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The Beatles in their 60s heyday (Picture: John Pratt/Keystone/Getty Images)

The Beatles classic album Abbey Road has returned to number one in the UK album charts.

The release – containing one of their signature songs, Come Together – is celebrating its 50-year anniversary, with a special edition release.

Whats more, the fab fours eleventh albums return to the chart summit sets a record in British music.

It is now the album with the longest time between reaching number one on the Official Chart, at – take a deep breath – 49 years and 252 days!

The first 17-week run at the top ended 31 January 1970.

Reacting to the news, Paul McCartney commented: Its hard to believe that Abbey Road still holds up after all these years. But then again its a bloody cool album.

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The iconic cover of Abbey Road (Picture: Iain Macmillan, Apple Corps, X80001)

The singer recently visited Abbey Road Studios with fellow Beatle Ringo Starr, where the album was released, to celebrate the milestone.

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The Beatles were also comprised of late members John Lennon and George Harrison.

Abbey Road is also this weeks best-selling album on vinyl. It shifted just under 9,000 copies in this format.

The new release includes previously-unheard material from recording sessions.

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Paul McCartney in 2019 (Picture: PA)

The Beatles previously held the record for longest gap between number one with Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, which had a gap of 49 years and 125 days between topping the chart.

Its anniversary re-release hit Number 1 in June 2017.

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