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The Beatles have been on Spotify since Dec. 24, 2015, and they're racking up major streaming figures. We've already talked about the most-streamed Beatles songs on Spotify so far (radio staples "Come Together" and "Hey Jude" came out on top), but what about the albums? Which LPs in the Beatles' catalog are people turning to for their Fab Four fix?
Well, those bemoaning the decreasing importance of the album in music can keep whining, because the Beatles' 2000 comp 1 (recently reissued) tops both the global and U.S. Spotify lists (streaming data runs from the Beatles' Spotify debut through Jan. 4). Interestingly, both lists are identical in running order except for Nos. 4 and 5, which are swapped.
Most-Streamed Beatles Songs on Spotify
After 1 at No. 1, it's clear people are turning to the Beatles' catalog in somewhat reverse chronological order. The latter albums are most popular, with Abbey Road, The Beatles, Let It Be and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band occupying the 2-5 slots (with Pepper higher in the U.S. as compared to the global list). It's worth noting that 1's dominance might have something to do with the fact that when you reach the Beatles' Spotify artist page, it's the first album listed.
The band's transitional albums Revolver and Rubber Soul -- which saw them expanding the sound and scope of rock while still adhering to familiar pop song structures -- come in at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively, while the classic-but-dated Magical Mystery Tour is the eighth-most popular album so far.
Perhaps surprisingly, it's not until Nos. 9 and 10 that we get to any album from the Beatles' early years. Their U.K. debut Please Please Me follows Magical Mystery Tour, with their fifth U.K. album Help! finishing the list.
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That means the Beatles' latter period is getting significantly more album love from Spotify listeners -- every album minus the Yellow Submarine soundtrack hits this top 10 list. While it's somewhat surprising that the classic A Hard Day's Night album didn't crack the top 10, no one should be shocked that With the Beatles and Beatles for Sale -- typically regarded as weaker Beatles albums even though they're still classics -- don't make this list.
And while the Past Masters compilations aren't entirely ignored -- "Hey Jude" is the second-most streamed Beatles song on the service thus far -- it seems people are understandably favoring proper Beatles albums before listening to the odds-and-ends collections.
Beatles 10 Most Popular Albums on Spotify -- Globally
1) 12) Abbey Road3) The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album)4) Let It Be5) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band6) Revolver7) Rubber Soul8) Magical Mystery Tour9) Please Please Me10) Help!
Beatles 10 Most Popular Albums on Spotify -- U.S. Only
1) 12) Abbey Road3) The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album)4) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band5) Let It Be6) Revolver7) Rubber Soul8) Magical Mystery Tour9) Please Please Me10) Help!
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