It's looks as though the Beatles will continue to influence and entertain audiences long after its members have passed on. The group's 50th anniversary edition of their 1969 swan-song Abbey Road is receiving raves, with Forbes.com quoting Spotify research showing the “Fab Four's” music has been streamed a whopping 1.7 billion times in 2019.
Amazingly — a half-century since they last created new music — 18-to-24 year olds, the most desirable of demographics, account for 30 percent of the streams. The second most coveted demographic, the 25-to 29-year-olds, follow with 17 percent of listeners.
George Harrison's Abbey Road standout, “Here Comes The Sun,” has been streamed over 350 million times. Paul McCartney's 1965 ballad “Yesterday” is the most streamed track by 18-24-year olds, with the 25-to-29 group picking John Lennon's Abbey Road opener, “Come Together.”
Paul McCartney explained that it pleased him, when looking back on the Beatles' body of work, that apart from the fact that the music has continued to live on, most of the songs were positive, uplifting, and mainly dealt with changing the world for good: “I'm really glad that most songs dealt with love, peace, understanding. Y'know, they really did. If you look back there's hardly any one that says, 'Go on kid, tell 'em all to sod off, leave your parents.' It's all very 'All You Need Is Love” and John's 'Give Peace A Chance.' A very good spirit behind it all.”
Shortly before his death, in the fall of 1980, John Lennon explained that for anyone to seek definitive answers from him, his music — or from anything — is missing the point of living in the now and as an individual: “The idea of leadership is a false god. And if you wanna use the Beatles — or John and Yoko — people are expecting us to do something for them. That’s not what’s going to happen. Because they’re the ones that didn’t understand any message that came before, anyway. And they’re the ones that’ll follow (Adolf) Hitler or the Reverend (Sun Myung) Moon, or whatever. Following is not what it’s about. But leaving messages of 'This is what’s happening to us; hey, what’s happening to you?' Sending postcards and letters is what we do. And that’s different. We’re all in the same boat.”