From humble beginnings in England, to touring the US, making girls faint when they even got a glimpse of their mop tops, and selling out entire baseball stadiums — The Beatles have done it all. Their first studio album, Please Please Me, was released in the United Kingdom on 22 March 1963. The Beatles have grown to be one of the biggest bands the world has ever seen, and it’s a pleasure to see a band become so loved and revered in the 50 years since releasing their first album. Not only were they a cultural phenomenon and a voice of the 60s, their records all sold well, a testament to their musicianship and songwriting skills.
The standard for records sold in the US comes from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The standard works as follows: Silver – 100,000; Gold – 500,000; Platinum – 1,000,000; and Multi-Platinum – 10,000,000+. The Beatles surpassed the lower echelon of album sales and have multiple albums that have gone on to be platinum, and beyond. Their 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, went 11x platinum, and their 1968 album, The Beatles AKA The White Album, went on to be 19x platinum. Their success didn’t just stop there: each band member went on to have a successful solo career of their own.
Which albums were your favorites? Were they the multi-platinum selling records, or one of their least commercially viable albums?
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