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Beatles, Data journalism

Searching for The Beatles

Top searched Beatles tracks interactive

I will take any excuse to talk about The Beatles and – even better- to bring data to explore the band that changed *everything*. So, getting to be interviewed by the I Am The Eggpod podcast about how the world searches for John, Paul, George and Ringo was a way to bring two obsessions together. Take a listen and you will learn that:

  • Iceland is the top country on earth looking for The Beatles.
  • Yesterday, Let It Be and Help! are typically the top searched Beatles songs each year, worldwide. Get Back is the top searched Beatles song worldwide in 2022 so far.
  • The Beatles are searched for more than twice as much as The Rolling Stones since 2004. Although overtaken in search by Korean boy band BTS in the last few years, they were searched nearly as much in December last year.
  • Liverpool and Birkenhead are the two top cities searching for The Beatles in the past year in the world. The top 20 list also includes Reykjavik in Iceland, Ventura in California, Kansas City (Hey Hey Hey Hey) and Dunedin in New Zealand.
  • The song that people search most for the chords for in the UK and US is Something.
  • Abbey Road is the top searched album in the UK. The Blue Album (1967-1970) is more searched for than A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles For Sale, With The Beatles, Yellow Submarine or Magical Mystery Tour. Nobody searches for Magical Mystery Tour. 

How this band has lived on as somehow bigger than the sum of its four parts is something I will always be looking for excuses to write about. And the data will always be there to explore.

About Simon Rogers

Data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of 'Facts are Sacred', from Faber & Faber and a range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Edited and launched the Guardian Datablog. Now works for Google in California as Data Editor and is Director of the Sigma awards for data journalism.

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Data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of 'Facts are Sacred', published by Faber & Faber and a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Data editor at Google, California. Formerly at Twitter, San Francisco. Created the Guardian Datablog. All opinions on this site are mine, not my employers'. Read more >>

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