Beatles or Rolling Stones? So went the old debate, yet The Beach Boys beat back the Brits to set a Billboard Top 200 record for bands. That's thanks to their new one, That's Why God Made The Radio, which enters the chart at number 3. It comes 49 years and one week after their first top-ten album (1963's Surfin' USA), which beats the record previously held by the Beatles. Meet The Beatles and 1 were separated by 47 years, 7 months, and 3 weeks, and the Stones are a healthy third among groups with the longest top-ten span on the Billboard Top 200. Yet none of these groups have anything on Ol' Blue Eyes. Frank Sinatra spans 52 years, two months, and one week between top-tenners.
The Beach Boys' latest is the highest-charting album for the group since 1965's Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), so grab your baggies and woodies and have at it, kids. [Billboard]