The Beatles’ George Harrison Charts His First No. 1 Rock Album 20 Years After His Death

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The Beatles’ George Harrison Charts His First No. 1 Rock Album 20 Years After His Death

This week, as Billie Eilish rules the Billboard 200 once again with her sophomore set Happier Than Ever and Nas scores another top 10 title with his just-released effort King’s Disease II, one legendary musician finds himself back inside the highest tier on the tally long after his passing. Former Beatles member George Harrison returns to the top 10 on the all-genre ranking with his solo release All Things Must Pass, which reappears at No. 7. The set was re-released to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, and fans rushed to buy it on any of the many formats that were made available. The collector’s item has become a special win for the late superstar, and its success after so many years shows just how popular the musician remains to this day.

All Things Must Pass appears on a number of Billboard charts, but for the most part, it returns to those rankings, as it first landed on several lists when it was initially released in 1971. That said, the title does debut on one roster, and in doing so, it becomes the rocker’s first champion.

Harrison leads the charge on the Top Rock Albums ranking, where All Things Must Pass opens at No. 1. The set has never previously appeared on the tally, which makes sense, as it wasn’t established until long after the project was first released. As it opens higher than any other title, the release becomes not just the first ruler for Harrison but also his fourth top 10 and his fifth total placement.

All Things Must Pass starts at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart thanks to an impressive sales sum, one which made it a success on many different Billboard lists. The set moved 32,000 equivalent units in the past tracking period, with 28,000 of those being pure purchases. That is far and away enough to make it the bestselling rock release, and it also stands out as one of the bestselling items in America this week.

In addition to its success on the Top Rock Albums chart, All Things Must Pass returns to several other Billboard rankings, reaching the top 10 on a number of lists. Perhaps most notably, the set brings Harrison back to the top 10 on the Billboard 200 for the first time since 1988. Now sitting at No. 7, the re-release marks his loftiest placement since the ‘70s. 

All Things Must Pass also lands at No. 2 on both the Top Album Sales chart and the Vinyl Albums chart, coming in behind only Eilish’s Happier Than Ever on the two tallies. 

After The Beatles split up, Harrison went on to enjoy a commercially and critically successful solo career. All Things Must Pass was his third official full-length on his own, but it was his first release that made a serious impact on charts everywhere. The title bolted to No. 1 in countries like the U.S. and the U.K., becoming his first leader without his former bandmates. The project was fronted by lead single “My Sweet Lord,” which became his debut No. 1 song as well, and it was quickly followed by another top 10 smash, “What Is Life.”

In the years since it was first released, All Things Must Pass has remained a fan favorite and it is remembered as a major win for Harrison, one that proved he could stand on his own as a musician as the other former Beatles were succeeding as well.

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