50 Timeless Songs By The Beatles That We Can't Get Enough Of

By Sarah Norman | December 27, 2023

A Day In The life

Picking the best Beatles songs is like picking the best piece of cake, no matter what you bite into it's going to be sweet. Maybe that's not the best analogy but you get what we're saying, The Beatles wrote a mind-boggling amount of good songs and on any given day the top 20 is going to change a little.

That being said we've done our best to put together a definitive list of the 20 best songs recorded by John, Paul, George, and Ringo, the Lads from Liverpool who changed music forever and essentially wrote the book on pop music and rock n roll that artists are still cribbing from today.

Have a different top 50? Let us know. You really can't go wrong with anything by The Fab Four.

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Coming in at the end of Sgt. Pepper, "A Day in the Life" is the sound of the Beatles establishing themselves as pop geniuses to be reckoned with. Following their performance in San Francisco on August 29th, 1966, the band essentially retired from live performances, exhausted by the constant thrum of the press cycle.

Rather than break up they became a collective that primarily worked in the studio, and with Sgt. Pepper created an album full of psychedelic pop perfection that ends with Lennon singing about the mundanity of death set to a grand orchestration that's still unmatched today. While speaking about the song in 1992, producer George Martin said that Lennon's voice on this song "sends shivers down the spine."

In My Life

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"In My Life" may have cracked a songwriting problem for John Lennon. While speaking with Rolling Stone in 1964 the singer was asked why he never wrote about his personal life. He answered:

I had a sort of professional songwriter’s attitude to writing pop songs. I would write [books like] In His Own Write, to express my personal emotions. I’d have a separate songwriting John Lennon who wrote songs for the meat market. I didn’t consider them to have any depth at all. They were just a joke.

After the interview, Lennon sat down to write a poem about his past, including people and landmarks from Liverpool. Lennon was initially bored by the idea but the song flowed out quickly after that, but then things got messy. Depending on who you believe the song was already finished save for the melody and the middle eight when Lennon presented it to McCartney, but according to the bassist, he and Lennon rewrote the entire thing from scratch to make them more universal. Either way, the song is a masterpiece.