As chart statistics go, The Beatles' biggest rival was Elvis Presley. The Beatles may have gained more number ones than any other UK musician or band, but their mighty 17 chart-toppers are beaten by Elvis's 21.
The band were also beaten by The King when it comes to combined weeks at number one: Elvis clocking up 80 in comparison to The Beatles' 69 weeks.
The Beatles gained 17 number ones, but their first single to make the Top 40, Love Me Do, in 1962 peaked at number 17.
The number of copies sold of She Loves You, the band's second number one and the single which made them an international hit. It became the biggest selling single of the year, of the decade and, for the next 14 years, of all time - until Paul and Linda McCartney's group Wings sold 2.05 million copies of Mull Of Kintyre in 1977.
Cliff Richard and The Shadows
Depending on whether you amalgamate Cliff Richard's solo singles with his hits with The Shadows, the band are a chart rival to The Beatles with eight UK number one albums.
The number of acts who have replaced themselves at UK number one. The Beatles were one, John Lennon was another, and the third was, not surprisingly, Elvis.
The pop-punk band took the crown from The Beatles for being the youngest band to have a debut album at number one when their record Room on the 3rd Floor was released in 2004. Funnily enough, the guitar-weilding fourpiece's first single, below, had a distinct 60s boyband influence.
The peak chart position Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band achieved when it was released as a double A side with With A Little Help from My Friends in 1978. However, when the Sgt. Pepper's the album was released in 1967 it went 11x platinum in America and to number one there and in the UK.
By Alice Vincent, Entertainment writer, online