Out of curiosity, I hunted down the Beatles's charts on Last.fm, to see which are the tracks that are most played today by the general public. The chart is here:
Come Together took the top spot with Let It Be coming second and Yesterday as third. Other songs, such as Strawberry Fields Forever, which seems to be a favourite here, ranks at 18.
Personally, I didn't quite like Come Together. And one of my favourites (which is seldom a favourite of other people), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is down at 35. But other songs roughly fit into its place according to my opinion.
How about you? Are the charts representative of your preferences, or is your favourite song sitting at the bottoms of the charts?
It's funny. A while ago I read that The Beatles were the most-deleted artist on last.fm – people didn't want them appearing on their personal charts, as (I guess) they were considered uncool. Maybe that's all changed now.
I can't find the artists link, but deleted songs are here: http://playground.last.fm/unwanted – at the moment The Beatles aren't in sight, but Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson seem to be a bit embarrassing for some.
The top Beatles tracks chart seems about right, I guess. I suppose it'd be dominated by songs on the 1 compilation (ie the singles). As for Come Together being top – I wonder if it was helped by being the first song on Abbey Road (and it's a very good song, of course!).
I'm surprised Yellow Submarine is higher than I Want To Hold Your Hand or Penny Lane, though.
Lol! If the Beatles are considered uncool, I'd better delete my Elvis Presley plays!
But if that's true, then there is surely a change (and some parts may have to do with the release of Rock Band). The last time I checked, the Beatles are the most played artists in Last.fm, seizing the top place from Radiohead. On the current weekly charts (which carries the 090909 remastered release), the Beatles have 10% more listeners than Muse in the second place and nearly 30% more plays.
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This is what the list looked like as of Feb. 23:
1. Come Together
2. Let It Be
4. Here Comes The Sun
5. Eleanor Rigby
7. All You Need Is Love
8. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
10 .Yellow Submarine
I'm not surprised by "Let it Be" or "Yesterday" because those have been popular since Noah got off the boat. How many times have those two songs been covered and re-covered by other artists?
Nice to see "Here Comes the Sun" getting some recognition, too, although I wonder if that has anything to do with its inclusion on the Bee Movie soundtrack?
Honestly, "Come Together" is a bit of a surprise. I love the song, but then again, I'm a die-hard fan, and I'm looking at this from the viewpoint of the general public who wouldn't have a lot of exposure to The Beatles. I would have to concur with the suggestion above: maybe it's just because it's the first song on Abbey Road.
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