The 10 Best Beatles’ Songs of All Time
On this date in 1965, the Beatles' second movie, "Help!" starring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr made its debut. We love this song, and it just so happens to be one of the 10 best Beatles' songs of all time.
The Beatles have told the story that the film was inspired by the Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup and was also satirical of the James Bond series of films.
It's been said this song was written by John Lennon, and Paul McCartney's but that is still in dispute. Lennon claimed that McCartney's only involvement in writing the song was the way Ringo played the drums. McCartney said that he and Lennon both sat down together and wrote it working on it for three hours. It was the first song where McCartney was featured on lead guitar.
"I Want to Hold Your Hand" would have gone straight to number one on it's release date of November 29, 1963, but it was blocked because their first million seller, "She Loves You", was still in the number one slot at that time and remained there for two more weeks. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" stayed at number one for five weeks.
"Strawberry Fields Forever" was inspired by Lennon's memories of a Salvation Army house named "Strawberry Field", just around the corner from his childhood home in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool, where a Salvation Army band played. Lennon and his childhood friends played in the wooded garden behind the home. The song was released in February 1967 as a double A-side single with Paul McCartney's "Penny Lane". Lennon's "Strawberry Fields Forever" and McCartney's "Penny Lane" share a nostalgic theme of their early years in Liverpool.
"Penny Lane" was written primarily by Paul McCartney and was credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was released in February of 1967 as one side of a double A-sided single. The flip side was "Strawberry Fields Forever". These two songs were included on the Magical Mystery Tour album in 1967. The record company released the single first because there hadn't been a new release for several months.
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was written by George Harrison and recorded in 1968 for their White Album. Eric Clapton is featured on guitar, but was not formally credited on the album. Harrison said, "I wrote "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at my mother's house in Warrington. I was thinking about the Chinese I Ching, the Book of Changes... The Eastern concept is that whatever happens is all meant to be, and that there's no such thing as coincidence - every little item that's going down has a purpose. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was a simple study based on that theory. I decided to write a song based on the first thing I saw upon opening any book - as it would be relative to that moment, at that time. I picked up a book at random, opened it, saw 'gently weeps', then laid the book down again and started the song."
"Let It Be" was released in March 1970 as a single, and was the title track of the LP Let It Be. Written by Paul McCartney, and credited to Lennon–McCartney, this song was their final single before McCartney announced he was leaving the band. Actually by that time, Lennon had already left the group.
"Something" was featured on the Beatles' Abbey Road album in 1969. The song was released as a double A-sided single and the flip side was "Come Together". It was the first Beatles song written by lead guitarist George Harrison. John Lennon and Paul McCartney both praised "Something" as one of the best songs Harrison had written, and one of the best that the band ever recorded.
More than 150 artists have covered the song, making it the second-most covered Beatles song after "Yesterday". Some of the artists who have covered the song are Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, James Brown, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Ike & Tina Turner, The Miracles, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Isaac Hayes, and Julio Iglesias. Harrison is quoted as saying that his favourite version of the song was James Brown's.
This is the very best live performance of "Help" that was filmed for British television in August of 1965, two weeks before their famed Shea Stadium concert in New York. The song is from the Beatles' second movie which debuted on July 29, 1965. The documentary series, The Beatles Anthology made it known that Lennon wrote the lyrics expressing his stress as the Beatles' quickly became superstars. Lennon told Playboy Magazine, "I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for 'Help'."
"Don't Let Me Down", with Billy Preston on piano, was recorded in 1969. Multiple versions were recorded and the one recorded on January 28, 1969 was released as a B-side to the single "Get Back", recorded the same day. "Get Back" reached number one and "Don't Let Me Down" reached number thirty five on the US Billboard Hot 100. They performed the song twice during their rooftop concert, one of which was included in the Let It Be film.
"In My Life" was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. Producer, George Martin contributed the instrumental bridge. It was released on the 1965 album Rubber Soul. According to Lennon, the song came to be when a journalist named Kenneth Allsop said that Lennon should write songs about his childhood. After hearing that remark, Lennon wrote the song as a long poem looking back on his childhood years. The lyrics are based on a bus route he used to take through Liverpool. In the song various sites seen along the way are mentioned including Penny Lane and Strawberry Field.