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30 most popular Beatles tracks on iTunes

  • Tuesday was a momentous day for Beatles fans, as the band's back catalogue of music was finally made available to purchase on iTunes. The Guardian released a list of the 30 most popular tracks from the moptopped foursome so far, so click through this gallery to find out what they are (and where they rank in the top 200 downloaded songs).

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  • 30. ’The Long and Winding Road’. A ballad credited to Paul McCartney and John Lennon, it originally appeared on the band's 1970 album 'Let It Be'. This was the band's last number one song in the USA on May 23, 1970. (Ranked 197/200)

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  • 29. 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Appearing on the album of the same name in 1967, this track has been covered by artists ranging from Jimi Hendrix to U2 to Bill Cosby. (Ranked 194/200)

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  • 28. ’Penny Lane’. Originally released as a side of a double A-side single with 'Strawberry Fields Forever', this song was later part of the 1967 'Magical Mystery Tour'. Within 24 hours of going on sale on iTunes, Beatles songs already took up 15% of iTunes UK's top 200 songs. (Ranked 192/200)

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  • 27. ’Norwegian Wood’. This song first appeared on the 1965 album 'Rubber Soul', and it features George Harrison playing sitar. If you want to learn more Beatles trivia, click here for our gallery of 100 fab Beatles facts. (Ranked 190/200)

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  • 26. ’In My Life’. Also appearing on the 1965 album 'Rubber Soul', this song has been covered by the likes of Bonnie Tyler, Dave Matthews Band, Johnny Cash, Jason Mraz, Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne. (Ranked 185/200)

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  • 25. 'With a Little Help From My Friends’. From the 1967 album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', this song was sung by Ringo Starr. All 13 albums by the Beatles, along with their officially-released compilations plus assorted live footage, have been added to iTunes, making this the first time the band's music has been legally available to download. (Ranked 184/200)

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  • 24. 'Strawberry Fields Forever’. A song inspired by Lennon's memories of playing in the garden of a Salvation Army house named "Strawberry Field" near his childhood home in Liverpool, this track appeared on two Beatles albums (which is why it appears twice in this list). (Ranked 183/200)

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  • 23. ’Strawberry Fields Forever’. This song appeared on both 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' (1967) and compilation album 'The Blue Album' (1967–1970). (Ranked 176/200)

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  • 22. ’You've Got to Hide Your Love Away’. Written and sung by John Lennon, this song appeared on the band's 1995 album 'Help!'. Paul McCartney said of the iTunes deal: "It's fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around." (Ranked 172/200)

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  • 21. ’Yesterday’. Another track that appears in this list twice, 'Yesterday' was originally recorded for the band's 1965 album 'Help!'. According to the Guinness World Records, the song was covered seven million times in the 20th century. (Ranked 171/200)

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  • 20. 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. This song was written by George Harrison for 'The White Album'. Yoko Ono said that she thinks it is "so appropriate that we are doing this on John [Lennon]'s 70th birthday year," while George Harrison's widow Olivia said: "The Beatles on iTunes – bravo!" (Ranked 163/200)

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  • 19. 'Hey Bulldog’. This first appeared on the 'Yellow Submarine' soundtrack in 1969. Ringo Starr said of this news: "I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when The Beatles are coming to iTunes...At last, if you want it - you can get it now – The Beatles from Liverpool to now!" (Ranked 160/200)

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  • 18. ’Yesterday’. Initially, Lennon, Harrison and Starr did not want the song to be released on an album, while McCartney disagreed. The track was still released as a single in the USA, despite their protest, but it took ten years for it to be released as a single in the UK (in 1976). a version of the song also appeared on the 2006 album 'Love'. (Ranked 158/200)

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  • 17. 'A Hard Day's Night’. This song appeared on The Beatles' first feature film soundtrack for 'A Hard Day's Night', as well as on their album of the same name. (Ranked 155/200)

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  • 16. 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’. The BBC initially banned this song, due to wrongful beliefs that it contained a hidden LSD reference. In reality, it was inspired by drawing John Lennon's son Julian made as a child. (Ranked 154/200)

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  • 15. 'Let It Be’. Yet another song to appear in the iTunes Top 200 twice, the song from the album of the same name was released as a single in 1970 as a single. The song was also included in the 1970 remastered album, 'Let It Be... Naked'. (Ranked 147/200)

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  • 14. 'I Am the Walrus’. This 1967 song appeared in the band's television film and album 'Magical Mystery Tour', and was also a B-side track to 'Hello, Goodbye'. (Ranked 146/200)

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  • 13. 'Eleanor Rigby’. This track was simultaneously released on the 1966 album 'Revolver' and on a 45 rpm single. This iTunes deal is thought to bring to an end the dispute between iTunes' parent company Apple Inc, The Beatles' Apple Corps and their record label EMI (two Apple companies that have traded lawsuits over each other's brand name and logo use since 1978) (Ranked 128/200)

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  • 12. 'Help!’. The title track for both the 1965 film and album, the song was also released as a single, which stayed in the number one spot for three weeks in both the UK and US. Steve Jobs, Apple Inc's CEO, said: "It has been a long and winding road to get here. Thanks to The Beatles and EMI, we are now realising a dream we've had since we launched iTunes 10 years ago." (Ranked 125/200)

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  • 11. 'Hey Jude’. This is also the number one selling Beatles song on iTunes so far, but it's another track that appears in the list twice. This song was the first single to be released from the band's record label, Apple Records, in 1968. It was also, at the time of release, the longest single to ever reach the top of the UK charts (clocking in at over seven minutes long). (Ranked 123/200)

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  • 10. 'A Day In The Life’. This is the final track on the 1967 album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. If you'd like to purchase any Beatles music on iTunes, you can either pay 99p per individual song, or purchase the band's entire back catalogue for £125. (Ranked 109/200)

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  • 9. 'Come Together’. The opening track from 'Abbey Road' (1969), this song was the band's 21st single in the UK, and their 26th single in the US. (Ranked 101/200)

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  • 8. 'I Saw Her Standing There’. This was the opening track on the band's 1963 debut album, 'Please Please Me'. The news of this deal marks the end of years of negotiations between EMI and Apple Inc. Earlier this year Paul McCartney suggested it was EMI's fault for the delay, saying there were "all sorts of reasons" why chiefs at the company were reluctant to sign a deal. (Ranked 99/200)

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  • 7. 'In My Life’. This song appears twice in this list, as well. In addition to seeing a slew of Beatles tracks, this mid-week chart also includes 'Gimme Shelter' by The Rolling Stones (coming in at number 81). (Ranked 98/200)

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  • 6. 'Blackbird’. This is a song from 'The White Album'. The addition of these tracks to iTunes is expected to give a boost to digital music sales this quarter. (Ranked 97/200)

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  • 5. 'Twist and Shout’. This track also made it to the number five most-purchased Beatles track on iTunes, thus far. BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis told Reuters that this deal could "help broaden the demographic range, maybe sell more iPods" which, during the holiday season, would help Apple a great deal. (Ranked 79/200)

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  • 4. 'Here Comes the Sun’. Another song to appear twice in this list, iTunes users purchased enough digital copies of it for the song to rank at number four. (Ranked 77/200)

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  • 3. 'Let It Be’. According to Reuters, EMI says the iTunes-Beatles agreement is exclusive into 2011, but the company declined to say when in 2011 it would expire. (Ranked 65/200)

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  • 2. 'Twist and Shout'. Mark Mulligan, an analyst at Forrester Research, says that for Apple, this has been a "personal crusade of Steve Jobs, so he will be happy to get it, and it's something that's been a gap in the service for a long-time." And for Beatles fans, this finally brings them into the "digital generation". (Ranked 59/200)

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