Nick Levine, Never underestimate The Beatles’ early stuff. Want more Rolling Stone? No matter how much Lennon hams up his Dylan-esque twang, the sense of melancholy is both dense and devastating, aided by a whisper of maracas, splash of tambourine and a rather beautiful flute interlude. Chris Waywell, With their films and carefully tended media personas, the Beatles were one of the first bands to explore the meta dimensions of superstardom. But musically it’s an apocalypse: from the concrete opening piano chords to the queasy orchestral climax, this song feels like the end of, well, everything. Fact: it’s still almost ludicrously exciting to listen to. During the rehearsal, I was singing harmony on a Ricky Nelson song with him, and Paul called out the next tune: “All My Loving.”. The White Album track that influenced hard rock and heavy metal to come. 5. Amy Smith, By 1965, everything the Beatles tried pretty much came off. The squiggly tape loops, George’s backwards guitar, Ringo’s endless backbeat, Paul’s ‘om’ of a bassline and John’s whacked-out Tibetan pronouncements on life, death and oblivion still sound totally electrifying in 2017. Heck, they are wearing sunglasses indoors in the picture on the back of the cover and not even looking at the camera . The idea came to McCartney in a visit to Julian and Cynthia Lennon, who had recently split up with John. Amy Smith, Early Beatles or late Beatles? The music that John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr wrote and recorded between 1960 and 1970 has surely become the most beloved songbook of all time. Question. The song certainly isn’t the most complex piece of music you’ll ever hear but Lennon’s inner … . As of 12:01 AM on December 24, The Beatles’ music was finally available for streaming on multiple outlets including Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, and even Napster (lol). The 10 best Beatles songs as chosen by A Nameless Ghoul from Ghost; The Thursday Death Match: The Beatles vs The Stones; Helter Skelter. Most important, they always fit right into the arrangement. However, our idea of the top 10 best Beatles songs of all time discussed above is a great place to start on a listening tour of this iconic rock and roll band. And it’s heartbreaking. However many times you've heard it, that "na na na na na na na..." will get you every time. I first heard of the Beatles when I was nine years old. But with its lurching off-beat and stabbing rhythm guitar, ‘She’s a Woman’ definitely has a touch of ska in its rattling skeleton. Revolution 9- No need to explain, seeing as everyone loves it so much. 100 Greatest Beatles Songs 'Hello, Goodbye'. Lennon, McCartney and Harrison had stunningly high standards as writers. Tristan Parker, Eternally imitated and never matched, this song changed music – no question. Of course, this subject matter makes it oddly topical again in the Brexit era, and its iconic guitar riff obviously hasn’t aged a day in 50 years. This is a list of cover versions by music artists who have recorded one or more songs written and originally recorded by English rock band The Beatles.Many albums have been created in dedication to the group, including film soundtracks, such as I Am Sam (2001) and Across the Universe (2007) and commemorative albums such as Sgt. I was subconsciously crying out for help. They made such fantastic records as “Paperback Writer” b/w “Rain” or “Penny Lane” b/w “Strawberry Fields Forever” and only put them out as singles. . Amy Smith, Here’s one Beatles track that absolutely nobody asks for at their wedding. I left with a melancholy feeling. 5. There was inevitably a poignant feeling to this song, written long before he had even met Linda: Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you It was originally published September 2011. There were tears. Lennon wrote this corker after being blown away by Smokey Robinson’s ‘I’ve Been Good To You’ and borrowed the doo-wop stylings and flush harmonies. It was the first Beatles track to not include guitars, instead using four channels of stabbing violins to stalk McCartney’s soft, winsome storytelling. It turns out that ranking the songs recorded by the Beatles in the 1960s is easy; you put the worst one at the top, and the best one at the bottom. Ringo Starr played the drums with an incredibly unique feel that nobody can really copy, although many fine drummers have tried and failed. The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool who recorded hundreds of songs during their career. Amy Smith, Has John’s voice ever sounded better? Amy Smith, It started with lyrics scribbled in school notebooks and resulted in the band’s first US number one hit in 1964. It’s a brilliant headache of LSD-drenched acid-rock from George. Amy Smith, The band were approached in 1967 to create a song for 'Our World', the first live, global TV show, broadcast to 25 countries. Just a year later, they are seen at a press conference in Los Angeles for their final tour. Ringo’s slip-and-slide drumwork staggers alongside Lennon’s hazy voice and, just as the wonky beauty of George’s guitar recorded-in-reverse creeps in, it slowly fades out. There’s a softer, slower take (Revolution 1) but ‘revolution’ is not a topic for soft or ‘shooby-doo-wop’. Even the most award-winning, generation-changing, and absolute best bands in history turn out bad songs every now and then, and the Beatles are no different. It’s a beautiful song in itself, but also suggests that if you were the most famous band in the world, psychedelia was a perfectly logical place to go. Kicking off in the middle of a red-eyed conversation about human isolation, this spiritual ‘Sgt Pepper’ cut then dives into a humming variation on a theme by Ravi Shankar. Still, ‘Rain’ remains a mind-mangling milestone: the first use of backwards guitar on a mainstream pop track, vocals that sound like a Gregorian monk with a head cold, bass so fluid it practically drips, and all held together with a martial drum part that Ringo regards as the pinnacle of his career. I remember going to Leicester Square and seeing the film of Let It Be in 1970. Chris Waywell, It’s often said that The Beatles (circa ‘The White Album’) invented heavy metal with ‘Helter Skelter’ and ‘Revolution’. Pepper Knew My Father (1988) and This Bird Has Flown (2005). Written from the perspective of a young man imagining himself as an old man looking back on himself as a young man (it’s complicated, but it works), ‘Things We Said Today’ pulls off the almost inconceivable trick of being nostalgic for the present. The Top Ten Beatles Songs of All Time "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" "A Day in the Life" "I Want to Hold Your Hand" "Strawberry Fields Forever" "Yesterday" "In My Life" "Something" "Hey Jude" "Let It Be" "Come Together" Sure, like most Lennon songs it’s supposedly about love, but it’s not hard to hear a touch of the divine in lines like ‘In the beginning I misunderstood / but now I’ve got it, the word is good’. Amy Smith, The second side of ‘Abbey Road’ is the most perfect thing The Beatles ever recorded: inspired by Brian Wilson’s experiments in sonic stitching, Paul created a rolling tapestry of burbling bass, guitar chimes and cosmic harmony, with the occasional spike of feedback, melody and guttural Scouse humour to keep the listener interested. 14. This is, of course, a cover of Barrett Strong’s 1959 song and the first hit for Berry Gordy’s Motown record label. You can probably guess what side I’m on. If ‘When I’m 64’ is a little too oompah for your tastes, try this intimate early ballad. Amy Smith, Paul McCartney describes this song as a ‘genuine plea’ from John to Yoko, and it’s easy to see what he means. The songs weren’t theirs anymore. And John Lennon and Paul McCartney were exceptional songwriters; McCartney was, and is, a truly virtuoso musician; George Harrison wasn’t the kind of guitar player who tore off wild, unpredictable solos, but you can sing the melodies of nearly all of his breaks. The songs of the British rock group the Beatles are known for their vitality and variety, covering all genres of the day from pop ballads to hard rock to acid rock to Indian ragas to basic rock'n'roll. ‘Day Tripper’ is a naked attack on the charts with an unforgettable riff in what seems to be a 12-bar blues that then veers way off course. Such is the raw, rock ’n’ roll energy behind the song, in fact, that when Macca belts out ‘I’m Down, I’m really down’, you can’t help thinking that this kid’s gonna be a-ok in the end. Possibly not. ‘The Word’ was the first song the band worked up while smoking weed in the studio, which might explain its groovy drone-like simplicity. This means that no one born after Christmas Eve 2015 will ever live in a world where The Beatles’ music wasn’t available for … While this isn’t strictly a Beatles song, it is one of the most popular songs and will have people singing along in no time. Amy Smith, The gentle echo to Paul’s vocals creates a deep sadness to what could have been a straight-up love song, with the delicate classical guitar and Ringo’s sandy bongos only adding to the haunting tenderness. Amy Smith, ‘Yes, I’m lonely. It’s another desperately melancholy bite of McCartney storytelling, possibly about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (the second song dedicated to him in this list) that was written between takes of composing 'With A Little Help From My Friends'. Tom Huddleston, I’ll admit to being utterly biased here because my older brother adored this song as a kid. Tom Huddleston, This is the first song on the first Beatles album I bought. What are the best Beatles songs of all time? I’m interested is lesser known songs especially. James Manning, A parping Motown-style brass section marches us towards the glorious, life-affirming chorus where McCartney unleashes his most-excellent shouty rock voice in what is, perhaps surprisingly, a psychedelic promise of fidelity from Paul to his beloved weed. Fact: this is the UK’s best-selling single of the ’60s, bar none. When probed by one blowhard to respond to a Time magazine critique that “Day Tripper” was about a prostitute and “Norwegian Wood” about a lesbian, McCartney responds, “We were just trying to write songs about prostitutes and lesbians.” In the laughter that follows, he mutters, “Cut.” They were giving the impression that the game was up, but in truth, they were just getting started. With that said, narrowing down their songs to just the best 10 is a tall order. Its simple rhythm careers along with Motown clapping and excited whoops, and it’s not hard to imagine how this went off at poky venues packed to the hilt. Déjà vu! I was exactly the right age to be hit by them full-on. The lyrics may be meaningless – the chorus aside, it’s all just random shouts of exhortation – but the music rockets like a speeding fire truck, driven by a clanging cowbell and some of Macca’s most monstrous bass playing. 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