The Real Breakdown Of All The Records The Beatles Sold
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The Beatles are considered the single most influential band of all time. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr drew from a wide range of musical genres, including music hall, skiffle, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll, to create a style of pop music that was essentially theirs to innovate. Because of their groundbreaking music, the Fab Four became extremely wealthy, with their albums selling millions of copies throughout the world.
Beatlemania, the greatest display of mass fan love, ushered in the British Invasion, paving the way for other British groups such as The Rolling Stones and The Who to dominate the scene. Let’s take a moment to reflect on how many records the Beatles sold during their meteoric career.
In fewer than eight years, the Beatles put out thirteen studio albums and three compilations. They had a total of 20 singles at the top of the Billboard 200 at the time, with an estimated 177 million in record sales in the United States alone. The Beatles’ best-selling record, 1968’s White Album, sold over 24 million copies worldwide, contributing to their total of over 600 million albums sold outside the United States. However, they were eclipsed by albums like Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Nevertheless, compilation albums were still incredibly popular for Beatle fans, especially in the 1970s; an estimated 1,360,000 copies of Red had been sold by the end of 2015, while 1,490,000 copies of Blue had been sold. That alone could suggest how gigantic and enormous the Beatles’ impact was even after so many years.