Spotify data reveals favorite Beatles songs for different age groups

The Beatles' Entire Music Catalogue Finally Streamable
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.

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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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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

18-24

  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

25-29

  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

30-34

  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

35-44

  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

45-54

  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!

55+

  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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