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The 50 Best Beatles Songs

I received in the mail today my Entertainment Weekly featuring my all-time favorite band The Beatles on the cover.  This is in honor of the Rock Band Beatles edition set to hit stores next week (can't wait!).  As part of the issue, EW lists its version of the Top 50 Beatles songs.  Well, I love lists, and of course I disagree with EW's.  They got a lot right, and a majority of the songs on my list are probably on the EW list (I didn't count).  But EW says Here Comes the Sun is only the 48th best Beatles song.  I've got it in the top 5.  And EW's number one pick, A Hard Day's Night, is a joke.  It comes in a respectable 13th on my list, but a far cry from the top spot.  Here is my list:

  1. A Day in the Life
  2. Hey Jude 
  3. The Long and Winding Road 
  4. Penny Lane 
  5. Here Comes the Sun 
  6. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 
  7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps 
  8. Eleanor Rigby 
  9. Norwegian Wood 
  10. Yesterday 
  11. Let it Be 
  12. Something 
  13. A Hard Day's Night 
  14. Blackbird 
  15. Across the Universe 
  16. Help 
  17. I Wanna Hold Your Hand 
  18. From Me to You 
  19. When I'm Sixty-Four 
  20. Revolution 
  21. Strawberry Fields Forever 
  22. I Am the Walrus 
  23. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away 
  24. Can't Buy Me Love 
  25. Day Tripper 
  26. Ticket to Ride 
  27. Eight Days a Week 
  28. Paperback Writer 
  29. Getting Better
  30. Good Day Sunshine 
  31. I Feel Fine 
  32. I Saw Her Standing There 
  33. I'm Down 
  34. Lady Madonna 
  35. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds 
  36. Magical Mystery Tour 
  37. Ballad of John and Yoko 
  38. Back in the U.S.S.R. 
  39. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da 
  40. We Can Work it Out 
  41. Michelle 
  42. All My Loving 
  43. Please Please Me 
  44. Love Me Do 
  45. Nowhere Man 
  46. Got to Get You into My Life 
  47. Yellow Submarine 
  48. Golden Slumbers 
  49. Carry that Weight 
  50. The End 
I actually think the last three songs should be ranked higher, but when I play this mix in iTunes, I like to end with that phenomenal medley from Abbey Road.  So, take that, EW!  Readers may notice that my list is top-heavy with later Beatles tunes, and that I am partial to McCartney's songs.  It is also a testament, though, the George Harrison's often underrated impact on the band that I've got three of his songs in the Top 12, and he didn't get writing credit for very many Beatles songs.