The Beatles 40 best songs: at 17 Get Back

“Get Back is Paul. That’s a better version of Lady Madonna. You know, a potboiler rewrite.” – John Lennon (1980) The song was credited to The Beatles and Billy Preston. It was The Beatles’ only single that credited another artist. We have included 10 different versions in this post! “Get Back” is a song recorded by the Beatles, originally released as a …

The Beatles 40 best songs: at 18 Ticket To Ride

The Beatles were such a prolific album act that it’s sometimes hard to abstract their later singles; here, they ride their roots as a bar band in Liverpool and Hamburg to a new kind of glory. ~Dave Marsh (The Heart of Rock & Soul) The opening circular riff, played on 12-string guitar by George Harrison, was a signpost for the …

The Beatles 40 best songs: at 19 Helter Skelter

“I was in Scotland and I read in Melody Maker that Pete Townshend had said: ‘We’ve just made the raunchiest, loudest, most ridiculous rock ‘n’ roll record you’ve ever heard.’ I never actually found out what track it was that The Who had made, but that got me going,  just hearing him talk about it. So I said to the …

33 Songs released in 1971 you MUST hear (audio & video)

I love lists & I love creating lists. I will try new series of posts with lists of great songs released in a specific year. My rules: Only one song per artist/group The song must be released that specific year Songs from live albums not allowed (that’s another & more complicated list) Why start with 1971 ? Well why not ? …

August 6: The Beatles released “Help!” in 1965

.. a big step forward, exploring doubt, loneliness, alienation, adult sexual longing, acoustic guitars, electric piano, bongos, castanets, and the finest George songs known to man. … Help! was utterly ruined in its U.S. version, which cut half the songs and added worthless orchestral soundtrack filler, so it’s always been underrated. But Help! is the first chapter in the astounding creative …

August 5: The Beatles released “Revolver” in 1966

  “twice as good and four times as startling as Rubber Soul, with sound effects, Oriental drones, jazz bands, transcendentalist lyrics, all kinds of rhythmic and harmonic surprises, and a filter that made John Lennon sound like God singing through a foghorn.” ~Robert Christgau The Beatles had initiated a second pop revolution – one which while galvanising their existing rivals …