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The most beautiful Beatles songs
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Flyingbrians said
I think i'll have to go with Across The Universe - any version.   

I'll second that, and add Here, There And Everywhere. Also Long, Long, Long.

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Keeping in mind this about "beautiful" as opposed to other criteria (e.g., "cool", "creative", "aesthetically pleasing" etc.), and keeping in mind that "beautiful" is kind of subjective, I would list the following as the most:

"In My Life"

"Two Of Us"

"Girl"

"The Night Before"

"All My Loving"

"Something"

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I think a lot of George's songs are very beautiful. He had a gift for that - his songs often sound like nature coming through the speakers. WMGGW, Something, HCTS and Long Long Long all are stunningly beautiful.

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QuarryMan said
I think a lot of George's songs are very beautiful. He had a gift for that - his songs often sound like nature coming through the speakers. WMGGW, Something, HCTS and Long Long Long all are stunningly beautiful.  

The most beautiful song he ever wrote is Your Love Is Forever off of his self titled record. 

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QuarryMan said
I think a lot of George's songs are very beautiful. He had a gift for that - his songs often sound like nature coming through the speakers. WMGGW, Something, HCTS and Long Long Long all are stunningly beautiful.  

I have had a massive revelation. That must be why I've always loved his music! Thank you, @QuarryMan! a-hard-days-night-george-9

@AppleScruffJunior said something similar once, that his solo music in particular has a pastoral quality that the others lack. Especially his eponymous album.

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Agree with all the George praise, it's almost shocking how his work blossomed in 1968, although The Inner Light was fair warning.

As someone who connected with Beatles songs as covers initially, some of my choices may seem...odd. The Beatles had a wider sense of beauty than most, and so do I (by definition). Lately I've been looking at the weirdness in between the lovely sounds but also the tunes whose settings may have impeded them.

Alas, poor Michelle, the forgotten handmaiden of Beatles songs. Perhaps lyrics get in the way of the melody, but I blame being first exposed to a Moog instrumental version that laid bare the song for me.

Fool On The Hill, although the recorders are a bit batty. Again, covers show the strength of the song.

You Won't See Me. Ooohh la la la. The bass is very pretty, but imagine the song in another rhythm like some covers have, and it surprises. Anne Murray did a cracking RnB version.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun. It's an earworm, particularly the beginning, another piece of great John fingerpicking. It's almost innocent.

Cry Baby Cry. There's almost a psychopathic edge to the song, it's playing around with something more dangerous just out of view.

I Don't Want To Spoil The Party. The whole song is an excuse to sing those gorgeous harmonies (you can often say that about Beatles songs).

I Want You (She's So Heavy). It's beautiful in the sense that a storm is beautiful, summing up so much that was often hidden by other songs. One of the oddities of the band's public persona has always been the apparent ignorance of the beauty of chaos that the Beatles recognised, and songs like this and Helter Skelter are the rare glimpse.

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Silly Girl said

I have had a massive revelation. That must be why I've always loved his music! Thank you, @QuarryMan! a-hard-days-night-george-9

@AppleScruffJunior said something similar once, that his solo music in particular has a pastoral quality that the others lack. Especially his eponymous album.  

I got that phrase from someone describing Led Zeppelin's Ten Years Gone, but I don't think it much applies to that song. Sometimes Paul and John got that feel though, like Mother Nature's Son or Jealous Guy.

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^ Indeed.

'Ten Years Gone' almost sounds like that, in my opinion: it does have a certain greater-than-us-all epic sweep to it, but I don't think that description fits it as well as it does certain other Zeppelin songs, such as 'Bron-Yr-Aur' or 'That's The Way'.

Back on topic, 'If I Fell' certainly belongs here. Not just the quiet, tasteful arrangement and gorgeous vocal harmony, but also in the delicate lyrical sentiment.

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QuarryMan said

I got that phrase from someone describing Led Zeppelin's Ten Years Gone, but I don't think it much applies to that song. Sometimes Paul and John got that feel though, like Mother Nature's Son or Jealous Guy.  

The ultimate culmination must be Child Of Nature

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Another thing that contributes to the natural feeling of these songs is Nicky Hopkins’ great playing. He plays on Jealous Guy, and all throughout All Things Must Pass and Imagine. His work with Jerry Garcia Band is a great demonstration of his natural feel and ability. Oh, and he also played on every Stones record in the 70s. 

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