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List of best songs ever recorded by The Beatles, the iconic British rock band joining John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Between the years 1960 and 1970, the band recorded 12 studio albums and a few other scattered songs and recordings, across a diverse range of styles. The albums have all proved massively influential, particularly the band's later experiments with psychedelia, world music and conceptual long-form albums. Each member of the so-called Fab Four found later success as a solo artist (with McCartney and Starr continuing to record albums and sell out concerts to the present day), and their combined efforts are consistently ranked among the greatest rock music of all time.

Childhood friends McCartney and Lennon originally formed a band in the late '50s called The Quarrymen, and soon after brought in George Harrison as a guitarist. After playing in Hamburg, Germany, and rotating through a few other musicians, the group returned to the UK in 1962 and joined with drummer Ringo Starr (then of the band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.) By 1963, the group started releasing popular songs, including "Please Please Me" and "Love Me Do." The phenomenon of "Beatlemania," typified by mobs of young girls screaming and rioting whenever the band appeared in public, took hold this same year. A trip to the US, highlighted by an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, is commonly associated with the increasingly popularity of British music in America, often called the "British Invasion."

More successful albums followed - including the soundtrack for the Beatles' first film, "A Hard Days Night." In 1965, the band released the landmark "Rubber Soul," followed by "Revolver" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." which added a good deal of complexity to the band's previously "bubblegum" pop sound. (The Beatles would later reveal that much of the change in their sound was due to their increasing experimentation with drugs like marijuana and LSD during this period.)

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The band's final two albums - "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be" - were recorded during a period of intense strife and conflict between the band members. McCartney and Lennon were infamously feuding and difficult to work with, prompting Harrison to essentially quit the band and leave the studio. (He eventually returned and brought in keyboard player Billy Preston to hopefully change the dynamic in the studio.) In 1969, Lennon released the first solo song from a Beatles member - "Give Peace a Chance," credited to the "Plastic Ono Band." (It was a reference to Lennon's new wife, Yoko Ono.) In September of that year, Lennon announced his intention to leave the group to his fellow band members.

List Criteria: Best songs recorded by The Beatles. No solo songs from Beatles members.

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    Hey Jude

    Hey Jude, Past Masters, Volume Two, 1 More
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    Abbey Road, The Beatles Stereo USB, Abbey Road More
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    Help!, The Beatles Collection, Help! More
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    1967–1970, 1967-1970 (disc 1), Magical Mystery Tour More
    98
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    The Beatles Collection, 1962–1966, 1962-1966 (disc 2) More
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    A Day in the Life

    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles Collection, Sgt. More
    98
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    The Beatles, The Beatles, The Beatles 1962–1970, Part 3 More
    98
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    The Beatles Collection, Reel Music, Let It Be More
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    Come Together

    Abbey Road, Something, 1 More
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    In My Life

    Rubber Soul, 1962–1966, Rubber Soul More
    95
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    1967–1970, Hey Jude, Past Masters, Volume Two More
    92
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    Abbey Road, Something, 1 More
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    A Hard Day’s Night, A Hard Day’s Night, 1962-1970 More
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    Help!, Help!, Help! More
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    1, 1, 1 More
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    The Beatles’ Million Sellers, The Beatles (disc 1), 1962-1970 More
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    Past Masters, Volume Two, Let It Be, Let It Be More
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    Magical Mystery Tour, 1967–1970, Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane ... More
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    I Am the Walrus

    Hello, Goodbye, Hello, Goodbye, Hello, Goodbye More
    87
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    1962-1970, Ticket to Ride, 1962–1966 More
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    Yellow Submarine Songtrack, The Beatles Stereo USB, 1967–1970 More
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    EP Collection, Volume 2, The Beatles (disc 1), A Hard Day's Night More
    85
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    1967–1970, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely ... More
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    Rubber Soul, 1962–1966, 1962–1966 More
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    1962–1966, Hey Jude, Past Masters, Volume Two More
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    1, 1, 1 More
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    The Beatles Collection, Reel Music, Let It Be More
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    1962-1970, 1962–1966, Past Masters, Volume Two More
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    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

    Yellow Submarine Songtrack, The Beatles Stereo USB, 1967–1970 More
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    Rock & Roll Music, Please Please Me, Please Please Me More
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    1962-1970, 1962–1966, Past Masters, Volume Two More
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    The Beatles’ Million Sellers, 1962-1970, The Beatles Collection, Volume 1 ... More
    80
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    The Beatles Ballads, Rubber Soul, Rubber Soul More
    80
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    The Beatles, The Beatles, The Beatles Collection More
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    The Early Beatles, Introducing… The Beatles, Imagine: John Lennon More
    78
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    1967–1970, Hey Jude, The Complete Apple Singles Collection, Volume 1: ... More
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    1962-1970, The Beatles Collection, Volume 1, 1962–1966 More
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    1962–1966, The Beatles Collection, Help! More
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    Beatles for Sale, 1962-1970, 1962–1966 More
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    The Beatles, The Beatles Collection, The Best of the Beatles More
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    Abbey Road, Abbey Road, Abbey Road More
    74
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    Revolver, The Beatles Collection, Rock and Roll Music More
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    Abbey Road, Abbey Road, Abbey Road More
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    Abbey Road, Abbey Road, Abbey Road More
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    Happiness Is A Warm Gun

    The Beatles, The Beatles, The Beatles Collection More
    72
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    1967–1970, The Beatles, The Beatles More
    72
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    The Long and Winding Road

    The Long and Winding Road, Let It Be, Let It Be More
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    The Beatles, The Beatles, The Beatles Collection More
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    Mastermix Classic Cuts 035: Party, 1962-1966 (disc 2), Revolver More
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    The Beatles Collection, Help!, Help! More
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