The most successful band in the history of the world has, unsurprisingly, so many memorable hit songs. The Beatles broke up 50 years ago and yet the musical impact of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr is still felt around the globe. Now their back catalogue is available on streaming, but can you guess which is the most listened to in the UK?
Last year, The Beatles most downloaded and streamed songs were revealed by Official Charts and BBC Radio 2.
And it turns out that the No 1 stop was written by neither John Lennon or Paul McCartney.
In fact, it’s George Harrison’s incredibly positive Here Comes The Sun.
At time of writing the quiet Beatle’s song has been streamed 50.3 million times (350 million worldwide), with 164,000 downloads in the UK.
The Beatles: Can YOU guess their most streamed song in UK? It’s written by George Harrison
George Harrison’s Here Comes The Sun is No 1
Here Comes The Sun appears on 1969’s Abbey Road but was never an official single.
In second place was McCartney’s Let It Be at 26 million streams, almost half of what Harrison’s hit garnered.
Let It Be is the title track on The Beatles’ final album, which released 50 years ago this year.
Here are the full Top 10 of the UK’s most-streamed and downloaded Beatles songs.
The Beatles promoting Sgt Pepper’s
Lennon wasn’t particularly a fan of Paul McCartney’s Let It Be, despite it being one of the best-loved Beatles songs.
In a 1980 interview, Lennon said: “That’s Paul. What can you say?
“Nothing to do with the Beatles. It could’ve been Wings.
“I don’t know what he’s thinking when he writes Let It Be.”
Lennon couldn’t get over the apparent religious connotations of the Let It Be song.
This is apparently why on the album the late Beatle can be heard mocking it on the track before.
American record producer Phil Spector had been brought in to complete the Let It Be record and left it in.
The previous track to Let It Be is Dig It and at the end, Lennon can be heard saying in a high-pitched squeaky voice: “And now, we’d like to do Hark the Angels Come.”