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.

Top 10 Beatles Songs
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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    fugazimats
    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.
    runningriot115
    Good list, but Hey Jude really should have been on here somewhere
    guitarist5477
    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.
    third(-)eye
    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.
    wormgus2003
    Thats true. Hey Jude omission is questionable, also the omission of the obvious choice, In My Life, is very alarming
    MitchHarpring
    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.
    third(-)eye
    Look out guys, In My LIfe isn't on an inconsequential internet list! The world as we know it is in DANGER!!!
    RitchieRamone
    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.
    wormgus2003
    Yes. It got a lot of votes. Amazing song too
    wormgus2003
    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
    third(-)eye
    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?
    third(-)eye
    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?
    N7Crazy
    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.
    RadioTape
    All 10 are quality tunes, you can't really pick a number 1. As a list of good Beatles songs it's solid.
    sklaiss24
    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.
    kcmoon5150
    I woulda liked to see the Abbey Road Medley here, either way though, these are all great
    haifisch234
    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.
    wormgus2003
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    sklaiss24
    See you didn't get downvoted! I actually thought that comment was kinda funny.
    Jay/Dee
    i like how this list has 3 Harrison written songs-it shows how much an important underrated part of the band he was
    DeadIdentity81
    beSt beAtles song is last tRain to ClArkSville Mhm..... **Read the Caps**^
    third(-)eye
    "SARCASMRC"?
    DeadIdentity81
    HAHA!!! Im sure even you knew that ** disqualifies those caps LOL!! No worries we'll all come together and forgive you..