They’re here! Stream The Beatles! Now!
Let It Be! – As of Christmas Eve, The Beatles’s discography from Please Please Me through Let It Be is finally available on a myriad of online streaming platforms. The timeless music of Paul, John, George, and Ringo is finally on Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, and more. The strict royalty rights associated with the band’s music have long hindered such accessibility, and there are still a few albums off limits, but there is still plenty to keep the masses entertained – for now. With today’s stars like Taylor Swift and Adele pulling music from these platforms, it’s an interesting time for streaming services. These resources, however, are by far the most popular (increasingly so) way for listeners to access the music they want to hear on demand. As delineated in a statement from Spotify, “Fans will be able to stream all 13 remastered studio albums, as well as four essential collections from the greatest band in modern history.” I believe we can all agree on this as nothing short of a holiday miracle. Personally, I believe the 1 (Remastered) album to be the foremost highlight of this release. This greatest hits collection was recently remastered this year at Abbey Roads Studios. It comprises a total of 27 tracks, including some crowd-favorites such as “Yellow Submarine,” “Hey Jude,” “Come Together,” and of course, “Let it Be.” This is not to neglect other classics like “Ticket to Ride” and “Eleanor Rigby.” While The Beatles recorded together for just a little over seven years throughout the 60s, the quality of these recordings is truly stunning. Though the process of time travel is unfortunately still in the works, by blasting this compilation you may just feel, if only for a second, like you’re live at the Ed Sullivan show. I highly recommend trying it.
In doing some research on the topic, I also discovered some interesting facts. You may recall the 2015 release of two Kanye West x Paul McCartney singles, after which the “Who’s Paul?” response of many Generation Z-ers shocked and horrified us all. Spotify has just revealed that 65% of those listening to The Beatles are under the age of 34, dispelling any arguments that the band is irrelevant. A band as great as this only comes around once a century. This adaptation to current resources will hopefully only encourage individuals of all ages to come together and appreciate. Adding on to that terrible pun, “Come Together” actually topped both the UK and Global list of “Most streamed tracks by The Beatles of the 24th and 25th of December.” Other common titles on these lists include “Love Me Do,” “Twist and Shout,” and “Here Comes the Sun.”
So, what are you waiting for?! Stream some top tracks here (https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/5hy00Zmp1HNIR3xTgTDOaM).