Top 10 Beatles Songs

What is the best song by the best band ever? That's what we asked in our poll this week - find out the results here.

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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.

10. Yesterday

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.

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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.

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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.

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7. Something

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.

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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."

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    Nobody will ever get this list right. Too many great songs for anyone to make a definite list. Although this is a pretty good attempt.
    Good list, but Hey Jude really should have been on here somewhere
    The one song that I'm okay with not making it but deserves recognition is the faster version of Revolution. That's just my opinion, also It's All Too Much is another honorable mention.
    Isn't that version on like half of the White Album pressings while the slower one is on the other half? I heard they couldn't agree on which version to release so they compromised.
    Thats true. Hey Jude omission is questionable, also the omission of the obvious choice, In My Life, is very alarming
    So alarming, in fact, that you've had to complain about it three times on this thread? It's a good song, no doubt. But it's also 2.5 minutes long and relatively simplistic.
    Thrice Capades
    Very alarming? No. Very alarming is reserved for a fire, or perhaps zombies. Your favorite Beatles' song being kept off an internet list is almost the furthest thing from alarming. Look at me...I'm not alarmed at all. Actually, I'm sipping a mocha and petting a dog while typing. Now THAT'S alarming.
    Look out guys, In My LIfe isn't on an inconsequential internet list! The world as we know it is in DANGER!!!
    Hard days night, ticket to ride, Day tripper, Paperback writer, Drive my car, Sgt. Peppers' lonely hearts club band, With a little help from my friends, I am the walrus, Back in the USSR, Let it be...A great list, yet so many songs that can be added. Magnificent band.
    Axeman Eugene
    I was surprised that I Want You (She's So Heavy) didn't get a spot on the list. Good list nontheless.
    Yes. It got a lot of votes. Amazing song too
    Why would this comment get downvote? I swear a bunch of jack@sses on this site. You cant even speak and you get downvote. Lol at you all
    Lets make it simple, and list (in no specific order) everything that causes people downvoting you - 1: You write, , spell, behave, have an attitude, reply, post, and generally just act like you were born in the same year of your username.
    You do realize there can only be ten songs on the list, right? I didn't thumb you down btw but what exactly do you think is less deserving here?
    Oh and also, it's not because of what you're saying, it's the person saying it. People find you annoying. Haven't you picked up on this yet?
    All 10 are quality tunes, you can't really pick a number 1. As a list of good Beatles songs it's solid.
    I wish there weren't some of the more overplayed songs like "Come Together" and "Yesterday" on here, but it's a good list. There's a reason those songs are overplayed I guess... THEY'RE GOOD!!! I don't think The Beatles wrote 10 bad songs in their career.
    I woulda liked to see the Abbey Road Medley here, either way though, these are all great
    As a fan of their later stuff, I'd add I Want You and Yer Blues, other than that it's a pretty good list.
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    See you didn't get downvoted! I actually thought that comment was kinda funny.
    i like how this list has 3 Harrison written songs-it shows how much an important underrated part of the band he was
    beSt beAtles song is last tRain to ClArkSville Mhm..... **Read the Caps**^
    HAHA!!! Im sure even you knew that ** disqualifies those caps LOL!! No worries we'll all come together and forgive you..
    Am I the only one who's a fan of their good old lady humidifier stuff?
    You mean "Paul's granny shit" as John called it? Haha. I'm also a fan, it's just funny to me.
    For me: 1- A day in a life 2- Eleanor 3- I'm so tired So hard to define though...
    I would say 1. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds 2. Come Together 3. Eleanor Rigby and 4. I am the Walrus, though I don't listen to that much 60s music so I'm not best clued up on the subject.
    I was very disappointed that both I am the Walrus and Lucy didn't make it :/ that's what I get for not voting though haha. I agree with parisatnite though, I personally would rank A Day in the Life higher than While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds=L in the S with D=LSD=What they were probably high on when they made that song.
    Julian Lennon drew a picture for his dad when he was a very little boy. The picture was described by Julian as having a girl named Lucy who was in the sky, and there was a diamond. The song is definitely about acid, but the Lucy, sky and diamond thing was just folklore. That part was thought of by a little kid.
    This list had a correct answer. And that answer was A Day in the Life. You guys had ONE JOB!
    For once we agree
    I think we agree more often than you think dude, I just don't post my opinion over and over and I argue with you because you're whiny. Has nothing to do with your actual opinion.
    You guys are actually totally wrong about Strawberry Fields Forever. John wrote it about an orphanage named Strawberry Fields in which he hung out when he was a child. It wasn't a literal field of strawberries.
    Oh my god, Elenor Rigby. The first Beatles song I fell in love with. So dark. Anyway, yeah there are a bunch of songs I could think of that could be here, but putting together a top 10 Beatles list is pretty much near impossible. I would say this list is good
    Dumbass list. Let's take arguably the greatest band of all time and try to pare them down to 10 songs. There is no ranking of The Beatles. There is simply The Beatles catalogue and the awesomeness it has endowed upon our lives.
    Thrice Capades
    I think it was a good idea though. Some songs like "Happiness is a Warm Gun" made it which makes me really happy. It's a great and truly unique song and it's nice to see that a lot of people feel the same way I do about it. It's good to see what people are into sometimes, and maybe there's someone out there who's never heard some of these songs and will go out there and check them out. I think these lists are pretty productive overall. Especially if people would stop arguing and just have intelligent conversations about their love of music. That's why we're all here, right?
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps as number one?? Other than that, a pretty decent list. Even though I dont agree, but they're all good songs.
    Thrice Capades
    Welcome to UG, where readers play guitar and tend to like really, really, really amazing guitar songs.
    For anyone who doesnt feel like scrolling all the way down: --> "well uhh my favorite beatles song is "____" and it didnt get included!!!! *RAGE* How can you all not agree with my specific taste, why didn't you just upvote MY comment as the list. Im telling my mom. You guys have no taste in music!! MOM!!!!"
    Root Beer
    wormgus2003, is that you?
    My name is not shaggy91. Lol ur name is seriously root beer?
    People downvote you just to downvote you, like little childrens making fun of somebody, it just tell us the average age of UG users, this site has gone lame this last few years.
    How many times are we going to see this same post? It was funny the first couple times. Move on.
    Clapton's Guitar - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    I like how this raw and unpolished guitar sound totally fits in the mix !
    nefaSto Favore
    Almost unbelieveable, but when a cover is better than the original:
    No one can be as good as The Beatles or George Harrison playing While My Guitar Gently Weeps. NO ONE!!!!!
    im sorry but for me the great late jeff healey puts the original to shame. this is by far the best version of this song or any song
    Have you even heard the song? There is hardly any guitar at all... this world and it's inhabitants have absolutely NO common sense
    Thrice Capades
    Was that directed at me? Have I ever heard "While My Guitar Gently Weeps?" Are you serious? Have you? Grow a pair of ears and listen a little more closely. Eric Clapton owns that song, and he does it with **SPOILER ALERT** a guitar.
    Replace Eleagnor Rigby and Come Together with In My Life and Hey Jude
    Updated troll rankings for this week: 1. third( - )eye 2. Thrice Capades 3. MitchHarpring 4. guitarist5477 5. jonathanb2
    Thrice Capades
    I appreciate your enthusiasm for the Beatles, but you have to admit that ever since this article was posted you've gone a bit overboard. I'm just trying to have a little fun with ya.
    Come on, I was 5th last week. Do I need to troll harder? (Seriously though, your immeasurable butthurt is entertaining. I like you. Btw, be honest... you were born in 2003, right?)
    I was born in the 80s mate. Seriously. You thought a 10yr old kid could know so much abou the Beatles/Pink Floyd/Metallica? I am mature and actually VERY knowledgable in Rock n Roll and Metal
    lolwtf. These are 3 of the most famous rock bands of all time. It's perfectly possible for a 10yr old kid to know everything about them. But hey, I'm not here to judge you, enjoy your rock and roll/metal knowledge mate.
    i know plenty of people my age (31) that dont know anything about anything so its perfectly plausible that a ten year old dose when i was a ten year old i was listening to the beatles and the stones and led zep elo ect.....
    Alright then, I guess I'm still a troll for telling you not to repost comments. Oh well.
    George's three best Beatles's songs get in, which are also my three favorite Beatles songs, I feel fine with this list. Everyone stop complaining.
    I think it's a pretty solid list. I would have liked to see more Rubber Soul / Revolver tracks (In My Life, Taxman, etc.), but "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is probably my favorite Beatles song ever, so I can't complain too much.
    Im honestly surprised I Am The Walrus isnt up there or Octopus Garden, or Daytripper, or Get Back
    She's so...HEAVVVVVYYYYY
    THis list is missing a few songs but I can agree on it. But wheres Hey Jude.
    This is a great list, it's almost impossible to choose a best of for The Beatles. You can always argue it and mood will dictate what you like on any given day. As this is a UG list I can appreciate why WMGGW is #1. I love the song. Not my favourite though and not even my favourite of George Harrison's.
    Where's She Said? Or It's all Too Much? I guess that a list like this is just too hard to do properly....
    Where the ass is Maxwell's Silver Hammer?
    I wish the 3 song medley off AR could count a a song.
    Cool to see that my posts for Something and Helter Skelter made it onto the list!
    Awesome list. Would have liked Strawberry Fields Forever and little higher. Was also expecting A day in the Life to take it but While my guitar Gently weeps is also a magnificent song.
    That moment when people are specifically searching my posts just to downvote it. Priceless. Makes me feel good. Lol
    I am glad A Day in the Life made it to the list, that song means a lot to me.
    So many songs to choose from. Where do you start?
    I think the acoustic version >>> album version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
    I like Rage Against the Machine.
    happiness is a warm gun -dam yoko was on that song did she tell you to name tat one .strawberry fields he did play there as a kid it was a childrens home near where he lived think ran by salvation army
    Strawberry Fields is the name of a Salvation's Army home for kids that Lennon used to sneak into, not an actual field of strawberries -_- It's actually common knowledge. Or am I just being trolled?