Release date: 13 November 2000
The Beatles work was always impeccable. Those four young men, John, Paul, George and Ringo, broke so many records and so many barriers and they will be remembered for being the most significant music creators of the twentieth century.
This collection of number ones is taken from the most widely circulated charts in the UK (Record Retailer) and the USA (Billboard).
Looking through the list of songs brings back so many memories for me. My first thought was about Love Me Do - our first single. To begin with nobody wanted to know, even in our own record company. But after a lot of hard work it entered the Top 20 in the UK, and in the States it later reached number one. From then on John and Paul seemed to burst with inspiration. Those early songs were so fresh and sparkling, always surprising and delighting me with each new offering. Never did they fall back on cliche or a rehash of an earlier success. Each one was a gem. Before long their worked spurred George into writing great material too, like the classic ballad Something.
It barely took eight years to cover this collection - Love Me Do to The Long and Winding Road - but it was a lifetime in the world of rock and roll. A wonderful collection, and wonderful for me to have been there.