My 50 Favorite Songs by The Beatles

Posted: January 20, 2019 in Rankings

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 23 garnering the “great” moniker. In all, The Beatles recorded 242 original compositions plus 69 covers. Fifty-three 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 50th song ranked here is not their worst song – remember they have 311 songs recorded, so that song actually tops 261 others.

 

1 Hey Jude The Beatles 1968
2 All You Need Is Love The Beatles 1967
3 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds The Beatles 1967
4 Eight Days a Week The Beatles 1965
5 With a Little Help from My Friends The Beatles 1967
6 Hello, Goodbye The Beatles 1967
7 Revolution The Beatles 1968
8 Eleanor Rigby The Beatles 1966
9 I Want To Hold Your Hand The Beatles 1963
10 Twist and Shout The Beatles 1963
11 A Hard Day’s Night The Beatles 1964
12 Yellow Submarine The Beatles 1966
13 Let It Be The Beatles 1970
14 We Can Work It Out The Beatles 1965
15 Penny Lane The Beatles 1967
16 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da The Beatles 1968
17 Ticket to Ride The Beatles 1965
18 All My Loving The Beatles 1963
19 The Beatles’ Movie Medley The Beatles 1982
20 A Day in the Life The Beatles 1967
21 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles 1967
22 Helter Skelter The Beatles 1968
23 Yesterday The Beatles 1965
24 Free As A Bird The Beatles 1994
25 Strawberry Fields Forever The Beatles 1967
26 Help! The Beatles 1965
27 And I Love Her The Beatles 1964
28 Day Tripper The Beatles 1965
29 I Saw Her Standing There The Beatles 1963
30 I Feel Fine The Beatles 1965
31 Don’t Let Me Down The Beatles 1970
32 No Reply The Beatles 1964
33 I Should Have Known Better The Beatles 1964
34 Paperback Writer The Beatles 1966
35 Can’t Buy Me Love The Beatles 1964
36 Blackbird The Beatles 1968
37 While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles 1968
38 Here Comes the Sun The Beatles 1969
39 Birthday The Beatles 1968
40 Come Together The Beatles 1969
41 Back in the USSR The Beatles 1968
42 Get Back The Beatles 1969
43 She Loves You The Beatles 1963
44 Ballad of John and Yoko The Beatles 1969
45 From Me to You The Beatles 1963
46 Do You Want To Know A Secret The Beatles 1963
47 Nowhere Man The Beatles 1966
48 Please Please Me The Beatles 1963
49 Good Day Sunshine The Beatles 1966
50 Octopus’s Garden The Beatles 1969

 

The three songs that made my lists but didn’t crack the Top 50: Lady Madonna, The Fool on the Hill, The Long and Winding Road

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