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The Best Beatles Songs

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

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.
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    The Beatles Ballads, Anthology 3, The Beatles Stereo Box Set More
    100
  2. 2
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    The Beatles Ballads, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, Abbey Road More
    100
  3. 3
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    The Beatles Collection, Help! More
    100
  4. 4
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles 1967-1970 More
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  5. 5
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hey Jude

    The Beatles Ballads, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, Past Masters More
    99
  6. 6
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    the people's #1
    A Day in the Life

    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles Collection ... More
    98
  7. 7
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    often listed
    Come Together

    Abbey Road, Something, 1 More
    98
  8. 8
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles Collection ... More
    98
  9. 9
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles Collection ... More
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  10. 10
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    In My Life

    The Capitol Albums, Volume 2, The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box ... More
    95
  11. 11
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    The Beatles Ballads, Mastermix Classic Cuts 97: M.O.R., The Beatles Stereo ... More
    92
  12. 12
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, Past Masters More
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    The Capitol Albums, Volume 1, The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box ... More
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  14. 14
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles Collection ... More
    88
  15. 15
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    Help!, Help!, Help! More
    88
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Across the Universe

    The Beatles Ballads, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, Past Masters More
    87
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    1, 1, 1 More
    87
  18. 18
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    I Am the Walrus

    E.P. Collection, The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set More
    86
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, 1 More
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    Ticket to Ride

    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Collection, 1 More
    86
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles Collection ... More
    85
  22. 22
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    16 Superhits, Volume 4, 1962–1966, The Beatles in Mono More
    83
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    Rubber Soul, 1962–1966, 1962–1966 More
    83
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    1967–1970, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely ... More
    82
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    Get Back

    The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles Collection, Let It Be More
    82
  26. 26
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, Past Masters More
    81
  27. 27
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    Best, Volume 9: 1966, 1962–1966, The Beatles Stereo Box Set More
    81
  28. 28
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    Rock & Roll Music, Please Please Me, Please Please Me More
    81
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    The Beatles Ballads, Rubber Soul, Rubber Soul More
    81
  30. 30
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles Collection ... More
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    The Beatles Ballads, Anthology 3, The Beatles in Mono More
    80
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, Past Masters, Volume One ... More
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, Past Masters More
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  34. 34
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, 1 More
    79
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Collection, 1962–1966 More
    78
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles 1967-1970, Golden Beatles More
    77
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    The Capitol Albums, Volume 1, The Beatles Ballads, 1962–1966 More
    76
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    The Beatles Collection, Rock 'n' Roll Music, The Beatles Stereo Box Set ... More
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    The Beatles Stereo Box Set, Abbey Road, The Beatles Collection More
    75
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    The Capitol Albums, Volume 2, The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box ... More
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles Collection ... More
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles Collection ... More
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    Anthology 3, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, Abbey Road More
    74
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    The Beatles Stereo Box Set, Abbey Road, The Beatles Collection More
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Happiness Is A Warm Gun

    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles Collection ... More
    72
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles Collection ... More
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    The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles Collection ... More
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    The Long and Winding Road

    The Beatles Ballads, The Beatles Stereo Box Set, The Beatles Collection ... More
    70
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    1962–1966, The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set More
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    The Beatles Ballads, The Beatles in Mono, The Beatles Stereo Box Set More
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