Top Ten Songs by The Beatles
There’s no question on the impact which this band have had on music.
Despite their short 8 year career as a band, they managed to help to change the face of music forever.
From their early Rock’n’Roll albums, to their later, more experimental, psychedelic albums, The Beatles managed to make music for everyone. So here’s our Top Ten of Beatles songs.
Ask Me Why – Please, Please Me
Straight off the bat, it’s hard to pick a song from this album. This track however stands out from the others on the album, with it’s great harmonies, and jazzy rhythms, the track for me shows how capable that The Beatles were at writing music straight from the off.
Eight Days A Week – Beatles For Sale
This song is Rock’n’Roll at the base of things, but it shows sings of the band leaving behind their roots, and trying to add more to their music than just simple Rock’n’Roll. The real stand out for me though, is Paul McCartney’s driving bass line, something which tends to be over looked when considering the music which this band released. Paul was arguably one of the more skilled bassists of the decade, and this song proves his worth, as do numerous tracks from this album.
Act Naturally – Help!
This is the first real taste of Ringo’s vocals which we get. There’s songs on earlier albums where he takes lead vocals, but this song is where they really stand out, and make you realise that Ringo is just as capable taking the lead vocal as his band members. The jangly, country and western vibe that this song gives off helps to set it out from the rest of the album. It really showcases the talents of all members and is part of the reason why I would put George Harrison as one of the best guitarists of his generation.
Norwegian Wood – Rubber Soul
The real turning point for the band, both musically and personally. The whole album signifies the path which the band were to follow, with George Harrison bringing his taste for Indian music to afore in the band, and this song is the first song by The Beatles to include a sitar, an instrument which would later feature quite heavily in the bands next few albums as all 4 Beatles embraced their spiritual side, therefore resulting in a change in tastes, and also a change in musical direction.
In My Life – Rubber Soul
It wouldn’t be possible to not pick two songs from this album, and “In My Life” for me is one of the best on the album. It’s a side of The Beatles that hadn’t really been shown until this point, and definitely shows just how capable Lennon/McCartney were as a song writing partnership. It’s cross-genre drum patterns, and that stunning piano solo help to flick a switch in your brain as you listen to this track, there’s something quite stunning about it, despite it’s relative simplicity.
Tomorrow Never Knows – Revolver
This track is by far the most experimental The Beatles ever got. A mixture of different recording techniques thanks to the genius of George Martin, and the multiple scattered influences which the band were trying to encompass into the song, it creates a confusing, yet brilliant masterpiece of music. The way instruments, and a random sounds fade in and out of the track leaves you surprised with every bar of the song. Lyrically, it’s clever. It makes no sense at all, yet makes perfect sense at the time. It was hard to pick a song from this album, but thanks to the genius of George Martin, “Tomorrow Never Knows” reigns above the rest of the album.
Within You, Without You – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
Again an album packed with incredible music, but this track is second to none on the album. The harmonies between the sitar an Harrison’s soothing vocal track, to the pulsating tabla patterns, this song is a true representation of classical Indian music, reimagined for modern times, and mixed in with Harrison’s hypnotic Hindu based lyrics, the song is far from anything they had done before, and anything any other band had even got close to. There’s nothing better than that call and response piece between the numerous instruments in the middle of the track, it’s easily one of the most musically advanced pieces of music The Beatles ever wrote, whether as a band, or in their solo careers.
Blue Jay Way – Magical Mystery Tour
Another prime example of how much George Martin helped to craft the music which the band were creating. The reversed vocal lines, the random layers, the panning of certain tracks to create a hypnotic feel, this track is the prime example of George Martin at his very best. As for the band, it’s probably the most challenging piece they played as a band. The drums are easily the best example of what Ringo was capable of. As for McCartney’s bass track, there’s a certain punchiness to it that although not overly complicated, adds quite a lot to the piece. The addition of strings, and organ complete the song to make it into something rather special.
Helter Skelter – White Album
To some people this is the song that began the heavy metal genre. One thing is for certain though, this is definitely the heaviest that The Beatles ever got. It’s driven by chugging bass lines and pounding drums, littered with distorted guitar licks, and the icing on the cake is that lead vocal track laid down by McCartney. It was out of the ordinary for The Beatles to release such a heavy song, but it worked so well, and fits perfectly into the rest of the White Album. It’s fair to say that this album is littered with heavier than usual tracks, but this track is one of a kind. Finished off perfectly by Lennon’s shout of “I’ve got blisters on me fingers”.
Something – Abbey Road
Widely regarded as one of George Harrison’s finest songs throughout his entire career, and for many, a very meaningful song. it features some of the finest guitar playing on any Beatles track, and the band were joined by Eric Clapton to record the song to help with some of the guitar riffs. Personally, I regard it as one of the best love songs ever written, because of those incredible lyrics, and the soft vocal tones of George Harrison are perfect for this song. It’s soothing to hear the piece, even though it’s quite punchy when you listen to the instrumentation.
I, Me, Mine – Let It Be
An album packed with great songs, but for me, “I, Me, Mine” takes the top spot from the rest. It’s another prime example of how well Harrison could write songs, and it really shows his earlier blues influences coming back to afore. This song is a journey through the entire Beatles catalogue in 2.25 minutes. It’s the blues which featured so heavily in their earlier albums. mixed with the more hypnotic, experimental music which came in the second half of their career. You can hear the band working together throughout this album, once again, despite the sour atmosphere that was in the air at the time this album was recorded.
It was hard to pick just ten songs from such an extensive catalogue of great music, but we tried to pick songs which summed up The Beatles throughout their career, rather than choose multiple songs from a few albums.