The legendary British band The Beatles has undeniably changed the world of music. With their innovative sound and timeless songs, they have influenced generations of music lovers. But which songs by The Beatles are truly classics? Here is our top 25 of the best songs by The Beatles.
25. Yellow Submarine
This cheerful and childlike song, which was also the title track of the eponymous animated film, is one of The Beatles’ most recognizable songs. The catchy melody and the memorable chorus make it a favorite among both young and old.
24. Helter Skelter
This hard rock song, written by Paul McCartney, is one of The Beatles’ most energetic songs. The raw energy and powerful performance make it a favorite among rock fans.
23. All You Need is Love
This optimistic song, written for a global television broadcast, is one of The Beatles’ most recognizable songs. The universal message of love and unity makes it a timeless classic.
22. With A Little Help From My Friends
This cheerful song, sung by Ringo Starr, is an ode to friendship. The catchy melody and memorable chorus make it one of the band’s most beloved songs.
21. Across the Universe
This beautiful song, addressing the transience of life and the infinity of the universe, is one of The Beatles’ most poetic songs. The gentle melody and spiritual lyrics make it a timeless classic.
20. Tomorrow Never Knows
This experimental song, concluding the “Revolver” album, is one of The Beatles’ most progressive songs. The innovative studio effects and profound lyrics make it one of the band’s most unique songs.
19. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
This psychedelic song, inspired by a drawing by John Lennon’s son Julian, is one of the highlights of the “Sgt. Pepper’s” album. The dreamy melody and colorful lyrics make it a favorite among fans of psychedelic music.
18. Twist And Shout
Although a cover, The Beatles made this song entirely their own. John Lennon’s raw vocals and the energetic performance make it one of the best rock-‘n-roll songs of all time.
17. I Want to Hold Your Hand
This song, which gave The Beatles their first number 1 hit in the US, perfectly exemplifies their early sound. The cheerful melody and harmonies make it one of the band’s most beloved songs.
This energetic song, which was also the title track of the eponymous film, is a sincere cry for help from John Lennon. The catchy melody and memorable chorus make it one of The Beatles’ most recognizable songs.
Written by George Harrison, “Something” is one of the most beautiful love songs ever created. The gentle melody and romantic lyrics make it a favorite for weddings and special occasions.
14. In My Life
A beautiful reflection on the past, “In My Life” is one of John Lennon’s most personal and touching songs. The simple melody and profound lyrics make it a timeless classic.
13. A Day in the Life
This song, concluding the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album, is an epic masterpiece that combines two different songs into one seamless whole. The transitions and orchestral crescendo make it one of The Beatles’ most ambitious songs.
12. I Am The Walrus
A psychedelic masterpiece filled with bizarre lyrics and experimental sounds. John Lennon’s creativity is fully showcased here, making it one of the band’s most unique and distinctive songs.
11. The Long and Winding Road
This melancholic song, written by Paul McCartney, speaks of the ups and downs of life and relationships. The emotional charge and the beautiful orchestral arrangement make it one of The Beatles’ most touching songs.
10. Penny Lane
Penny Lane is a nostalgic look back at the youth of Paul McCartney and John Lennon in Liverpool. The song, with its distinctive trumpet solo, paints a vivid picture of everyday life on the famous street. The melody is cheerful and catchy, and the song symbolizes the innocent days of the band before worldwide Beatlemania erupted.
9. Come Together
With its mesmerizing bass line and cryptic lyrics, “Come Together” is one of the most unique and recognizable songs by The Beatles. Originally written by Lennon for Timothy Leary’s campaign for the governorship of California, the song eventually became one of the highlights of the “Abbey Road” album. The raw energy and the distinctive drum sound make this song a true classic.
8. Strawberry Fields Forever
This psychedelic masterpiece, inspired by an orphanage named Strawberry Field in Liverpool, is one of The Beatles’ most experimental songs. The dreamy melody and innovative studio effects, such as playing instruments backward, make this song a timeless favorite. The song perfectly exemplifies the band’s creative peaks in the late ’60s.
7. Eleanor Rigby
With its somber lyrics about loneliness and alienation, “Eleanor Rigby” is one of The Beatles’ most poignant songs. The string arrangements, composed by producer George Martin, give the song a classical feel, while the lyrics evoke a deep sense of melancholy. The song reflects on the human condition and remains relevant to this day.
6. Here Comes the Sun
Written by George Harrison in the garden of his friend Eric Clapton, “Here Comes the Sun” is an optimistic and hopeful song. The acoustic guitar and cheerful melody make it one of The Beatles’ most beloved songs. The song offers a refreshing change from the heavier themes on the “Abbey Road” album and radiates pure joy.
5. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
This emotional song, also written by George Harrison, is one of the highlights of the “White Album”. The heart-wrenching guitar solo, played by Eric Clapton, adds an extra layer of emotion to the song. The lyrics, which address the transience of life and the inevitable pain of human existence, make this song one of The Beatles’ most touching.
“Blackbird” is a beautiful acoustic song written by Paul McCartney. The song, addressing the civil rights movement in the US, is both simple and profound. McCartney’s subtle guitar and soft vocals make this song a timeless classic.
With over 2,200 cover versions, “Yesterday” is one of the most covered songs of all time. The song, addressing loss and the transience of time, has universal appeal. The simple melody and touching lyrics make it one of The Beatles’ most beloved songs.
2. Let it Be
Inspired by a dream about his deceased mother, Paul McCartney wrote this comforting and hopeful song. The powerful piano and soulful vocals make “Let it Be” one of The Beatles’ most iconic songs. The song is a message of hope and acceptance in challenging times.
1. Hey Jude
At number one is the epic “Hey Jude”. Originally written for Julian Lennon, John’s son, the song has become a global hit. The song’s progression, from a simple piano melody to an explosive chorus, makes it one of The Beatles’ most recognizable songs. The universal message of love and support makes “Hey Jude” the ultimate Beatles song.