When EW ranked the 50 best Beatles songs ever in , there was yelling. There were tears. Read on for the complete list. But with one majestic, mysterious Rickenbacker distress call, the Beatles as we first met them on The Ed Sullivan Show four months earlier were gone. In less expert hands, the contrast might have felt clumsy. The rest of the band initially resisted releasing it; even today, some find it mawkish. See No. Elvis Presley, James Brown, and Smokey Robinson all covered it; Frank Sinatra once called it the greatest love song of the last 50 years. Pure joy: about being in love, about being embraced as the most-loved band of The song was a tumultuous way of celebrating their ever-increasing triumph over the pop world.
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They restructured pop and rock music as we know it more than once during the brief seven years that they made records. You can say that about a huge chunk of their tracks too, as you'll see in our list of the Top 50 Beatles Songs. Once the Beatles committed to becoming a full-time studio group, they wasted no time exploring the various shapes and colors tucked away in the technological corners. On Revolver 's closing cut they tripped out, with backward loops, sped-up tapes and exotic instruments buried in the mind-exploding mix. After some of the dust on the matter settled, Lennon wrote a song about it, chronicling his yearlong misadventures with messianic, winking frustration. One of Sgt.
At Beatles anniversary time, the stories write themselves. It turns out that ranking the songs recorded by the Beatles in the s is easy; you put the worst one at the top, and the best one at the bottom. In the U. There was also a flurry of non-album singles throughout those years, collected in different ways in the U. EMI also released a number of four-song EPs in Britain, particularly early on, but only one of them, Long Tall Sally , contained songs not available in other forms. Releases in the U. The songs the band released in the s that were not on their studio albums were eventually consolidated in a catchall collection dubbed, quite lamely, Past Masters. They are duly noted below; most sound like the appreciative efforts of a young and not-quite-formed band; the Beatles being the Beatles, however, a few are transcendent. Any mistakes are, of course, my own.
By Charles Curtis May 29, am. Indeed, in the United States, Beatles released Sgt. What qualifies me to do such a thing? What I am is a die-hard Beatles fan who grew up obsessed with the band, reading anything and everything I could find about the band while listening to the albums over and over. Anything that was released as a single, B-side or on an album is on this list. I spent the last few weeks re-listening to every cut and I tried my best to get rid of personal bias, but it was tough. I also tried to comment on my bottom 10 and top 20, with some thoughts in between. Is it supposed to be funny? I had mixed feelings about the remaining Beatles reuniting to record with audio from the late Lennon, but the other single produced by the group was much, much better than this tune. It would be so easy to rank this mishmash of sounds dead last, but I remember listening to this when I was younger and having the hair on the back of my neck stand up.