Long after many pop, rock, country and rap artists rise to stardom and fade back into obscurity, The Beatles remain timeless.
The Fab Four emerged from Liverpool in the early 1960s to kick off the British Invasion and reinvent popular music as we know it, multiple times. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Richard Starkey – better known to the world as Ringo Starr – set in motion a world in which a rock band could reach every facet of pop culture.
And more than 60 years after they burst onto the scene in their native England with their moptop haircuts and catchy tunes, people all over the world enjoy The Beatles. Folks in Michigan are no exception, which inspired us at BetMichigan.com to wonder: What are the most popular Beatles songs in Michigan?
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Global Beatles Day is Sunday, June 25. Why June 25? According to nationaldaycalendar.com, it’s because a Beatles fan named Faith Cohen created it in 2009 to mark the anniversary of The Beatles playing “All You Need Is Love” on the BBC program “Our World.”
To celebrate the occasion, here are the most popular songs in Michigan from pop music’s most famous quartet:
We used Google Trends to determine the most searched song by the Beatles in each state in America. After completing the trends over the past 12 months (from June 15, 2022, to June 15, 2023), we found results to get the top Beatles songs in the Great Lakes State.
One thing that catches attention immediately about the list is that it covers the beginning and the end of The Beatles as a working band.
The No. 1 song among Michiganders, according to Google Trends, is “Love Me Do,” which was the band’s first official single release in England in 1962. When The Beatles made it big in America, the single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1964, their fourth of six singles to top the American chart that year.
The songs that were second and third on our list came several years later, but that’s forever in terms of a band that evolved as rapidly as The Beatles.
The Fab Four released “Come Together” off of the album “Abbey Road” in 1969 and it also rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was released as a single along with the flip side, “Something” and has been covered by multiple artists, most notably Aerosmith.
The No. 3 song on the list is “Let It Be,” the title track from their 1970 album, the last LP released before the band’s breakup. “Let It Be” became the 19th No. 1 single in America for the band in March 1970. Their 20th U.S. chart-topper was “The Long And Winding Road” a few months later, but McCartney had already announced his departure from the band by then.
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