Sunday, July 21, 2024

Beatlemania: George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun” Hits 1 Billion Streams on Spotify, Only Classic Era Song on List


It’s no surprise, but the Beatles are now the only classic rock group or artist to have a song with 1 billion streams on Spotify.

The song is “Here Comes the Sun” by George Harrison, and it hit the market yesterday.

No other classic era artist can boast this. Not Pink Floyd, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, or even Elvis Presley.

Many contemporary artists have 1 billion, but their careers from the Spotify era. Older purchasers of music bought their records a long time ago. If they’re refreshing their collections, it’s on CD or vinyl, and in box sets.

It’s a little ironic that of the four Beatles, George is the winner. Lennon and McCartney wrote most of the songs. They didn’t really take Harrison’s songs until the second half of their time together. When the Beatles disbanded, George then became a force in his own right with a lot of hits starting with “My Sweet Lord.”

“Here Comes the Sun” comes from the Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” the band’s best selling album.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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