Paul McCartney & John Lennon Hit Rock Songwriters Chart After 'Yesterday' Film Premiere

Paul McCartney and John Lennon
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John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles posed backstage at the Finsbury Park Astoria, London during the band's Christmas Show residency on Dec. 30, 1963. 

Plus, famed Beatles producer George Martin debuts on Rock Producers.

Danny Boyle's new film Yesterday has brought renewed interest in The Beatles' iconic catalog.

As previously reported, multiple classics by the Fab Four infuse July 13-dated tallies after the first full tracking week following the movie's June 28 theatrical release. In the film, the lead character, portrayed by Himesh Patel, finds that he is the only person alive who remembers The Beatles, leading him to begin performing their music and passing it off as his own.

On the strength of the group's five entries on the Hot Rock Songs chart, Paul McCartney and the late John Lennon concurrently debut on the newly launched Rock Songwriters chart, tied at No. 4.

The weekly Rock Songwriters chart is based on total points accrued by a songwriter for each attributed song that appears on the Hot Rock Songs chart (which blends streaming, airplay and download sales data); plus, genre-based songwriter and producer charts follow the same methodology based on corresponding "Hot"-named genre charts. As with Billboard's yearly recaps, multiple writers split points for each song equally (and the dividing of points will lead to occasional ties on rankings).

Of The Beatles' five entries on Hot Rock Songs, "Here Comes the Sun" places highest, at No. 9, followed by "Let It Be" at No. 12, "Yesterday" at No. 14, "Hey Jude" at No. 16 and "Come Together" at No. 17 (Older titles are allowed on Billboard's multi-metric charts, such as Hot Rock Songs, if they rank in the tallies' top half and show a meaningful reason for resurging.)

Notably, McCartney and Lennon show writing credits for only four of the five tracks above, as "Sun" was written solely by the band's George Harrison.

Late Beatles producer/composer/arranger George Martin also benefits from The Beatles' Hot Rock Songs entries, as they spark his No. 2 debut on the Rock Producers chart. Martin received full production credit on "Sun," "Yesterday," "Hey Jude" and "Come Together" and is co-credited as a producer on "Let It Be" with Phil Spector.

View the full Rock Songwriters and Rock Producers charts, in addition to the Hot 100 and all genre rankings, on


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