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It wasn’t the first time McCartney used his classic Blackbird as the outline for an arrangement, but it might have been the first time a producer (Nigel Godrich) prevented him from slathering the track with frills. The sing-along fade-out is one of pop music's most uplifting, and recognizable, wordless moments. "Here Comes the Sun," Abbey Road (1969). It's all strings and voices – not a traditional pop instrument in sight. One can even forgive the horn section. "Fixing a Hole," Sgt. This sly commentary on the racial unrest going on in America at the time is 100 percent McCartney, who sings, plays guitar, taps his foot and incorporates tape loops. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. With so many great songs in their catalog, uncovering "lesser" Beatles tracks is no simple task, even when they seemed to make it easy once in a while. And The Beatles came through brilliantly. Lennon and McCartney gave this song, a key Sgt. 193. The melodies can be exasperating and the politics simplistic, yet there’s something endearing about Ebony and Ivory: decent performances from both vocalists, and it’s hard to find fault with a line like “We learn to live when we learn to give each other what we need to survive”. The Beatles' fourth album is often dismissed as a step backward following the all-original A Hard Day's Night. "You Know What to Do," Anthology 1 (1995). A masterclass in not letting a song outstay its welcome, Put It There turns the Blackbird template of foot-tapping and finger-picking into a sweet, string-accompanied rumination on McCartney’s father and one of his favourite sayings. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). For better or worse, the Beatles play the songs like they've lived them for years, which they had. At almost eight minutes, it's one of their longest, and less-structured, songs. Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich notoriously dismissed all of McCartney’s backing band and any songs he didn’t think worthy of the 2005 album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard. It did show up on the souvenir album, though. "Rip It Up" / "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" / "Blue Suede Shoes," Anthology 3 (1996). It was the group's last No. Lennon was already gone. ‘Good Day Sunshine’ A little-known B-side of an almost-as-little-known A-side (Waterfalls), this enjoyably discombobulating moment is perhaps the result of McCartney’s fondness for David Byrne. Slight but enjoyable rocker, written and sung by Lennon, from A Hard Day's Night movie and album. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Like all of these lists, there’s a hefty amount of arbitrary ordering going on – is #35 really better than #38, for example? The Beatles' third single and their first song to crack the U.S. chart ... albeit in a cover version by Del Shannon. "I Want to Tell You," Revolver (1966). Lennon's self-deprecation – on one of Beatles for Sale's most tuneful cuts, no less – marked a further turning point for the group as it moved beyond the simpler love songs found in earlier work. It fits perfectly with the album's theme; the kaleidoscopic production helps. "Do You Want to Know a Secret," Please Please Me (1963). 64. "Hey Bulldog," Yellow Submarine (1969). In addition to all the solo excursions found on the White Album, there's the occasional band-powered, old-style rock 'n' roll song – like this no-frills McCartney rocker. ; in the U.S., it kicks off Rubber Soul, in effect turning the American version of that LP into a folk-rock masterpiece. The intro track to the Beatles' landmark LP barely runs two minutes, but it sets up one of the most historically important albums ever. "Only a Northern Song," Yellow Submarine (1969). 186. Nothing special. rolled around, but this sweaty rocker recorded around that time was one of their finest – a Little Richard-style rave-up on the "Help!" Though it first appeared on Beatles for Sale, McCartney wrote "I'll Follow the Sun' years earlier, most likely when they were still called the Quarrymen. Macca holds his own in the funky sections and, no doubt, arranged the soaring backing vocals in the chorus, but it’s Wonder’s synths and fabulous voice that elevate the piece well above the routine. "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," Sgt. Lennon wasn't a fan of this Help! Lennon's "Nowhere Man" goes way deeper than they had before. "The Long and Winding Road," Let It Be (1970). "I'm Looking Through You," Rubber Soul (1965). "I Saw Her Standing There," Please Please Me (1963). Top 12 Beatles Songs: Ranked Best Beatles songs you need to listen to on repeat. 201. Also, the song’s ban by the Apartheid-era South African Broadcasting Corporation is something of a badge of honour. This is a crowdranked list, featuring the worst of the worst of the Beatles. (1965). Lennon and McCartney finished the song in the studio right before they recorded it. So, it’s no small wonder that the majority of songs on ‘Beatles for Sale’ are on the average side. Pepper's outtake left on the shelf until the Yellow Submarine project, Harrison's self-referential stab at the industry wouldn't have fit on the milestone album, anyway. 15. 26. Its charms were not lost on John Lennon, who allegedly resolved to finally return to the recording studio after hearing it. As with Ebony and Ivory, hearing this song today prompts mixed feelings: the temptation to cringe is offset by bafflement that we still, some thirty-six years later, haven’t absorbed its basic message. Inspired by the Byrds' 12-string hits, this song – one of two from Harrison on Rubber Soul – is pleasant but not really necessary. 10. But the “So sad” section betrays greater ambition: shifting rhythms, full-bodied guitar phrases and soaring vocal interplay between Linda and Paul, aiming for their own distinctive, post-Beatles sound. They got better. Pepper's. A Sgt. McCartney said he wrote it for his future wife. Pepper's sessions and a taste of things to come. The Beatles: Their 10 best solo albums ranked, from Flaming Pie to Imagine. Harrison wrote and sang three songs on Revolver. Nowhere near as good as the Marvelettes' original, but Lennon sings it well. The Beatles had grown up immensely since "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." McCartney loved old British Music Hall performances. Starr sang one song on the group's debut album – a cover of a B-side by girl group the Shirelles. ... It’s not their best 14 songs, but it’s the best collection of songs on an LP. 205. The back-to-basics recordings often sound unfinished and unfocused, but still invigorating at times. "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?," The Beatles (1968). album and movie. Recorded during the sessions for the White Album, the "Hey Jude" single ran for more than seven minutes – one of the longest songs ever to reach No. Lennon and McCartney originally wrote "Little Child" for Starr but ended up singing it themselves, with much indifference. Along with "We Can Work It Out," the flip of this double A-sided single, "Day Tripper" was recorded during the Rubber Soul sessions and released the same day as the album. "Your Mother Should Know," Magical Mystery Tour (1967). By our calculations, the Beatles recorded 227 songs that were officially released over the years, not including BBC or live tracks. The Beatles could be forgiven for some of the groan-inducing covers on their debut album. Sometimes it sounded like the Beatles were just throwing stuff together in the studio while recording the White Album. Despite his celebrity and track record, the producers of the James Bond series took a chance when they asked McCartney to come up with a theme song for Live and Let Die. There's not much to it – the Beatles would grow out of this sort of innocence within a year or so – but the sparks lit by its influence are immeasurable. 40. 76 In honor of John Lennon’s 75 th birthday this October, I have gathered the Top 12 Beatles songs … 227. After the splintering White Album, the Beatles wanted to get back to their stripped-down roots by making an old-fashioned rock 'n' roll record together. The B-side to "Please Please Me" is an early Lennon and McCartney collaboration that doesn't even begin to hint at the great things to come. "Across the Universe" first appeared on a 1969 compilation benefit album, and was later reworked for the Beatles' final LP. The boys' exuberance practically jumps from the speakers. Opinions abound regarding McCartney’s first truly post-Beatles album Ram, but this ode to various forms of escape, elevated by one of McCartney’s sweetest vocal melodies, is usually judged the highlight. "Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!," Beatles for Sale (1964). 53. The White Album is basically four solo albums with assist from the other members and occasionally outside guests – like Eric Clapton, who contributes a searing guitar solo here. It is catchy, though. 221. Baby’s in Black 58. McCartney's love-ballad contribution to A Hard Day's Night serves as a perfect complement to Lennon's "If I Fell." 173. "A Hard Day's Night," A Hard Day's Night (1964). There's not much here – two lines, less than two minutes. Then they gave it to Starr to sing. This moving tribute to John Lennon could be about any lost old friend; that it concerns McCartney’s celebrated musical partner is almost immaterial. A satisfying stomp that provided McCartney with his last, to date, solo UK top 40 single. The second side of Abbey Road is pretty much free of the self-indulgent songs that ran through parts of the White Album. It is 50 years since Paul McCartney released his first music as an ex-Beatle. The famously genial Macca hasn’t been afraid to get spiky with criticisms over the years. The Fireman, an occasional project with Killing Joke bassist Youth, provided the answer to a question no one asked: “What if Paul McCartney sang for a 1980s goth-rock band?” A solid offering that could be slipped onto the turntable down the indie disco without too much disquiet. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road as the best Beatles album ever. This track also introduced the world to the dubious concept of a “piss-off cake”. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). The group was pretty much obligated to deliver another album in 1964 after already making three over the past year and a half. Pepper's, but Harrison's lone contribution to that album brought Indian classical music to pop culture – a contribution as historically important as any other associated with the LP. "There's a Place," Please Please Me (1963). I Love You," Please Please Me (1963). As the Beatles' worldview expanded, so did their songwriting. The last song recorded for the game-changing Rubber Soul, Lennon's "Girl" signals the musical sophistication to come over the next several months. McCartney wasn't even 23 when he recorded "Yesterday," one of the most covered songs in music history. The White Album already had "Revolution 9," so this six-minute slice of avant-garde nonsense was shelved until the third Anthology record. The waltz-time choruses, with their blend of accordion, double bass and thumping drums, reveal a fondness for The Waterboys. Inspired by the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds LP, McCartney wanted his own "God Only Knows." "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," The Beatles (1968). 32. 175. A bunch of outside musicians provide sitar, tabla and tambura. (1965). One and a half Little Richard songs – the "Kansas City" portion of the Beatles for Sale track was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller – recorded during the busy year of 1964. It went to No. ... Franklin has covered a handful of Beatles songs in her career, but her cover of “The Long And Winding Road,” like most songs from The Queen of Soul, is chill-inducing. Change ). Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). ( Log Out / Tape loops, backward guitars and an abstract wall of noise serve as the bedrocks of a truly revolutionary work. "When I Get Home," A Hard Day's Night (1964). 215. But Lennon has some in there too – like this one left over from the White Album days. "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," Abbey Road (1969). ", 28. As the Beatles went their separate ways during the recording of the White Album, each explored more personal themes than they could have in the full-band setting. McCartney's old-school R&B tribute reflects the relatively casual approach to the sessions for what would be the Beatles' last album. This song recorded during the Get Back / Let It Be sessions exists in various lengths, running from a 15-minute jam to the official version, which lasts less than a minute. "The Fool on the Hill" is a highlight. Just don’t mention that Guns N’ Roses version. "I Wanna Be Your Man," With the Beatles (1963). The harshest-sounding song ever recorded by the Beatles and a straightforward rock 'n' roll exercise that doesn't let up until poor Ringo's got blisters on his fingers. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). Wings often sounded best when recording as a full band; the energy this setup affords to Junior’s Farm propels it to something beyond the sum of its parts. Lennon and McCartney collaborated on this sparse, strings-guided weeper from Sgt. McCartney dug out a children’s chant and a few covert Beatles references (“I had to get it worked out, had nobody who could help”) for this bouncy number written with producer du jour Paul Epworth. Pepper’s,’ ranking of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison’s output 116. 113. 100. He nearly achieves it, on one of his most gorgeous ballads. One of only two Beatles songs written by Starr, though Harrison reportedly lent a huge helping hand. The Beatles were almost through paying tribute to their idols by the time Help! To mark the occasion, I sat down with one of the world's undersung McCartney experts, Dr. Nick Coates*, to compile the ultimate, ranked list of Macca's fifty best post-Beatle songs. Typical Beatles song from the Beatlemania days. Inspired by the mention of “Martin Luther [King]” in the original, Philadelphia soul singer Billy Paul took Wings’ lightweight head-nodder and converted it into a full-on anthem for the civil rights movement, complete with references to Louis Armstrong, JFK, and excerpts from Malcolm X speeches. 224. The lead-in to the reprise of Sgt. The B-side of "Lady Madonna" is pretty much a Harrison solo song, another foray into Indian classical music. Lennon and McCartney upped their songwriting on their third album. It doesn't let up until 140 breathless seconds later. It fits, but McCartney's songs are better. The covers of Buddy Holly's "Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues" and the medley of '50s classics are fun enough, but sloppy and inessential. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). As the Beatles were winding down a particularly grueling year, Lennon's songwriting sharpened as he began to look inward. Pepper's creative rush. We stuck with the first-released and original versions – so, sorry, fans of "Lovely Rita (Speech and Take 9).". A 2016 remix by Timo Maas and James Teej received a Grammy nomination. 222. But there’s an unavoidable note of melancholy in Paul’s voice, as if he never quite believed it all along. McCartney wrote it for Lennon's son following his parents' divorce. "Baby, You're a Rich Man," Single (1967). ... Not counting session musicians, The Beatles almost never featured other artists on their records. The first part of the medley that closes Side Two of Abbey Road, and the first song recorded for the suite. The song that started it all. One of Lennon's most spiritual songs, inspired in part by the group's trip to India. Not essential, not terrible. A kaleidoscopic trip, either way. Lennon loved Arthur Alexander's country-soul song from 1962. McCartney had "Yesterday"; Lennon had "In My Life." Like the flip side, originally intended for Sgt. Starr was given one song to sing on Help! My favourite songs by The Beatles: 1st Here comes the sun 2nd Penny Lane 3rd Let it be 4th All you need is love 5th Strawberry fields forever 6th Help 7th I wanna hold your hand 8th Hey Jude 9th Lucy in the sky with diamonds 10th She loves you The Beatles is the best boy band EVER! The opening song on Let It Be sounds like a wistful, nostalgic nod to the Lennon-McCartney partnership after months of turmoil within the group. One of McCartney's post-Sgt. But the 1967 edition included an actual song interspersed among the dialogue. McCartney might be justifying something fairly mundane on this stately ballad – opting for home life rather than perpetually touring the world – but the power of the melody lifts it well above the banal. 157. ", 57. "Revolution 1," The Beatles / "Revolution," Single (1968), "Revolution" started as a bluesy, acoustic jam (which appeared on the White Album as "Revolution 1") before the band turned up the volume for a distortion-heavy single version that ended up on the flip side of "Hey Jude. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.Credited to Lennon–McCartney, it was written mainly by John Lennon, with Paul McCartney contributing the song’s middle section. The Beatles were still on a creative roll after Sgt. 91. Rubber Soul marked a giant leap lyrically, though that sometimes meant nasty threats like the ones Lennon sings here. One-half of a double A-sided single with Lennon's "Strawberry Fields Forever," McCartney's "Penny Lane" is a similar travelogue of growing up in Liverpool. The Beatles' last single, and final No. This is the best. "P.S. The Isley Brothers reached the Top 20 in 1962 with their version; the Beatles claimed it a year later. Not only was Harrison's sitar a first in rock music, Lennon's confessional lyric – about an extramarital affair he had – opened a whole new world for them. "If I Needed Someone," Rubber Soul (1965). Lady Madonna 56. "Sexy Sadie" was his kiss-off: "You made a fool of everyone. "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" is pretty standard Little Richard territory; "Bad Boy" was made specifically for a U.S. album, a rarity in those days. McCartney always wanted to bring the nation together in song, and with Mull of Kintyre, he did it: until Band Aid in 1984, this was the UK’s best-selling single. We've included a handful of demo-like tracks featured on the Anthology collections that were originally intended as group songs but never fully recorded by the band at a time when the four Beatles – George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – were working independently from one another, anyway. Written with Linda and steered by the safe hands of George Martin, it somehow managed to squeeze three disparate styles – piano ballad, orchestral rock and reggae – into barely three minutes, and still sound like a naturally unified pop song. 51. The reworked "She Loves You" is better than this lifeless take of "I Want to Hold Your Hand. Pepper's song has nothing to do with LSD; it was just a coincidence that the title, inspired by his son's drawing, could be abbreviated that way. A true Lennon and McCartney collaboration from the era when they started going their separate ways as songwriters. Murray didn't like the Beatles' arrangement, so the song was scrapped and "Love Me Do" made history instead. "All Together Now," Yellow Submarine (1969). The opening song on Rubber Soul only hints at what's to come, though it is a bit more adventurous than what was found on the preceding Beatles for Sale. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). 2. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). Pepper's, but this single – later on Magical Mystery Tour – was a throwback to more straightforward pop times. The barbs are shrouded in seafaring imagery on this A-Day-In-The-Life shaped epic: Trump himself is labelled a “mad captain”. "And Your Bird Can Sing," Revolver (1966). HERE’S A LINK TO A SPOTIFY PLAYLIST OF EVERY DAMN SONG ON THIS LIST. 212. You can hear the strain throughout Beatles for Sale, but "Eight Days a Week" still shimmers. They were quickly moving away from this sort of song. The beauty lies in its diversity – the songs varied from being about drugs to religion. "Magical Mystery Tour," Magical Mystery Tour (1967). Producer Ethan Johns was the perfect choice for this earthy rumination on the embryonic Beatles, with depictions of long Liverpool walks, plus sly digs at those who believe they know the facts better (“I don’t see how they can remember, when they weren’t where it was at”). The Beatles were still stuffing their albums with covers in their first year. But this early song, intended for A Hard Day's Night, shows why his songs were still being passed over at this point. Beatlemania was draining the group by the end of 1964, when their fourth album in a year came out. Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney (1970). A significant piece in the group's evolution. "Tomorrow Never Knows," Revolver (1966). Harrison has this song about pal Eric Clapton's love of chocolate. "Tell Me What You See," Help! "Strawberry Fields Forever," Single (1967). "Good Day Sunshine," Revolver (1966). Best Beatles Song From Wikipedia “A Day in the Life” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles that was released as the final track of their 1967 album Sgt. was written by British songwriter Mitch Murray. Faithful cover of Buddy Holly's jangly love song. Songs on Beatles For Sale Ranked Worst to Best I'm ranking the songs of "Beatles for Sale" from worst to best (or my least favorite to favorite). Early in their songwriting ventures, Lennon and McCartney emulated others. A bit of lyrical surrealism by Lennon that perfectly suits the Beatles' post-Sgt. The Best Beatles songs, Ranked. Pragmatic as he is, McCartney’s still capable of taking the piss. However, in the US, it appeared on the Tollie label in the wake of their first wave of success. Abbey Road's medley is often seen as McCartney's creation, because his songs dominate it. Lennon wrote this nod to England's blues-rock scene when the Beatles were in India. 119. 103. 65. "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby," Beatles for Sale (1964). ( Log Out / "I'm So Tired" came out of one of those restless nights. 24. "Anna (Go to Him)," Please Please Me (1963). The Let It Be sessions (originally recorded for an album that was supposed to be called Get Back) were filled with tension as the group started to fall apart. 170. 59. The Beatles’ album Revolver ranked: 14. Still, things get a little complicated in our list of All 227 Beatles Songs Ranked Worst to Best. This is one of the good, but not great, ones. Even though the Beatles were determined to strip down and keep things relatively simple on Abbey Road following the White Album's indulgences, they were still experimenting wildly in the studio – like on this song featuring a Moog and multi-tracked harmonies by Lennon, McCartney and Harrison. The Beatles were growing more comfortable in the studio, as evidenced by this song's overdubbed piano (played by McCartney) and rolling bongos (added later by Starr). Pepper's title track and the album's glorious finale, "Good Morning Good Morning" is not too bad itself. 61. List of best songs ever recorded by The Beatles, the iconic British rock band joining John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The joyful walls of organ and screaming vocals remain breathtaking to behold, fifty years later. The Beatles were growing more and more ambitious by their sixth album. The first Harrison-penned song to appear on a Beatles record. "Baby It's You," Please Please Me (1963). A pretty run-of-the-mill Lennon song from the A Hard Day's Night era. We whittle down the entire output of the Fab Four down to a fab fifty. It’s easy to see why: a tune both a granny and a toddler could sing, and bagpipes to stir even the meanest of hearts. From here on out, they changed pop music with almost every single release. (1965). An early Beatles original that was never released as a single but became one of their most popular songs just as Beatlemania was taking hold. They share lead vocals too. Cover of hokey Broadway song chosen by McCartney to sing on the Beatles' first album. Kite!," Sgt. Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage. Another cover from the first album, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and a staple of the Beatles' early live sets. Harrison sings this workmanlike version of Chuck Berry's classic. A simple early song by Lennon and McCartney that was first tried out for the debut LP but scrapped and eventually re-recorded for the follow-up. single's flip side. This one's the easiest to forget. 207. Written by Lennon and McCartney, sung by Starr and later used in the Beatles' animated film of the same name, "Yellow Submarine" is, by turns, goofy, charming and fun. The Beatles' stop-gap Long Tall Sally EP included four covers and one original – this forgettable slice of prefabricated Beatles music. Ambitious by their sixth album is 50 years since Paul McCartney he,! 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