Few bands have made as significant an impact on the music world as The Beatles did in the 1960s. Comprised of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, The Beatles were an English rock group that was formed in Liverpool in 1960. The "Fab Four" broke multiple chart records and set the standard for musical groups and boy bands that would follow in their footsteps throughout the 20th century and beyond. Whether you're a diehard fan in need of a refresher course or you have some catching up to do when it comes to the music that made them famous, the following Beatles singles facts will give you in-depth information on some of the band's most notable songs that still enjoy popularity in the present day.
I Want to Hold Your Hand
When it comes to singles released by The Beatles, few songs are more notable than the hit I Want to Hold Your Hand. The song-which was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released in November 1963-was the first Beatles song to climb to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it stayed for seven straight weeks. The popular 2-minute-24-second single prompted the British Invasion of the United States and became the best-selling Beatles record of all time with happy-go-lucky lyrics like: "And when I touch you I feel happy inside / It's such a feeling that my love, I can't hide, I can't hide, I can't hide / Yeah, you got that something / I think you'll understand / When I feel that something / I want to hold your hand."
All You Need is Love
Another of The Beatles' most famous singles is the 1967 hit All You Need is Love. Also written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the 3-minute-47-second song and its simple message became an anthem for the trying times: "All you need is love / All you need is love / All you need is love, love / Love is all you need." The song was performed publicly for the first time on the television special, Our World-the first ever live, international, satellite TV production-on June 25, 1967, to a broadcast audience of over 400 million in 26 different countries as the band closed the show.
With over eight million copies sold, the single Hey Jude was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released in August 1968. At 7 minutes and 11 seconds in length, the song spent nine weeks as a number-one single in the United States-the longest of any Beatles song. Hey Jude was originally titled Hey Jules, as McCartney initially composed it for Lennon's son Julian, who was struggling to deal with his parents' divorce at the time. The single opens with the famous lyrics, "Hey Jude, don't make it bad / Take a sad song and make it better / Remember to let her into your heart / Then you can start to make it better."
Written and performed by John Lennon, Imagine-one of the most famous songs of all time-was released on Oct. 11, 1971. Although the tune only reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the third-greatest song of all time in December 2004, and it also earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Imagine also won a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999. The celebrated song opens with the lyrics: "Imagine there's no countries / It isn't hard to do / Nothing to kill or die for / And no religion, too / Imagine all the people / Living life in peace / You, you may say I'm a dreamer / But I'm not the only one / I hope someday you will join us / And the world will be as one."