When The Beach Boys' new reunion album, That's Why God Made the Radio, bowed at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart this past week, the pop-rock legends made history in more ways than one. Besides being the group's highest-ever debut on the Billboard tally, the album also helped the band eclipse a record set by none other than The Beatles.
With That's Why God Made the Radio landing in the Billboard 200's top 10, the time between The Beach Boys' first top 10 appearance on the chart --Surfin' U.S.A. in June 1963 -- and their most recent stands at 49 years and one week, the longest period by any band. The Fab Four's stretch between first and last top 10 albums is 47 years, seven months and three weeks, from Meet The Beatles in February 1964 to the 1 compilation in October 2011.
The artist who holds the overall record of span of top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 is Frank Sinatra with 52 years, two months and one week. The late crooner's first release to land in the upper reaches of the chart was Songs for Swingin' Lovers! in April 1956 and his latest was the Nothing but the Best Songs hits collection in June 2008.