a single over two months before the album appeared. The only difference? The album wasn't full of fillers!
The Beatles also bucked the trend by releasing non album singles including From Me To You, She Loves You andI Want To Hold Your Hand all before the end of 1963. They also released five albums 'With The Beatles (1963)', 'Beatles For Sale (1964)', 'Rubber Soul (1965)', 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)' and incredibly the 30 song double 'The Beatles White Album (1968)' from which no singles were released upon their initial release.
Of course the Beatles didn't hold back on making their songs available to fans using the EP format to full effect. Many EP releases also made an impression on the singles chart, such was the Beatles popularity.
An idea that's been going around in my head for a long, long, long time is which songs on Beatles albums would have reached the No.1 spot if they were released in the 1960's, I stress the No.1 spot, not just a chart placing.
It's all about opinions but here's my choices and also other contenders from the Beatles official albums.
Two singles were released from the Beatles debut album, mainly Love Me Do & Please Please Me, the title track reaching No.1 in every chart except the one that mattered the 'Record Retailer' chart where it peaked at No.2. There's a few contenders for a No.1 single on Please Please Me. Twist and Shout with a throat ripping lead vocal by John Lennon was an obvious choice but would the Beatles consider a cover version for a single. The answers a resounding no! Do You Want To Know A Secret written by Lennon & McCartney but sang by George Harrison was given to Billy J Kramer and released the same day as the Beatles Please Please Me LP. It reached a respectable No.2 in the official chart, I'm sure the Beatles version would have achieved a No.1 if they had released it off the album but I think the fact it featured George on lead vocals could have been a stumbling block. My No.1 pick for a No.1 off the Please Please Me album is 'I Saw Her Standing There' another Lennon & McCartney original. The song was released on the Beatles 3rd EP 'The Beatles No.1, it reached No.2 in the EP Charts and No.19 in the singles chart. I read somewhere that when Paul McCartney counted in the song 1,2,3,4, he counted in the beginning of the 60's as we know it. Cliff Richard and other pre Beatles bands may disagree....
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