My Sweet Lord is Apple Records’ Most Played Track of the Century

George Harrison’s legendary 1970 single My Sweet lord has been revealed as Apple Records’ most played track of this century in a list compiled by PPL.

  • By Alex Rusted
  • 30 Aug 2018
  • min read
George Harrison’s legendary 1970 single My Sweet lord has been revealed as Apple Records’ most played track of this century.

Taken from Harrison’s debut solo album All Things Must Pass, the track sits at the top of a list of the 20 most played tracks from the record label compiled by PPL in honour of Apple Records’ 50th anniversary.

Apple records was founded in 1968 by The Beatles and released its first single, Hey Jude, on August 30th of the same year.

My Sweet Lord was a UK Number One when it was released just under 50 years ago, it returned to the UK charts for its second appearance at Number One in 2002 following Harrison’s untimely death in 2001.

The track has received more total airplay than any of The Beatles’ singles release on Apple Records, including Hey Jude, which sits at number three on PPL's Top 20 and Let It Be, which came in at number four.

The only non-Beatles releases to feature in PPL’s Top 20 are Mary Hopkin for her Paul McCartney produced 1968 UK Number One Those Were the Days and Badfinger with No Matter What.

Peter Leathem, chief executive officer at PPL said: ‘Apple Records has released some of the most popular recordings of the past 50 years across such an eclectic range of music. It’s not just the pop-orientated material in its catalogue - the label’s releases also include Indian classical music, soundtracks, modern jazz, electronic avant-garde, brass band and even French language Cajun music.

‘The fact that Beatles tracks make up over half of the top twenty - one of which, ‘Revolution’ was a B-side and three of which are originally album tracks - is testament to the sheer quantity of The Beatles’ repertoire and also their ongoing popularity.  It is also a timely reminder, with National Album Week approaching, of the power of the album.’

The complete list is as follows:

1.)  My Sweet Lord – George Harrison

2.)  Imagine – John Lennon

3.)  Hey Jude – The Beatles

4.)  Let It Be – The Beatles

5.)  Band on the Run – Paul McCartney and Wings

6.)  Get Back – The Beatles

7.)  Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles

8.)  Something  – The Beatles

9.)  Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney and Wings

10.)  Jet – Paul McCartney and Wings

11.)  The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles

12.)  Back in the U.S.S.R. – The Beatles

13.)  Come Together – The Beatles

14.)  Revolution – The Beatles

15.)  Jealous Guy – John Lennon

16.)  The Ballad of John and Yoko – The Beatles

17.)  Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) – John Lennon

18.)  While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles

19.)  Those Were The Days – Mary Hopkin

20.)  No Matter What – Badfinger