It’s one of rock’s biggest clichés to suggest a band could have been “bigger than The Beatles”, but in Yesterday, a new musical comedy by Trainspotting’s Danny Boyle and Love Actually’s Richard Curtis, a struggling singer-songwriter actually achieves this distinction – but not without a little help from his Liverpudlian friends. From the first teaser trailer, it’s clear that there will be no shortage of Beatles songs in the Yesterday film, among them classics including ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Yesterday’ itself.
Set to arrive in cinemas on 28 June, Yesterday is one of 2019’s most eagerly-awaited movies. It stars EastEnders’ Himesh Patel as Jack Malik, a wannabe singer-songwriter who gets hit by a car, but when he regains consciousness he discovers he’s the only person who remembers The Beatles. When he performs the Paul McCartney-penned ‘Yesterday’ in front of his friends, they are amazed by his talent; very soon, Malik becomes a global superstar in a world where a Google search for “The Beatles” yields only pictures of insects.
Watch the trailer for Yesterday below, and scroll down to find out more about the Beatles songs in the Yesterday film.
The Beatles Songs In The Yesterday Film: Everything We Know So Far
First appeared on: Help!
First released: 1965
Chart placement: US No.1
‘Yesterday’ first appeared on August 1965’s Help!, The Beatles’ fifth UK album and the soundtrack album to the film of the same name. ‘Yesterday’ featured just Paul McCartney on acoustic guitar and vocals, together with a string quartet. According to Guinness World Records, it was covered seven million times during the 20th Century.
‘Let It Be’
First appeared on: Let It Be
First released: 1970
Chart placement: UK No.2 / US No.1
‘Let It Be’ became the title track for The Beatles’ final album. The album was actually recorded prior to September 1969’s Abbey Road, but did not see a release until May 1970, after The Beatles had broken up.
‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’
First appeared on: non-album single (UK) / Meet The Beatles (US)
First released: 1963
Chart placement: UK No.1 / US No.2
‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ spent five weeks at the top of the UK charts after knocking the band’s first million-seller from the No.1 spot in late 1963. The first Beatles song to be made using four-track recording equipment, it was released as a non-album single in the UK, but appeared on Capitol Records’ Meet The Beatles album in the US, where it topped the Billboard 200 in February 1964.
First appeared on: Abbey Road
First released: 1969
Chart placement: No.4 (UK) / No.2 (US)
‘Something’ was penned by George Harrison and hailed by Frank Sinatra as “the greatest love song of the past 50 years”. Evidence of Harrison’s blossoming songwriting talent, the song remains a high point of the Abbey Road album.
First appeared on: non-album single (UK) / The Beatles Again (US)
First released: 1970
Chart placement: UK No.1 / US No.1
‘Hey Jude’ was the first single released on The Beatles’ own Apple Records imprint. A glorious ballad written by Paul McCartney and released in August 1968, it spent nine weeks at No.1 in the US (the longest chart-topping run of any Beatles single) and also appeared on a US-only compilation of Beatles singles and B-sides, The Beatles Again (later retitled Hey Jude).
Though not performed in the trailer, the song titles ‘And I Love Her’ and ‘All You Need Is Love’ are both worked into characters’ dialogue. Whether they end up joining the list of Beatles songs in the Yesterday film is yet to be revealed, though we’re sure the movie will contain many more Beatles references for fans to spot.