I Want To Hold Your Hand

The Beatles’ single release, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” was a number one record worldwide in 1963. However, this song also appears on many of The Beatles’ albums as well.

In Detail


Release Date: 29th November, 1963 (UK), 26th December, 1963 (US)
Format: 7″ single (A-side) (B-side is “This Boy“) (UK), also album track
Recorded: 17th October, 1963
Studio: EMI Studios, London
Genre: Pop rock
Track Duration: 2:24
Record Label: Parlophone R 5084 (UK), Capitol 5112 (US)
Songwriter: Lennon-McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith


John Lennon: vocal, rhythm guitar, also handclaps
Paul McCartney: vocal, bass guitar, also handclaps
George Harrison: lead guitar, also handclaps
Ringo Starr: drums, also handclaps

Track Source

7″ Single
Past Masters
Anthology 1
1 (One)
On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2

I Want To Hold Your Hand

The Beatles also released a German language version by the name “Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand”. In fact, the German version was an American release too. So, for information about the German version of this track, click here.

The English language version gave the Fab Four their first number one hit single in America and the British invasion was about to begin in a big way!

In short, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song together:

“We wrote a lot of stuff together, one-on-one, eyeball to eyeball. Like in I Want To Hold Your Hand, I remember when we got the chord that made the song. We were in Jane Asher’s house, downstairs in the cellar playing on the piano at the same time. And we had, ‘Oh you-u-u… got that something…’ And Paul hits this chord and I turn to him and say, ‘That’s it!’ I said, ‘Do that again!’ In those days, we really used to absolutely write like that – both playing into each other’s nose.”

John Lennon
All We Are Saying, David Sheff

Single Release Only

“I Want To Hold Your Hand” was the A-side on a single which had a B-side of “This Boy” in the UK. While in the US, its B-side was, “I Saw Her Standing There“.

The song didn’t feature on any of Beatles original 12 studio albums in the UK. However, because it was a single, it appears on the 1988 “Past Masters” album.

Recording Studio

I Want To Hold Your Hand - Beatles' single record from 1963

I Want To Hold Your Hand (Single) (1963)

I Want To Hold Your Hand also appears on The Beatles'

Past Masters Album (1988)

I Want To Hold Your Hand also appears on The Beatles' Anthology 1 album

Anthology 1 Album (1995)

I Want To Hold Your Hand also appears on The Beatles' 1 (One) album

1 Album (2000)

I Want To Hold Your Hand also appears on The Beatles' Love album

Love Album (2006)

I Want To Hold Your Hand also appears on The Beatles' On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 album

On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2 Album (2013)

The Beatles began recording “I Want To Hold Your Hand” on the 17th October, 1963, and later, during the same sessions, recorded “This Boy” too. These songs were also the first Beatles records to be make use of four-track equipment and there were 17 takes that day.

They also recorded a version on the 2nd December, 1963,  for the ITV show, “Two of a Kind” (Morecambe and Wise). This version appears on their 1995 album, “Anthology 1”.

Meanwhile at the BBC, they recorded the song for an edition of the “From Us to You” show, airing on the 26th December, 1963.

Of course, since it was a number one record, it appears on the 1 album from 2000 too. As well as all those versions, on the 2006 “Love” album, is a mixture of the studio recording and the Hollywood Bowl live performance.

Chart Success

The single topped the charts in the UK and the US as well as New Zealand and Australia. Indeed, both of those countries loved the Fab Four and couldn’t get enough of them. In the UK, this single replaced “She Loves You” during December, 1963. This was another first for The Beatles because it became the first time an act replaced itself at the top of the charts!

It also went top in Sweden, West Germany and a few other countries – Beatlemania had arrived big style.

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