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Seniors Top Rock, Pop and Holiday Music Charts

Musicians in their 70s and 80s had an impact on the recording industry in the last few months of 2023. The Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Brenda Lee all topped the charts.

The Rolling Stones

"Hackney Diamonds," the first Rolling Stones album with all new songs since 2005, debuted at number one on the British musical charts in October. This marked the 11th time that the band has topped the album charts.

The song "Angry" was nominated for a Best Rock Song Grammy. The album's other 12 songs include collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga.

AARP is sponsoring the Rolling Stones North American tour that starts in Houston on April 28. The band will perform in 16 cities across the U.S. and Canada, performing many of their their classic hits, as well as songs from their new album.

The Beatles

On November 2, the Beatles released "Now and Then," a soft rock ballad written and recorded by John Lennon around 1977. The song existed as an unfinished demo until being completed by his two surviving bandmates, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who incorprated overdubs and guitar tracks by George Harrison, who died in 2001.

The song debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 42, on the following day. The next week it rose 41 positions to reach number one on the chart. It was the band's first number one single since their 1969 single "The Ballad of John and Yoko."

In the U.S., "Now and Then" debuted at number one on the Billboard Digital Song Sales chart. The song reached number one on the Billboard Adult Alternative Airplay chart for the week ending December 9.

Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee, 79, an American singer known for such hits as "I'm Sorry" and "I Want to Be Wanted," topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in late 2023, making her the oldest artist ever to top the chart.

Lee, who started recording in 1957 at the age of 12, saw her song, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," which was recorded in 1958, reach the top spot 65 years later.


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