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In the vein of "Favorite Planets Movement"- another topical music thread!

This one concerns the band that many fans (including myself) often claim is the best in history. All of the records from their peak period in the mid- to late-sixties are considered by critics to be required listening for those more than casually interested in classic pop/rock.

So, in this thread, I ask everyone familiar with the Beatles in any capacity to list his/her five favorite songs by the band. If one is unable to create a top-five list due to underexposure to the band, he can list fewer than five. My list:

1. "Strawberry Fields Forever"- from the Magical Mystery Tour album

2. "She Said She Said"- from Revolver

3. "In My Life"- from Rubber Soul

4. "Sexy Sadie"- from the White Album

5. "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds- from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

I look forward to seeing the lists of others!

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Some of the Beatles songs I like (in random order):

Imagine
Let it be
All My Loving
In My Life
Blackbird
All Things Must Pass
Here Comes the Sun

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It's a good list. Just FYI, though, "Imagine" is a John Lennon solo tune, and "All Things Must Pass" is a George Harrison solo tune. A lot of people will lump the ex-Beatles' solo careers up with their Beatles output, though, so it's no major blunder.

EDIT: This was in response to Dolphin's list.

[ Monday, July 11, 2005 08:52: Message edited by: Stugri-La ]

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A version of All Things Must Pass is on one of the Anthology CDs, actually. But I haven't heard it. It might be just George by himself, like the version of Something that is on one of the Anthology CDs, or it might be with the rest of the band playing.

My first introduction to The Beatles (besides when they played on Oldies 103.3 when I was little and I didn't pay attention) was seeing a Yellow Submarine screensaver on my uncle's computer, with characters from the movie. I asked about the different characters, and I decided to see the movie. I immediately fell in love with their music. Before that, I firmly believed I hated music in general. However, The Beatles opened me to music, and now I like many different genres and bands. Anyone interested in The Beatles should watch Yellow Submarine. I recommend watching the 1999 re-release, though, because it includes the Hey Bulldog sequence that was cut out of the original movie. The movies that the Beatles were directly involved in ("A Hard Day's Night", "Help!", & "Magical Mystery Tour") are okay too, but in my opinion, Yellow Submarine is the best.

It's really hard to choose which songs are my favorites. I like almost every one of their songs that I've heard. But I guess these would be pretty close to my top five.

--"A Day In The Life", from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
--"And Your Bird Can Sing" from Revolver
--"Come Together" from Abbey Road
--"Eleanor Rigby" from Revolver
--"Within You, Without You" from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

EDIT: Also, you might want to check out Steve's Beatles Page. It has lyrics, song anomalies, discography, photos, and a Name That Tune style quiz. He never updates, but it's still useful.

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"Yellow Submarine" is indeed a great movie. Easily one of my favorite movies, and certainly my favorite animated film.

As you're aware, ADoS, Harrison composed several of the songs from his first album (All Things Must Pass) during his later years with the Beatles. Many of the songs were rejected by the other Beatles for inclusion in Beatles records.

George, often treated like a junior member of the band (he was the youngest) was usually only allowed one or two songs per record. As such, by the time he was set to release a solo album he had enough tunes laid by to make it a double album. I know "Art of Dying" was a Beatles reject, and I wouldn't be surprised if "All Things Must Pass" was as well.

There's even a Beatles reject tune in a later Harrison album. Check out "Not Guilty" from the album George Harrison. It's got quite a different sound than the Beatles version on Anthology 3, but it's a good one.

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Lady Madonna, Rocky Raccoon and Magical Mystery Tour are all good songs. The rest range from piddlingly poor (Sgt. Pepper's) to above-mediocre (the rest of their oeuvre).

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quote:
Originally written by Marx' Martyr:

Lady Madonna, Rocky Raccoon and Magical Mystery Tour are all good songs.
Whooo - I think Rocky Raccoon is incredible! That's my favorite, along with Norwegian Wood.

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Of course you're quite welcome to your opinion, TM, but I find it odd that you elevate "Rocky Raccoon" to the status as a top-three Beatles song. It's a novelty joke tune that I found none too memorable, and yet you find it more impressive than so many other great songs? I'd be interested in hearing your rationale for the choice.

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I don't like it that much either. It's just that it's not much of an "elevation"- I like the song because it's a precognized solution to Springstein's awkward and unwieldy "story songs". It's pretty bad music (and it's probably not that ambitious), but it realizes the setting, and that's sorta neat.

I'm generally not a fan of "british" rock in the same vein as I'm not a fan of blues- sure, it's the impetus for anything anyone listens to, but I don't like it. :P

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Mh. In general, I like almost all Beatles songs with no real preference. It's odd, since apart from that I really only enjoy classical music. If I had to name one, I'd say Yesterday.

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Yellow Submarine. Its the easiest to sing along to, and you can make all sorts of new things out of it.

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Let It Be
Hey Jude
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Several other songs that I like too, these are just the ones that stick out.
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I find it almost embarassing that the Beatles don't do anything for me. Even now, so many people from virtually every age group name them as their favourite band, and yet when I listen to their songs, I just think "...so what's the big deal?"

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Let it Be,
Hey Jude,
Lady Madonna,
The Buddy Rich cover of Norwegian Wood.

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Revolution 1, Revolution 9, Rocky Raccoon, Dear Prudence, Glass Onion, and Julia, Sexy Sadie, Honey Pie, Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey.

All I've heard, really, is the White Album (and a little Abbey Road).

Ack! Forgot two—err, three.

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quote:
Originally written by Ash Lael:

I find it almost embarassing that the Beatles don't do anything for me. Even now, so many people from virtually every age group name them as their favourite band, and yet when I listen to their songs, I just think "...so what's the big deal?"
Nothing wrong with that, just a matter of taste. There is a chance you have been exposed to the wrong material for your tastes, though. The Beatles were quite experimental and stylistically varied, and there's usually something for almost anyone. Have you only ever heard the popular hits, or have you been exposed to lesser-known album tracks, as well? I, for one, find some of the best-known Beatles hits to be rather a bore (e.g. Let It Be, Get Back, The Long And Winding Road) and absolutely adore a lot of really obscure tracks.

Here's an open invitation to anyone interested- if you're having difficulty finding a Beatles song that you like, just make a post discussing your general tastes in music. I'll go ahead and provide you with some recommendations along the lines of your tastes, and perhaps you can give those a try!

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My exposure to the Beatles mostly comes from my Dad's old vinyl collection. He had a lot of records, and I think he had every Beatles album. I've probably heard a lot of them at some point, but I can only really remember a handful. Certainly there would be plenty I either don't know or don't know well.

In terms of my musical tastes, my favourite stuff tends to be pretty heavy, though I can appreciate a wide range of styles. If you want to look for a Beatles song for me, I don't expect heavy metal, but try and find something with a lot of energy. Another thing I look for is really good lyrics. Good luck!

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I'm not a huge fan of the Beatles, but in my house, they're virtually unavoidable. It's not that I dislike them so much as I find them extremely overrated and somewhat repetitious. Some of their songs, such as Come Together, contain a few seconds of likeable material sandwiched by musical inanity on both sides. On the whole, though, while I listen to few of their songs intentionally, I can listen to the majority of them without wishing I weren't. That said, my top five favorite Beatles songs are as follows:

1. "Eleanor Rigby"
2. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
3. "Dear Prudence"
4. "Here Comes the Sun"
5. "Hey Jude"

EDIT: Err... Ashy, since when do heavy metal and good lyrics mix?

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'Elarnor Rigby' is a Paul Mcartney solo, isn't it? I think. I like it anyway. That and 'Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds' are my favorite Beatle-related songs.

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Originally written by Stugri-La:

It's a good list. Just FYI, though, "Imagine" is a John Lennon solo tune, and "All Things Must Pass" is a George Harrison solo tune. A lot of people will lump the ex-Beatles' solo careers up with their Beatles output, though, so it's no major blunder.
I still consider them Beatles songs, but I suppose I'm the only one who does, so my mistake.

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Originally written by Lady Davida:

EDIT: Err... Ashy, since when do heavy metal and good lyrics mix?
Um... got me stumped. Sometime before '81. Not sure exactly when. Why do you ask?

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I think that quite a few beatles songs are good but theres not much point naming them as I have only one real favourite. That favourite song, which is brilliant, is - While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Edit: that better?

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quote:
Originally written by Kingy:

I think that quite a few beatles songs are good but theres not much point naming them as I have no real favourites. There is only one beatles song which is brilliant, While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
That would sort of suggest that it is your favourite, would it not?

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