Wednesday Question: Best Beatles Songs?

Beatles singer Paul McCartney released his new solo album "New" this week. But we all know his greatest work was back in the 1960s as part of the Fab Four.

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Yes, the Beatles were truly among the greatest songwriters of all time, and certainly the most influential. Before them, it wasn't normal for performers to write their own songs - but this lot took the rule book, tore it up, and sparked a creative revolution. But with such a stunning catalogue of timeless music, which song is best? This week's question is:

What is the best Beatles song of all time?

We're really excited about the results of this list. Everyone has a favourite Beatles album, and it's hard to pick a single song out - but if anyone can do it, it's Ultimate Guitar readers. Post your nominations in the comments, then upvote any song titles that you agree with. We'll be posting the results in what is bound to be one of our best top 10 lists ever. Go!

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    CultofSG
    So many to choose from, but the song that I find consistently mindblowing is "Strawberry Fields Forever."
    PoloSG68
    And the other track on that single 'Penny Lane' is great too. Which is my vote! Penny Lane anyone?
    wormgus2003
    Yes. This is a really beautiful song, also one of the best songs to teach your kids as babies. My 3 year old son loves this and the Yellow Submarine, also Bungalow Bill
    rockfreak611
    Helter Skelter
    el tigre
    Broke my damn collar bone air guitaring to that song while snowboarding. Worth every second.
    NoMoreNoMore66
    "Happiness Is A Warm Gun"- unbelievably original, complex, and just plain awesome
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    not to mention Radiohead took the three distinct sections structure of it when they made "Paranoid Android"
    Stratus475
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
    rolandroi
    I kinda like the version where tom petty sings along with george harrison, while Prince is doing the solo. Best version of the song for me.
    mat hazelwood
    Prince's solo is amazing, but you gotta watch the video to appreciate it even more
    rolandroi
    Yeah i saw the man float. But i really don't care that much about how you swing your banana while playing your guitar though as long as you don't look like you're struggling.
    Aryan Death Man
    The 'Concert for Bangladesh' version was awesome as well.That twin guitar solo by Clapton and George was amazing
    rockfreak611
    A great song, though I wouldn't consider it the "best" beatles song on account of the main descending chord progression, while still awesome, is one of the most over-used progressions in rock music by so many bands even before the beatles wrote WMGGW. Definitely deserves a spot on the list, but I personally wouldn't have it at #1 since the beatles have written so much more creative stuff.
    UniformRecon
    Honestly, not anywhere close to my favorite Beatles song, or in my opinion the BEST beatles song.
    UncleBluck
    A George Harrison song.....
    third(-)eye
    Well yeah, 'cause his songs were the best. While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Within You Without You, Something?..
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    Here Comes The Sun, The Inner Light, I Me Mine, If I Needed Someone, Love To You, Taxman, Piggies, Only A Northern Song, It's All Too Much, Think For Yourself, I Want To Tell You, Blue Jay Way, Long Long Long, Savoy Truffle, Old Brown Shoe George always wrote my favorite songs from each album.
    SleepFan
    Woah the other song that got me to pick up a guitar. George fans unite! Good job UG!!!
    daverolston
    A Day in the Life.
    wormgus2003
    This is really difficult: These are some of my personal favourites: -A Day in the Life -In My Life -Strawberry Fields Forever -And your Bird can sing -Im only Sleeping -I want to tell you -Do you want to know a secret If I had to choose one. It would be between A day in the Life and In my Life..both Masterpieces
    FuddWead
    By far the best in terms of influence, vision, and just plain awesomeness. And if that isn't enough for you, THAT CHORD! Unnnnghh!
    wormgus2003
    What's really amazing is the amount of downvotes and negativity on this Wednesday's question. I guess UG is all about Metalheads, 5 year old kids and other "Virtuoso" fans. If you don't acknowledge or appreciate the Beatle's music, you should really not consider yourself a music fan.
    mat hazelwood
    I think the downvotes come in when people start going "my favorite blank is this this this this this this and this...oh this too", they might all be great but pick one it's a simple question.
    metaldalz
    Come Together
    keroXbero
    I believe In My Life should be a contender. A song with such a beautiful message, and very stunning melodies. It may not be the most complicated song, or the most known, but it's definitely up there.
    SheltieCobain
    Im Only Sleeping, its such an underrated song..
    Brownbear93
    Octopus's Garden...such a feel good song
    wormgus2003
    Yes. It is one of those songs that makes you feel happy. I for one really enjoy Ringo's singing
    wormgus2003
    What's really amazing is the amount of downvotes and negativity on this Wednesday's question. I guess UG is all about Metalheads, 5 year old kids and other "Virtuoso" fans. If you don't acknowledge or appreciate the Beatle's music, you should really not consider yourself a music fan.
    Buccaneer89
    I Want you (she's so heavy) I'll go with that one, though its actually impossible to choose.
    GCanuck_39
    I Want to Hold Your Hand. One of the biggest songs in terms of impact for starting the British Invasion, and it's just a damn catchy song.
    Obsceneairwaves
    don't let me down, especially this version
    Nero Galon
    You might be interested in hearing Matchbox Twenty's live cover.
    TaV0
    Hey, you miswrote: Nobody is interestead in listening to Matchbox Twenty.
    Nero Galon
    OK now I know MB20 is disliked by majority of UG, will never mention them ever again. Not many bands left i'm allowed to mention here anymore haha.
    Powerslave1412
    My guess is no matter how the votes turn out, no one's going to be happy with the results. My vote, Eleanor Rigby
    Jazz1992
    Since all my other favorites were already mentioned, I'll go with Day Tripper.
    knægt
    As a totalt, "wellIdontreallylikethebeatles"-kinda guy, I should not vote, but I'll do it anyway: Back to the USSR
    wormgus2003
    At least you made a positive impact by voting. Most people here act like total jerks and all they do in downvote and show negativity
    crystalmonday80
    Across The Universe!
    wormgus2003
    There are no songs on this list that should have any downvotes. All of the Beatles music is magnificent in one way or the other.
    guitarist5477
    The Beatles have brought us together Wormgus. We should totes go out and get a latte and discuss the beauty of their catalog.
    wormgus2003
    Sounds great. Lol Where u from? I seriously thought u disliked them. My Fav bands are: The Beatles Metallica Pink Floyd
    guitarist5477
    I'm from far away, but the Beatles and Metallica are in my top 20. Pink Floyd is cool, and David Gilmour is amazing but a good amount of their stuff I'm sick of cause my Mom overly played all their albums when I was growing up.
    wormgus2003
    So, who would you say are your favourite 3 or 5 artists? I already mentioned my top 3, and the top 10 would include: Led Zepp Queen Johnny Cash Alice in Chains Guns N Roses Motley Crue Oasis Megadeth
    Dcrimmins918
    My top three are Pink Floyd, Metallica and Alice in Chains haha. The Beatles taking the number 4 spot.
    UncleBluck
    Given that many of the songs were written individually by John, Paul, & George.....that reduces the list substantially...besides that there are just too many great songs to single out just one.....
    goremetal22
    Revolution #9
    iommi600
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    wormgus2003
    What's really amazing is the amount of downvotes and negativity on this Wednesday's question. I guess UG is all about Metalheads, 5 year old kids and other "Virtuoso" fans. If you don't acknowledge or appreciate the Beatle's music, you should really not consider yourself a music fan.
    jebbe9696
    "I think people being negative are bad" "like the things i like or your opinion is shit" -Wormgus
    Jackstratstroem
    Im not a beatles fan, but it is my responsibility to know the hits from them. I also have abbey road on cd. I dont dislike it, but i can see how ¨modern music¨ started with them. And you mean the 12yo Metallica fans that hangs here more then they practice
    The_Dayman
    I was wondering how long it would take until somebody posted one of those stupid ass "lul every1 on UG is br00tal metalhead who hates all good music" comments. Dude, literally ALL comments like yours get thumbs up. Can we all just stop beating a dead horse and realize people here like all types of music? You need to relax, bro.
    shlepy
    One does not simply choose a best Beatles song. You just don't.