Beatles Explode Onto iTunes Charts

Five classic Fab Four LPs move into top 20 on iTunes albums chart after becoming available for download.

It should come as no surprise that in the first 24 hours that the Beatles catalog was available on iTunes, Fab Four fans went on a bender.

After nearly a decade of waiting for official digital copies of the group's music on the leading download site, Beatle maniacs helped push five of the band's classic studio albums — Abbey Road (#7), The White Album (#8), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (#10), Rubber Soul (#18) and Revolver (#20) — into the top 20 tally on the iTunes albums chart. In all, eight Beatles titles crashed the top 20, including The Beatles 1967-1970 (#13), The Beatles 1962-1966 (#17) and the all-encompassing Beatles Box Set (#11).

That wasn't all, as Magical Mystery Tour came in at #21, Let It Be was just behind at #22, A Hard Day's Night charted at #27, followed by Please Please Me and Help!, With the Beatles (#31), Past Masters, Vols. 1 & 2 (#34), Beatles for Sale (#37) and Yellow Submarine (#46).

Though iTunes does not reveal sales figures, the news was pretty good on the singles chart as well, as a number of classic songs made their debut on that list, including "Here Comes the Sun," (#22), "Let It Be"

(#27), "In My Life" (#31), "Blackbird" (#32), "Come Together" (#38), "With a Little Help From My Friends" (#53) and "Hey Jude" (#55).

The parade continued outside the top 60, with nearly a dozen more songs charting at press time, including "Twist and Shout" (#66), "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (#69), "Let It Be" again (#71), "Eleanor Rigby" (#75), "A Day in the Life" (#76), "Twist and Shout" (#77), "I Saw Her Standing There" (#78), "Yesterday" (#83), "Help!" (#89), "Something" (#90) and "A Hard Day's Night" (#96).

With more than two dozen more songs landing outside the top 100, in all 59 Beatles singles charted in the first 24 hours, paving the way for the group to smash all previous records for chart debuts on the iTunes tally. More detailed download figures will be available next week from Nielsen SoundScan.