The Beatles' 50 Biggest Billboard Hits

The Beatles at the BBC Television Studios in London before the start of their world tour, June 17, 1966.

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' American invasion, we're counting down the Fab Four's biggest Hot 100 smashes, 10 songs at a time.

It was 50 years ago this week that the Beatles landed at New York's JFK airport and brought their iconic sound to living rooms across the America. On Feb. 9, 1964, John, Paul, George and Ringo made their stateside television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," an event that drew 73 million viewers (an astonishing 40% of the entire U.S. population), becoming the largest TV audience in history to that point. Since that momentous evening, the Beatles have continued to exert a massive influence on music and pop culture, their tunes remaining a consistent, indelible part of every generation's soundtrack.

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To celebrate the anniversary of the Beatles' American invasion, we've delved into Billboard's chart history to determine the Fab Four's all-time Hot 100 hits; and we've counted them all down all week culminating with the big reveal of the 10 biggest hits today (Friday, February 7, 2014) -- the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in New York and the beginning Beatlemania in America.

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The Beatles' 50 Biggest Billboard Hits is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from each era, certain time frames were weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those years.

50

"Act Naturally" (1965)

Hot 100 Peak: 47, Debut Date: 9/25/1965

49

"I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" (1964)

Hot 100 Peak: 39, Debut Date: 2/20/1965

48

"Baby You're A Rich Man" (1967)

Hot 100 Peak: 34, Debut Date: 7/29/1967

47

"Real Love" (1996)

Hot 100 Peak: 11, Debut Date: 3/23/1996

46

"Thank You Girl" (1963)

Hot 100 Peak: 35, Debut Date: 4/4/1964

45

"My Bonnie (My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)" (1961)

Hot 100 Peak: 26, Debut Date: 2/15/1964

44

"Slow Down" (1964)

Hot 100 Peak: 25, Debut Date: 9/5/1964

43

"I'll Cry Instead" (1964)

Hot 100 Peak: 25, Debut Date: 8/1/1964

42

"Rain" (1966)

Hot 100 Peak: 23, Debut Date: 6/11/1966

41

"Ain't She Sweet" (1964)

Hot 100 Peak: 19, Debut Date: 7/18/1964

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