Here we will take a look at the 10 Beatles cover versions that have reached the number one spot in the UK charts.
1. Marmalade – Ob La Di Ob La Da
Scottish band Marmalade scored their one and only UK number one hit with this cover of the Beatles classic Ob La Di Ob La Da. Interestingly, it knocked Lily The Pink by Scaffold (which included Paul McCartney’s brother) off of the number one spot but was then itself knocked off by the same song before knocking it back off the number one spot again!
2. Wet Wet Wet – With A Little Help From My Friends
Never released as a single by the Beatles themselves, but one of their best known songs nonetheless. It has sat atop the UK charts on three occassions by three different artists. Joe Cocker in 1968, Wet Wet Wet in 1988 and Sam & Mark in 2004!
3. Billy Bragg with Cara Tivey – She’s Leaving Home
This one was released as a double A-Side with Wet Wet Wet’s version of With A Little Help From My Friends, and reached the number one spot in the UK in May 1988.
4. Overlanders – Michelle
The Overlanders had their one and only UK chart hit with this cover of the Beatles song. It raced to the number one spot and spent an impressive 3 weeks atop the charts in early 1966.
5. Peter And Gordon – A World Without Love
Peter And Gordon scored their one and only UK chart hit with this cover of a Beatles penned song. It was their debut single and hit number one in March 1964.
6. Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas – Bad To Me
This John Lennon penned song was gifted to Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas as their second single and became their first number one hit. Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas scored another three top 10 hits in the UK that were written by the Beatles – Do You Want To Know A Secret, I’ll Keep You Satisfied and From A Window!
7. Will Young and Gareth Gates – The Long And Winding Road
Pop Idol winner and runner-up, Will Young and Gareth Gates teamed up to release this version of the Beatles classic in October 2002 – it raced to the number one spot and stayed there for two weeks.
8. Ferry Aid – Let It Be
Ferry Aid were a music ensemble who got together to record this Beatles classic for charity. It reached number one in the UK charts April 1987, which was one place higher than the original had got 17 years previous!
9. Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends
Joe Cocker was the first of three artists to take this Beatles classic to the top of the UK charts, reaching the top spot in October 1968.
10. Sam And Mark – With A Little Help From My Friends
After finishing second and third behind Michelle McManus in Pop Idol, Sam and Mark teamed up to release this cover version and became the third act to take it to the top spot after Joe Cocker and Wet Wet Wet, reaching the number one spot in February 2004.
P.S. This article was originally published by the same author on Triond on the 3rd of July 2012 and can be found by clicking HERE.