They restructured pop and rock music as we know it more than once during the brief seven years that they made records. You can say that about a huge chunk of their tracks too, as you'll see in our list of the Top 50 Beatles Songs. Once the Beatles committed to becoming a full-time studio group, they wasted no time exploring the various shapes and colors tucked away in the technological corners. On Revolver 's closing cut they tripped out, with backward loops, sped-up tapes and exotic instruments buried in the mind-exploding mix. After some of the dust on the matter settled, Lennon wrote a song about it, chronicling his yearlong misadventures with messianic, winking frustration. One of Sgt. Generally credited as one of the first songs to include deliberate feedback, "I Feel Fine" helped shape the Beatles' declaration of independence. Within a few months they would replace their traditional forms of songwriting to include more studio effects and audio experiments. When the Beatles made their first U. The two-minute pop explosion served as a perfect intro to the group and the incoming wave of Beatlemania.
More than 3,000 musicians have covered ‘Yesterday’ since its release.
By Charles Curtis May 29, am. Indeed, in the United States, Beatles released Sgt. What qualifies me to do such a thing? What I am is a die-hard Beatles fan who grew up obsessed with the band, reading anything and everything I could find about the band while listening to the albums over and over. Anything that was released as a single, B-side or on an album is on this list. I spent the last few weeks re-listening to every cut and I tried my best to get rid of personal bias, but it was tough. I also tried to comment on my bottom 10 and top 20, with some thoughts in between. Is it supposed to be funny?
I first heard of the Beatles when I was nine years old. I spent most of my holidays on Merseyside then, and a local girl gave me a bad publicity shot of them with their names scrawled on the back. The funny thing is that parents and all their friends from Liverpool were also curious and proud about this local group. Prior to that, the people in show business from the north of England had all been comedians. The Beatles even recorded for Parlophone, which was a comedy label, as if they believed they might be a passing novelty act. I was exactly the right age to be hit by them full-on. My experience — seizing on every picture, saving money for singles and EPs, catching them on a local news show — was repeated over and over again around the world. Every record was a shock.
When EW ranked the 50 best Beatles songs ever in , there was yelling. There were tears. Read on for the complete list. But with one majestic, mysterious Rickenbacker distress call, the Beatles as we first met them on The Ed Sullivan Show four months earlier were gone. In less expert hands, the contrast might have felt clumsy. The rest of the band initially resisted releasing it; even today, some find it mawkish. See No. Elvis Presley, James Brown, and Smokey Robinson all covered it; Frank Sinatra once called it the greatest love song of the last 50 years. Pure joy: about being in love, about being embraced as the most-loved band of The song was a tumultuous way of celebrating their ever-increasing triumph over the pop world.