Streaming Masters – The Beatles

Beatles streaming

On Christmas Eve 2015, we saw the catalog of the most successful band of all time being released on major streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music. But how big have The Beatles become on streaming? Here is the answer!

PS: Updated on April 17, 2022. These values are used for the automatic updates of artists and albums total instead of former ones from CSPC analysis.

The Beatles streaming review – the method

Streaming is made up of audio and video streams. Our CSPC methodology now includes both to better reflect the real popularity of each track. The main source of data for each avenue is respectively Spotify and YouTube.

To factor in the growing impact of multiple Asian countries where these platforms aren’t always the go-to site for music streaming, more sources have been added.

In order to account for their real popularity in each relevant country, the below sources have been used along with the mentioned ratios that reflect the market share of each area.

Audio Streams
– South Korea : Genie streams * 3.05 (consistent with Gaon streaming numbers)
– Japan : AWA streams * 100/5.5 (AWA has 5.5% of the Japanese streaming market)– Elsewhere : Spotify streams * (370 – 8.5 – 9.5 – 33 – 9) / 207 (370 million global subscribers minus 8.5 million from South Korea minus 9.5 million from Japan minus 33 million from China divided by the number of Spotify only users minus 9 million more Asian users) + Genie streams * 3.05 (uses Genie rather than Spotify to extrapolate markets like Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam)

Video Streams– China* : QQ video streams * 50 if the song is available for audio stream, QQ video streams * 5 elseway (scale built based on known figures for several major artists)– Elsewhere : Youtube views

*since 96.4% of Chinese streaming platforms are free users, that paid-for users pay less than $2 a month and that they are also used as video streaming platforms, their streams are weighted on par with YouTube streams.

Audio Stream value – 1500 plays equal 1 album unit
Video Stream value – 11,750 views equal 1 album unit

Equivalent Albums Sales (EAS) = ( Spotify * 310/207 + Genie * 3.05*2 + AWA * 100/5.5 ) / 1500 + ( QQ views* 50(or 5) + YouTube ) / 11750

The Beatles streaming review – the results

CSPC The Beatles streaming discography numbers Spotify YouTube

Total: 13,645,318 EAS

The Beatles: Most streamed tracks (EAS)

1. Here Comes the Sun [Abbey Road]832,000
2. Let It Be [Let It Be]569,000
3. Hey Jude [Orphan]555,000
4. Come Together [Abbey Road]520,000
5. Yesterday [Help!]448,000
6. I Want to Hold Your Hand [Orphan]326,000
7. Twist and Shout [Please Please Me]318,000
8. Blackbird [The Beatles (White Album)]294,000
9. Help! [Help!]253,000
10. In My Life [Rubber Soul]235,000
11. Eleanor Rigby [Revolver]231,000
12. Something [Abbey Road]230,000
13. While My Guitar Gently Weeps [The Beatles (White Album)]210,000
14. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da [The Beatles (White Album)]182,000
15. Love Me Do [Please Please Me]172,000
16. Strawberry Fields Forever [Magical Mystery Tour]170,000
17. A Hard Day’s Night [A Hard Day’s Night]168,000
18. Yellow Submarine [Revolver]166,000
19. All You Need Is Love [Magical Mystery Tour]166,000
20. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds [Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band]163,000

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Dan

Very impressive. Never would have thought that Here Comes the Sun is their biggest stream.

jt1916

I was waiting these update soo much. Thank you for you amazing work! If i can say something, i notice how youtube numbers for Magical Mistery Tour (song), Octopus’s Garden and especially Across The Universe should be much higher even only counting the main offical video. And with all versions, the same goes with I want you (she is so heavy), Polythene Pam and Mean Mr Mustard in Spotify. Once again, thank you for all your great and hard work!

jt1916

Y curiosidad que también pasa por los mismos temas del disco Maxwells silver hammer, The End, She entró por la ventana del baño y nunca me das tu dinero.

Martin

Outstanding numbers. The Greatest.

Smiley

For a band that hasn’t released an album of new material since 1970 these streaming figures are out of this world. Testament to their global and lasting appeal!

Tom Riise

Today The Beatles reached 10 billion streams on spotify.

Carmen T

today I am very 🙂

HARSHIT KUMAR PATNAIK

Now they are at 8.9b …they were lagging behind Michael Jackson in 2018 since then they hv almost 3billion jump while MJ had only half a billion jump ….agreed Beatles hv 2x tracks but such a lead in such a short time? Any reason??

asdf asdf

there was a movie about them, “Yesterday”

Toad

I see that people are updating Beatle Spotify History down here, so I would like to add my little updates 🙂 (I made a spreadsheet of every Beatle song and it’s plays, adding in the outtakes/other versions for songs that have them (e.g. the live version of twist and shout found on Hollywood Bowly) As of 9/16/2020, Here are the top 20 songs: 1. Here Comes the Sun with 528.2M Plays, 2nd in the 60s and by far their biggest played (increased by 6.2M from 2 weeks prior) 2. Come Together with 346.3M Plays, increasing by 4.27M from 2 weeks… Read more »

Martin

Hi Toad, don’t know if you’re doing it manually, if so, use the Spotify Tool https://chartmasters.org/spotify-streaming-numbers-tool/ it lists all their songs and then just sort by song and add up the totals.

Toad

Yep, I use that to get the song plays and add them up 🙂

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