353 – The Beatles – All You Need Is Love (1967)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Produced by George Martin
Label – Parlophone
John Lennon’s penchant for sloganeering would become more obvious as time progressed, but the simplicity of the sentiment would never be so transparent as this 1967 number one single. George Martin again works his magic by incorporating a complex arrangement that includes “La Marseillaise,” the French national anthem, while the coda included bits of Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 2,” “Greensleeves,” Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood” and an improvised chorus of “She Loves You”. Lennon for his part keeps his lyrics deceptively simple and direct to evoke a sense of peace, harmony and optimism in a world beset with division, discomfort and fear.