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

2
1,779 753
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Revolver, The White Album

3
1,882 458
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Rubber Soul

4
1,818 884
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Help!, The White Album

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1,945 686
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Abbey Road, The White Album

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1,739 667
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Abbey Road, The White Album

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2,000 782
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1,816 755
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Let It Be, The White Album

9
2,023 757
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The White Album

10
1,527 635
Come Together is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Abbey Road, The White Album

11
1,418 466
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Help!

12
1,635 165
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

13
1,275 533
Penny Lane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album

14
1,270 466
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

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1,146 439
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16
1,117 373
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
cmjiggins added Rubber Soul

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1,261 443
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The White Album

18
1,141 422
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19
990 450
All You Need Is Love is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album, Yellow Submarine

20
1,151 501
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Let It Be, The White Album

21
1,204 534
I Am the Walrus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album

22
877 437
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Let It Be, The White Album

23
903 316
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24
920 338
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Yesterday & Today

25
897 378
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The White Album

26
851 312
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

27
679 213
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

28
527 176
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29
856 361
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

30
861 359
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Please Please Me, Introducing… The Beatles

31
870 339
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32
832 250
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33
817 407
Hello Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Beatles Songs

34
814 271
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35
699 308
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Beatles for Sale, Beatles VI, The White Album

36
752 391
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The White Album

37
745 322
Don’t Let Me Down is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Beatles Songs

38
686 402
The Long and Winding Road is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Let It Be, The White Album

39
732 381
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The White Album

40
632 282
Back in the U.S.S.R. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album

41
687 270
Here, There and Everywhere is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Revolver, The White Album

42
530 204
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713 391
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The White Album

44
551 193
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gamedemon24 added Something New, The White Album

45
504 216
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587 312
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Revolver, The White Album

47
428 203
Drive My Car is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Rubber Soul, Yesterday & Today, The White Album

48
691 342
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Abbey Road, The White Album

49
569 249
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Abbey Road, The White Album

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499 214
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Revolver