The Beatles' Official Top 40 most streamed songs

As new movie Yesterday reignites interest in Beatles' classics, we count down their most played hits.

Imagine there's no Beatles… it's actually pretty hard, isn't it, given their huge influence on pop? 

New movie Yesterday does just that, though, telling the story of one man who has an accident and wakes up in a kind of alternate reality where the Beatles never existed, and only he can remember their songs.

The film has sparked new interest in the Beatles' colossal back catalogue, which takes in 38 Top 40 hits, of which 28 went Top 10, with 17 of those going to Number 1. Six of their songs are million-sellers, but when it comes to the digital age, how do those hits hold up? Look back at every Beatles hit single and album in their Official Chart archive

We looked at the Fab Four's most played songs on streaming services since streams began to be counted toward the chart in 2014 and, brilliantly, there's a HUGE shock at the top.

The most popular Beatles' song on streaming services is not your typical Fab Four track – Paul McCartney isn't on lead vocals, John Lennon doesn't appear on the track at all, neither of them wrote it, and it wasn't even a hit! The honour goes to the uplifting Here Comes The Sun, written and sung by George Harrison, and a staple of any summer playlist. It's amassed 50.8 million streams, and is way ahead of its nearest rival. Here Comes The Sun is an album track – featuring on Abbey Road – and was never an official single, but it did finally get to chart in 2010, when the Beatles' back catalogue was finally made available to download, peaking at 58.

In second on 30 million listens, it's the singalong classic Hey Jude, one of the band's later Number 1s, spending two weeks at the top in September 1968. It's the Beatles' sixth top selling single overall, with 1.15 million copies sold. Third is another Beatles song to miss the top, the much-covered Come Together, originally released as a double-A side with fellow Abbey Road track Something (16th place), which, like Here Comes the Sun, was penned by George Harrison. It peaked at Number 4 in November 1969, has 28.84 million plays and was followed by the fourth song on the list, the band's last single from their main period of success, Let it Be, on 28.1 million plays.

MORE: Artists with the most Number 1 singles

The big song itself, Yesterday, makes it into the Top 10, and when it comes to the band's million-sellers, other than hey Jude at 2, they land as follows: I Want to Hold Your hand is 11th; We Can Work it out is 25th, and its double-A partner Day Tripper is at 32; their best selling single She Loves You is 28th; Can't Buy Me Love is at 29; and I Feel Fine scrapes in at 39. See the bestselling singles of all time on the UK chart

Perhaps surprisingly, the band's first ever Number 1 – From Me To You – misses out, landing in 52nd place.

The Beatles' Official Top 40 most streamed songs:

  TITLE CHART PEAK YEAR
1 HERE COMES THE SUN 58 1969
2 HEY JUDE 1 1968
3 COME TOGETHER 4 1969
4 LET IT BE 2 1970
5 TWIST AND SHOUT 48 1964
6 HELP 1 1965
7 BLACKBIRD N/A 1968
8 WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS N/A 1968
9 IN MY LIFE N/A 1965
10 YESTERDAY 8 1976
11 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND 1 1963
12 ELEANOR RIGBY 1 1966
13 PENNY LANE 2 1967
14 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND 63 1967
15 A DAY IN THE LIFE N/A 1967
16 SOMETHING 4 1969
17 LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS N/A 1967
18 YELLOW SUBMARINE 1 1966
19 ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE 1 1967
20 LOVE ME DO 1 1962
21 HELLO GOODBYE 1 1967
22 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS 63 1967
23 A HARD DAYS NIGHT 1 1964
24 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER 2 1967
25 WE CAN WORK IT OUT 1 1965
26 TICKET TO RIDE 1 1965
27 NORWEGIAN WOOD (THIS BIRD HAS FLOWN) N/A 1965
28 SHE LOVES YOU 1 1963
29 CAN'T BUY ME LOVE 1 1964
30 REVOLUTION N/A 1968
31 GET BACK 1 1969
32 DAY TRIPPER 1 1965
33 DON'T LET ME DOWN N/A 1969
34 EIGHT DAYS A WEEK N/A 1964
35 I AM THE WALRUS N/A 1967
36 I SAW HER STANDING THERE N/A 1963
37 OB LA DI OB LA DA N/A 1968
38 BACK IN THE USSR N/A 1968
39 I FEEL FINE 1 1964
40 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE N/A 1969

©2019 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

Notes:

– Here Comes the Sun charted only once the Beatles' back catalogue was made available to download.
– Twist and Shout was originally released on an EP, then inadmissible for the Official Singles Chart – its Number 48 peak is upon the digital release of the Beatles back catalogue.
– Double A-sides and thus sharing a chart peak: Eleanor Rigby & Yellow Submarine; Penny Lane & Strawberry Fields Forever; Something & Come Together; We Can Work it Out & Day Tripper; Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band & With A Little Help From My Friends, issued and charting in 1978