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.
'The Ballad of John and Yoko'
We also included the two newly assembled songs found on the first two Anthology s that the surviving Beatles based around a pair of Lennon demos. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band expanded reissue. We stuck with the first-released and original versions — so, sorry, fans of "Lovely Rita Speech and Take 9.
At Beatles anniversary time, the stories write themselves. It turns out that ranking the songs recorded by the Beatles in the s is easy; you put the worst one at the top, and the best one at the bottom. In the U. There was also a flurry of non-album singles throughout those years, collected in different ways in the U. EMI also released a number of four-song EPs in Britain, particularly early on, but only one of them, Long Tall Sally , contained songs not available in other forms. Releases in the U. The songs the band released in the s that were not on their studio albums were eventually consolidated in a catchall collection dubbed, quite lamely, Past Masters. They are duly noted below; most sound like the appreciative efforts of a young and not-quite-formed band; the Beatles being the Beatles, however, a few are transcendent. Any mistakes are, of course, my own.
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.