The Beatles’ Abbey Road set to return to top of the charts after 50 years

Abbey Road is on course to knock Liam Gallagher’s Why Me? Why Not off the number one slot when the charts are announced on Friday.

The Beatles’ Abbey Road looks set to return to the top of the UK charts – 50 years after it was first released.

After emerging from the final recording sessions in which all of the band took part before they split, the famous album spent 17 weeks at number one – 11 of them consecutive – after its release in 1969.

The album cover showing all four Beatles  John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison – striding in line over the zebra crossing outside the northwest London studios is one of the most widely recognised in music history.

It is now set to return to the top later this week thanks to the release of a 50th anniversary edition which includes previously unheard material, with more than 12,000 chart sales over current number one, Liam Gallagher’s Why Me? Why Not.

If it stays in position, it will be the band’s first number one album since the 2000 compilation, 1.

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