Updated: Mar 12, 2021
No other rock group has had quite the impact the Beatles had. Sure there have been other phenom groups that have etched their way into the zeitgeist, but none have been as popular or pervasive as the Beatles.
They led the way for the British invasion in the '60s, and threw America into a Beatles-fueled frenzy. Throughout their time together the group released so many classic songs, mostly written by McCartney and Lennon, that have inspired millions, and we wanted to take some time today to talk about just five of our favorite Beatles' tracks. The list is of course subjective, and they have so many fantastic tunes it was hard to narrow it down, but here's what we came up with:
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was not just one of the Beatles' most ambitious albums, but was one of the most ambitious ever. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" may not be the most well known song off the album, but it's one we love. It's such a fun, jaunty tune. Paul McCartney's bass playing particularly stands out on this track.
The Magical Mystery Tour is a great album, that showcased a bit more of the Fab Four's zany side. There are a lot of great tracks on the album including: "Hello Goodbye", "Strawberry Fields Forever", and "Penny Lane", but one of our favorites is "The Fool on the Hill". It's a somber track with beautiful harmonies and melodies, and the lyrics are some of their most classic.
We could have went with any song off this album, but we went with the rhythm-centric Norwegian wood. The rhythm drives this song more-so than most other Beatles songs, yet it still maintains a strong melodic character. George Harrison's guitar plucking and strumming on this track is great, and it's a tune we just can't get out of our heads.
Many would consider Abbey Road The Beatles' best album, and it would be hard to argue against it, though there are good arguments to be made for some of their others too. You've probably noticed a little bit about our tastes, because we picked another upbeat song, similar to "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite". Maxwell's Silver Hammer may have some dark lyrics, but they're delivered in such a fancifully fun way. The music compliments them perfectly.
We're doubling up on Sgt. Pepper's but we had to include "A Day in the Life" on this list, and we had to put it at number one. The song is one of their most epic and it builds continuously throughout it's roughly five minute run time. The song integrates an entire orchestra in with the band, which leads to a cacophony in the songs outro, only to have both the song and album close with one final powerful chord. Listen to the track (how have you not heard it?) and you'll see why we put it at number one.
What's Your Favorite Beatles Song?
We just went down our list of our favorites, but now we want to hear from you! Do you agree with our list? What are your favorite Beatles songs? Album? Let us know in the comments below.