With the Beatles, countless records of top hit songs, ranking them to the world’s ‘most favorites’ is indeed a great risk. As a matter of fact, each one of us has a soft spot for one of their hits. But with some of these having a widespread effect, it made it easy for us to rank them according to the best.
#4 Eleanor Rugby
This song proves that Beatles deserve to be one of the greatest music storytellers of all time. And even with most of their singles falling under the contemporary genre, they were able to insert a theatrical pop song in their most-favorited collection. No story is as chilling, thrilling or dramatic as poor Ms. Rigby’s.
As might be expected, a huge part of credit was given to the producer, George Martin- successfully replacing the band’s members’ ear-splitting instruments with his double string quartet. In fact, McCartney’s leading vocal is horrible, worsening as Lennon and Harrison join to the lamentation of lonely people.
#3 While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Several of our favorite Beatles singles, including ‘My Sweet Lord’ and ‘Got My Mind Set on You’, were created by no other than George Harrison. One of his best creations is the 1968 classic showcased in the White Album. ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ is an inspiration in his growing interest in the Eastern philosophy. The song starts with a gentle, piano-commanded intro. As it builds muscle and heat, a spellbinding tension climbs into the song’s vocals, focusing on its combination of idealism and meaningful melancholy.
#2 Strawberry Fields Forever
Originally recorded during the first parts of the Sgt. Pepper sessions, our number two song delayed itself and landed as a 1967 Beatles’ song – on the opposing side of Penny Lane and finally on Magical Mystery Tour. Strawberry Fields Forever is also inclined to Lennon and McCartney’s younger days. But after Lennon’s Rolling Stone song interview in 1968, it was found it to be more of a fantasy than a memory.
Strawberry Fields Forever, a place that could be ‘anywhere you want to go’ is indeed marvelous and freaky, with the spinning textures and melodious lack of harmony in the psychedelia that the band is getting famous. Speculations grew that it was a song about McCartney’s death. Lennon’s delusion is as uncanny as it is thrilling.
#1 Hey Jude
What’s the 1968 Beatles’ single that stayed No. 1 for 9 weeks on various music charts around the world? That’s right- Hey Jude! If it wasn’t difficult for you to figure the name, I bet it’ll be the same with the song’s backstory.
We were shocked by the Lennon’s separation with his first wife, Cynthia. The couple’s son, Julian, inspired McCartney with his thoughts. A new song was born, popularly known as Hey Jules.
Admittedly, the consequential cry of plea to ‘take a sad song and make it better’ appears to be more of an advice to a lovesick buddy. It resulted to speculations that the band’s relationships can be one of the possible causes. But no matter what, it doesn’t need a literal translation.