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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Top 20 Beatles Songs (revised)

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Reposted, cause i've changed it a bit and expanded it to 20 songs.

Top 20 Beatles Songs 

Ever since I was in 6th grade, i’ve loved The Beatles. I like to think of it as the time period when I became a human. In fact, I still have a Beatles shirt that I bought around that time, and it still fits. Probably my favorite shirt in the history of shirts. Anyway, The Beatles are the greatest band in history. Whether you agree with that statement is irrelevant, because anybody can realize this and understand it due to not only the musical impact, but the cultural impact of The Beatles. They changed music first by writing every single cheesy love/heartbreak song that everybody wished they could write. They then proceeded to take drugs and make original, yet still radio friendly hits (for the most part). The harmonies are ridiculous, the compositions are miraculous, and the lyrics flow like the blood in our veins. Maybe the fab four had the lyrical blood in their veins. At any rate, i’m going to try and create a list of 20 Beatles songs, my favorite ones that I would listen to if I was on my death bed and was forced to listen to 20 Beatles songs before my death (not too bad of a way to die). Here goes nothing…

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.

10: Two of Us - This is a great guitar song. There are 3 different guitar parts throughout the song. That acoustic intro is sweet, and then there’s the Lennon/McCartney harmony that doesn’t leave much guessing as to what this song is about. It's a good friendship/love song, you could say. The whistling at the end makes me smile.
9: I’m So Tired - Another bluesy song highlighting the vocals of John. Once again they’re great here, putting it up there with Dig A Pony. Give him a little peace of mind, because that whole sequence is what pulls this song together. His voice peaks at the “I’m going insane” and it’s beautiful.
8. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - This is one of the first Beatles songs I listened to, and I still love it. It’s very…acidic… Just a fantastic composition, bringing about great imagery. It’s weird, but still hits hard at the chorus with ferocious harmonies, making it sound familiar. The girl with kaleidoscope eyes… 
7. The End - Oh yeah. All right. This is instrumentally the best song, each member showing his skill. It’s like a jam session, and it’s really fun, straightforward and to the point. Then the ending of The End comes, illustrated by a piano. It’s one of my favorites due to the concept of it. And still a harmony to tie it all in together.
6. Strawberry Fields Forever - “Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see” is one of my favorite lines in all of music. This song is classic and also one that I listened to in the beginning. The instrumentation is brilliant, and that’s all there is to that.
5. I’ll Follow the Sun - I absolutely love the simplicity of this song. It’s short and a great song about losing love. The lyrics are bittersweet, and so is the actual song. It sounds happy, goes from sounding sad (minor chords, etc.), and then back to happy. It’s one of their most underrated songs, and one that I always try and listen to when I’m feeling down.
4. Within You Without You - It’s almost difficult to include this because it’s essentially George Harrison showing the rest of The Beatles how awesome he can play the sitar. I love the sitar and indian music in general in large part due to this song. I went through a period where I studied eastern religion and philosophies, and as a result I was enlightened with the meaningful nature of these lyrics. Lyrically it’s genius as well as musically. Life flows on…
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.
2. Dig A Pony - This is one of the songs where John’s voice is at its best. Paul also has a super badass harmony. The whole song is just kindof bluesy, George’s guitar work is really nice. The chorus is one of the greatest things in the world. Soulful, followed by a sweet guitar lick.
1. I Feel Fine - I still remember the day I started to venture into Beatles territory. I got on limewire and illegally downloaded this song. It was the first Beatles song I ever downloaded, and thus the first one I actually loved on my own accord. It’s my favorite of their earlier work, and might be my favorite song of theirs period due to its nostalgic value. The guitar tone is garage rock esque and the guitar part is a nice complement to the melody. It is THE love song. “She’s in love with me and I feel fine.” Who doesn’t want to relate to that?
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The Madcap wrote on Feb 2nd, 2012 2:22am

Good list. "She's Leaving Home" is probably my favorite, mainly because the impressionistic feel of the string quartet. It's very Debussy-esque.

"All My Loving" is my favorite of the early Beatles tracks.


intheshadowplay wrote on Feb 21st, 2012 6:10am

Some good choices. I've always loved their middle work, mostly Revolver and Rubber Soul, but really, you can't go wrong. Gun to my head to pick a single song, I'd go with "I'm Only Sleeping".


AwesomeOne3 wrote on Jan 12th, 2014 11:25pm

Good choices


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