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Spotify releases top-10 most streamed Beatles songs

Listeners have been streaming the Beatles eight days a week.


Josh Katzowitz


The dreams for many of the world’s music fans came true last week when the Beatles finally allowed their catalog to be placed on streaming services, meaning most everybody with an Internet connection could lose themselves in the magical, mystery world of the Fab Four whenever they wanted.

Now Spotify has let us know exactly what we wanted to hear, releasing the top-10 most globally-streamed Beatles songs since they were all released Dec. 24 for mass consumption on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Rhapsody, Slacker, Microsoft’s Groove, and Deezer.

The top pick was a little surprising to me—I would have guessed either No. 3 or No. 9 would have been No. 1—but overall, the list, via the Independent, is probably similar to what most of us would have guessed.

1. Come Together
2. Let It Be
3. Hey Jude
4. Love Me Do
5. Yesterday
6. Here Comes The Sun
7. Help!
8. All You Need Is Love
9. I Want To Hold Your Hand
10. Twist And Shout

Not surprisingly, none of those songs made our Spotify playlist of the 20 worst Beatles songs, and maybe a little surprisingly, none of the tunes came from the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band album—which, as we discovered recently, is even better than we remembered it.

Most of the top picks were from the Beatles poppy earlier years or on the late-era Abbey Road album, and the Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper’s albums aren’t represented at all.   

But in news that will warm the heart of any Beatles fan who worries about the band’s continued impact in the future, the Independent writes, “Spotify has also revealed that 65 percent of those listening to The Beatles were under the age of 34… So, that can officially shut down any arguments over the band facing any kind of irrelevance in the face of modern pop.”

Here are the top-10 songs in the U.S., via Rolling Stone.

1. Come Together
2. Hey Jude
3. Here Comes The Sun
4. Let It Be
5. Twist And Shout
6. Blackbird
7. I Want To Hold Your Hand 
8. In My Life
9. She Loves You
10. Help!

On the U.K. list, “Come Together” also is No. 1, meaning that all around the world, people continue to be extremely interested in hearing John Lennon’s take on Timothy Leary.

Photo via Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons

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