Abbey Road Back on Top

Abbey Road is back on top for the first time in 49 years! Here's the story from RTT Music News.

The Beatles' Abbey Road has returned to the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart for the first time since 1970, spiking from No. 71 to No. 3.

The album, which was reissued on September 27 to mark its 50th anniversary, logged 81,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending October 3, soaring 803% from a week earlier. 70,000 of that sum came in album sales, a rise of a whopping 3,091% from the previous week.

Abbey Road was first released on September 26, 1969. It spent 11 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in late 1969 and early 1970. The album first reached the top of the list dated Nov. 1, 1969, and it spent its final week at No. 1 on Jan. 24, 1970.

The album made the chart consistently through May of 1971 and then came back in 1976. It saw some good spells during 1981 and 1988. And then, the album was back in the limelight in late 2009, racking up 200 weeks on the chart since then. Overall, the album has spent a total of 329 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart.

Abbey Road contains super hits such as "Come Together," "Something" (which together topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart as a double-sided single), "Octopus's Garden," "Here Comes the Sun," "Carry That Weight" and "The End."

According to Nielsen Music, Abbey Road is the band's largest-selling studio album in the history of Nielsen Music, having sold 5.6 million copies in the U.S. since the firm began electronically tracking sales in 1991.