Almost everyone knows that The Beatles came to the United States in 1964 and became the most popular band of all time. They had 6 #1 singles that year (“I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Love Me Do,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” & “I Feel Fine.”)
The Beatles – “I Feel Fine”
But what else was #1 that year? How do the other big hits compare to the ones by The Beatles? I think looking at what else was popular during that year puts the musical revolution that was The Beatles in 1964 in context. Sometimes their early hits can sound quite tame compared to what’s been recorded since. But it’s only in hearing what else was around during that time that you can understand why The Beatles were such an exciting change in popular music in 1964.
Let’s take a listen to some of the #1 hits of ’64 NOT by the Beatles:
Bobby Vinton – “There! I’ve Said It Again”
Bobby Vinton – “Mr Lonely”
The Dixie Cups – “Chapel of Love”
Dean Martin – “Everybody Loves Somebody”
Lorne Greene – “Ringo” (No, not that Ringo.)
#1 Hits In 1963. I think this gives a better idea of the kind of popular music world The Beatles “blew up” in ’64.