What Is Ohio’s Favorite Song by The Beatles?
Global Beatles Day is this Sunday, June 25. The annual celebration of the British rock and roll band has been held on this day each year since 2009.
June 25th was chosen because it is the anniversary date of the “Our World” Television event in 1967 — the world’s first-ever TV broadcast to air simultaneously around the world. The Beatles wrote “All You Need Is Love” for the occasion, premiering the song during the simulcast, which was viewed by more than 400 million people.
Arguably the biggest pop band of all time, the Fab Four of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr got their start in Liverpool, England. Between 1962 and 1970, The Beatles released 12 studio albums that sold more than 600 million copies.
They also have the most No. 1 songs in the history of the Billboard Top 100 chart, with 20 singles climbing to the top spot.
Here at BetOhio.com, we’re taking a break from our usual Ohio sportsbooks coverage to honor Global Beatles Day by determining the most popular songs by the British band in the state of Ohio.
To do so, we used Google Trends to find the most searched Beatles song in each U.S. state. After completing the trends over the past 12 months (from June 15th, 2022, to June 15th, 2023), we were able to identify the top Beatles songs for the state of Ohio.
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Ohio’s Favorite “The Beatles” Songs
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According to our research, “Let it Be” is the most popular Beatles song among residents of Ohio.
Recently, Beatles fans were treated to a spectacular look at the origin of the piano ballad in the Disney+ limited documentary series, “The Beatles: Get Back.” It features footage of McCartney composing and writing “Let it Be” alongside his bandmates.
Officially attributed to “Lennon-McCartney” — they shared songwriting credits together for their Beatles’ work — “Let it Be” was primarily written by Paul, with the inspiration for the song coming after he woke from a dream about his mother. Mary McCartney died of cancer when Paul was only 14.
However, the song also has been read as an omen foreshadowing the end of The Beatles. The “times of trouble” referred to in the lyrics might refer to the turmoil between band members during its recording in 1969. McCartney would leave The Beatles shortly after “Let it Be” was released on March 6, 1970.
The second most popular Beatles song in Ohio is “Revolution.” The band recorded three different versions of “Revolution” in 1968, but the version that everyone knows best was released as the B-side to the single “Hey Jude.”
The other two versions are featured on The Beatles’ self-titled 1968 record, most commonly known as The White Album. “Revolution 1” is similar to the single, but slower and more blues-y. Meanwhile, “Revolution 9" is an 8-minute avant-garde “sound collage” in which Lennon attempts to express the feeling of revolution through noise. Heavily influenced by his new partner, Yoko Ono, the track is incredibly divisive among Beatles fans.
“Don’t Let Me Down” is the third most popular Beatles song in Ohio. It also appears on the Let it Be album and was released as a B-side to “Get Back” in late 1969. Written by Lennon, “Don’t Let Me Down” is another track inspired by his relationship to Yoko Ono — albeit in a more literal sense. Lennon wrote it about his frantic attachment to the Japanese activist and multi-media artist. The intense relationship between Lennon and Yoko Ono has often between cited as the reason The Beatle broke up.
While it might have been a factor, drug use, creative differences and the death of longtime manager Brian Epstein were all factors.
It also could be that the band was burned out after eight years of non-stop touring and recording.
But before they split, The Beatles visited Ohio twice, playing shows in both Cincinnati and Cleveland during their only North American tours in 1964 and 1966. The Cleveland concerts are legendary, as both performances had to be temporarily suspended on account of fans rushing the stage. No wonder Cleveland would go on to become the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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