The Beatles

TrackAlbum
There’'s A PlacePlease Please Me
Not A Second TimeWith The Beatles
I’'m A LoserBeatles For Sale
I Should Have Known BetterA Hard Day’'s Night
You’'ve Got To Hide Your Love AwayHelp!
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)Rubber Soul
For No OneRevolver
Fixing A HoleSgt. Pepper’'s Lonely Hearts...
Happiness Is A Warm GunThe Beatles
Here Comes The SunAbbey Road

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Contributor: Laurie Spicer

My mission – which I chose to accept – was to select one track off each of 10 studio albums. No singles (As or B-sides), all had to be pre-breakup Beatles, and no covers. Here is it then (above) in chronological order. Could have picked most any of the songs on many of the albums from Rubber Soul onwards.

The Beatles

The Beatles Bible

The Beatles Story Liverpool

The Beatles biography (iTunes)

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3 Comments

  1. Peter Viney
    Jul 23, 2013

    I’ll match this by doing a list without going into any album only tracks. So it’s mainly singles and B-sides, but I am using EPs as well as singles . These were EPs designed as EPs rather than retrospective compilations, and in both cases (Twist & Shout, Magical Mystery Tour) EPs that charted in their own right.

    Twist and Shout (Twist & Shout EP)

    The ultimate Beatles rocker, way outstripping the Isley Bros original. The proof that cover versions can beat the original. Lennon’s hoarse voice makes it.

    From Me To You (From Me To You / Thank You Girl)

    I liked this much more than She Loves You or I Want To Hold Your Hand. Perfect chirpy Merseybeat.

    You Can’t Do That (Can’t Buy Me Love / You Can’t Do That)

    I never liked Can’t Buy Me Love … it fell too easily into covers by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald. The B-side is one I’ve seen two bands do live in recent years, and in both cases it was an instant floorfiller.

    Rain (Paperback Writer / Rain)

    Another glorious B-side. The B-side that first revealed the full psychedelic Beatles, a better song than the A-side too.

    Eleanor Rigby (Eleanor Rigby / Yellow Submarine)

    Was this sold as a Double-A side? I think so. McCartney at his best.

    Strawberry Fields Forever (Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane}

    From another double A-side. The first time I heard this on the radio in a hall of residence I knew music had shifted forever.

    Baby You’re A Rich Man (All You Need Is Love / Baby You’re A Rich Man)

    A third Beatles B-side in my Top Ten. This was the Summer of Love Beatles at their furthest out.

    Hey Jude (Hey Jude / Revolution)

    The longest single they did, the first single on Apple. I remember buying it and leaving it on replay for around three hours

    The Fool On The Hill (Magical Mystery Tour EP)

    Pure McCartney again. The EP became an LP in America with the addition of five singles As and Bs … two listed above, plus Hello Goodbye. The singles side competes with Abbey Road Side Two as the greatest Beatles LP side.

    Something (Something / Come Together)

    George Harrison deserves at least one, again a single that’s really a double A-side.

  2. Peter Viney
    Nov 12, 2013

    It’s not going to change anyone’s Toppermost, but today’s release of The Beatles “On Air … Live At the BBC Vol. 2” has several previously unreleased songs. There were bootlegs of these for years, but the 2013 remastering gives a very clean, clear sound with outstanding bass. Try Ringo on “Boys” and remember this is absolutely live.

  3. David Lewis
    Jan 22, 2014

    Ok, here’s my 10. I haven’t put in any restrictions.

    Boys: my favourite cover of theirs
    She’s a woman
    I am the walrus
    Tomorrow never knows
    Eleanor rigby
    Dear prudence
    A day in the life
    She came in through the bathroom window
    While my guitar gently weeps
    Penny Lane

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