My 55 Favorite Songs by The Beatles


The band that easily made the most appearances on my year-by-year lists. Does anyone dislike The Beatles? Is that even possible?

Still reviewing and cataloging all music, I was curious about certain groups and artists and how I feel about their music today. I decided to rank the songs of some of the greats and who better to kick things off than with the Beatles. Just a ridiculous amount of great songs that still hold up. From my own yearly classifications, eight of their songs ranked as “awesome” with an additional 26 garnering the “great” moniker. In all, The Beatles recorded 242 original compositions plus 69 covers. Fifty-seven of them made my lists.

In putting this together, I decided to do away with the classifications and give my own hard ranking. With the understanding that, depending on mood, any of these songs can slide up or down 20 spots pretty easily. It was definitely not an easy task. And of course, I shouldn’t have to explain that the 55th song ranked here is not their worst song – remember they have 311 songs recorded, so that song actually tops 256 others.

55. Lady Madonna (1968)

54. Octopus’s Garden (1969)

53. Good Day Sunshine (1966)

52. Please Please Me (1963)

51. Nowhere Man (1966)

50. Do You Want To Know A Secret (1963)

49. From Me to You (1963)

48. Ballad of John and Yoko (1969)

47. She Loves You (1963)

46. Get Back (1969)

45. Back in the USSR (1968)

44. Something (1969)

43. Come Together (1969)

42. Birthday (1968)

41. Here Comes the Sun (1969)

40. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1968)

39. Blackbird (1968)

38. Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

37. Can’t Buy Me Love (1964)

36. Norwegian Wood (1965)

35. Paperback Writer (1966)

34. I Should Have Known Better (1964)

33. No Reply (1964)

32. Don’t Let Me Down (1970)

31. I Feel Fine (1965)

30. I Saw Her Standing There (1963)

29. Day Tripper (1965)

28. And I Love Her (1964)

27. Help! (1965)

26. Strawberry Fields Forever (1967)

25. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (1965)

24. Free As A Bird (1994)

23. Yesterday (1965)


22. Helter Skelter (1968)

21. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)


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