Spotify data reveals favorite Beatles songs for different age groups

The Beatles' Entire Music Catalogue Finally Streamable

As it turns out, people really like the Beatles -- who knew?

OK, the generation-spanning love for the Fab Four is nothing shocking, but just how popular the Beatles have proven to be in the streaming realm might surprise you. In less than a month, the Beatles racked up over 250 million streams on Spotify. But among those quarter-of-a-million plays, who is listening to what?

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Today, Spotify helpfully shared an assortment of data pertaining to the Beatles and Spotify listeners. According to the premier music streaming service, 79 percent of listeners were born after the band broke up in 1970.

The Beatles' 10 Most Popular Albums on Spotify

As previously reported, "Come Together" is the most-streamed Beatles song, but the new data dump also shares some fascinating lists breaking down which Beatles songs different age groups are gravitating toward.

Before we share the lists, a few random observations:

"Here Comes the Sun" is the No. 1 choice for listeners 17 and under, and the No. 2 choice for the 18-24 crowd -- yet appears on no other age group's top 10. Perhaps listeners get tired of acoustic optimism as they age? I'll readily admit I loved it as a child but would almost never seek out that particular song today.

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Spotify data reveals favorite Beatles songs for different age groups
The Beatles perform in Liverpool's Cavern Club, with Pete Best on drums, 1962. Best was fired from the group that same year, and replaced with Ringo Starr. (Photo by Mark and Colleen Hayward/Getty Images)
1963: Rock and roll band 'The Beatles' pose for a portrait in 1963. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 7: The Beatles arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport, February 7, 1964. At top is Ringo Starr, middle row is John Lennon and Paul McCartney, lower level is George Harrison and unidentified flight attendant. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 9: The Beatles prepare for their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in New York, February 9, 1964. From left to right, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr (in background, on drums), George Harrison, John Lennon. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 16: The Beatles at Shea Stadium. Our Mets have displayed their antic behavior before some good crowds at Shea Stadium but last night's turnaway mob of shrieking teeners tested the solidity of the ballpark as they flocked to see Britain's moptop quartet in concert. Scores were injured in the crush or overcome by the humid heat but luckily no one required hospitalization. (Photo by Dan Farrell/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 12: PLYMOUTH HOE Photo of MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR and BEATLES, L-R: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr - posed, group shot - during Magical Mystery Tour. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
24th June 1967: British pop group The Beatles holding banners proclaiming 'All You Need Is Love' in four languages, in preparation for a global television performance of their song of the same name. (Photo by Doug McKenzie/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Paul MAC CARTNEY, George HARRISON, Ringo STARR and in front John LENNON interpreting the song I'M THE WALRUS disguised as animals, in a scene from the film MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
British musican and artist John Lennon (1940 - 1980) holds Japanese-born artist and musician Yoko Ono in his arms, December 1968. (Photo by Susan Wood/Getty Images)
The four members of the British group the BEATLES posing together on August 2, 1967. At that time they stopped their concerts, wore the moustache and announced their separation despite their last album to come, ABBEY ROAD in 1970. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Photo of BEATLES; George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John lennon & Paul McCartney with actress Jane Asher, Maureen Starkey and Pattie Boyd at a party to celebrate the musician's 25th birthday at Rishikesh, India, 25th February 1968. (Photo by Cummings Archives/Redferns)
Staff Photo by Jill Brady, Wednesday, August 9, 2006: Beatles Abbey Road record album. (Photo by Jill Brady/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Listeners in the 55+ crowd -- people who can remember when the Beatles were around -- stream "Rock and Roll Music" the most. Odd that those who were around during Beatlemania would favor a song the group didn't even write.

Another oddity among older listeners: "Long Long Long" is their eighth favorite Beatles track. The George Harrison tune is a surprisingly quiet, hushed acoustic song with no pop melody to speak of, and it ends on a high-pitched wail that many find unsettling. Seems the O.G. Beatles fans dig it, though.

In terms of primary songwriting, Paul McCartney and John Lennon compositions are spread fairly evenly throughout, with "Come Together" being Lennon's most popular and "Let It Be" ranking as McCartney's most streamed. Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun" is his most popular song across age groups on Spotify. As for Ringo Starr, only one song from these lists features his lead vocals: "Yellow Submarine."

Check out the full lists below, courtesy Spotify Insights.

17 & Under

  1. Here Comes The Sun
  2. Let It Be
  3. Hey Jude
  4. Come Together
  5. Twist And Shout
  6. Yellow Submarine
  7. Yesterday
  8. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  9. Love Me Do
  10. Penny Lane


  1. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  2. Here Comes The Sun
  3. Come Together
  4. Penny Lane
  5. You Never Give Me Your Money
  6. With A Little Help From My Friends
  7. Twist And Shout
  8. Hey Jude
  9. Let It Be
  10. Yellow Submarine


  1. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  2. Penny Lane
  3. You Never Give Me Your Money
  4. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  5. Love Me Do
  6. From Me To You
  7. A Hard Day's Night
  8. Something
  9. Can't Buy Me Love
  10. Get Back


  1. She Loves You
  2. Paperback Writer
  3. Ticket To Ride
  4. The Long And Winding Road
  5. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  6. Hello, Goodbye
  7. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  8. Day Tripper
  9. Can't Buy Me Love
  10. Blackbird


  1. We Can Work It Out
  2. A Day In The Life
  3. Ticket To Ride
  4. The Long And Winding Road
  5. She Loves You
  6. Paperback Writer
  7. Back In The U.S.S.R.
  8. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  9. Please Please Me
  10. Something


  1. Back In The U.S.S.R.
  2. We Can Work It Out
  3. Ticket To Ride
  4. A Day In The Life
  5. Yesterday
  6. Let It Be
  7. Got To Get You Into My Life
  8. I Feel Fine
  9. She Loves You
  10. Help!


  1. Rock And Roll Music
  2. Back In The U.S.S.R.
  3. Mean Mr Mustard
  4. Nowhere Man
  5. Drive My Car
  6. Glass Onion
  7. We Can Work It Out
  8. Long, Long, Long
  9. Do You Want To Know A Secret
  10. A Day In The Life
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