Falling church attendances and the digital distribution of music means that the Fab Four are once again “more popular than Jesus”.
The original comment, uttered by John Lennon in 1966 at the height of the group’s success, sparked outrage in the bible belt of the southern United States, a country in which he was shot to death just fourteen years later.
The band’s reign at the top, however, was short lived, as the war in Vietnam saw popular opinion swing away from pop groups and towards more traditional values.
However, in the 21st century, the combination of a new Pope, global economic concerns and illegal filesharing have propelled The Beatles past Jesus, leaving religious leaders to ponder their next steps.
Sir Paul McCartney said “It’s great to be back on top. And we’re not even on iTunes yet.”
The songwriting divorcee and professional Scouser went on to say he was “made up” – once again drawing dangerous comparisons with the lord Jesus.