Beatles albums dominate iTunes Store Top 50 chart

Phillip Elmer Dewitt reports for Fortune, “A quick check of the iTunes bestseller list Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after The Beatles’ albums appeared on the store, found all of them — including the lamentable Magical Mystery Tour — in the top 50.”

iTunes Store Top 50 Albums:
7. Abbey Road
9 The Beatles (White Album)
10. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
12. The Beatles Box Set
16. The Beatles 1967-1970
18. The Beatles 1962-1966
19. Rubber Soul
20. Revolver
21. Magical Mystery Tour
25. Let It Be
27. A Hard Day’s Night
28. Please Please Me
29. Help!
32. With The Beatles
38. Beatles For Sale
49. Yellow Submarine

Full article here.


  1. but, but.. I thought that all of The Beatles fans already had all of their albums.. I thought The Beatles didn’t matter anymore…

    Yeah, right.. The Beatles will become the top selling artist of 2010 because of this.

    This was probably the most talked about topic on facebook yesterday… Apple got a lot of criticism for calling it “a day you’ll never forget.” but I think they may have been right.

  2. Well, it’s Elmer-Dewitt saying that, not MDN.

    And you have to admit the Magical Mystery Tour album has all those clunkers like “I Am The Walrus” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.” ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  3. “Lamentable Magical Mystery Tour” Is Elmer-Dewitt insane? It was the movie that was a stoners home project. The album with Magical Mystery Tour, The Fool on the HIll, Your Mother Should Know, I Am The Walrus, Hello Goodbye, Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, Baby You’re a Rich Man, All You Need is Love is an outstanding Album. I have been listening to nothing but my new Beatle albums since yesterday morning.

  4. MikeK’s got it right… so much for MDNs constant bleat about this, generally along the lines of this “take” from almost two years ago:

    “At this point, whatever Beatles tracks that most people want have long been digitized and are already on their iPods. The only ones missing out are new fans who don’t know what BitTorrent is – in other words, not a huge audience.”

    Er, no.

  5. Right… and what’s number one? Rihanna.
    2: Glee
    3: Rascall Flatts
    4: Keith Urban.

    The contemporary artists are still selling more. If it was such a big fucking deal the Beatles would occupy all 10 spots… nobody fucking cares but a bunch of aging hippies who need to put the pot down.

  6. Um bob, they don’t need to be number…

    The Beatles have already sold 1.% BILLION albums.

    They sold 3.3 Million albums last year alone.

    They were the #2 top selling artist of the decade next to eminem.

    Their catalog was released digitally yesterday and they now have 15 albums in the top #50..

    Lets see where Rhianna, Glee, Rascall, and Keith Urban are in 40 years. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  7. Oh the Internet where every dog is king and so impotent in opinion…

    If anyone else other than Apple would have gotten exclusive digital disribution rights for the Beatles, it would be big news and a coup…

    This is regarles of anyones personal tase and opinion a big deal.

  8. My 18 yr old daughter just asked for the box set for Christmas ,many of her college roomates are asking for it as well.Who knew? I never liked them back in the sixties but have come to appreciate them over the I am 52 and have none of their music ,it’s the box set for me as well .

  9. @Bob
    Contemporary artists in battle with act that disbanded 40 years ago! Contemporary artists come out on top! YAY!! “Nobody” cares – that’s why the 40-year-old group has more albums in the Top 50 than Rihanna, Glee, Rascall Flatts and Keith Urban combined. You could say, “The Beatles are experiencing Nirvana!!” HA HA HA HA HA!!!

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