Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Beatles Top 100 Songs: 60-51


60. "Getting Better" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
A fun song that contrasts the more optimistic McCartney "I got to admit it's getting better" with the more pessimistic Lennon "It can't get no worse". This would be a definitive hit song for any other band, instead it's just one of many of their memorable rock tracks.

59. "She Loves You" (1963)
This song finds itself in the top tens of most people's Beatles list, but I wouldn't even put it in my top 50. It's great fun, it's fast and driving, but to my mind it isn't even the Beatles 3rd or 4th best track in this type of mop-top pop genre. It's great, but there are just too many songs like it in the Beatles catalog for it to go any higher on my list. Sorry to disappoint many of you. Check out the story of the song's writing on the wikipedia link, it's pretty funny.

58. "Yellow Submarine" Revolver (1966)
"We were trying to write a children's song. That was the basic idea. And there's nothing more to be read into it than there is in the lyrics of any children's song", said Paul McCartney about the writing of this song. I would like to dismiss this song as just a kid's song, but it's hard not to admit how fun the song is and how popular the song has become.

57. "Paperback Writer" (1966)
I've always lumped "Paperback Writer" and "Day Tripper" together in my mind, and for what it's worth they are pretty similar to me. They are both fun rock songs with great guitar hooks that make them pretty memorable. As we get closer and closer to the Top 50, it has gotten harder and harder to rank these songs.

56. "Love Me Do" (1962)
The Beatles first single ever released is a great toe-tapping rock song featuring a pretty memorable harmonica. Hard to believe McCartney wrote this song when he was just 16 years old.

55. "Michelle" Rubber Soul (1965)
It was hard for me not to include this song in the top 50, but it's getting pretty crowded in my list now with songs that I really enjoy. How many guys with girlfriends named 'Michelle' have played this to them do you think?

54. "I'll Be Back" A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Here's an usual song that's in some ways similar to "And I Love Her" from the same album, but completely lacks a chorus. Still, it's really memorable and really beautiful.


53. "I Feel Fine" (1964)
Man, around 1964-65 the Beatles were putting out so many catchy and fun rock songs that any band would've been happy to have just one song like this one to their name. That this great song doesn't even crack my top 50 says a lot.

52. "Eight Days a Week" Beatles for Sale (1964)
There isn't much of a difference for me between this one and "I Feel Fine". Since I had to rank them, this one wins out because I like the clapping bits in this one and Lennon's cracking "awwwwhaaaaa"...yea...I had to find something that differentiated them

51. "Roll Over Beethoven" With the Beatles (1963)
Just barely missing out on the top 50, I really LOVE listening to The Beatles cover of this Chuck Berry song. However, it loses out on the top 50 because it's simply a cover and not an original work. 


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