The Beatles, by the numbers


Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a.k.a. The Beatles: Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. They'd like to take us home with them.

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And now a look at The Beatles . . .  by the numbers.

All told, the Beatles have sold 1.6 BILLION singles in the United States, and 177 million albums.

Worldwide album sales top 600 million.

The number of Beatles singles to reach Number 1 on the "Billboard Hot 100" is 21, the most of any band.

Of their singles, "Hey, Jude" enjoyed the longest run on the charts -- 23 weeks in all.

The number of Beatles albums that reached Number 1 in the United States: 25.

The number of times "Yesterday" has been covered by other artists is over 3,000, making it the most-covered song of all time.

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