The Beatles Set Major UK Chart Record With Their Last Song “Now and Then”

George Harrison of The Beatles performs at
George Harrison of The Beatles performs at "Val Parnell's Sunday Night At The London Palladium". Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock (701358lz)

The Beatles used the magic of modern technology to complete their last song “Now and Then”, and their fans in the UK were definitely paying attention. The legendary band topped the UK Singles Chart for the first time in over five decades, setting the record for the longest gap between No. 1 singles along the way.

“Now and Then” hit the shelves on November 2, after five decades in the making, and it’s based on John Lennon’s unreleased demo from 1977. The surviving members of the legendary band used AI-backed audio restoration technology to extract his voice from the original recording and bring “Now and Then” back to life.

Billed as the band’s final song, “Now and Then” made quite a splash on the UK Singles this week, with 78,000 units earned. It’s The Beatles’ first song to hit No. 1 since “The Ballad of John and Yoko” in 1969, breaking the record for the longest gap between number-one singles by any musical act: 54 years.

The Official Charts Company’s CEO Martin Talbot, said that the success of “Now and Then cements the band’s legacy and underlines the extraordinary scope of their enduring appeal.

“Beatlemania has returned this week – and what an amazing few days it has been for The Fab Four… If there were ever any doubts that The Beatles are the greatest band of all time, they have surely consigned them to history this week,” said Talbot in a statement.