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The most IMPORTANT Beatles song?
16 January 2018
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You can throw in "A Day In The Life "

Got the attention of all the "serious" musicians in the world.

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PurplishRain said
i'd say from a technical standpoint Tomorrow Never Knows , From a transitional standpoint In My Life , From a hit standpoint, Hey Jude


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Completely agree - I would add

Technical: TNK, SFF, ADITL

Transitional: IMY, Yesterday , TTR, Nowhere Man


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20 January 2018
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PurplishRain said


Edit: Yay! 100 Posts!  

And about 100 threads! apple01

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28 March 2018
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First post here - hopefully many more to come - I’ve been a fan for many years.

If you go back far enough, important songs could be “Twenty Flight Rock”, which got Paul into the Quarrymen, or “Raunchy” which did the same for George.

But...leaving that aside...

I’m surprised that nobody has mentioned “She Loves You ” as being a candidate for The Beatles’ most important song, or should I say most important single. The release of the single was followed by full-on Beatlemania in the U.K.; the “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” hook of the chorus was loved by the fans and derided by the establishment, but it got The Beatles into the news. The B-side of the single, “I’ll Get You”, was an almost equally important part of the package.

The huge rise in The Beatles’ popularity in the U.K. following its release turned them into an international news story, which gave notice to Capitol Records to take them seriously and to promote them effectively. The rest is history.

If Beatlemania hadn’t taken off in the U.K. in quite the way it did - and without the release of “She Loves You ” it might not have, the story could well have ended differently.

We’ll never know, of course, but it’s fun to speculate.

Another contribution, often overlooked, to The Beatles increasing success in the summer of 1963 in the U.K. was the “Pop Go The Beatles” radio series on the BBC, which I believe to be crucially important.

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28 March 2018
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Welcome, @bonyknees! That's a good point. Their success with She Loves You paved the way for greater artistic heights on down the road.

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Clearly, the most important Beatles song of all time was "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)" -- because paradoxically, silliness is the most important thing in life.

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28 March 2018
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Probably,  I Want To Hold Your Hand ,  which made them big in the States,  which in turn made them big worldwide.

29 March 2018
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I go with Please, please me. I think it's important because it proved a couple of things. To George Martin it proved that the Beatles could really write a hit all by their own, and to the Beatles it proved that George Martin could really be a great ally. A trusty producer who would help them improve and not only force them to play whatever song he wanted.

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31 March 2018
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^Having forgotten this thread existed, I saw the title and thought 'Please Please Me ' for the same reasons you outlined. It was their first number 1. A strong argument could also be made for 'Love Me Do ' for the reasons @meanmistermustard outlined on the previous page.

I noticed that six years ago, I listed 'My Bonnie ' and I guess it does have some merit. But you'd have to discount the fact that technically, it's not a Beatles song. Was I really that youthfully naive? Oh to be 48 again...a-hard-days-night-paul-7 

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