Beatles '65
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Released15 December 1964 (1964-12-15)
RecordedJune–October 1964
StudioEMI, London
ProducerGeorge Martin
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Beatles '65
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Singles from Beatles '65
  1. "I Feel Fine" / "She's a Woman"
    Released: 23 November 1964
Professional ratings
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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide[3]

Beatles '65 is an album by the English rock band the Beatles that was issued in the United States and Canada in December 1964. Released as the North American alternative to Beatles for Sale, it was the band's fifth studio album culled by Capitol Records in the US from the Beatles' EMI releases. The LP was also issued in West Germany on the Odeon label.

In 2004, Beatles '65 was released on CD for the first time as part of the Capitol Albums, Volume 1 box set. In 2014, the album was reissued on CD, both individually and as part of the box set The US Albums, using the UK mixes as remastered in 2009.


Beatles '65 includes eight of the fourteen songs from Beatles for Sale. It also includes "I'll Be Back", which was cut from the US version of the Hard Day's Night album, and both sides of the single "I Feel Fine" / "She's a Woman". The latter two songs were issued in "duophonic" stereo and included added reverb by Capitol Records' executive Dave Dexter, Jr. to cover up the use of the mono mixes sent from the UK.[4]

Two of the three songs written by Carl Perkins and recorded by the Beatles appear on this album. The six Beatles for Sale tracks omitted from the album were issued by Capitol on Beatles VI in June 1965.


In the United States, Beatles '65 jumped from number 98 straight to number 1, making the biggest jump to the top position in the history of the Billboard album charts up to that time. It remained at number 1 for nine straight weeks from 9 January 1965. The album was the top selling non-soundtrack LP based on Billboard's year-end chart for 1965.[5] By 31 December 1964, the album had sold 1,967,261 copies in the US; by the end of the 1960s, sales there were up to 2,327,186.[6]

Writing in The Rolling Stone Record Guide (1983), John Swenson described Beatles '65 as the first of the band's "classic 'concept' albums". He said that the LP "worked as a musical whole" rather than merely serving as a collection of "the latest bunch of songs that could be assembled into a record in any order".[7] Several albums were released and promoted in America during 1965 sporting a similar title to Beatles '65. These included Sinatra '65 by Frank Sinatra and Ellington '65 by Duke Ellington on Reprise Records, and Brasil '65 by Sérgio Mendes on the Beatles' own Capitol label.[8]

Track listing[]

All tracks written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."No Reply"Lennon with McCartney2:15
2."I'm a Loser"Lennon2:31
3."Baby's in Black"Lennon and McCartney2:02
4."Rock and Roll Music" (Chuck Berry)Lennon2:32
5."I'll Follow the Sun"McCartney1:46
6."Mr. Moonlight" (Roy Lee Johnson)Lennon2:35
Total length:13:41
Side two
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Honey Don't" (Carl Perkins)Starr2:56
2."I'll Be Back"Lennon2:22
3."She's a Woman"McCartney2:57
4."I Feel Fine"Lennon2:20
5."Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" (Carl Perkins)Harrison2:24
Total length:12:59

Note: The Capitol 8-track tape (8XT-2228) adds "You Can't Do That" to the end of Program 4 for programming purposes. The complete 8-track running order is as follows:

  1. Program 1: "No Reply" – "I'm A Loser" – "Rock And Roll Music"
  2. Program 2: "I'll Follow The Sun" – "Mr. Moonlight" – "Honey Don't"
  3. Program 3: "Baby's in Black" – "I'll Be Back" – "She's A Woman"
  4. Program 4: "I Feel Fine" – "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" – "You Can't Do That"


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Charts and certifications[]


  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 978-0-89820-183-3


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  3. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John, eds. (1983). The New Rolling Stone Record Guide. New York, NY: Random House/Rolling Stone Press. p. 31. ISBN 0-394-72107-1.
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  5. ^ "Billboard.com – Year End Charts – Year-end Albums – The Billboard 200". 11 December 2007. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007.
  6. ^ "How Many Records did the Beatles actually sell?". Deconstructing Pop Culture by David Kronemyer. 29 April 2009. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  7. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John, eds. (1983). The New Rolling Stone Record Guide. New York, NY: Random House/Rolling Stone Press. p. 32. ISBN 0-394-72107-1.
  8. ^ "Boomers' First 'Must Have' Christmas Gift: Beatles '65". HuffPost. 23 December 2014.
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  10. ^ "The Beatles Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. 16 March 2021. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
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