The Beatles – “She Loves You” at No. 1 on This Day

On the 12th of September 1963, The Beatles were at No. 1 on the UK singles chart with She Loves You. It became the biggest seller of the year and the biggest selling single in the UK.

“She Loves You” is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded by The Beatles for release as a single in 1963. The single set and surpassed several sales records in the United Kingdom charts, and set a record in the United States as one of the five Beatles songs that held the top five positions in the charts simultaneously, on 4 April 1964. It remains the band’s best-selling single in the United Kingdom and the top-selling single of the 1960s there by any artist.

In November 2004, Rolling Stone ranked “She Loves You” number 64 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

„It was again a she, you, me, I, personal preposition song. I suppose the most interesting thing about it was that it was a message song, it was someone bringing a message. It wasn’t us any more, it was moving off the ‘I love you, girl’ or ‘Love me do’, it was a third person, which was a shift away. ‘I saw her, and she said to me, to tell you, that she loves you, so there’s a little distance we managed to put in it which was quite interesting.“ Paul McCartney – Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

The song was mostly written on 26 June 1963, in a room in the Turk’s Hotel in Newcastle, prior to The Beatles’ performance at the city’s Majestic Ballroom.

„I remember it was Paul’s idea: instead of singing ‘I love you’ again, we’d have a third party. That kind of little detail is apparently in his work now where he will write a story about someone and I’m more inclined to just write about myself.“ John Lennon, 1980 – All We Are Saying, David Sheff

The Beatles recorded ‘She Loves You’ five days after it was written, during a five-hour session in Abbey Road’s studio two.

She Loves You

Recorded: 1 July 1963

Producer: George Martin

Engineer: Norman Smith

Released: 23 August 1963 (UK), 16 September 1963 (US)