Hey, everyone! Kyle from Blue Turnip, here (the Fat One). Since we are all cooped up and watching tons of TV and movies and listening to our favorite music, I decided to do something I have always wanted to do and start a ranking blog called “Top Ten Percent.” In this blog, I will rank the Top Ten Percent of my favorite TV shows, filmmakers, and music artists. I’ll provide an introduction, describe my selection method, then hit you with the list as well as clips, songs, and other goodies. If you would like me to do a post on a particular show, filmmaker, or music artist, let me know in the comments or email me. Also, if you have any questions about our band Blue Turnip, feel free to ask (spoiler alert, we rule).
This is the part of the blog where I usually introduce the thing I am writing about and explain why it is awesome, but I’m pretty sure I don’t need to do that for The Beatles, so… I guess I’ll just get straight to it!
Last year I bought The Beatles Complete Chord Songbook. As the title suggests, it includes “the chords and lyrics of just about every song by The Beatles.” The songs were arranged by guitarist Rikky Rooksby and the book is a must-have for any Beatles fan! The book includes all 194 songs that were written by AND recorded by The Beatles not including covers the Beatles recorded or songs written by the Beatles and recorded by other artists. I used that list of 194 songs as the basis for my ranking. For the Top Ten Percent, I rounded up to 20 songs!
I will say that it was surprisingly easy for me to choose my 20 favorite Beatles songs, but as easy at it was to choose the songs it was near impossible to order them. Usually I (only semi-jokingly) say that my rankings are “definitive,” but in this case I do not claim that these are the 20 best Beatles songs as I am not sure if that is possible with the incredible deft and depth of their catalog. However, I can say with… relative certainty as of May 5, 2020 that these are my 20 favorite Beatles songs pretty much in order! I would be very interested to see your Top Ten Percent of Beatles songs! Leave them in the comments below!
Without further ado, the Top Ten Percent of Beatles songs:
20. “Can’t Buy Me Love” released as a single in 1964 and included on the album A Hard Day’s Night
19. “In My Life” from the album Rubber Soul
18. “She Loves You” released as a single in 1963 and included on the album The Beatles’ Second Album
17. “I’m So Tired” from the album “The White Album”
16. “Blackbird” from the album “The White Album”
15. “Eleanor Rigby” from the album Revolver
14. “She’s Leaving Home” from the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
13. “Oh! Darling” from the album Abbey Road
12. “I’ve Got a Feeling” from the album Let it Be
11. “Hey Jude” released as a single in 1968
10. “You Never Give Me Your Money” from the album Abbey Road
9. “Martha My Dear” from the album “The White Album”
8. “Let it Be” released as a single in 1970 and included on the album Let it Be
7. “We Can Work it Out” released as a single in 1965
6. “Things We Said Today” from the album A Hard Day’s Night
5. “Lady Madonna” released as a single in 1968
4. “Yesterday” released both as a single in 1965 and on the album Help!
3. “I Feel Fine” released as a single in 1964
2. “Something” released both as a single in 1969 and on the album Abbey Road
1. “Day Tripper” released as a single in 1965
Well, there you have it! My Top Ten Percent of Beatles songs! As I mentioned above, please leave your Top Ten Percent in the comments as I’d love to see your lists! If you enjoyed this ranking, you may enjoy my previous rankings of my favorite episodes for these great shows: