The Ten Greatest Songs Of The Beatles

Posted by admin - 24/02/11 at 10:02 pm

Entertainment Weekly has released their list of the Fifty Best (and Five Worst) Beatles songs.

In response, I’ll throw out my own top ten (or so) Beatles songs.

As always, your comments and personal favorites are welcome, leave them in the comments section below or tweet them to me at @reidaboutit. I honestly don’t know if there could ever be any wrong answers on a list like this.

I’ll start with honorable mentions Julia, Michelle, and While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Ten is a very tiny number when you’re picking songs by the Beatles.

10 – Eleanor Rigby

I’ll start with one the Beatles didn’t even really play on. Eleanor Rigby was so poetic, one of my hippie English teachers used it in class.

9 – Across The Universe

Lennon said it might have been the best, most poetic lyric he ever wrote. I won’t argue. Anyone who can get a hit song partially written in Sanskrit is way ahead of me.

8 – Let It Be

A simple message, an easy song to remember and carry with you for the rest of your life.

7 – Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End/Her Majesty

I can’t separate these songs that close Abbey Road, so I’m taking them all together. My list, my rules. I’m always partial to Golden Slumbers because I sang it to my daughter as a lullaby, I’m sure I’m not alone in that regard.

6 – A Day In The Life

The Beatles get orchestral, and give us one of the most famous closing chords in music history.

5 – I Am The Walrus

Lyrics that were no more than rhythmic gibberish, and somehow are still a part of our collective conciousness.

4 – A Hard Day’s Night

From the opening chord, a rock classic.

3 – Strawberry Fields Forever

Childhood nostalgia seen through a psychedelic filter, this one was groundbreaking enough to send Brian Wilson back into the studio for almost forty years.

2 – In My Life

Another song with a simple message.

1 – Yesterday

At once depressing and uplifting, this song could be number one just by the sheer number of other musicians who’ve covered it.

So there’s my list, culled down from a list of about fifty songs. I’m sure there are some I’ve missed, feel free to make your own case for your favorites here in the comments section or through Twitter.

And remember, in the end, the love you take…

Ah, you know the rest.

— Reid Kerr thinks it’s celestial irony that we only have two Beatles left and two Who, but we still have all four Monkees.

4 Responses to “The Ten Greatest Songs Of The Beatles”

  1. Josh says:
    February 24th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Many different lists are possible – The Greatest? The Most Important/Influential/Groundbreaking? My personal favorites? For example, “All You Need is Love” is a very important Beatles song, but not a great Beatles song. I go with personal favorites here, in no particular order, and I will do top five.

    Back in the USSR
    Dear Prudence
    Ticket to Ride
    Paperback Writer
    Don’t Let Me Down

    This is of course subject to change at any time…

  2. Bob Smith says:
    February 26th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    You get extra points for recognizing that Golden Slumbers and The End are part of a medley, but lose a few because it really starts with You never Give me Your Money.
    We both lose a few because we both would have included Her Majesty in the medley – according to the Wikipedia article:
    Her Majesty was more or less tacked on by a “second engineer” who’d been instructed “never to throw away anything”.
    Bonus points for A Day in The Life.

  3. Ken says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:38 am


    Because of your number 7 pick:

  4. admin says:
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Holy crap, that’s some good juggling. Amazing.

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