In 1964…As popular music’s most resounding commercial success, the Beatles have sold more than 2.3+ billion albums, while earning six diamond, 24 multi-platinum, 39 platinum and 45 gold albums in the United States alone. It is a remarkable sales record, by any measure, although their most historic, chart-making moment is easily the first week of April 1964, when the band held the top five positions on the CASHBOX Charts
As the April 4, 1964, issue of CASHBOX magazine demonstrates, the Beatles were simply dominating the American music scene. And during that unforgettable week, their music occupied the top five chart positions — the only time in pop-music history that a single act has accomplished such a feat. With “Twist And Shout” holding down the top slot, “Can’t Buy Me Love” was second and “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Please Please Me” rounded out the top five.
Even more incredibly, the Beatles held seven additional positions on CASHBOX, including “I Saw Her Standing There” at No. 31, “From Me to You” at No. 49, “Do You Want to Know a Secret?” at No. 16, “All My Loving” at No. 44, “You Can’t Do That” at No. 84, “Roll Over Beethoven” at No. 30 and “Thank You Girl” at No. 78. As if to underscore the awe-inspiring power of Beatlemania during that fabled period, two Beatles tribute acts clocked hits that very same week, including the Carefrees’ “We Love You Beatles” at No. 36 and the Four Preps’ “A Letter to the Beatles” at No. 88. For April 11, 1964, issue of CASHBOX the Beatles added two more hits to the Hot 100, including “There’s a Place” at No. 74 and “Love Me Do” at No. 69, giving them a total of 14 hits songs on the CASHBOX charts at the very same time.