I tried my hand at doing a list of my top 25 Beatles songs.
A couple quick notes first. I must say I intentionally did not include "Strawberry Fields Forever," "All You Need is Love," "I am the Walrus" or "Yesterday." Some of the songs I really do like that probably would make up the next few slots on a longer list are "I'm a Loser," "Ticket to Ride," "Come Together," "We Can Work It Out," "Blackbird," "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," "Dear Prudence" and "Revolution."
I took the videos for these from the Entertainment Weekly's list here and here, which is a fun read.
25. Lady Madonna
24. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
"So I looked around and I noticed there wasn't a chair." Good early use of the sitar, and a great, half-funny story.
22. I Saw Her Standing There
"She was just seventeen, and you know what I mean." That's a great rock 'n' roll lyric for you right there.
21. I'm So Tired
Great John epic.
20. Can't Buy Me Love
19. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
18. Let It Be
17. Getting Better
15. I Want to Hold Your Hand
The band's first U.S. hit, a monster.
14. Dig a Pony
From the first hit to one of the last ever Lennon/McCartney collabos. This is full-on late-stage weirdness, but it really works for me.
13. She's Leaving Home
The empathy Paul shows for the parents of this teen runaway is actually sort of stunning for a 1960s rock album, or any rock album.
12. In My Life
11. Here Comes the Sun
An ode for today's Tea Partiers, maybe. Has a groove!
9. Hey Jude
Written by Paul for John's son, which I think is nice.
8. Good Day Sunshine
6. Eleanor Rigby
5. Tomorrow Never Knows
4. Hard Day's Night
3. A Day in the Life
John and Paul, separate but together. "Woke up, got out of bed/ Dragged a comb across my head" gets me every time.
2. She Loves You
Just one of the great rock 'n' roll songs of all time. Perfect.
1. Penny Lane
I just love the innocence/weirdness of this song. Before Sgt. Pepper's, the original idea was to make a concept album of songs about Liverpool, and this song sort of makes me wish they'd gone through with it. Here's something a tour guide in Liverpool told me: The lyric "fish and finger pies" refers to getting to third base with a girl, in the Penny Lane bus shelter which was a common make-out spot.
So. The point of doing these lists is to argue about it. What's your number one? What's too high, what's too low? What am I missing?