The band have thus far resisted the call of the internet
Alexandra Pollard

09:36 23rd December 2015

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Here's an early Christmas present for Beatles fans: the band's entire back-catalogue - including classic albums such as The White Album, Abbey Road, Help, Let It Be... the list goes on - is set to appear on streaming networks on Christmas eve.

The band's music has been notably missing from streaming sites such as Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music since the sites became popular. Now, according to tech website Re/Code, this is about to change.

The story was originally reported by Billboard, who claimed to have knowledge of negotiations - though a Spotify representative said he "would not comment on that."

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The Beatles have always been a little slow on the technological uptake. It took Day Trippers six years to appear on iTunes, and it then sold 2 million songs in the first week. It also took them 22 years to remaster their work, after releasing their music on CD in 1987.

Here's hoping that Christmas day sees Taylor Swift and Adele follow suit.

  • 14.'The Word' - According to Paul McCartney, 'The Word' was written by him and John Lennon on a multicoloured lyric sheet after smoking marijuana; a ritual that the pair had otherwise avoided. McCartney has said, "We normally didn't smoke when we were working. It got in the way of songwriting because it would just cloud your mind up, 'Oh, shit, what are we doing?' It's better to be straight. But we did this multicolour thing". Nevertheless, 'The Word' is still a great track.

  • 13. 'What Goes On' - Ringo's rare vocal contribution to The Beatles' work is usually quite charming and 'What Goes On' is a perfect example of that. Whilst the track dates back to John Lennon's Quarrymen days, Ringo contributed to the lyrics, which earned him his debut accreditation, along with John and Paul. 'What Goes On' is a joyful pop track that will undoubtedly bring a smile to any fan's face.

  • 12. 'Wait' - Originally recorded for Help!, in June 1965, 'Wait' almost didn't make it onto Rubber Soul. It was only when Rubber Soul needed one more track to make the Christmas sale that 'Wait' was retouched and added on to the album. We're unsure about why the Fab Four were anxious about releasing 'Wait' as it would certainly have been a shame if it fell by the wayside. Ironically, anxiety is theme of 'Wait', as Lennon and McCartney sing about dealing with a girlfriend being away.

  • 11. 'Think For Yourself' - George Harrison, who has always been the overshadowed Beatle, has actually contributed vastly to their legacy. 'Think For Yourself' was the first, and one of the last songs, that Harrison wrote for The Beatles that wasn't a love song. Instead, Harrison warns the listener about believing lies told to them. Musically, the song is quite adventurous too - McCartney doubles up the bass line with his fuzzbox bass application.

  • 10. 'Run For Your Life' - Although John Lennon claimed this to be his least favourite Beatles song and the one song he most regretted writing, it happened to be one of George Harrison's favourites. It's hard to see why John disliked this track so much - it's catchy, energetic and fun. It was even covered by Nancy Sinatra. Lennon also pays a cheeky homage to Elvis with the lyrics, "I'd rather see you dead, little girl than to be with another man," which were lifted directly from Elvis' 'Baby Let's Play House'.

  • 9. 'If I Needed Someone' - Another one of Harrison's, 'If I Needed Someone' was heavily influenced by The Byrds. Indeed, the song's riff sounds distinctly like an electric folk-rock riff. The song was also released by The Hollies on the same day as the Fab Four's version, but failed to replicate their previous chart success. Nevertheless, this is undoubtedly a Harrison classic.

  • 8. 'You Won't See Me' - This is a personal one from Paul McCartney. The song was written about his girlfriend at the time, Jane Asher, who was not returning his phone calls. Despite the song's fairly upbeat style, the lyrics reflect the vulnerability McCartney felt during the time. Musically, the song is a first for the Beatles as Macca sings lower than Harrison and Lennon who provide the harmonies.

  • 7. 'I'm Looking Through You' - Yet another song about Jane Asher, McCartney sings about his dissatisfaction with their relationship. "Love has a nasty habit of disappearing overnight" is quite a stinging lyric for an otherwise love-embracing band. This is a contagiously catchy song, with appropriately timed guitar jabs.

  • 6. 'Michelle' - This is a great little number from Macca, who really showcases his songwriting prowess. Musically, it's a minefield of flats and sharps, but Macca somehow manages to piece it all together to create a flawlessly engaging song augmented by some classy French lyrics. According to the man himself, McCartney said that he was inspired to write the song in a Chet Atkins' fingerpicking style.

  • 5. 'Drive My Car' - Rubber Soul's opening track is a solid opener and a reflection of the Beatles' cheeky side. McCartney has duly admitted that 'Drive My Car' was an old euphemism for sex and the lyrics are purposely not subtle enough to veil it - "Working for peanuts is all very fine but I can show you a better time". 'Drive My Car' won't ever be taken seriously - but is a serious classic.

  • 4. 'Girl' - Perhaps one of the Beatles' more musically complex songs, 'Girl' is a cleverly constructed number. There is pain and anguish in John's voice and it really is heartbreaking. Lennon also admitted that the song was a dig on Christianity, "I was just talking about Christianity, in that - a thing like you have to be tortured to attain heaven. [...] - be tortured and then it'll be alright, which seems to be a bit true but not in their concept of it. But I didn't believe in that, that you have to be tortured to attain anything, it just so happens that you were". It's a sad little number that ranks highly amongst the Beatles collection.

  • 3. 'Nowhere Man' - Once again diverging from the theme of love, this song explores different avenues. Lennon once said that he wrote it after five hours of trying to write a song and getting nowhere. In essence, it's a self reflective song about Lennon himself. McCartney said the song was about his songwriting partner, "I think at that point, he was a bit...wondering where he was going, and to be truthful so was I. I was starting to worry about him".

  • 2. 'Norwegian Wood' - A cocky, brazenly open song about Lennon's love affair. "I was trying to write about an affair without letting me wife know I was writing about an affair", Lennon explains. The song stands out from the rest of the album due to its Dylan-esque style. Harrison's sitar shows that highlights the guitar riff's melodic pattern demonstrates that sometimes the most beautiful tunes are the simplest.

  • 1. 'In My Life' - Perhaps The Beatles' most elegant and beautiful love song of all time, 'In My Life' is undeniably one of Lennon's best songs. It's sincere, romantic and personal, not only to Lennon, but also to everyone listening. The Beatles were known for their catchy melodies, sublime harmonies and adventurous sound, but with a selection of their work, it's their simple melodies, simple harmonies and conservative sound that remind us of their unprecedented prolificness.

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