Legendary band. The Impact of their body of work is still reverberating to this day. Best band of all-time by a long shot as far as I’m concerned.
Oh, and Abbey Road is their hands-down best album…fight me! After seeing my list you’ll see it clear I prefer the ballads, and my preference leans McCartney > Harrison > Lennon. Here’s my Top 20 Songs of 20 Artists for The Beatles.
20. “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” – Help!
19. “Eight Days A Week” – Beatles For Sale
18. “I Will” – White Album
17. “Oh! Darling” – Abbey Road
16. “Let It Be” – Let It Be
15. “If I Fell” – Hard Days Night
14. “A Hard Days Night” – Hard Days Night
13. “Golden Slumbers” – Abbey Road
12. “Here, There, Everywhere” – Revolver
11. “Can’t Buy Me Love” – Hard Days Night
10. “All You Need Is Love” – Magical Mystery Tour
9. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” – Abbey Road
8. “Good Day Sunshine” – Revolver
7. “We Can Work It Out” – Single
6. “Here Comes The Sun” – Abbey Road
5. “Yesterday” – Help!
4. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – White Album
3. “Eleanor Rigby” – Revolver
2. “Something” – Abbey Road
1. “A Day In The Life” – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
What about you? What are your favorite songs by The Beatles?!
Definitely the right band at the right time. I think that the fact that they established themselves as pop musicians/stars first had a lot to do with it as well. I’m thinking that had Revolver been their first album, they wouldn’t have had the influence they had.
I don’t think that the Stones or the Kinks would have broken out in the same way had the Beatles not opened the door. Neither of them was as “friendly” as the early Beatles.
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I realize that this is probably a bit nerdy and over thinking things somewhat, but back when I was a teenager these sorts of discussions seemed way more important than they really were/are.
Interesting list and interesting take. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s virtually impossible to separate that Beatles as a band, from the influence of George Martin, from the timing of their career, the advent of readily available television, and from the huge cultural changes in the 60’s and 70’s. There’s no doubt that they were hugely influential musically, and culturally. There’s no doubt that they were a very good band. I just struggle with how to evaluate them without everything around them.
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That’s fair. Maybe right band at the right time?!