The Beatles Top Ten Songs


Over the next eight weeks we’ll be voting for the ten best Beatles tunes.

1 point for  number 10, 2 points for number 9, 3 points for 8 etc etc.

Voting is Thursday/Friday each week until eventually we have a winning top ten.

Any of my blogging buddies is welcome to take part. Just leave your vote in the comments box.

So far Kenny Badham has voted..

10 – Come Together
9 – Norwegian Wood
8 – Hello Goodbye


10 – Back In The USSR
9 – Happiness Is A Warm Gun

The Hackskeptic

10 – I Feel Fine
9 – In My Life
8 – Paperback Writer

Thanks for participating

34 responses to “The Beatles Top Ten Songs

  1. #8 for me – Martha My Dear.
    When I hear Happiness…I need to hear Martha.
    A delightful ditty by McCartney!
    Geoff – do you mind if I do a ‘blog share’ to invite fellow bloggers to your site to join the fun?

  2. Hi, my 2 cents, prompted by Stephen over at the 1001. Just 3, yes? OK, here goes:
    A Day In The Life
    Sexy Sadie


  3. Hi, came here from Stephen1001, here’s a personal top ten!

    10.I’ve Just Seen A Face
    9. Revolution 9
    8. Michelle
    7. I am the Walrus
    6. She Loves You
    5. Something
    4. Happiness is a Warm Gun
    3 .For No One
    2. Don’t Let Me Down
    1. A Hard Day’s Night

  4. In at number 7 – All You Need Is Love
    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.

  5. Number 7:
    You’ve got to hide your love away.
    It sounds so ‘simple’ but it’s so emotionally wrenching, yearning and full of sadness how CAN it be simple to make me feel all that?
    Purists talk about SOUL. If this isn’t direct from the heart I don’t know what is. A man’s thoughts carved onto the tape machine and it doesn’t matter how you hear it, state of the art digital technology right through to a Waltham cassette player it STILL blows you away. Staggeringly magnificent, timeless and of-its-time. And I always wanted my settee sunk into the lounge floor.

  6. As a thought provoking aside, how about a suggestion for the best Beatles song they NEVER wrote?
    I’d like to throw in ‘the Mole from the Ministry ‘ by the mysterious troupe of psychedelic miscreants The Dukes of Stratosfear.

    From the yawning chasm between pepper and the white album this mid paced classic hones the Beatle magic to the nth degree. And Jeff Lynne has thankfully been nowhere near it.

    Any other suggestions?

    • Good spot Kenny. I’d go with Jellyfish’s “The King Is Half Undressed” which takes all the greatest elements from the fab four’s artistry and updates it into a 90s pop message that should have been heard the world over. Just two albums, but they were both gems.

      • My God!
        We DEFINITELY went to separate schools together!
        Jellyfish are just fantastic!

      • lol we should do a Jellyfish top ten one day lol. I really would have never guessed you loved Jellyfish. I thought I was the only person in the UK who ever loved them.???

  7. Greetings! My next selection is RAIN.
    I just love it, the sound of it,the feel of it, the recording of it, the promo for it, many bands wouldn’t ever write a song anywhere near as good, so why shouldn’t we celebrate it?

    • And the flip side is “Paperback Writer”. Who could ask for two better songs on one 7″ vinyl. Outstanding!

      • Oh how I miss the magic of a new 45.
        How disappointed when you got an album track for the b-side. There were some wonderful c/w’s and b/w’s weren’t there? You’re so right Hackskeptic. What a combination of two tracks on one piece of plastic.

  8. I used to love the fact that some bands, recorded B sides never intentioned for an album (cough…The Jam…). Made the 7* are far more valuable investment.

    • Certainly songs like Butterfly collector merited a-side status, and it’s only Weller’s prominence as a writer that condemned Smithers-jones to walk the lonely Road of the b.

      Testament to Paul’s musical awareness that your 99p should pay for two songs not one. And Going Underground proved the best Jam £ notes ever spent, when you consider the b was supposed to be the a, and the live tracks too!

      Downloaded music has somewhat killed the thrill.

  9. And number 6 is….Day Tripper

    Built around Lennon’s scorching riff, the apparently “rushed” Christmas single is a magical example of how McCartney could enhance and improve Lennon’s basic tunes. The catalyst for this classic was Lennon’s first use of LSD and the word play referencing a teasing woman was of course lost in the innocence of the time, camouflaged by an outstanding melody. And don’t forget Ringo’s driving rhythms.

  10. Hi Hackskeptic from Nilford on Null…
    This week’s selection from the Mighty Canon:
    Yellow Submarine.
    This to me was,and always will be, so much more than simply a novelty Ringo vocal, when you examine the proto sampling, joyous playing, where the Beatles always put their egos on one side for him, and a huge, fabulous, crowd pleasingly personal melody.

    A bridge between the beat group and the studio experimentalists, this was one of the great tunes for everyone, young, old, black,white, from rock to pop to Brill Building.

    They truly don’t, because they truly CAN’T, make records like this any more, and it’s a lesser world for it.

    Listen, smile and respect. You’ll enjoy it more than you dare admit and it’ll eat your brain for days.

    I bloody love this track.

    • I always think that Ringo’s contributions to The Beatles mammoth output are treated with less respect than they really deserved. We’re all guilty of it, even the fans of the band. You’re absolutely correct on this one though, it is just joyous, playful and most importantly, vital.

  11. Number 5….
    Penny Lane
    The sense of creative rivalry between Paul McCartney and John Lennon would never be more vivid than on the double A single which featured “Strawberry Fields Forever”. Whilst Lennon’s view of his youth and hometown was veiled in a thick gloss of kaleidoscopic surrealism, McCartney’s portrayal highlighted the everyday mundanity of barber’s shops and firemen’s engines. The music combines one of his best pop melodies with a multi-faceted arrangement, and vitally, that inspired David Mason piccolo trumpet solo.

  12. This is getting tough,but this week I vote for DAY TRIPPER.

    The riff,the tune, the sheer effervescence of a band on top of its game, but like Barcelona, you know they have a few more gears in reserve, short snappy power pop of the highest calibre.

    Like ’em all so far, remarkably fresh, sassy and perfectly pop.


  13. I’d vote for it Kenny, oh I already have.
    Number 4 for me is George’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
    Arguably his best song IMO. Certainly his best Beatles song. I think there’s a weariness in his sentiment. John & Paul never thought his songs amounted to much and I always feel this sticks two fingers up at them both. Brilliant guitars of course from Harrison, Clapton and Lennon, and Ringo’s time signal is odd and yet highly unique.

  14. And next.
    Paperback Writer.
    The riff,the bass,the tempo, the template for all British and US PowerPop for EVER.
    Wondrous harmonies, great lyric, pure unadulterated genius, sounded great, a studio creation which MUST have been a nostalgic nod to the days when they played live, because this is the modern mid 60’s beat combo at their most fluidly together and we’ll within their game.
    How could there possibly be better songs than this,?

  15. Number 3 for me is “Yesterday”
    Okay, I accept that it’s not really a Beatles song in that Paul and George Martin directed this epic ballad. What grabs me every time is that it’s oh so simple. Every song writer is searching for the inspiration to compose something as monumental as this. Had it been the original “Scrambled Eggs” the relevance of the song may have been different.

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