My 25 Favorite Beatles Songs

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I can’t count the number of times people have asked me my favorite Beatles songs – a question which usually leaves me stymied because….hello, y’all, have you ever met me? I do not deal in black & white; I deal in no less than eight hundred-fifty shades of gray. Ask me to pick a favorite song and my response is something along the lines of, “Do you mean when I’m sad? Happy? The one whose bass line I like the best? The one I’m gladdest to hear on Sundays after 5 pm during a waning gibbous moon?” In other words, I can’t pick just one. Or two. In fact, I was hard-pressed to pick twenty-five. But I did. It was not easy.

The method I used to compile this list was as follows: I sat down with a list of all the songs the Beatles recorded either for albums or for release as a single or B-side. With pen and paper at hand I jotted down every song that jumped off the page at me as one I especially favor for whatever reason. That gave me a working list of 36 songs. Then I went down my list and circled all the songs that absolutely, unquestionably must stay on the list (there were 10). I agonized over the remaining 26, trying to pick 11 to trim. It was painful to cross out any of them but eventually I whittled it down. I’m pretty happy with the results. Are there surprises? A few, I think. Of course there are standards that one might expect to see but there are certainly a few that are a little off the beaten path.

Without further ado, in chronological (release) order, I give you my 25 favorite Beatles songs:

  1. She Loves You
  2. This Boy
  3. If I Fell
  4. I Should’ve Known Better
  5. I’ll Cry Instead
  6. I’ve Just Seen a Face
  7. Girl
  8. In My Life
  9. Here, There & Everywhere
  10. Within You Without You
  11. A Day in the Life
  12. All You Need is Love
  13. Your Mother Should Know
  14. Hey Jude
  15. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  16. Blackbird
  17. Rocky Raccoon
  18. I Will
  19. Yer Blues
  20. The Ballad of John and Yoko
  21. Something
  22. Here Comes the Sun
  23. The End
  24. Let it Be
  25. The Long and Winding Road

And, for the record, the songs that were on the original list of 36 that just barely missed the cut:

  • Please Please Me
  • It Won’t be Long
  • No Reply
  • Act Naturally (the only cover song I picked)
  • Back in the USSR
  • Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey
  • Helter Skelter
  • Hey Bulldog
  • Because (I eliminated this one because it’s not the original version I love but the voices-only version on Anthology 3 and LOVE.)
  • I’ve Got a Feeling

And now, in true Mary fashion, now that I see it all written out I’m second-guessing my picks and wondering if I made my decisions too hastily. Honestly, it really is like trying to pick a favorite amongst your children. I’m just going to go with this list for now unless inspiration strikes. Cut, print, that’s a wrap.

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About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

2 responses »

  1. Good list. I know about the second guessing. My list would change day to day. Since I can’t put a tune to some of your titles, I suppose my list would be different. I’m sure I’ve heard all those songs but if I can’t sing along, they wouldn’t make my list.
    Next month is the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. Our new theater will be showing A Hard Days Night. I think I’ll have to go that day!

  2. I’m jealous! I have seen it once on the big screen; it was put out in limited release when Madalyn was a baby and I saw it in SLO at the Palm. But I’d love to see it again. It’s a lot different than watching it in my living room.

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