Internet & Broadband If John Lennon was alive today, he could be safe in the knowledge that just 43 years after proclaiming to the Evening Standard that The Beatles were bigger than Jesus, Google says they actually are.

It was March 1966 when Lennon caused uproar by telling the newspaper: "I do not know what will go first, rock'n'roll or Christianity... we're more popular than Jesus now."

Now fast forward four decades to September 2009. According to Google Trends, which charts search terms web users are looking for, between September 6 and 11 this year, more people were searching for information about The Beatles on the web than those searching for the term 'Jesus'.

It's fair to say the launch of The Beatles Rock Band, the rumours that the bands back catalogue was finally set to appear on Apple's iTunes store and the release of even more digitally re-mastered versions of the band's classic albums, have helped propel the popularity of the Fab Four, but Lennon's still achieved his goal, if only for a few days.

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