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Top 10 Beatles' Songs
12 March 2019
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This is too hard...

Here it is, off the top of my head:

10. Eleanor Rigby

9. In My Life

8. Yesterday

7. Here Comes The Sun

6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

5. A Day In The Life

4. Strawberry Fields Forever

3. Let It Be

2. Blackbird

1. Across The Universe

Honorable Mentions: (I know this is technically cheating, but these would have been 11 and 12): Rain (11) and Tomorrow Never Knows (12). 

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Great list! Good to hear Rain getting so much love too!

Welcome to the forum, too heart

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meanmistermustard said
[...]the instrumental passage of 'Within You, Without You' is almost certainly the greatest instrumental section they ever put out.  

It's deliciously jammalicious, isn't it? Quite tasty with the Indian instruments and strings swooping and bouncing off of each other like George and Eric wish they could have done on the Apple Jam, and just right all-round.

Hmm, it's been a while. Update time. ahdn_george_01

Without consulting my previous list, I would say something like
1) I Will
2) Hey Bulldog
3) Here, There And Everywhere
4) Nowhere Man
5) Across The Universe
6) Martha My Dear
7) It's All Too Much
8) In My Life
9) Fixing A Hole
10) If I Fell

Now let's find my previous list...

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QuarryMan said so I don't need to
My list changes regularly so it will probably be different by tomorrow.

Although note that I will probably be too lazy to make another list tomorrow. Anyway, I've done a top ten for Pink Floyd, but never have done a Beatles one, so here I go. In no particular order: 

I Will (sentimental reasons, my dad used to sing this to me as a lullaby and it's a ridiculously good song) 

Across The Universe (just the atmosphere and poetry of the lyrics)

Martha My Dear (cause it's MINE) 

Something (Just ridiculously good all round.) 

Here, There And Everywhere (Also ridiculously good and atmospheric.) 

If I Fell (it's a gorgeous tune, the lyrics are excellent, and the harmonies just keep me coming back) 

You Won't See Me (I have a fondness for the upbeatness that is belied by the anger in the lyrics) 

All My Loving (a fine song, gets me going every time) 

Here Comes The Sun (it's nigh impossible not to love this one) 

Hey Bulldog (it was the first Beatles song I fell in love with, and it's like a crazy party. Love it)

Ooh... I'm so sorry Something , You Won't See Me , All My Loving , and Here Comes The Sun ... I still love you a-hard-days-night-paul-7
 

Damn, ten isn't enough! paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif  

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^ Hey Bulldog and I Will ? @Beatlebug I think we're the same person a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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Here is my list*:

 

10. Paperback Writer  

9. I Saw Her Standing There

8. Rain

7. In My Life

6. She Loves You

5. Norwegian Wood

4. Across The Universe

3. Happiness Is A Warm Gun

2. Golden Slumbers (for sentimental reasons)

1. Strawberry Fields Forever

 

Songs that didn't quite make it: Revolution , If I Fell , Ticket To Ride , A Day In The Life , While My Guitar Gently Weeps and 50 other songs...

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Awesome list, we've got 4 top 10 in common (and another 3 belong to my top 20a-hard-days-night-john-6)

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I don't think it's possible to make a list of ten Beatles songs that isn't awesome. a-hard-days-night-john-1

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50yearslate said
I don't think it's possible to make a list of ten Beatles songs that isn't awesome. a-hard-days-night-john-1

  

There are 99 posts about that here: https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....10/page-5/

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Next try.

 

This is so hard, I just can't do it. I will attempt a Top 30, but without a real order. Number 8 or 9 spot wouldn't do the respective song justice, considering it could easily be number 1. And everything between 11 and 20 could be somewhere around the number 5 spot. There are too many great, awesome, brillant, fantastic songs! It's criminal, somebody sue those four men!

 

So this is very vague:

 

1-10

A Day In The Life (Lennon/McCartney 1967)

Strawberry Fields Forever (Lennon 1967)

Helter Skelter (McCartney 1968)

Something (Harrison 1969)

Tomorrow Never Knows (Lennon 1966)

Penny Lane (McCartney 1967)

The Inner Light (Harrison 1968)

I Am The Walrus (Lennon 1967)

Hey Jude (McCartney 1968)

It's All Too Much (Harrison 1969)

 

11-20

Norwegian Wood (Lennon 1965)

She's Leaving Home (McCartney 1967)

While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Harrison 1968)

Across The Universe (Lennon 1969) WWF version

Yesterday (McCartney 1965)

Old Brown Shoe (Harrison 1969)

Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Lennon 1968)

All My Loving (McCartney 1963)

Here Comes The Sun (Harrison 1969)

Hey Bulldog (Lennon 1969)

 

21-30

Here, There And Everywhere (McCartney 1966)

Love You To (Harrison 1966)

When I'm Sixty-Four (McCartney 1967)

I Want You/She's So Heavy (Lennon 1969)

I've Just Seen A Face (McCartney 1965)

Eleanor Rigby (McCartney 1966)

Blue Jay Way (Harrison 1967)

Blackbird (McCartney 1968)

Revolution (Lennon 1968)

Let It Be (McCartney 1970)

 

And there are still so many more. beatlemaniacs_02_gif

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This is bloody hard. But as of right now...

    1. Strawberry Fields Forever
    1. I Am The Walrus
    1. Hey Jude
    1. I Feel Fine
    1. Day Tripper
    1. The Night Before
    1. Revolution
    1. Sexy Sadie
    1. In My Life
    1. Something

  

Nearly two years later I still like this list. Needs Dig A Pony , though.paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

1.The Beatles 2.Sgt. Pepper 3.Abbey Road 4.Magical Mystery Tour 5.Rubber Soul 6.Revolver 7.Help! 8.Let It Be
9.A Hard Day’s Night 10.Please Please Me 11.Beatles For Sale 12.With The Beatles 13.Yellow Submarine

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This is difficult as I have never really thought about an official Top 10 and I'm not sure if this is it either, but maybe a way to decide for now, would be to list the songs i play most often at the moment.

In no particular order as that would be even more difficult ...

1. Strawberry Fields Forever

2. I Am The Walrus

3. A Day In The Life

4. Here Comes The Sun

5. Girl

6. In My Life

7. Rain

8. She Said She Said

9. For No One

10. Dear Prudence

 

I know I have ranked 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps ' higher than 'Dear Prudence ' in the past, but I do play 'Dear Prudence ' more. Not so many Paul songs, but then I have always been more of a John fan, so naturally gravitate more towards his songs. However, 'We Can Work It Out ', 'Eleanor Rigby ', 'Here There And Everywhere ' and the 'Golden Slumbers ' medley could easily be in my Top 10 too!

It is nearly impossible limiting the choice to a Top 10.

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I actually made mine a couple of weeks ago so this is a great topic for me to go into. No need to mention all of these are 10/10s.

Some honourable mentions first:

Golden Slumbers (if it was longer maybe it would've gotten into my top but given it's a piece inside an ensemble, it's just a mention, but it is the best moment in the final three Abbey Road tracks for me personally)

Hey Jude (my name is Julian, imagine how personal this song feels to me also I love you Paulbeatlemaniacs_02_gif)

I'm So Tired (the middle section is just so awesome)

In My Life (wonderful and simple, I love it and you know why because you love it too don't ya?a-hard-days-night-paul-5)

Tomorrow Never Knows (those drums mamma miaa-hard-days-night-ringo-14)

Ok, my top 10 in this order... *sigh*

10) Strawberry Fields Forever - Inventive, orginal, with multiple sections to enjoy and appreciate. Studio magic in its purest form. Not at the top of my list as many would prefer because I do enjoy the first 90 seconds way more than the rest of the song. But still, it's amazing, it is AAMMAAZZIINNGGA.

9) Happiness Is A Warm Gun - Kind of like I said above, but I enjoy each section more equally. Definitely a legendary moment on the White Album .

8) Rain - The lyrics are extremely touching, even though they aren't really that clear. The magic of Rain and John's songwriting in general is that sometimes he said bollocks, but said them in a way so melodic and cohesive. His poetry could be non-sensical but with the right instrumentation it was just... art. The instrumental is ethereal and moody in a way the Beatles didn't really make a song like it again. It's so unique. Chilling.

7) Cry Baby Cry - The chord progression is insanely catchy and the adding bits of instrumental layers keeps it interesting the whole time. Underrated as few and I love it so much. It also really takes me back where I came from.

6) Baby, You're a Rich Man - A fun anthem that's also psyechedlic. The build-up and pay-off is just so perfect, melodies are some of their best and there's a Lennon/McCartney symbiosis that I think only two songs can top. We'll get to them.

5) A Day In The Life - One of them is this, obviously. I read the news today, oh boy. This is such a classic it demands to be indluded, I mean, listen to that orchestra. One of the most grandiose step-ups in pop music history. Paul's bit is so charming, and John's vocals are out of this world beautiful. I think the ending is a little bit long and the final chord was never of my liking. But the song is such an opera is no wonder some put it at the top of their lists. I'm completely fine with this song being the universal "best Beatles song". It deserves it.

4) You Never Give Me Your Money - The REAL medley. I love it when songs progress. I love it I love it I love it. This song progresses and oh man what a way to progress. The instrumental change-ups and attention to detail are so thorough and add so much personality to the song it's unbelievable. It is too good. And too connected to the medley. Counting the medley as one has always made this song seem like just an intro to something when it's not, it's so much more and it holds up on its own so well, people just have to differenciate between one song and the other. Give it a chance, I guarantee you you'll love it as much as I do if you just listen.

3) She Said She Said - Okay, maybe this does sound like Rain somehow. Just the melodies oh my God ! When it goes into 3/4 progression it feels as if the songs would stop and then going back again to 4/4 you are catapulted into the stratosphere. The power of the song is in the groove. Drums, bass, guitar, vocals, everything moves in a concentric circle. It is probably my favourite "steady" Beatles song. In my opinion, the best off Revolver , so go figure.

2) I've Got A Feeling - The ultimate Lennon/McCartney match-up. I f*cking live for this song. It sounds so familiar but it's also so predictive of 70s hard rock. Even though they were the dukes of rock and roll, they never quite grasped their full hard rock potential as a band generally, they were a lot softer than that. And when they did get hard, they overdid it. But this is just the right amount of everything, and there's no studio trickery to fool you. This is just the band, in a room, making planets move. Lennon's bit comes in like a soft caress after Paul punches you in the face with his guitar. And when the two vocals fuse, the planets align.

1) Dear Prudence - No doubt. I do not overhype this song when I say it is the most beautiful, powerfully recorded song maybe ever made. I do not understand how so many people don't talk about it the way they do A Day In The Life or Strawberry Fields Forever . John manages to revolve every instrument around his endeering lyrics with such presition and such beauty, the world is a different color everytime it ends. The lyrics themselves are variations on "roses are red", whch would sound like a so-so idea. But somehow Lennon, with his passionate delivery, turns those simple lyrics into complex emotions of cries for help, hope and love. It's hard for me to describe my feelings about it. It is completely flawless, there's not a second I don't enjoy and there's not a time, or a place, were I can't vibe to it. I've thoroughly analyzed it and heard every version of it and it is never dull, not for a moment, and I've also had it in the background filling the room and it's still so fitting too. I cannot begin to explain the worlds this song has shown to me. I love it no matter what.

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Okay three aditional things I just thought about.

1 - I want it to make sure that thata-hard-days-night-ringo-8post should leave more than clear that I am the ultimate Dear Prudence guy and I expect a badge at the end-year awardsa-hard-days-night-ringo-15

2 - I only included official album/singles versions from 1962-1970, well you know, 'cause otherwise it would be impossible. But the Naked version of Don't Let Me Down would easily crack my top 3 if so. The studio version is good but not that good.

3 - I'm listening to Hey Jude rn and I'm already regretting my decisionpaul-mccartneyI love you Paulahdn_paul_01ahdn_paul_01ahdn_paul_01Maybe I would squeeze it in between Cry Baby Cry and Baby, You're a Rich Man but I'm not going to because most likely if I listen to all of these songs again I will keep changing it forever. So that way it stays.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8ahdn_paul_06 It's funny, I've never read one of these Top !0 Beatle song lists that I didn't like a-hard-days-night-ringo-14heart

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I love the list! Dear Prudence has definitely grown on me a lot more over the last few weeks.

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Dear Prudence is definitely one that could be in my Top 30. A few hours later, and I'm already second-guessing myself. Perhaps I should switch out Revolution for Prudence... Aaarrrgh...

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Oh my, I like so many. 

But this is my list

10. Blue Jay Way (Underrated masterpiece. Still creeps me out to this day.)

9. Let It Be (Amazing song!)

8. Rocky Raccoon (My profile name is Magill, which means I must love this song.)

7. Hey Jude (Love it!)

6. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (I love the part after "Henry the Horse dances the waltz.")

5. A Hard Day's Night (What do you like better? The opening chord or the guitar solo in the middle of the song? Reply your thoughts.)

4. The Abbey Road Medley (That's a few songs: You Never Give Me Your Money , Sun King , Mean Mr Mustard , Polythene Pam , She Came In Through The Bathroom Window , Golden Slumbers , Carry That Weight , and The End . Her Majesty may count to some people, but I find it too short to be a song.)

3. Lovely Rita (I wish I could play that piano part. Was that Paul or John playing it?)

2. A Day In The Life (Very ahead of its time)

1. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (My favourite part is the guitar solo about 43 seconds in, or John's final "GUUUN" vocal.)

 

Let me know your favourite in the replies!

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