Paul McCartney has told how he beat chart contenders Rage Against The Machine in getting the first f-word to number one – by “mistake”.
The music legend said he “loves” the fact The Beatles inadvertently achieved the dubious honour without most people even noticing.
The expletive features around three minutes into the 1968 hit 'Hey Jude'.
Rage Against The Machine are in a tight battle to top the singles chart for Christmas, although 'X Factor' winner Joe McElderry is closing the gap.
Despite appearing on the 'X Factor' final, McCartney told Absolute Radio he was impressed by the internet campaign which has made Rage Against The Machine an unlikely hit.
“It’s normally not that kind of record that makes it, its only every so often that something comes out of left field. I haven’t heard the track but I’m into the idea,” he said.
Talking about the inclusion of the swear word, in his own chart-topper, McCartney admitted: “That is true. That was a mistake, man.
“We were doing a backing vocal and it went horribly wrong, and someone said an expletive, and suddenly we did the mix, it was all finished and it was out, and it was only afterwards we noticed, you know?”
Asked by Absolute presenter Geoff Lloyd whether he got a kick out of his first, McCartney said: “Well I do love it actually, but the thing is you mustn’t put them in on purpose.”