The Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album was released 50 years ago on 1st June.

Despite releasing twelve studio albums in their lifespan as a group, the landmark psychedelic album stands the test of time as one of the band’s most enduring records and has continued to influence countless artists since its release in 1967. 

To commemorate the album’s fiftieth anniversary, music licensing organisation PPL has revealed a chart of the most-played tracks from the album on UK radio and TV*.  The album is unusual by today’s standards as it contained no individually-released singles.    

The album’s closing opus ‘A Day In The Life’ takes the number one spot, a track also covered by the likes of Jeff Beck and Barry Gibb.  ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ comes in at number two, whilst the title track is the third most-played song.  ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ – famously covered by Joe Cocker and Glaswegians Wet Wet Wet – takes fourth spot and ‘When I’m Sixty Four, one of the first ever songs written by Sir Paul McCartney aged just 16, comes in at number five.

The most-played songs from ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ on UK radio and TV

1.)  ‘A Day in the Life’ (1967)

2.)  ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ (1967)

3.)  ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (1967)

4.)  ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ (1967)

5.)  ‘When I’m Sixty Four’ (1967)

6.)  ‘She’s Leaving Home’ (1967)

7.)  ‘Getting Better’ (1967)

8.)  ‘Lovely Rita’ (1967)

9.)  ‘Good Morning Good Morning’ (1967)

10.) ‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!’ (1967)

11.)  ‘Fixing A Hole’ (1967)

12.)  ‘Within You Without You’ (1967)

13.)  ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)’ (1967)

*Based on PPL data from 2000 to 2016

Tim Silver, Head of Music Reporting Services at PPL said, “’Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club’ is arguably one of the most important album of the 1960s, as well as one of the first ever concept albums.  Its impact on popular music since its release cannot be understated and we are delighted to be able to honour its fiftieth anniversary with this most-played chart.  Although ‘A Day In The Life’ might be a surprise number one for some, it is one of the album’s standout tracks and a perfect finale for what is a truly ground-breaking collection of music.”

The most-played ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ chart is based on PPL data from UK radio & TV broadcasters covering the period 2000 to 2016. Both the number of plays and total played duration are used to rank the tracks in the charts.