All the Beatles’ songs ranked, best to worst

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Vulture’s Bill Wyman did the rankings (here).

I discovered them, thanks to my friend Shlomo Dror, and so can you.

It’s hard to argue with their top 9, though you or I might put them in slightly different order.

What’s so striking to me, even now, is that the words and tunes play through my mind as I say the names.

  1. A Day in the Life (Sgt. Pepper’s)
  2. Strawberry Fields Forever (single)
  3. Penny Lane (single)
  4. She Loves You (single)
  5. Please Please Me (single)
  6. Dear Prudence (The White Album)
  7. Here, There, and Everywhere (Revolver)
  8. Norwegian Wood (Rubber Soul)
  9. Eleanor Rigby (Revolver)

They rank “Let It Be” and “Here Comes the Sun” at 15 and 16, “Hey Jude” at 20.

Amazing songs further down the list like “Blackbird” (31), “While My Guitar Gently Weeps (32), “Yesterday” (39).

And on and on. The last one on the list, #213, “Good Day Sunshine.”

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Thanks, Shlomo. What fun reading this article and remembering those songs.

It really was “50 Years Ago Today, Sgt. Pepper Taught the Band to Play.”

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The album’s release began a brief, wild, frenzied few years of peace, love, and dope.

That cultural shift would have happened anyway, but Sgt. Pepper pushed it along and became an important part of the soundtrack.

Here are the iconic tracks:

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • With a Little Help from My Friends
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  • Getting Better
  • Fixing a Hole
  • She’s Leaving Home
  • Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
  • Within You Without You
  • When I’m Sixty-Four
  • Lovely Rita
  • Good Morning Good Morning
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  • A Day in the Life

So many great songs, all still fixed in the collective memory of that generation, my generation.

Some, like “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” became a kind of inside joke, shared by everybody who passed a joint or something more trippy in those hazy days.

Others, like “Lovely Rita” and “When I’m Sixty-Four” had a sweet, even innocent, humor.

The band itself never talked down to the audience or seemed crassly commercial.

Each album they released seemed new and truly original–none more so that Sgt. Pepper’s and, later, the White Album.

For Sgt. Pepper’s, the 50th really is a golden anniversary.