Beatles classics infuse Billboard‘s Hot Rock Songs chart after theatrical release Yesterday, which features many of the band’s signature tracks.
A total of five Beatles tracks from the 60s/70s re-enter the Hot Rock Songs count dated July 13, led by “Here Comes the Sun,” at No. 9. (Older tracks are allowed on Billboardmulti-metric charts, such as Hot Rock Songs, if they rank in the top half of the charts and show a significant reason for resurgence.)
The renewed interest in the band’s catalog comes thanks to Yesterday, which premiered in theaters on June 28. In the film, the main character, played by Himesh Patel, discovers that he is one of the only people alive who remembers The Beatles, which leads him to start playing their music and pass it off as his own.
During the tracking week of June 28 to July 4, the Beatles saw a 26% increase in equivalent album units, earning 54,000, according to Nielsen Music. Of that, 17,000 were traditional album sales, an increase of 41%. Additionally, the group’s catalog was streamed 51.2 million times on on-demand services, up 17%, and it moved 35,000 digital downloads, a 40% vault.
“Here Comes the Sun” leads the group’s Hot Rock Songs comeback with 3.8 million US streams and 2,000 downloads sold. “Let It Be” follows at No. 12 (2.8 million streams, 2,000 sold). The other three re-entries: the movie namesake “Yesterday” (#14; 2.3 million streams, 2,000 sold); “Hey Jude” (#16; 2.4 million streams, 2,000 sold); and “Come Together” (#17; 2.7 million streams, 1,000 sold).
All five tracks had already reached Hot Rock Songs, with “Here Comes the Sun” and “Come Together” the group’s highest charting tracks prior to the latest chart, both at No. 14 (in 2017 and 2016, respectively). Thus, thanks to “Here Comes the Sun” at No. 9, the Beatles landed their first top 10 on Hot Rock Songs, which debuted in 2009.
Joining the party on Hot Rock Songs: Patel’s film version of “Yesterday,” which bows at No. 37.
Four Beatles tracks reach Rock Digital Song Sales, led by “Yesterday” at No. 14. Above them, Patel’s “Yesterday” debuts at No. 4 (4,000 sold).
On the Top Rock Albums Chart, The Beatles’ Greatest Hits Package 1 jumps 9-4 with 14,000 units (up 31%). The album also jumped 60-43 on the Billboard 200 all genres.