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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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The White Album

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1,999 1,065
Hey Jude is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
1, Past Masters, Volume Two

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1,692 644
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Abbey Road, The White Album

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1,948 758
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1,774 866
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Help!, The White Album

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1,728 739
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Revolver, The White Album

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1,826 447
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Rubber Soul

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1,897 674
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Abbey Road, The White Album

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1,765 743
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Let It Be, The White Album

10
1,490 618
Come Together is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Abbey Road, The White Album

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1,382 455
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Help!

12
1,566 160
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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1,245 523
Penny Lane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album

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1,236 457
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

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1,114 430
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16
1,088 365
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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1,115 412
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1,224 435
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The White Album

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1,128 490
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Let It Be, The White Album

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961 442
All You Need Is Love is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album, Yellow Submarine

21
1,176 527
I Am the Walrus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album

22
854 428
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Let It Be, The White Album

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898 328
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Yesterday & Today

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880 313
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878 371
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The White Album

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830 304
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

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658 204
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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506 171
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836 356
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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843 351
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Please Please Me, Introducing… The Beatles

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851 335
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810 247
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799 265
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34
798 403
Hello Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Beatles Songs

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683 304
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Beatles for Sale, Beatles VI, The White Album

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729 385
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The White Album

37
722 317
Don’t Let Me Down is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Beatles Songs

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619 276
Back in the U.S.S.R. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album

39
714 376
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The White Album

40
668 398
The Long and Winding Road is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Let It Be, The White Album

41
668 265
Here, There and Everywhere is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Revolver, The White Album

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693 387
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The White Album

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541 190
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gamedemon24 added Something New, The White Album

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513 203
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494 213
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578 306
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Revolver, The White Album

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416 200
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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553 241
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Abbey Road, The White Album

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671 336
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Abbey Road, The White Album

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449 270
Lady Madonna is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Beatles Songs