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Your top 10 Beatles songs
30 April 2014
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Into the Sky with Diamonds said

@Von Bontee 

What's wrong with "Good Night"? (or was it a tough choice between that and "Boys"?)

Only 10 choices, and "Don't Pass My By" already represented the White Album! (I'm a little burnt-out on Top 10 lists, obviously...)

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Von Bontee said

Into the Sky with Diamonds said

@Von Bontee 

What's wrong with "Good Night"? (or was it a tough choice between that and "Boys"?)

Only 10 choices, and "Don't Pass My By" already represented the White Album! (I'm a little burnt-out on Top 10 lists, obviously...)

EDIT: OK, this is really weird. Here's what appeared on my screen after I posted this...

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Ah, gotcha. Thanks!

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1. I Want You (She's So Heavy)

2. Norwegian Wood

3. Happiness Is A Warm Gun

4. Help!

5. You Really Got A Hold On Me - sorry for putting a cover but I'm in love with John's vocals here, he kills it

6. For No One

7. Something

8. A Day In The Life

9. I Saw Her Standing There

10. I Am The Walrus 

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30 May 2014
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I think I've posted here before, it was a long time ago so it's probably changed dramatically.

 

1. You Never Give Me Your Money

2. Dear Prudence

3. Something

4. A Day In The Life

5. Happiness Is A Warm Gun

6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

7. If I Needed Someone

8. The Night Before

9. I Want You (She's So Heavy)

10. Here Comes The Sun

 

shout out to We Can Work It Out, Paperback Writer, She Said She Said, Taxman, Things We Said Today and about 20 others for just missing out.

12 October 2014
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I'm probably like most 'pudlians who find it impossible to single out only ten. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

But what I think is go great is that many of the lists have completely different songs than others--without sharing a single favorite.  Nothing could speak more eloquently for a diverse and appealing body of work. a-hard-days-night-john-1ahdn_paul_06a-hard-days-night-ringo-7george-martin

I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did'. Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake, 1997
12 October 2014
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This will be very hard. I'll try anyways.

  1. What You're Doing (Probably my favorite song. Lovely melody, great vocal performance, unusual solo, great drum intro... for some reason it's THE magical track for me. Wonderful, just wonderful)
  2. I Should Have Known Better (The happiest song on AHDN. Harmonica intro, it's simple, it's happy, but THAT MIDDLE EIGHT. This and What You're Doing are probably my fav tracks and they change spots between each other depending on my mood)
  3. Strawberry Fields Forever (If someone told me I could become an artist that made only one song in their whole life, I would take this song. Can't even describe why I like this song, you just need to hear it)
  4. Here Comes The Sun (Well, this is THE happiest song ever. Few days ago, my friend told me he can't help but smile when he hears it. And neither can I. First time I heard it after that long, heavy I Want You, I felt something soaring inside me. Goosebumps. Only George can do this. Unbelievable. Perfect pop song)
  5. What Goes On (Already wrote this somewhere else, the sad vocals from Ringo... I still find this performance more touching than 90% of Lennon/McCartney performances. Call me crazy, but that's my opinion - do you hear THAT CHANGE in "Did you mean to break my heart and watch me die / Tell me why"? That's magic to me, it describes something familiar to me, I don't know)
  6. A Day In The Life (Hear it, don't listen to me. Just do it)
  7. All You Need Is Love (Extremely straightforward, but that's it. The best ode to love, and words to live by. All You Need Is Love indeed)
  8. Octopus's Garden (Second song that Ringo wrote and it's so beautiful. I love to hear it. George soloing, dreamy back vocals, BUBBLES... too damn great)
  9. She Said She Said/And Your Bird Can Sing (Okay, I HAVE to cheat. I absolutely love these two, best songs off of Revolver in my opinion, with Rigby and I'm Only Sleeping. Great sound. It flows)
  10. Hey Jude (You might think it is overplayed, you might be right. It's still one of the best songs to grace our planet. Only a genius could write this)

And a bonus track (I actually used that up but let's pretend I didn't)? The End. Guitar and drum solos, simple but inspired lyrics and final words that are, once again, words to live by. 

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I have to applaud you @StrawberryWalrus for 'What Goes On'; I think i did so elsewhere as well but it gets slated so often that it pleases me enormously when it gets a bit of praise. I love the song (Ringo's vocal, the backing vocals, Ringo's never changing drumming until the end, George's country pickings, the missing guitar ending in mono) and yes i hear that change.

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I like the explanations and summaries of each choice. a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 That's a real Beatlemaniac who loves the songs and knows why he loves them. 

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12 October 2014
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I love how all lists are so different. Sometimes there are some very unexpected choices, but people often forget that there can be a difference between most popular, best and favourite.

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10) A Hard Days Night (used to my number 1 but thanks to repeat button it's 10)

9)  Help!  (I actually needed help when i was listening to this for first time)

8)  In My Life (ahhh memories)

7) Girl (makes sense to me now and fab music with lyrics)

6) Norwegian Wood (i was going to give this place to 8 and 7 but it introduces sitar, so...)

5) I'm The Walrus (Best trippy song of all time)

4) Strawberry Fields ( amazingly great intro & outro, guitar and drums after 2:50 are a true masterpiece)

3) Yesterday (cause it's the only song which made we shed a few tears)

2) Hey Jude (I became a Beatlemania after this and so many memories attached with it)

       MY  HONOURABLE MENTIONS                     

The Word (Dem solo and lyrically it's a pre peace song)

I Want To Hold Your Hand (loved it during summer but now it's out of list)

Please Mister Postman and Twist And Shout (i know they are cover but fantastic vocals and drumming) 

If I Fell (becoooz it's John)

All You Need Is Love (loved it but it's out now)

 

And the award for the greatest rock song of all the time goes tooooooooo

                                                               "A Day In The Life"

This song easily kicks the following songs out of #1 by million MILES

November Rain

Bohemian Rhapsody

Stairway to Heaven

Comfortably Numb

Free Bird

Smells Like Teen Spirit

 

 

 

13 October 2014
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There is no way in hell I could possibly come out with 10 Fav songs, as it would change constantly.  Put on any random Beatles album, and there are great songs that could change my mind tomorrow.

My earliest recollection of fav Beatles songs was from the 1962-1966 Red Albumheart

For whatever reason,  it took me longer to enjoy the 1967-1970 Blue Albumapple01

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18 October 2014
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"If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that's a problem. Peace and love are eternal.” - John Lennon.
18 October 2014
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I'm gonna have a go…...

I'll write them as i think of them and order them later…….

OK 10 songs.

Please Please Me…..2 and a bit minutes of pop hooks………this is so well crafted. Not their prettiest pop tune but like my next pick, Hey Bulldog, it walks towards you.

All of them on top of their game for HB….whoever plays the solo!??  Knocked off in a day rather than waste the studio time shooting a video. Come on I ask you who else could do such good work with such consummate ease?

No Reply…..John's first great song. He wanted drama and got it Paul and George take him and the hurt higher. Fantastic song and a break through of sorts.

How many's that so far? 3…OK

"I'll be Back"….personal choice of course but John's put 3 songs together……… Happiness Is A Warm Gun and the long melody on Abbey Rd…..A lot of Paul's Ram..Red Rose,  Band on the Run……..etc can trace their heritage back to this composition.

If I fell……Lovely words melody and harmonies. Complicated chords for John. A song I often play and never tire of.

Fool on the Hill…….base harmonicas and all. Paul being Paul……Could have had 'Eleanor'…..Could have had 'She's Leaving Home' In fact i'm going to have Eleanor Rigby as well ……2 chords………..2 CHORDS?? A completely different song structure to anything there had been in popular music for a few hundred years.

Running out….3 left,

Like a lot of people I have to include Martha My Dear. Another of Paul's I couldn't be without.

Now my brain is aching…...

And Your Bird Can Sing……John owes most of this song's attraction for me to the guitar arrangement……Played by George and Paul and perhaps thought out by them.

A Day In The Life…….This song made the grade and there's no luck in it. It's what I trudged round boutique after boutique in Carnaby Street pretending to be interested in clothes I couldn't afford….. hoping to hear a song I hadn't the money to buy. John and Paul voices and Ringo's drums making their mark.

I love George and if I've left him out it's because I've left out so much other stuff I love. No Strawberry Fields…..Walrus….Jude…..Lucy…etc. So George fans and Ringo's no offence I hope.

I can't order these…..I could start and finish with any……But if I could only have one…..It's surprising me but it would be…. 'Please Please Me' It contained everything they were and hints at what they would become.

18 October 2014
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Hello everybody. I have to apologize, I had to include twelve songs in my list, couldn’t make it shorter.

1) Strawberry Fields Forever (The masterpiece, both in terms of music and lyrics; John Lennon and George Martin at their very best)

2) Yes, It Is (amazing melody and vocal arrangements, plus it speaks to me personally, it’s about my life)

3) Penny Lane (Great melody, perfect arrangements, lyrics that read like a short story creating a universe you can inhabit, with characters that you “get to know” as if you had met them)

4) If I Fell (Amazing modulations, amazing two-voice arrangements)

5) Julia (Musical poetry, a heartfelt song, beautiful images and a deceitfully simple guitar arrangement)

6) Michelle (It makes me remember Her, Whom I’ve Lost, the One, and the way I loved her in my youth)

7) Yesterday (A masterpiece about loss)

8) Help! (A loud, heartfelt cry for help indeed; who hasn’t felt like that?)

9) It Won’t Be Long (Another cry for a lost love who is nevertheless returning; both sorrow and joy in the same song)

10) I Wanna Hold Your Hand (It makes me feel the way I felt in my teens, when holding hands was more than enough to be happy)

11) The Long And Winding Road (Another Paul’s masterpiece about loss)

12) Because [a capella version, not the original] (Just like the blue sky, it makes me cry, though at the same time I feel joyous and in harmony with the universe)

19 October 2014
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I'm Only Sleeping
Across The Universe (Let It Be Naked version)
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
This Boy
Girl
Oh! Darling
A Day In The Life
All I've Got To Do
Fixing A Hole
Rain

Current Top 10 anyway, subject to change, couldn't possibly put them in an order.

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19 October 2014
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kelicopter said
Across The Universe (Let It Be Naked version)

That's the one!

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I can't choose only ten, but well, in no particular order, some of my favourites

I'll Get You
Hello Little Girl
Hey Jude
For No One
She's Leaving Home
Norwegian Wood
Oh, Darling!
Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End (I should name only one, but these are songs that go together well, my Michelle.)
The Fool On The Hill
Piggies

And I'll mention some more that could be on my list (I could name like twenty more songs, but I'd still be missing some of them)

And I Love Her
You Like Me Too Much
Hold Me Tight
It's Only Love
I'll Be Back
Los Paranoias

EDIT: I forgot Baby's In Black and Baby, You're a Rich Man a-hard-days-night-ringo-6 paul-mccartney

YES! Ah "yes" is a word with a glorious ring! A true universal euphonious thing! Engenders! Embracing! And chasing of blues! The very best word for the whole world to use!!

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