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Can’t Buy Me Love Takes Giant Leap To Number 1

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May 21, 2013


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Can’t Buy Me Love Takes Giant Leap To Number 1

By the end of March,1964 Beatle records were ubiquitous.  Can’t Buy Me Love topped the charts at number one.  Also in the top 5 were Twist and Shout; She loves You; I Want to Hold Your Hand; Please Please Me.  All in all the Beatles had a total of  14 songs in the top 100.  This surpassed Elvis Presleys’ feat of 9 concurrent songs by one artist on the top 100, which occurred on December 19,1956.

In addition to the five aforementioned songs at the top, the other Beatle songs in the top 100 were, Do You Want To Know A Secret; I Saw Here Standing There; You Can’t Do That; All My Loving; From Me To you;  Thank You Girl; There’s a Place; Roll Over Beethoven and Love Me Do.

Can’t Buy Me Love also set a record for the longest leap to number one.  The song debuted at number 27, then ascended to number one the following week.  This was the biggest leap to number one in the history of pop music at the time.  Can’t Buy me Love became the 3rd consecutive number one for The Beatles, immediately following I Want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You.  Yet again The Beatles broke another Elvis Presley record.  Elvis had 2 consecutive number one records the second half of 1956, with Don’t Be Cruel/ Hound Dog and Love Me Tender.

At This time in pop culture the conditions were exactly right for The Beatles.  Because of their phenomenal success, all the previous record companies who owned the rights to Beatle songs reissued their catalog, thus creating a perfect storm for Beatlemania.  Consequently Can’t Buy Me Love became the song with the largest advanced orders of any single at the time. The song had international advanced sales of 2,100,000 copies.

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