The last time there was a number one by an artist that was followed by another number one by the same artist was in 1956 when Elvis Presley followed up “Don’t Be Cruel”/”Hound Dog” with “Love Me Tender.” Now, eight years later, the Beatles have done the same thing. (Wait for the next song and you’ll see that the Beatles does Elvis one better.)
“She Loves You” could have been titled “Yeah, yeah, yeah” because that it so prominent in the song. In fact when people went into record stores to buy the record or request it on the radio, sometimes they would refer to it as the “Yeah, yeah, yeah” song.
“She Loves You” was, like most of the Beatles songs, written by John and Paul. When they first recorded it, they started with the first verse. The song started with the words, “You think you lost your love…” but George Martin who was producing the record suggested they start with the chorus and, of course, that’s what they did. It gives the song a kick right from the beginning.
It actually preceeded “I Want To Hold Your Hand” in Britain by hitting number one in that country first in 1963. It took a couple live appearances for the group to catch on in Britain, but when they did, the kids went wild. It was during the popularity of “She Loves You” that the term “Beatlemania” was invented.
The song was released in America back in September of 1963, but no one had heard of the Beatles then and so, the song went nowhere. Brian Epstein had licensed the song to the Swan Record label, but when it didn’t hit, Swan put it storage thinking it was just another failure.
After the showing of the Ed Sullivan Show in February of 1964, the public was suddenly asking for everything that the Beatles had recorded. After the popularity of “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” Swan Records knew a good thing when they saw it and so, re-released “She Loves You” to stores. Not sure how much Swan made from the record, but the label was small and “She Loves You” managed to keep them in business until 1967, when they finally folded up.
“She Loves You” was the best selling Beatles record in the United Kingdom for the entire decade of the Sixties. It debuted on the pop charts in America on February 1,1964 and eight weeks later, bumped “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” out of the number one spot. It was number one for two weeks. Rolling Stone magazine has ranked “She Loves You” as number 64 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.