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Posted on Oct 18, 2013 09:05 am
What is the best Beatles song?
That's what we challenged readers with this week, and the results were sure to be stunning.
The Beatles are rightly credited with transforming culture forever, and their whole catalogue is great, but there can only be one winner. Here's the results from our poll this week.
What do you think of the results? Let us know in the comments.
One of the most covered songs in the history of music, with more than 2,200 versions floating around the musical ether. That's just the recorded versions; the BMI reports that is was performed over seven million times in the last century.
9. Strawberry Fields Forever
Lennon's recollection of playing in a strawberry field in Liverpool as a child inspired this hazy dreamlike track. When it comes to psychedelic rock, this tops the list for many in a way that defines the 1960s counter culture.
8. Eleanor Rigby
George Martin deserves plenty of credit for the Beatles' work as a producer, but this song is one instance of where his exquisite role as an arranger with the timeless string part that defines this track.
The first single written by George Harrison to appear as an A-side. It's also the second most-covered Beatles song after "Yesterday," though Harrison was quoted as saying that his personal favourite was by the funkadelic James Brown.
6. Happiness Is a Warm Gun
Lennon spotted this prospective job title on the cover of a gun magazine which George Martin showed him. "I think he showed me a cover of a magazine that said 'Happiness Is a Warm Gun.' It was a gun magazine. I just thought it was a fantastic, insane thing to say. A warm gun means you just shot something."
5. Come Together
The name came from when LSD icon Timothy Leary ran a campaign to become governor of California title "Come together, join the party," but the song's contents is allegedly based on each other the Beatles. One example: "got to be good-looking 'cause he's so hard to see" is supposed to be Paul McCartney - can you guess who the others are?
4. Here Comes the Sun
Harrison wrote the song early in the morning while at Eric Clapton's house. "It seems as if winter in England goes on forever, by the time spring comes you really deserve it," he said.
3. Helter Skelter
McCartney challenged the band to make as much noise as possible, which resulted in this fantastic racket early in their career. Proof, as if you needed it, that the Beatles were way ahead of the rock world. Perhaps the earliest seed of the heavy metal genre.
2. A Day in the Life
The finale to "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was originally banned by the BBC because of an assumed drug reference. It was the BBC's loss; the song is a stunning array of orchestral roars and a whirling journey to McCartney's youth. And that finale? Truly grand.
1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Harrison opened a book to write a song about the first words he saw. Those words: "Gently weeps." And so, he wrote the greatest Beatles song of all time, proving his Eastern theory that there is no such thing as coincidences. If you like the solo, credit is due to Eric Clapton who plays it, though he wasn't formerly credited on the album notes.
That's the end of our top 10 greatest Beatles songs ever. Which is your personal favourite? And do you like the results? Let us know in the comments and hit 'like' to share this excellent playlist to your friends.