Paul McCartney named UK’s most successful albums act of all time

He's had 22 No #1 albums to date

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Paul McCartney has been named the UK’s most successful albums act of all time, according to the Official Charts Company.

Since The Beatles’ debut #1 in May 1963 with Please Please Me, he’s racked up a total of 22 #1 albums to date: 15 with The Beatles, 2 with Wings, 4 with Paul McCartney solo projects and one with Linda McCartney.

Additionally, Please Please Me is the longest-running Number 1 debut album in chart history at 30 weeks, while Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the biggest selling studio album of all time in the UK, having sold 5.1 million copies.


Reacting to the news, Paul McCartney told, “Okay, you know how it really feels? It feels unbelievable, because when you write your songs you don’t count how well they’re doing. I remember when Please, Please Me went to Number 1, that was our first Number 1 record, and it’s a beautiful feeling to suddenly get this [award], I mean it’s amazing. So thank you to the people for giving it to me, I love you. And thank you to everyone who made it possible by buying the records, we love you too!”

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