Paul McCartney’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Sends Beatles’ ‘1’ Back Into UK Top 40

The 2000 compilation, which includes several songs that McCartney sang along with during the feature, makes a new chart rise.

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Paul McCartney’s appearance on the Carpool Karaoke feature on The Late Late Show With James Corden, which aired on 21 June and attracted worldwide publicity, has sent The Beatles’ 1 retrospective back into the UK top 40. That’s the first such appearance for the album since late 2015, when the augmented 1+ version was released.

The album, first issued in late 2000, remains one of the most successful global releases of the 21st century, with worldwide sales estimated at well over 30 milliom copies. On last week’s official UK album chart, the retrospective stood at No. 90, but in today’s (Friday) new data published by the Official Charts Company, it rises to No. 31, in its 167th week in the top 100.

The film of McCartney’s return to his home town of Liverpool included footage of him singing along with a number of his classic Beatles songs, including ‘Drive My Car’ as well as ‘Penny Lane,’ ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Let It Be.’ That prompts new interest in the collection, which first came on the 30th anniversary of The Beatles’ split.

1 lived up to its name on first release by going to No. 1 in a vast array of countries around the world, including the UK, US, Australia, Japan and throughout Europe. After opening with a record-breaking 319,000 sales in the UK, it spent nine consecutive weeks at the chart summit there, in an initial 43-week run in the top 100.

The album returned to the top ten in the UK, and in America, Spain and elsewhere, upon its 2011 reissue, and did the same again when a deluxe 1+ edition was released late in 2015. The new version featured new mixes by Giles Martin, 5.1 surround mixes and 50 promotional videos, films and performances, with commentary added by McCartney and by Ringo Starr.

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  1. William Overly

    June 30, 2018 at 4:47 am

    When I saw Paul McCartney a number of years ago, there,was little doubt he was the most famous person in the entire world–and deservedly so. He still makes interesting music, but let’s face it–nothing he has done since exceeds his work as a Beatle. Part of it was John Lennon’s influence. They were, quite simply, the greatest rock group of all time.

  2. Robert garcia

    June 30, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Only God is greater than The Beatles.

    • Mar Elison

      July 1, 2018 at 10:36 pm

      I doubt that…The Churches are more or less empty but selling out on McCartney´s concerts…What´s that ?

  3. Jody Crone

    June 30, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Great music lives on for generations. The Beatles were and still remain the greatest band of all time.

  4. Mark J Powell

    June 30, 2018 at 5:49 pm


  5. Don Horton

    June 30, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    In my opinion there will never another group as the Beatles. Sir Paul McCartney is so awesome and at his age he has not lost his love of music. I am so glad that I had a chance to see Sir Paul in concert. And yes God first then all of the Beatles.

  6. JannieAnnie

    June 30, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Paul still needs The Beatles music. That is what the people really want to hear.

  7. Peace and Love

    June 30, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Peace and Love!!! Paul and Ringo are still spreading the word at a time when the world needs it more than ever. George and John would be proud. Can’t wait for the new album which I know will be filled with optimism for the future. Rock on Sir Paul and remember – “All You Need Is Love” – John Lennon

  8. Antney

    June 30, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    I don’t watch his show at all other than carpool k happens. I like a majority of them and when Red Hot Chilli Peppers were on it, nothing has beaten that episode until Sir McCartney’s episode. By far, hands down, this was/is tge greatest one ever! He should just end the carpools with him because nothing/nobody can top this icon that changed music on a worldwide level like he (The Beatles) has.

  9. Donna Appelt

    June 30, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    I would like to see Sir Paul when he comes to Austin City Limits but I can’t afford it. I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan when I was 8 years old and I fell in love with Paul then. I am still in love with him and I am 62 now
    Rock on Sir Paul!

  10. Bob Regan

    July 1, 2018 at 3:00 am

    Beatles forever and ever amen

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