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Mmm... well, the Red and Blue albums in their entirety, but the first Beatles studio album I remember hearing all the way through was Revolver... I've got memories with the White Album as well; both of which are still favorites of mine. As for songs, Taxman, Eleanor Rigby (when I was six, I learned all the lyrics to this song and was super proud of myself for that), And Your Bird Can Sing, Got To Get You Into My Life, Back In The USSR, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Bungalow Bill, Rocky Raccoon, and Birthday (which my dad used to play on all my birthdays to wake up to) are songs I remember distinctly, and always enjoying them (and of course, I still do.) When I decided to delve into the Beatles' studio album discog (because we were missing a whole bunch of albums - their first four, Let It Be, Yellow Submarineand Magical Mystery Tour), I was shocked of the single placement, because I was wondering where songs like I Feel Fine, Day Tripper, and Paperback Writer (this one especially - this is absolutely one of my favorite Beatles singles even today) were, not knowing that it was customary to release non-album singles (a practice I despise.) Oh, and I used to think Revolver was some kind of hits compilation, that's how great I've always found it. I also used to think the Red and Blue albums were made up entirely of singles, when there were even some B-sides thrown in there, and then just some album tracks. There are five songs from those two I remember liking really well - Nowhere Man, The Fool On The Hill, Penny Lane, I Am The Walrus, and Till There Was You.

Edit 1: honorable mention goes to Lovely Rita - that I've always really liked and now consider underrated.

Edit 2: I also used to think Jet was a Beatles song, for some reason, but I don't remember too much of the rest of BOTR from that time (I was around four or five years old.)

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Bulldog said
not knowing that it was customary to release non-album singles (a practice I despise.)

Yeah, that really annoys me. A lot of the more obscure B-sides (Slow Down, Matchbox, etc.) I didn't even realise existed until recently.

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MrMoonlight said

Bulldog said
not knowing that it was customary to release non-album singles (a practice I despise.)

Yeah, that really annoys me. A lot of the more obscure B-sides (Slow Down, Matchbox, etc.) I didn't even realise existed until recently.

@MrMoonlight Should point out, neither of the b-sides you name were b-sides, they were both off the Long Tall Sally ep.

Speaking for me, myself and I, I hated it when non-album singles became the exception and not the norm. I can still remember a news story where Michael Jackson was criticised for, I think, the 7th single off of Thriller. The good thing about The Beatles is that they rarely milked the product - talking only for the UK releases that they had some say on, they raely made you buy the same song twice.

I'd rather have all those brilliant non-album tracks than work out what I'd leave off to fit them on!!!

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I think mine was Here Comes The Sun and Hey Jude. BUT the ones I heard were actually song covers, so when I actually listened to the real deal of Hey Jude, I said, "A GUY sings this?!" Never did I realize that the song was also written 30 years before I was born by the greatest band on Earth.

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I think mine was Here Comes The Sun and Hey Jude. BUT the ones I heard were actually song covers, so when I actually listened to the real deal of Hey Jude, I said, "A GUY sings this?!" Never did I realize that the song was also written 30 years before I was born by the greatest band on Earth.

@JauntyMonty Just out of interest, whose cover of Hey Jude did you hear?

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Ron Nasty said

JauntyMonty said
I think mine was Here Comes The Sun and Hey Jude. BUT the ones I heard were actually song covers, so when I actually listened to the real deal of Hey Jude, I said, "A GUY sings this?!" Never did I realize that the song was also written 30 years before I was born by the greatest band on Earth.

@JauntyMonty Just out of interest, whose cover of Hey Jude did you hear?

When I was around 6 my older brother used to have an mp3 player and my grandpa downloaded a bunch of songs onto it (meaning my brother now had a bunch of songs in Chinese). One of the songs was Hey Jude with a woman singing, but I'm afraid other than that I can't remember anything :(

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Sadly enough, they never gave us a "Beatles experience" at school. What I mean by that... I mean they never put on any Beatles songs/videos/or lessons exept for this one time in 5th grade where we were learning about the 1900's. Anyways... I first listened to Twist And Shout back in 2009. I really have no memory of how or where I listened to it... but for all I know it was the first Beatles song that I listened and fell in love with.

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The Beatles figured prominently in my youth.  The first popular song I can remember was Fool on the Hill, I think I was 3.  We were on vacation in California, and I heard it several times in my parents' friends' brand new red Olds Toronado.  It was so luxurious, I got my finger caught in the door and there was so much softly insulated space between the metal door and frame that my finger fit without injury.  The songs on MMT are among my most favorite Beatles songs, so obviously it was played in my household (Dad had the last 5 albums - admittedly I was only aware of their earlier singles.  I had never heard Revolver or any earlier stuff, except the hits, last year was the first time I'd heard most of the early albums all the way through. 

I remember lots of the White Album - Revolution 1 (even from the age of 3-4, I clearly remember the "in...out" line), Glass Onion, Rocky Raccoon (one of my childhood faves), WMGGW, Piggies (that's for you @Starr Shine?!), Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Why Don't We Do it in the Road, and the rest.  Dad clearly loved the album, and I did too.

From Let it Be, while I remember much of the album, the main thing was Hey Jude on the jukebox.  Our local pizza joint had a 3 for a quarter jukebox, dad would (repeatedly) give me a quarter with instructions to play Hey Jude twice and I could pick the third song.  I probably picked mostly Beatles songs.  I'm sure he ruined Hey Jude for a lot of the other patrons!

Abbey Road was my favorite.  From age 6, I vivdily remember the entire album.  Some of my favorites were Because, Polythene Pam/Mean Mister Mustard, YNGMYM, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, Octopuses' Garden, Maxwell's Silver Hammer...well hell all of them except Something (I appreciated the aesthetically pleasing sound, but couldn't understand the meaning at that age).

Then, like virtually every other young American student, I learned Yellow Submarine (and a few others, can't remember which) in music class.

The only other popular music I remember from that age was Simon and Garfunkel (I wonder how many times I heard Scarborough Fair?).  When I did start buying my own music, my first 3 albums were all Elton John.  But of course I had Dad's copies of the last 5 Beatles albums already. 

It's always nice to remember stuff like this, as I was a daddy's boy until the divorce when I was 10 and tend to minimize Dad's influence in my life sometimes.  But he taught me my most important life lessons/credos to live by.                                                                                                                                                                        

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Matt Busby said

Then, like virtually every other young American student, I learned Yellow Submarine (and a few others, can't remember which) in music class.

                                                                                                                                                                       

I actually didn't learn it, it's a good thing my dad owns Revolver ahdn_paul_02a-hard-days-night-ringo-11

I do remember back in third or fourth grade when a student asked the music teacher "Michael Jackson or the Beatles?" to which she responded "That's tough." a-hard-days-night-john-7a-hard-days-night-ringo-12a-hard-days-night-paul-3a-hard-days-night-george-2 This appalled me, because there is a clear winner of the two, at least to me (and hopefully most if not all others on the Beatles Bible.) 

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Not american, but we also learned Submarine in music class a few years ago.

The teacher looked strangely like Paul does now, actually... it's been a few years, but my god.

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I don't really know. The first song I remember knowing it being by the Beatles is Yellow Submarine

I vaguely remember a teacher showing us the album cover for Sgt. Pepper when I was probably around 8 or something. 

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some of mine were Penny Lane, Eleanor Rigby, and yellow submarine.

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The first song I learned how to play was Yesterday. I used to be really good at it. Not now. a-hard-days-night-ringo-2

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@thisbirdhasflown, why arent you any good at Yesterday any more. Wont it just be lack of practice? If so you can easily get back to how you were.

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My voice has deepened and I can't really reach the high notes anymore. I'm not sure how I sound after all these years. I think that if I tried, it would sound all right. But I can't live down the fact that no matter how I try, it won't be good as Paul. That's why.

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thisbirdhasflown said
My voice has deepened and I can't really reach the high notes anymore. I'm not sure how I sound after all these years. I think that if I tried, it would sound all right. But I can't live down the fact that no matter how I try, it won't be good as Paul. That's why.

You could say the same for all of those who have covered the Beatles music since it was first released. Its not something that should put you off. The Beatles were always honoured to have their songs performed by other artists as they themselves had covered the artists they loved when growing up (and generally felt that their own versions were never as good as the originals).

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