Chart Watch: With Niall Horan at No. 1, 1D ties the BeatlesYahoo Music, Paul Grein - October 30, 2017
Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and John Lennon all topped the album chart in a 17-month period between May 1970 and October 1971. Zayn, Styles, and Horan have achieved the feat in a 19-month period starting in April 2016.
The solo Beatles were a bit older than the solo 1D members when they landed their first No. 1 albums as solo artists. McCartney and Harrison were both 27. Lennon was 31. By contrast, Zayn and Styles were both 23. Horan is 24. (Of course, the Beatles had been together longer than 1D when they started releasing solo albums.)
Two former Beatles each had No. 1 albums on their own in the same calendar year three times. Harrison’s triple-disc opus All Things Must Pass spent seven weeks at No. 1 in January and February 1971. Lennon’s Imagine spent a week at No. 1 that October. McCartney and Wings’s Red Rose Speedway had three weeks at No. 1 in June 1973. Harrison’s Living in the Material World replaced it at No. 1 in June, staying on top for a total of five weeks. McCartney and Wings’s Band on the Run had four nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 from April to July 1974. Lennon’s Walls and Bridges hit No. 1 that November.
Note: I’m not counting “supergroups” such as Traveling Wilburys. Three members of that group — Harrison, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty — have landed No. 1 albums.