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I Want to Hold Your Hand / This Boy
First released: 1963, November 29
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I Want To Hold Your Hand sold one million copies on British advance orders alone and crashed into the charts while She Loves You was enjoying its second spell at number one. Within a week it had replaced its predecessor, and the Beatles were holding numbers one and two, in addition to numbers one and two in the LP charts.
The song was a watershed recording in one other way: it broke the group into the US market, paving the way for a 1964 that would eclipse even 1963 in terms of record sales and all-encompassing Beatlemania.
- Mark Lewishon "The Beatles Recording Sessions"