Story of Song

Paul wrote this song in 1969 while there was violence in Ireland, wars happening in Vietnam and around the world. He wrote about sad and angry people who are fighting one another all over the world. But originally the song was inspired by a dream McCartney had when he was anxious and worried. His mother, who had been dead for a decade at that time, visited him in his dreams and said: ”Everything will be ok, Let it be”. The repetition of ”Let it be” in the song is to emphasize and remind people not to think about sad or bitter things too much, and to just accept the things that happen to us especially if we cannot change them.

It was a sweet dream that got McCartney to write this song. He was paranoid and anxious at that time, and seeing his deceased mom in his dreams brought him much peace when he needed it. It was The Beatles’ final single before McCartney announced his departure from the band.

Release date

It was released in March 1970 as a single, and (in an alternate mix) as the title track of the Beatles’ album (Let It Be)


Paul McCartney



Chart Rankings

US – 1

UK – 2


A big success, the song gave the Beatles their seventh consecutive year charting a number 1 hit. It also gave producer  George Martin his seventh consecutive year as a number 1 hit producer, sharing the all-time record at the time with Steve Sholes, and gave Lennon and McCartney their seventh consecutive year writing a number 1 hit, also an all-time record at the time.

The song was at number 6 on Billboard’s Hot Top 100 and stayed in the chart for 10 weeks. It was number 1 for 2 weeks on the Hot 100 chart position and topped the US easy listening chart  for 4 weeks.

Artist’s age on release date

The band was active for 10 years when they released Let it Be.

Cover Versions

Let It Be was also recorded by charity super group Ferry Aid (which included McCartney). It reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks and reached the top ten in many other European countries.

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