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List Rules 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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Abbey Road, The White Album

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1,949 1,036
Hey Jude is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
1, Past Masters, Volume Two

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1,927 707
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The White Album

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1,740 845
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Help!, The White Album

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1,788 433
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Rubber Soul

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1,900 743
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1,690 724
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Revolver, The White Album

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1,852 662
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Abbey Road, The White Album

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1,726 729
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Let It Be, The White Album

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1,457 606
Come Together is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Abbey Road, The White Album

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1,357 442
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Help!

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1,494 158
A Day in the Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Jabapac added Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

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1,219 509
Penny Lane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album

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1,200 450
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

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1,101 398
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1,091 425
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1,057 357
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
cmjiggins added Rubber Soul

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1,194 427
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The White Album

19
945 433
All You Need Is Love is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album, Yellow Submarine

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1,101 483
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Let It Be, The White Album

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1,145 521
I Am the Walrus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album

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840 422
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Let It Be, The White Album

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885 320
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Yesterday & Today

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863 309
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864 365
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The White Album

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812 298
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

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647 196
I Saw Her Standing There is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Introducing… The Beatles, Meet the Beatles!, The White Album

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492 165
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822 348
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

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829 342
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Please Please Me, Introducing… The Beatles

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834 333
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785 394
Hello Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Beatles Songs

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784 260
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797 244
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671 298
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Beatles for Sale, Beatles VI, The White Album

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710 379
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The White Album

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706 313
Don’t Let Me Down is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Beatles Songs

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657 385
The Long and Winding Road is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Let It Be, The White Album

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696 368
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The White Album

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602 271
Back in the U.S.S.R. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album

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653 260
Here, There and Everywhere is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Revolver, The White Album

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504 198
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528 186
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gamedemon24 added Something New, The White Album

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673 386
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The White Album

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488 208
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569 301
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Revolver, The White Album

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406 196
Drive My Car is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Rubber Soul, Yesterday & Today, The White Album

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441 263
Lady Madonna is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Beatles Songs

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541 237
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Abbey Road, The White Album

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659 332
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Abbey Road, The White Album