The Beatles Abbey Road returns to number 1 in albums charts, setting new record

The Beatles in their 60s heyday (Picture: John Pratt/Keystone/Getty Images)

The Beatles classic album Abbey Road has returned to number one in the UK album charts.

The release – containing one of their signature songs, Come Together – is celebrating its 50-year anniversary, with a special edition release.

Whats more, the fab fours eleventh albums return to the chart summit sets a record in British music.

It is now the album with the longest time between reaching number one on the Official Chart, at – take a deep breath – 49 years and 252 days!

The first 17-week run at the top ended 31 January 1970.

Reacting to the news, Paul McCartney commented: Its hard to believe that Abbey Road still holds up after all these years. But then again its a bloody cool album.

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The iconic cover of Abbey Road (Picture: Iain Macmillan, Apple Corps, X80001)

The singer recently visited Abbey Road Studios with fellow Beatle Ringo Starr, where the album was released, to celebrate the milestone.



The Beatles were also comprised of late members John Lennon and George Harrison.

Abbey Road is also this weeks best-selling album on vinyl. It shifted just under 9,000 copies in this format.

The new release includes previously-unheard material from recording sessions.

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney in 2019 (Picture: PA)

The Beatles previously held the record for longest gap between number one with Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, which had a gap of 49 years and 125 days between topping the chart.

Its anniversary re-release hit Number 1 in June 2017.

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