The Beatles make a spectacular return to the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, as “Now and Then” debuts at number 7. The song debuts on the chart dated November 18, 2023, as their historic 35th top 10 debut – extending their record for most among groups – and their first since 1996.
“Now and Then” is billed as the final Beatles song, first recorded as a demo by John Lennon in 1977 and initially composed for a three-part version of the band. Compilation The series aired in the mid-’90s before being discontinued. New technology helped extract Lennon’s vocals from the original demo, while George Harrison’s guitar parts from an early attempt to finish the track were also incorporated into the song, after which the song was reworked by surviving members Paul McCartney and others, including Ringo Starr. Completed by the people.
The song was made available for purchase as a download, on cassette, and via six vinyl editions: 7″ and 12″ black vinyl; 7″ clear vinyl; 7″ blue/white marble vinyl; 7″ light blue vinyl; and a Target-exclusive 12″ red vinyl (also available for pre-order on CD).
According to data provider Luminate, “Now and Then” entered the Hot 100 with 11 million streams, 2.1 million radio reaches and 73,000 physical and digital singles in the United States on November 3–9 following its November 2 release.
A 12-minute film featuring the cut premiered on 2 November, while the official video for the song premiered on 3 November.
As “Now and Then” enters the top tier of the Hot 100, browse the latest history made by The Beatles below.
Hottest Hot 100 Top 10 Among Groups
“Now and Then” became The Beatles’ 35th Hot 100 top 10, tying their record for most among groups. The Rolling Stones are second among groups with 23 top 10s, followed by Chicago and The Supremes, each with 20.
Most Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s:
- 76, drake
- 49, Taylor Swift
- 38, madonna
- 35, The Beatles
- 32, Rihanna
- 30, michael jackson
- 29, elton john
- 28, Mariah Carey
- 28, Stevie Wonder
- 27, Janet Jackson
- 26, Justin Bieber
- 25, Lil Wayne
- 25, Elvis Presley (whose career began before the Hot 100 debuted)
Longest duration in the top 10 of the Hot 100, excluding holiday songs.
The Beatles first cracked the top 10 of the Hot 100 on January 25, 1964, with their iconic American breakthrough single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” – becoming the first of their record 20 No. 1s. They now claim to have been in the top 10 for 59 years, nine months and three weeks, the longest period excluding holiday rentals. They are ahead of Elton John, who has entered the top 10 over a period of 51 years, seven months and three weeks, taking his first frame in the bracket with “Your Song” (January 23, 1971) and “Hold Me Closer”. Running through. With Britney Spears (September 10, 2022).
(Including holiday songs, the late Andy Williams holds the record for the longest act in the Hot 100’s top 10: 63 years, two months and three weeks, since his first week with “Lonely Street” in October.) 1959 via “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” during last year’s holiday season.)
The Beatles return to the top 10 after 27 years
The Beatles achieve their first Hot 100 top 10 since “Free as a Bird” Compilation The series peaked at number 6 on the chart dated 6 January 1996. They end a break of 27 years, 10 months and two weeks between top 10s – the longest break for an act, excluding holiday concerts, with sole billing on top 10 bookings. Among all top 10 waits (again, not including holiday hits), The Beatles finished the fifth-longest break; McCartney ranks third as a solo artist.
Longest break between Hot 100 top 10s, excluding holiday songs:
- Ozzy Osbourne: 30 years and three months between “Close My Eyes Forever” with Lita Ford in 1989 and Post Malone’s “Take What You Want” starring Osbourne and Travis Scott in 2019
- Dobie Gray: 30 years, two months and one week between “Drift Away” in 1973 and Uncle Kracker’s cover featuring Gray in 2003
- Paul McCartney: 29 years and two weeks, between “Spies Like Us” in 1986 and “FourFiveSeconds” with Rihanna and Kanye West in 2015.
- Santana: 28 years, seven months and two weeks between 1971’s “Black Magic Woman” and 1999’s “Smooth” starring Rob Thomas.
- The Beatles: 27 years, 10 months and two weeks, between “Free as a Bird” in 1996 and “Now and Then” in 2023
- Billy Ray Cyrus: 26 years and eight months, between “Achy Breaky Heart” in 1992 and Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” starring Cyrus in 2019
- Aqua: 25 years, nine months and three weeks between “Barbie Girl” in 1997 and “Barbie World” with Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice in 2023
Top 10 in the fourth decade
The Beatles become the lucky 13th act with a Hot 100 top 10 in four or more decades, having now ranked in the field in the 1960s, 70s, 90s and 2020s. Michael Jackson and Andy Williams lead the charts with top 10 placements in each of the five decades. The Beatles join Aerosmith as the only groups in the elite club.
Click here to see all 13 acts with Hot 100 top 10 hits in four or more decades.
Most Hot 100 hits between bands
“Now and Then” is also the Beatles’ 72nd Hot 100 hit overall (and their first since Compilation The single “Real Love”, which reached number 11 in 1996 as the follow-up to “Free as a Bird”). They extend their recognition to having the most entries among bands playing their own instruments (and second among all multi-member acts, only to a TV troupe). glee Cast 207).
Among all bands, The Beatles lead The Rolling Stones (57 Hot 100 hits), The Beach Boys (55) and The Temptations (53).