I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Beatles

Oh, please say to me
You'll let me be your man
And please say to me
You'll let me hold your hand

Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1964 for seven weeks
  • No. 1 on the UK Singles chart in 1963 for five weeks
  • from the U.S. album Meet the Beatles (1964)
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • Billboard Music Award for the 1964 - Hot 100 Single of the Year
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • the first No. 1 single for The Beatles in the U.S.
  • the song jumped to the top of the pop charts, the No. 1 record in America, before The Beatles had even performed a show in the U.S.
  • Paul McCartney after hearing the news that the "I Want To Hold Your Hand" went to No. 1 in America: "We were playing in Paris, an engagement at the Olympia Theatre, a famous old theater Edith Piaf played at, and we got a telegram -- as you did in those days -- saying, 'Congratulations, No. 1 in U.S. charts.' We jumped on each other's backs. It was late at night after a show, and we just partied. That was the record that allowed us to come to America."
  • John Lennon has stated in interviews that it has always been one of his favorite Beatles songs
  • the first Beatles record to be made using four-track studio recording equipment; their previous releases had been recorded to tape using just two tracks
  • it is one of only two Beatles songs (the other being "She Loves You") to be later recorded in German  
  • ranks #16 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • on the record:
               John Lennon- vocals, rhythm guitar, handclaps
               Paul McCartney- vocals, bass guitar, handclaps
               George Harrison- lead guitar, handclaps
               Ringo Starr- drums, handclaps
  • written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; early in Lennon & McCartney's songwriting partnership they wrote together - this song is one of those instances, a true Lennon/McCartney composition
  • the song was written by John and Paul in the basement of Jane Asher's parents' house in Wimpole Street, London
  • produced by George Martin
  • recorded October 17, 1963 at Abbey Road Studios, London, England
  • One of five Beatles songs to occupy Billboard's Hot 100 top five slots on April 4, 1964 (with "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You" and "Please Please Me"), "I Want to Hold Your Hand" ranks as the chart's No. 45 single of all time
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