Briefs: OA Top Ten Beatles Songs October 10, 2008
This week I (Rock Cesario) would like to present a top 10 Beatles songs based on the e-mails I received in response to last week’s column.
1. “Strawberry Fields Forever” from “Magical Mystery Tour.” The quintessential Beatles song from its psychedelic days. Dreamy, druggy and a totally captivating audio experience.
2. “And Your Bird Can Sing” from “Revolver.” One of the best songs from one of the Beatles’ best records, and the group had fun recording it. In one of the outtakes of the song on “Anthology 2,” the Beatles crack up with laughter.
3. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” from “The White Album.” This beautiful, sad heartbreaker about their breakup is one of George Harrison’s and the Beatles’ greatest tunes.
4. “A Day In the Life” from “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” An all-time classic from what is considered the band’s greatest achievement, and a great story to boot.
5. “Hey Bulldog” from “Yellow Submarine.” A really nice bluesy tune written by John Lennon and exquisitely performed by his bandmates, complete with Paul McCartney and Lennon barking and howling on the fade.
6. “Within You Without You” from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Another Harrison song and the most musically and lyrically Beatles song that was influenced by Indian music
7. “Norwegian Wood” (This Bird Has Flown) from “Rubber Soul.” This folk rock classic legitimized the Beatles as lyricists as well as cementing their reputation as the world’s best band at that time.
8. “In My Life” from “Rubber Soul.” “There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed/Some forever not for better, some have gone and some remain.” The first lines from one of the Beatles’ most heartbreakingly beautiful songs.
9. “I Am the Walrus” from “Magical Mystery Tour.” At the time of its release, it was a song unlike anyone had ever heard before. One of Lennon’s strangest, yet most brilliant songs.
10. “Day Tripper” from “Past Masters Vol. 2.” This incredible and somewhat risqué song was on the “B” side of “We Can Work It Out.” It’s one of the band’s most soulful songs as evidenced by Lennon and McCartney’s outstanding vocals.