The Beatles Songs Ranked

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With a line-up comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they are commonly regarded as the most influential band of all time. The group were integral to the development of 1960s counterculture and popular music’s recognition as an art form. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, their sound incorporated elements of classical music and traditional pop in innovative ways; the band later explored music styles ranging from ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As pioneers in recording, songwriting and artistic presentation, the group revolutionised many aspects of the music industry and were often publicised as leaders of the era’s youth and sociocultural movements. Here are all of the Beatles songs ranked.

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20. Across the Universe (The Beatles (White Album / Super Deluxe), 1968)

“This is my favorite Beatles song without a doubt, but only if it’s the Let it Be version; The Let it Be… Naked version of it is a butchered farce, and the other versions are just… meh. But the one with Phil Spector’s work on it is my favorite version, and it’s such a beautiful work of art.”

19. Penny Lane (Magical Mystery Tour, 1967)

“Close your eyes, listen to the song, and you are transported to a barbershop in Penny Lane on a drizzly London morning. It is the most nostalgic song about Britain that I have heard.”

18. Hello, Goodbye (Magical Mystery Tour, 1967)

The Magical Mystery Tour Singles were the best songs they wrote. I can’t believe people would vote for Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane, but leave this behind.”

17. With a Little Help from My Friends (Yellow Submarine, 1967)

“You know, there is a couple Beatles songs I like. First off I like prog rock and hard rock more than Beatles slow rock/pop but this song really is inspiring it seems to knock off every other Beatles song. You will find maybe 1 or 2 songs on an album that are greatly underrated but are amazing songs. Like something for nothing by rush, great song so underrated. Personally I think all of rush is underrated. This song is great great rythym good lyrics just blows by all their other stuff.”

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16. All You Need is Love (Magical Mystery Tour, 1967)

“Bloody amazing song. Honestly probably my favourite. Lennon sings so beautifully and the tune and Paul McCartney in the background. AMAZING SONG. Ill always have this song with me. Best song about love ever?. Definitely”

15. Twist and Shout (Please Please Me, 1963)

“Twist and shout is the best song the Beatles made that why I voted for it I think before twist and shout should be strawberry fields forever the Beatles were and are the best band to ever live…”

14. I Am the Walrus (Magical Mystery Tour, 1967)

“It’s so bizarre that it actually makes you wonder if you were on something before watching the video. Seriously, I am the egg man? I am the walrus? What the fudge does that have to do with anything? I’m not saying this is bad, oh no, I’m saying that no matter how weird, scary or all-around strange it is, there is just one element that just makes you want to watch the music video again and again. This song is psychedelic genius!”

13. Help! (Help!, 1965)

“This is a brilliantly written song and captured John Lennon perfectly. It’s catchy, it’s heartfelt, it’s a perfectly written song. Over 50 years old and it is still as catchy today as it was back then. You can’t help but sing to this one.”

12. I Want to Hold Your Hand (Meet the Beatles!, 1964)

“For me one of the best songs ever made. Listen how the base plays a lick when the other instruments are ‘low’. Everything works together perfectly. And it’s not just the same chord progression looped throughout the whole song, no the chorus is a little bit different each time. A masterpiece!”

11. Come Together (Abbey Road, 1969)

“Listen to the guitar on the line “come together! Right now over… That’s pure soulful rock music! I believe that this song and “I Want you she’s so heavy” are the two of the best (perhaps “coolest”) song ever written by he Beatles; and these two deserves to be on top! I mean really! This is a rock anthem that will always rock you down forever.”

10. Something (Abbey Road, 1969)

“t’s clear that John and Paul were the strongest songwriters in the Fab Four, but we know in the later years (when they were both at their best) that they hardly listened to each other. George spent years in the background, quietly biding his time and taking in as much information as he could from two of the greatest songwriters in history. His epic final statement is Something, which showcases all the different elements that made The Beatles so incredible: beautiful texture and instrumentation, unusual but incredibly effective chord changes, fantastic individual performances (Ringo’s drums, Paul’s bass, George’s gorgeous solo).”

9. Eleanor Rigby (Revolver, 1966)

“This song will manipulate your mood into something you’ve never felt before. It tells a story about loneliness and death. It’s very depressing but also uplifting at the same time. What? Didn’t think it was possible to feel two absolute opposite emotions at once, well the Beatles did it.”

8. In My Life (Rubber Soul, 1965)

“I am a huge Beatles fan and this song is my all time favorite. It is very simple. It has meaningful, thought provoking lyrics. And above all it relates with all of us.”

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7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles, 1968)

“The guitar taking over and becoming the singer while the musicians become its instruments is the pinnacle of rock music. And there are no limits to the scope of the guitar solo. Every accomplished rock guitarist needs to tackle it and lay down their own expression of what the guitar, crying out to us about the human condition, sounds like.”

6. Strawberry Fields Forever (Magical Mystery Tour, 1967)

“Strawberry Fields Forever is absolutely the greatest song written by the Beatles. I never get tired of it. At first listen, it’s strange and absolutely nothing sounds like it. But then it evolves into this magnificent, imaginative world. It makes you escape. A great song should be both beautiful and melodic, but also capture your attention and mesmerize.”

5. Yesterday (Help!, 1965)

“The best song from the entire British Invasion, in my humble opinion. Also, here’s a little fun fact about the song: When Paul had the beat down but was working on the lyrics, he’d fill in the word “yesterday”, with “scrambled eggs”.

4. Here Comes the Sun (Abbey Road, 1969)

“To me this song is the epitome of everything The Beatles are to me. If I’m in a bad mood or especially depressed their music is the only think that works and particularly this song for cheering me up”

3. Let It Be (The Beatles (White Album / Super Deluxe), 1968)

“This song is just so beautiful and sad. Paul McCartney sounds really emotional in this song and the lyrics are meaningful. One of my favourite songs of all time.”

2. A Day in the Life (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)

“A beautiful song made of two contrasting sections joined by a roaring orchestra is really a unique masterpiece. It really shows off Lennon and McCartney’s different styles.”

1. Hey Jude (Hey Jude, 1968)

“Beautiful, this isn’t JUST my favorite Beatles song, this is my FAVORITE SONG OF ALL TIME! This was even my wedding song. God bless the Beatles for bringing this creation of music into the world. Long live the Beatles, the silver lining in the crap-filled clouds called today’s “music.”