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  • The best John Lennon / Beatles song?

       December 08, 2005

    Today is the 25th Anniversary of John Lennon's death, so it is only fitting that we start the Beatles category in our Best Song Competition. The 1960s poll will run a little while longer, so you still have a chance to vote there too.

    It was really hard to pick out 10 Beatles songs, and I left out some songs that I really love, like "In My Life" and "Rocky Raccoon". I couldn't include reader favorites like "Happy Just To Dance With You". As always, if you think I'm missing some great songs, let me know in the comment section and they may make it into the upcoming "most overlooked" category.

    Click here to place your vote.
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    Update: The polls are closed. "Hey Jude" was the winner of the Beatles poll and "Satisfaction" won the vote in the 60s.

    For more information and previous results in our Greatest Song competition, click here.

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    #  December 8th, 2005 10:56 AM      BVBigBro
    Ticket to Ride, and the best Beatles single, Paperback Writer / Rain. Also, Tomorrow Never Knows.  
    #  December 8th, 2005 11:21 AM      james
    i think we need a bracket for the beatles.

    how cool would that be?
    #  December 8th, 2005 3:58 PM      james
    why is the poll so slow? is it just me?
    #  December 8th, 2005 10:30 PM      TheUnabrewer
    I am the Walrus -- goo goo goo joob!  
    #  December 9th, 2005 2:02 AM      mbrlr
    In rough alphabetical order, these are the Beatles songs I would choose. If I had to pick one, it would be a 3-way tie between "And Your Bird Can Sing", "Ticket to Ride", and the cover of "Money" that's about the most brutal work they ever did. and the absolutely brutal version of "Money (That's What I Want)" that they did. The Beatles never had the reputation the Stones or the Animals had for being able to handle the "legitimate" American music heritage, but their version of "Money" is better than Barrett Strong's original and it's about as harsh a version as could be imagined.

    Despite what the computer told me, I didn't vote for "Hey Jude" and I withdraw whatever I did that convinced the computer program that was my intent. It was a good song, but c'mon! Anyway, here's *my* list of their best ten:

    And Your Bird Can Sing
    Money (That's What I Want)
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    Ticket to Ride
    Don't Let Me Down
    Get Back
    I Saw Her Standing There
    You're Gonna Lose That Girl
    (As a lagniappe # 11, I'm throwing in something that amenable right-wingers can appreciate for the message and those of us on the left can like simply because it's catchy as all get out ---- Taxman.)

    My fave isn't one of the ones usually mentioned, but check it out. When they did "And Your Bird Can Sing"'s just unbelievable what these...these KIDS were managing in 1965. Whether you tend to prefer the Stones (I do) and the other bands on both sides of the Atlantic, there was a certain genius in the four of those guys together that's never been approached since, even by bands that are actually quite a bit better musically.

    Can you tell this is a matter I'm a bit zealous about?

    #  December 9th, 2005 8:51 AM      kris
    this whole project is kind of hard for me because i'm not putting up lists of MY favorites, but rather putting up lists that reflect what I think most other people like (when I have a chance, of course, I will pick something I like over something I don't). If these were my ten favorite Beatles songs it'd be:

    Can't Buy Me Love
    You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
    In My Life
    Paperback Writer
    Eleanor Rigby
    She Said She Said
    Penny Lane
    A Day In The Life
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps

    I like the schmaltzy stuff and, as you can imagine, I much prefer Paul's solo stuff to John's songs. Nothing John wrote was ever as good as "Admiral Halsey" or "Band on the Run".

    I'm a little shocked and dismayed that Penny Lane isn't walking away with this. It's basically the perfect pop song.

    oh, mb, the reason it said you voted for "Hey Jude" is because that's where your vote went in the final round. That changes as more and more people vote too, so don't worry about it.  
    #  December 9th, 2005 10:31 AM      BVBigBro
    Hey Jude is one of least favorite Beatles songs. Not only is it bad and boring, but it lasts forever.  
    #  December 9th, 2005 11:13 PM      jpmccord
    Pink Floyd next, maybe?  



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