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The Beatles signature song?
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Hello to everyone, which song is The Beatles signature song?

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How long is a piece of string?

 

As the Beatles covered every imaginable style of music, you really can't pick one song to define them like you could with, say, Metallica (for example).  And since their sound in 1963 was so radically different than their sound in 1969, you'd be better asking which one song from each year would best define that era, but even then that would be highly debatable and subject mostly to opinion and personal preferences.

But that being said, it's quite obviously "Mr. Moonlight". blue-meanie

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Welcome back Another One, haven't seen you in a long time!

If the Beatles had only one "signature" song, I personally would say it's "She Loves You ". It was a huge seller, it's instantly associated with the band, and there was a time when older generation figureheads made nasty remarks about "yeah-yeah-yeah music!" I would imagine that if you asked as many people as possible to name every Beatles song they could, "She Loves You " would show up more often than any other.

pick one song to define them like you could with, say, Metallica for example

"Enter Sandman", right? Rather than something from one of their GOOD albums...grrr!

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vonbontee said
Welcome back Another One, haven't seen you in a long time!

If the Beatles had only one "signature" song, I personally would say it's "She Loves You ". 

Great choice. 'All You Need Is Love ' is another nice choice, especially when you consider Paul sings 'She Loves You ' in the coda.

And I echo the welcome back Another One. Good to see you again.

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She Loves You is the one that immediately came to mind as its got such a recognisable sound with the "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah's!" (also their biggest selling song in the UK) but it's highly debatable - some in the US may very well say I Want To Hold You Hand or even All My Loving (the first song they sang on the Ed Sullivan debut).

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vonbontee said

If the Beatles had only one "signature" song, I personally would say it's "She Loves You ". 

I agree. "She Loves You " literally exploded onto the airwaves here in the USA, heralding the start of "Beatlemania." The song is energetic, catchy, you can dance to it, and the "yeah, yeah, yeah" refrain is just so… positive. Unlike later songs, for instance "Not A Second Time ," with its "no, no, no" lyric. That's not as positive. So, I would vote for "She Loves You " as the song that best captures the essence of the group.

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meanmistermustard said
She Loves You is the one that immediately came to mind as its got such a recognisable sound with the "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah's!" (also their biggest selling song in the UK) but it's highly debatable - some in the US may very well say I Want To Hold You Hand or even All My Loving (the first song they sang on the Ed Sullivan debut).

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I was thinking "I Want To Hold Your Hand " because I think its often the most quoted I hear when someone says name a Beatles song. 

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Thanks vonbontee and Zig, I come usually here, but I am just a reader.

Someone asked me which song is The Beatles signature song? many of their songs leap on my mind, but I couldn't answer him.

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Before I was a Beatles fanatic, if someone had said The Beatles, I would have immediately thought of Hey Jude ... it also seems to be the most popular song to non Beatle fanatics, for example if I were to ask my whole class what their favourite Beatles song is, probably 80 percent of them would say Hey Jude , and it's also the only Beatles song that I knew was by The Beatles before I liked them

Although I didn't know I Want To Hold Your Hand , I would probably say that is since it's basically the song that made them conquer the world and become the band that they were

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Come to think of it, the only prolific recording artist that I know to have a "signature song" would be Tony Bennett and "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." All of the "one-hit wonders" are identified with their "one hit," which of course becomes their "signature song." A lot of casual fans would say that "Stairway To Heaven" is Led Zeppelin's "signature tune," but I have heard Page and Plant both pooh-pooh that idea, instead claiming "Kashmir" as embodying the essence of their band.

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"My Girl" is The Temptations signature song.

Enter Sandman or For Whom The Bell Tolls could be Metallica's signature songs

 

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I always thought "I Want To Hold Your Hand " was their signature song.  In North American, any way?!

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I guess the criteria should be this: Does the artist claim a tune as a "signature song?" …as opposed to the opinion of the general public. Most fans would closely associate "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with Nirvana, but I imagine that nothing would have bothered Kurt Cobain more than introducing that as his band's "signature song."

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See, I'm of the opinion that the performer
has no say in what becomes their signature song - that it's not necessarily the work they're proudest of, but the work they're best known for. And in Nirvana's case, it's definitely "Teen Spirit". Likewise Zep and "Stairway". But I guess you may define "signature song" differently than I do.

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Going on other artists i'd say

John's would be Imagine

George My Sweet Lord

Queen Bohemian Rhapsody

Abba Dancing Queen

Buddy Holly Peggy Sue

 

None of the songs are their best in my opinion.

Does Paul have one?

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Well, to help answer this question, I've been attempting to contact Mick Jagger, and ask him what he considers to be the Rolling Stones' "signature song." But so far, I am unable to get through to him. I try, and I try, and I try, and I tryI can't get no satisfaction! 

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Bungalow Bob said
Come to think of it, the only prolific recording artist that I know to have a "signature song" would be Tony Bennett and "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." All of the "one-hit wonders" are identified with their "one hit," which of course becomes their "signature song." A lot of casual fans would say that "Stairway To Heaven" is Led Zeppelin's "signature tune," but I have heard Page and Plant both pooh-pooh that idea, instead claiming "Kashmir" as embodying the essence of their band.

Excluding one-hit wonders as you say, I think there quite a few.

"Stairway To Heaven" is Led Zeppelin's signature tune -- notwithstanding what Page and Plant may say.

"Born to be Wild" -- Steppenwolf

"Fire and Rain " -- James Taylor

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" -- Simon & Garfunkel

"My Way" -- Frank Sinatra

"Margaritaville" -- Jimmy Buffet

"Year of the Cat" -- Al Stewart

I'm sure there are more I can't think of right now.

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meanmistermustard said
Going on other artists i'd say

John's would be Imagine

George My Sweet Lord

Queen Bohemian Rhapsody

Abba Dancing Queen

Buddy Holly Peggy Sue

 

None of the songs are their best in my opinion.

Does Paul have one?

 

Those are all good ones I didn't think of.

As for Paul, of course it would be "Maybe I'm Amazed ".

I just thought of another one:

"Georgia" -- Ray Charles

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Does Paul have one?

Maybe Mull Of Kintyre or Band On The Run !?

 

 

 

 

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The Moody Blues ~ "Nights In White Satin." Not only was it their first big hit, but it touches all their signature bases; orchestration, wistful lyrics, dreamy, late-night vocals…

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