The Beatles are my favorite musical enterprise ever. I wrote about them here: https://deanorolls.com/2020/04/14/deanos-musical-masterworks-the-beatles/

My Beatles playlist is 5 hour and 32 minutes and contains 115 songs.  This includes every song that I could listen to over and over without stopping from today until the day I depart earth.  If I had to whittle it down further these 23 songs would be on my desert island disc.  Every one of these is a miracle of modern music.  They are in release order and not force ranked.  I couldn’t do that if I had to.

  1. I Saw Her Standing There” (Please, Please Me) – The first track on their debut album. Where it all began and a perfect representation of their ‘initial period’.  Fucking grooves!
  2. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” (Help!)
  3. Girl” (Rubber Soul)
  4. “With A Little Help From My Friends” (Sgt. Peppers)
  5. “She’s Leaving Home” (Sgt. Peppers)
  6. When I’m Sixty Four (Sgt. Peppers)
  7. A Day In The Life” (Sgt. Peppers)
  8. “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” (The White Album)
  9. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (The White Album)
  10. Happiness Is A Warm Gun” (The White Album)
  11. “Blackbird” (The White Album)
  12. I Will” (The White Album)
  13. “Julia” (The White Album)
  14. “Mother Nature’s Son” (The White Album)
  15. “Sexy Sadie” (The White Album)
  16. “Good Night” (The White Album)
  17. “Golden Slumbers” (Abbey Road)   
  18. Across The Universe” (Let It Be)
  19. “Let It Be” (Let It Be) 
  20. Yes It Is” (Past Masters) 
  21. “The Ballad of John and Yoko” (Past Masters) 
  22. Free As A Bird” (Anthology) – These last two were released 15 years after John Lennon’s death and 25 years after the band broke up.  The reunion that was to never occur was pretty spectacular…and produced two great songs.
  23. Real Love” (Anthology) – Ditto.

My Beatles Buddies (Brent and Michael) decided we each needed to list out our top 10 of all time.  I’ve highlighted those here (above).

UPDATE: Brent and Michael forced me to force rank my list.  I’ve included it here (along with everyone’s list).

UPDATE AGAIN: Brent got two other friends of ours to force rank their lists.  The five people here are obviously the most important musical analyst on the planet so this listing is definitive. 

Helter Skelter is the best Beatles song if you listen to this group (since it was on four out of the five lists).  I’m the only one who didn’t have it on my shortlist.  I like different ‘types’ of Beatles songs but I can agree that Helter Skelter is a very important and very good song.  So, I’ll allow it!

Two of us each agreed on the top song on our lists (A Day In The Life and Paperback Writer).  Keith and Blake are obviously on crack for not having A Day In The Life anywhere on their lists.  Brent and Keith must be inbred for allowing Paperback Writer to supplant A Day In The Life from the number one spot.  Obviously, Michael and I are the smartest of anyone in this group. 

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