Never mind the passage of time, nor the passing of two of their members. The Beatles are still in demand. John, Paul, George, and Ringo have once again landed on the U.S. album chart. Not bad for a band that broke up nearly five decades ago.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Abbey Road, one of the Beatles’ most lucrative collections. It ranks 14th on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It also has one of the most famous covers of all time.
A new 40-track anniversary edition helped push Abbey Road to number three on this week’s Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and reached the top spot on the UK’s album chart. In its original form, the album spent 11 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 between the fall of 1969 and spring of 1970. Abbey Road last appeared in the US Top 10 on April 25, 1970.
Paul McCartney told a reporter, “It’s hard to believe that Abbey Road still holds up after all these years. But then again it’s a bloody cool album.” Indeed.