Reposted, cause i've changed it a bit and expanded it to 20 songs.
Top 20 Beatles Songs
20. Ballad of John and Yoko - Another song dedicated to the love of John and Yoko, if the title wasn’t obvious enough. It has a bit of a country feel to it, and the chorus is so fun to belt out. Fairly simple and nothing groundbreaking, but I like it well enough for no other reason than it’s fun to listen to.
19. In My Life - Beginning with its soft guitar intro, this song SOUNDS sentimental. The lyrics are sad and depressing. Then it gets to the out of nowhere baroque solo. This song speaks for itself: it’s sentimental and reflective.
18. All My Loving - Classic Beatles…straightforward love song from their earlier years, and one of the best from their earlier years. Any musician would love to have this song on their track record, because it’s no doubt a killer love song. But since this is The Beatles we’re talking about, there are a handful of love songs that match this one in excellence. So fun to sing.
17. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - This has got to be the ultimate pick-me-up song. It shows The Beatles’ range as they take a risk and produce a reggae song. Yeeeeeah mon. Life goes on, and it will do so with me listening to this song.
16. Rocky Raccoon - It’s got such an out of character western feel that’s in many ways humorous. The talky singing of the verses is straight out of a western musical somewhere, with McCartney providing his best cowboy accent. When he goes back to being British and a harmonica and piano come in, that’s when things get awesome. It’s simplistic, folksy, satirical, and a nice narrative to boot (lol, get it?).
15. Blackbird - I couldn't make this list without paying homage to this song. It's one of the first songs I learned to play on the guitar that made me feel like a badass. It's a good old Beatles song, very pretty, just a guitar and some birds chirping in the background. And it's also one of the first Beatles songs I listened to, so the memories this song contains within itself are too great for me to not include it.
14. She’s Leaving Home - This is probably the Beatles song that I would say needs more respect. It’s straight out of Bach’s repertoire. Telling the story of a girl running away from home, the only thing the members of the Beatles actually do in this song is sing. This is a composition, far more complex than the typical pop song of the 60s. Oh, and it’s beautiful.
13. Good Day Sunshine - Another happy song. Describes how awesome it is to wake up in love. Listening to the song literally forces the sun to shine it’s positive rays wherever the noise is coming from. It’s so happy, that even the sun’s sun shines down on it. I don’t know how astronomy works, but this song’s happiness defies all cosmic laws.
12. For No One - Totally underappreciated track off of Revolver, offering description of a heartbreak leaving the narrator lonely. Also there’s a French horn in it. Who the hell puts a French horn in their pop song? How often is there a French horn in a pop song? I played the French horn, so naturally I’m sympathetic toward French horn players. Excellent song.
11. Don’t Let Me Down - This song is in the same category as “Dig A Pony” as far as vocal performance goes. It’s a beautiful love song and John makes the listener feel that passion through his voice, notably his screams. It’s bluesy from the Let It Be era of the group, and shows how much John loved Yoko, so that’s either awesome or gross to Beatles fans. The song really just forces an emotional feeling onto the listener.
3. Rain - Why this was never on an actual album is beyond me. One of their best tracks. Notable is Ringo Starr actually kicking ass on drums. This is one of his great performances. The whole song is fairly psychedelic, and that affects my perception of the rain being described in the song. The rain feels like it’s colorful, heavy, and dripping slowly like molasses. Nevertheless, it’s definitely one of my favorites. I’m probably biased though, because every single time I’m driving around and it’s raining this song shuffles on my iPod. So it seems as though fate has told me that I need to love this song. Thanks fate.