I am convinced that you could ask anyone on the street to sing a song by the Beatles and they would be able to. Whether you are a fan or not, most people can admit they are the most revolutionary band of all time. Not only did they go down in music history, but the history of the world. They accomplished more in 10 years than most musicians accomplish in a lifetime. There is no doubt they changed the world. As a huge fan, I am going to talk about my top 10 favourite songs by the fab four. I know that if I reread this post in 2 months I will have changed my mind. But for now, in no particular order..
1. Hey Jude (1968)
The most famous song by The Beatles, and thought by some as the most well known song in the world, Hey Jude had to be on this list. I have a very early memory of hearing this song as a child and that could be one reason I love the song so much. Written by Paul McCartney and released in 1968, this song was supposedly written about John Lennon's son, Julian, during his parents divorce. This song is still a firm favourite on the radio 48 years later; that's no mean feat.
2. Come Together (1969)
Although lyrically this song has been criticised, musically I believe it was one of their best works. I would even go as far as to say that no other Beatles song sounds even faintly similar to it. In itself, its a very unique song. Written by Lennon, it was inspired by Timothy Leary's campaign as governor of California against Ronald Reagan, although that cannot explain the seemingly meaningless lyrics.
3. Martha My Dear (1968)
There is no specific reason why I love this song so much other than I just think it's a great song. It's not very famous and musically is no more superior than many of their other songs, but there's just something about it that makes me happy. The song is apparently about Paul McCartney's sheepdog named Martha. I have even heard that Jane Asher, Paul's girlfriend at the time, thought the song was about her, and was reasonably miffed to find it wasn't.
4. Michelle (1965)
As one of their melodic songs, this one is a firm favourite of mine. Despite the title, this song was not written about a girl in particular. In fact, this song was written purely because Paul was interested in french culture. The french parts of the songs were actually written by John's friend. Despite the lack of a sentimental meaning, this song still sounds beautiful.
5. In My Life (1965)
Whenever I play the Beatles at home, my mother always requests this song. It is thought to have been inspired by a bus route John use to take during his childhood. In itself it is a very nostalgic song that can come across as quite melancholic. It was ranked 23rd in the ''500 Greatest Songs of All Time'' by Rolling Stone Magazine, and 5th on their list of the ''Greatest Beatles Songs''. Its loved by many, including me.
6. And I Love Her (1964)
When I was first getting into the Beatles, this was with no doubt my favourite song. A somewhat typical love song, this was the 5th track on the album A Hard Day's Night. Written primarily by Paul McCartney, this song became even more famous when it was covered by Kurt Cobain which got to number 1 in the ''UK Vinyl Chart Sales''.
7. All I've Got to Do (1963)
No doubt the earliest song on my list, All I've Got to Do was first released on the album With the Beatles. It is thought by many as the first song in rock music where the bass plays chords as a vital part in the song.
8. Something (1969)
This song is one of the more well known Beatles songs. Written by George Harrison, this song was much loved by both John and Paul, and thought by them to be the best song on Abbey Road and by far the best song George had ever written. The public loved it too, doing well in both the UK and the US. He had written it for his wife, Pattie Boyd.
9. Penny Lane (1967)
There is no question in my mind that this is in my top 3 of this list. Penny Lane was written by Paul McCartney as a response to the song, ''Strawberry Fields Forever''. Inspired by a bus terminus in Liverpool both John and Paul knew, musically this is a very complex song. Because of this song, Penny Lane in Liverpool has become a very popular tourist attraction among fans and is actually a place I too would like to visit some day.
10. Girl (1965)
As one of their more famous love songs, this song is written by John Lennon. There are many theories about why this song was written, and what it's about. It was the last song recorded on the album Rubber Soul album. It remains a favourite of mine purely because of the very relaxing melody.
Other favourites include: Eleanor Rigby, Taxman, Got to Get You Into My Life, When I'm Sixty Four, We Can Work it Out, While my Guitar Gently Weeps, Ob La Di Ob La Da, Blackbird