Billboard #1 Hits: #208: “Hey Jude”- The Beatles – September 28, 1968. #1 for 9 weeks.
- Single: “Hey Jude”- The Beatles
- Record Company- Apple Records
- Genre- Pop Rock
- Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
- Time: 7:11
- B-side: ” Revolution”
- Album- Hey Jude
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 for 9 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Yugoslavia.
The Beatles biggest chart buster- “Hey Jude” spent 9 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1968. The Beatles only had two hits in 1968- because they only released two singles-“Lady Madonna” went to #4 and then there was “Hey Jude.” It wasn’t as though The Beatles were up to nothing in 1968- their double album “The Beatles” aka “The White Album” was released in November and while there was big hit potential in a number of the songs on that album there were no singles released from it.
“Hey Jude” was written by Paul McCartney. He has said he was inspired to write the song after visiting Cynthia and Julian Lennon one day. John had left Cynthia for ‘artist’ Yoko Ono and Paul wrote the song as a comfort to Julian. John always felt the song was written about them- John and Yoko. When asked by John, Paul denied it and said he had written it about himself. At 7:11 in length it broke all the rules as far as the length of a single being a hit. It was the longest #1 hit until a couple years later when “American Pie” clocked in at 8:42. Of course there have been many longer songs- but as far as #1’s- there you go.