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Re: Best Beatles' songs in new NME poll
« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2015, 04:35:12 PM »

I've got a full list of songs which I'll try and narrow down to a Top 25 by the end of the month.

I'm going to knock off 20 a day starting from now, starting with, sorry 'Pepper' fans', 'A Day In The Life'.
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Re: Best Beatles' songs in new NME poll
« Reply #21 on: March 21, 2015, 02:50:31 AM »

I've got a full list of songs which I'll try and narrow down to a Top 25 by the end of the month.

I'm going to knock off 20 a day starting from now, starting with, sorry 'Pepper' fans', 'A Day In The Life'.

You should put a trigger warning before saying something like that.  :o
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Re: Best Beatles' songs in new NME poll
« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2015, 02:53:36 AM »

I've got a full list of songs which I'll try and narrow down to a Top 25 by the end of the month.

I'm going to knock off 20 a day starting from now, starting with, sorry 'Pepper' fans', 'A Day In The Life'.

My Top 10, in chronological order: "Help!", "Norwegian Wood", "Nowhere Man", "In My Life", "Taxman", "Tomorrow Never Knows", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "Hey Jude" and "Dear Prudence".
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Re: Best Beatles' songs in new NME poll
« Reply #23 on: March 21, 2015, 03:49:34 AM »

I'll forget a bunch just trying to name 10, but i'll throw a few out there.

1. You Never Give Me Your Money
2. Dear Prudence
3. I Am The Walrus
4. Lovely Rita
5. Paperback Writer
6. I'm A Loser
7. If I Needed Someone
8. The Night Before
9. You Wont See Me
10. Hey Bulldog

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Re: Best Beatles' songs in new NME poll
« Reply #24 on: March 21, 2015, 08:11:36 AM »

Did it quicker than I thought.

Top 25.

25. And Your Bird Can Sing
24. Your Mother Should Know
23. We Can Work It Out
22. Hello, Goodbye
21. Martha My Dear
20. What You're Doing
19. Every Little Thing
18. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window ('Anthology 3')
17. Don't Let Me Down
16. Penny Lane
15. I'll Get You
14. Thank You Girl
13. Ask Me Why
12. Got To Get You Into My Life
11. Something

10. Cry Baby Cry
9. Long, Long, Long
8. She Said She Said
7. Across The Universe ('Charity L.P.' version)
6. Ballad of John & Yoko
5. The Inner Light
4. Baby You're A Rich Man
3. Good Day Sunshine
2. Lady Madonna

.....and, from June '66, with The Beatles looking the very best they ever did, England about to win the World Cup, and at the very epicentre of the swingin' 60s and swingin' London.....

1. Paperback Writer











 


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Re: Best Beatles' songs in new NME poll
« Reply #25 on: March 21, 2015, 09:23:15 AM »

I managed to find a Top 8 that I don't think I'd ever leave off a Beatles playlist.

1 Strawberry Fields
2 Penny Lane
3 We Can Work it Out
4 Here Comes the Sun
5 Nowhere Man
6 Ticket to Ride
7 A Day in the Life
8 In My Life

With the exception of Here Comes the Sun I seem to be biased to mid-period Beatles, from Help to Sgt Peppers. And my selections aren't particularly imaginative. No dark horses really.

After this are a heap of songs that I find hard to separate. On a given day any number could fill the remaining two spots.  The ones that would vie strongest would be I think

Help
All My Loving
Eleanor Rigby
No reply
I'll be back
I'm only sleeping
For no one
There's a Place
All I've Got to Do
Sexy Sadie
She said She said
Norwegian Wood
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
I Am The Walrus
I'm a Loser
Every Little Thing
Something
Taxman

But really any number could come into contention.


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Re: Best Beatles' songs in new NME poll
« Reply #26 on: March 21, 2015, 12:05:24 PM »

Here is my current take on this:

1-Here Comes The Sun
2-Eleanor Rigby
3-A Day In The Life
4-The End (if not allowed to say "medley" this is component I often put on playlists alone
5-I Am The Walrus
6-Paperback Writer
7-Norwegian Wood
8-Penny Lane
9-She Loves You
10-Strawberry Fields Forever



This is their List

1. Strawberry Fields Forever
2. A Day In The Life
3. I Want To Hold Your Hand
4. Here Comes The Sun
5. Blackbird
6. Tomorrow Never Knows
7. Across The Universe
8. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
9. I Am The Walrus
10. Hey Jude
11. Hey Bulldog
12. In My Life
13. Let It Be
14. Something
15. 'Abbey Road' medley
16. Ticket To Ride
17. Paperback Writer
18. For No One
19. A Hard Day's Night
20. Come Together
21. Revolution
22. Yesterday
23. Twist and Shout
24. All You Need Is Love
25. We Can Work It Out
26. Norwegian Wood
27. Eleanor Rigby
28. Got To Get You Into My Life
29. Penny Lane
30. And Your Bird Can Sing
31. She Loves You
32. Taxman
33. All My Loving
34. I Saw Her Standing There
35. Michelle
36. Get Back
37. Dear Prudence
38. Here, There and Everywhere
39. Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds
40. Rain
41. Help!
42. Two of us
43. Nowhere Man
44. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
45. Can't Buy Me Love
46. Long, Long, Long
47. She's Leaving Home
48. Julia
49. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
50. Day Tripper
51. With A Little Help From My Friends
52. Eight Days A Week
53. Because
54. Helter Skelter
55. Girl
56. Don't Let Me Down
57. Back in the U.S.S.R.
58. I Should Have Known Better
59. I'm Only Sleeping
60. Happiness is a warm gun
61. I Feel Fine
62. Love You To
63. Savoy Truffle
64. Mother Nature's Son
65. Yellow Submarine
66. The Long and Winding Road
67. Martha My Dear
68. You're Going To Lose That Girl
69. Drive My Car
70. Fool on the hill
71. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
72. Run For Your Life
73. I Want To Tell You
74. Wait
75. I've Just Seen A Face
76. I'm So Tired
77. Birthday
78. The Word
79. Glass Onion
80. Yer Blues
81. I Need You
82. You Really Got A Hold On Me
83. Do You Want To Know A Secret?
84. And I Love Her
85. Getting Better
86. Honey Pie
87. A Taste of Honey
88. Baby It's You
89. Oh! Darling
90. Real Love
91. Hello, Goodbye
92. Like Dreamers Do
93. Dig A Pony
94. I Me Mine
95. You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
96. When I'm Sixty-Four
97. Anna (Go To Him)
98. Now and Then
99. Blue Jay Way
100. Wild Honey Pie

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Re: Best Beatles' songs in new NME poll
« Reply #27 on: March 21, 2015, 01:02:25 PM »

Not normally a list man, but here we go (no surprises)
1. A DayInThe Life
2.I Am The Walrus
3. Rain
4. Eleanor Rigby
5. For No One
6. Here Comes The Sun
7. Hello Goodbye
8. Hey Jude
9. Tomorrow Never Knows
10. Something.

I have a difficult relationship with The Beatles. They were my first love, but our fortieth anniversary is coming up, and man they have some annoying habits.....I would rarely listen to anything pre 65 these days. Too shrill, too many songs about boys wanting girls to love them etc.
After our talk about producers I have to say my adoration of the above songs is as much about George Martin as Paul and Johnand George. I like a well obstructed, cleverly put together pop song me. And that they could go from the colourful swirl of Walrus and Rain to thei incenses of E
Eanor Rigby and F N O to the sheer joy of hello goodbye and here comes the sun
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Re: Best Beatles' songs in new NME poll
« Reply #28 on: March 21, 2015, 02:05:47 PM »

Kevin, I get your comment on pre-65 but for me it has gone around full circle and I included She Loves You, which I am guessing won't be on too many lists here but let me explain.

I heard it on my iPod shuffle yesterday.  Don't hear it very often but it invoked memories and love of the early stuff when I heard it.  As far as the song itself, to me it was the exclamation point on announcing their arrival.  I think many songs probably do it for different people (I want to hold your hand comes to mind) but from where music was and how She Loves You and the energy behind it and how they performed it makes it on the list for me.  Had to be life changing (I wasn't born yet) for many despite the simple boy/girl theme.  I like stories or journeys in songs, simpler themes pounded by chorus after repeated chorus have their place but usually I like the journey and layers which I think you are saying.

Sorry for the ramble .
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Re: Best Beatles' songs in new NME poll
« Reply #29 on: March 21, 2015, 10:51:32 PM »

I found my old list and I refuse to put myself through the agony of revising it (for now at least). It's in chronological order - I'd find it impossible to rank the ten songs in order of preference.

Please Please Me
Every Little Thing
I Feel Fine
You're Going To Lose That Girl
Nowhere Man
If I Needed Someone
Eleanor Rigby
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
A Day In The Life
Here Comes The Sun

Middle period clearly dominates for me then, but in contrast to Kevin I find the sheer energy of those early tunes more exhilarating, joyous and magnetic than the later material, for all its cleverness. More often than not I would listen to "She Loves You" in preference to anything off the White Album for example. It's all great of course, but in relative terms by '69 I can only really get enthusiastic over George's stuff.

It interests me how a "personal" list differs from a "definitive" one. Much as I adore them, by no stretch of circumstances could I honestly present "Every Little Thing" or "If I Needed Someone" as worthy of a career defining top ten. Yet "Yesterday", possibly "Love Me Do" and arguably "All You Need Is Love" or "Hey Jude" would be embarrassing to omit from such a key collection, even though they wouldn't get close to my personal selection.

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Re: Best Beatles' songs in new NME poll
« Reply #30 on: March 21, 2015, 11:01:02 PM »

I've got a lot of respect for their early stuff. And I agree it's got a great energy to it that diminished into subtler skills with the middle years. Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standung There, There's a Place, She Loves You, I want to Hold your Hand, It Won't Be Long etc were thrilling tunes and showed them beginning to put interesting twists in their songs.

But overall I just don't listen to them as much as the later stuff. I think they were at their best when they were still a real band working hard on getting just the right arrangement rather than the collective of soloists from the White Album on. Although Abbey Road I love because for one last time they seemed to put all the care and effort into arrangements that characterised the best of their middle period.

These are only relative views. I like all the Beatle albums in some way. But in choosing my best of the best, it seems my preferences become clear.
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Re: Best Beatles' songs in new NME poll
« Reply #31 on: March 22, 2015, 04:20:16 AM »

Hmmm... quite a difficult task but...

1. I've Just Seen A Face
2. Rain
3. Nowhere man
4. She Said She Said
5. Here Comes The Sun
6. A Hard Day's Night
7. If I Needed Someone
8. We Can Work It Out
9. Let It Be
10. And Your Bird Can Sing


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Re: Best Beatles' songs in new NME poll
« Reply #32 on: March 23, 2015, 07:14:36 AM »

My daughter has taken to playing I Want to Hold Your Hand ballad style  on the piano (it's a young'un thing. I think it was done like that in that Across the Universe film).

One thing the ballad style brings out is the lovely melody and songwriter-style changes. It works quite well. Again it shows even early on they were getting really good at constructing pop songs. I much prefer the uptempo thrilling version of IWTHYH, but the fact it sounds so nice ballad style I think speaks to the strengths of the basic product.
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