From the Land of Band Box Records

April 4th. 1964! A Week on the Charts Like No Other

January 12, 2020

The Top Ten Beatles’ Five-Fecta!

(Note – this is an old Post from my earlier (first) blog “The British Invasion” from June, 2011 – Thought I would dust it off and embellish it a bit)

History was made this week on the Billboard Charts – April 4th, 1964 marked the first and the only time in the history of the U.S. Charts that a group (or any artist for that matter) would occupy – not just the top 2 positions, but the Top Five!

Many acts through the years have managed holding positions number 1 and number 2 simultaneously (Elvis was the earliest in 1956 with “Hound Dog”, and “Love Me Tender”). The Bee Gees were the first to follow the Beatles 1964 accomplishment with “Night Fever” and “Stayin Alive” in 1978. Then it would be a very long 24 years before it would once again occur – with Ashanti charting one-two with “Foolish” and “What’s Luv”. After that – six more acts would do a one-two.  Akon has done it on three different occasions with 3 sets of songs.

As presented below, the Beatles were joined by seven of their fellow country mates on the charts – In the months that followed that number would greatly increase.

Beyond the Top 10 – The boys from Liverpool enjoyed occupying seven additional positions within the Hot 100!

Number 1 – Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles

Number 2 – Twist and Shout – The Beatles

Number 3 – She Loves You – The Beatles

Number 4 – I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles

Number 5 – Please Please Me – The Beatles

The Beatles Beyond the Top 10 – April 4th, 1964

Number 31 – I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles

Number 41 – From Me To You – The Beatles

Number 46 – Do You Want To Know A Secret – The Beatles

Number 58 – All My Loving – The Beatles

(Released on an extended play)

Number 65 – You Can’t Do That – The Beatles

Number 68 – Roll Over Beethoven – The Beatles

(Demand was so great the Canadian release charted in the U.S.)

Number 79 – Thank You Girl – The Beatles

April 4th, 1964 Beatles Long Plays on the U.S. Charts

(At this time Billboard presented a “Top 150” positions – later to be expanded to 200 positions)

Number 1 – Meet the Beatles – Capitol

Number 2 – Introducing the Beatles – Vee Jay

Number 87 – The Beatles with Tony Sheridan and Their Guests – MGM

Number 135 – Jolly What! England’s Greatest Recording Stars – The Beatles and Frank Ifield- Vee Jay

(This LP would again be released by Vee Jay in August of 1964 – in what would end up being an extremely hard to find issue – shown below this one – The Beatles are depicted in art form due to Capitol Records preventing Vee Jay from using their actual photos any longer – and then eventually, Capitol’s muscle would completely push Vee Jay out of retaining any Beatles’ publication rights.)

Joining the Beatles – British Invaders on the April 4th, 1964 Hot 100 & Bubbling Under Chart

Number 10 – The Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over

Number 15 – The Searchers – Needles and Pins

Number 24 – The Swingin’ Blue Jeans – Hippy Hippy Shake

Number 42 – The Carefrees – We Love You Beatles

Number 48 – The Dave Clark Five – Bits and Pieces

Number 75 – Dusty Springfield – Stay Awhile

Number 113 – The Bachelors – Diane

Invasion Related Novelty Tunes on the April 4th, 1964 Hot 100

(Plus a couple of non-novelties but Invasion related by American artists)

Number 52 – Bobby Vee – I’ll Make You Mine

(An obvious attempt at catching that Liverpool sound)

Number 85 – The Four Preps – A Letter to the Beatles

Number 123 – Jimmy Griffin – All My Loving



  1. Beatles: top 5 on 4 different labels! And I guess I’m out of the mainstream these days, since the post-Beatles artists you mention are completely unfamiliar to me. (I do keep up with contemporary alternative music,. but not what passes for mainstream, I guess.)

    On another note, of all the American artists from the pre-Beatles era who tried to cross over into the British invasion era, I give Bobby Vee great credit for great credibility. “I’ll Make You Mine” fit right in, in my opinion. Vee was an old rockabilly for whom the new rock and roll always seemed like a more natural fit than his “teen idol” music did. Of course, he was most successful as a teen idol, but I think that songs like this one and “Look at Me, Girl” deserve a place in the British invasion pantheon, and I’ve long felt that the marketplace didn’t give him the chance to grow and evolve as it did for Dion DiMucci..

    The refreshing Beatles sound and the related beat groups definitely helped to pull us out of a time of great sadness and anxiety with their fresh sounds. I wonder if any musical entity will – or even could, given the media landscape and its broad diffusion – have the same effect either during or after our current political malaise..

    Thanks for waking up this post, Craig; it was fun.

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