The Beatles PR

Rolling Stone has a Special Collection’s edition on newsstands right now, and its focus is a list of the Beatles’s Greatest 100 songs. We’ve got their top ten below. You have to get the issue to see the rest (and to compare it to Entertainment Weekly’s list). My personal ranking would probably trade out some McCartney songs for “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Taxman.” I’m guessing George Harrison is very well represented, considering the small percentage of Beatles songs he wrote.

01 “A Day in the Life”
02 “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
03 “Strawberry Fields Forever”
04 “Yesterday”
05 “In My Life”
06 “Something”
07 “Hey Jude”
08 “Let It Be”
09 “Come Together”
10 “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

The issue promises “… Paul and John talking about their favorite tracks, the Fab Four’s best cover songs, and George Harrison’s finest guitar work.” Of course, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” actually features Eric Clapton’s guitar work.

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  1. Come Together is my second least favorite Beatles Song, and I’m really not happy to see it in the top ten. I’d also leave out I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Yesterday, and Hey Jude from being so high on the list. Hey Jude and Yesterday being maybe top 50 Beatles songs and I Wanna Hold Your Hand not being in the top 100. It would have been nice to see “It’s All Too Much” and “Inner Light” in the top 100, but I guess that is too much. It’s All Too Much is probably one of my top 10 Beatles songs. I’m also very surprised to not find I’m Looking Through you in the top 100, as it is my favorite Beatles song and quite the gorgeous song.

    And I’m very happy to see Long, Long, Long in the top 100, it made #98. Another thing I was very happy to see included was “The Abbey Road Medley” at #23. Personally It think it is top Ten material, but I didn’t expect it to be included. Also, I felt Rain was too low at #88. That is another top 10, in my opinion.

    • I Wanna Hold Your Hand is so far up on the list due to its significance, being the song that got them so popular in America, I think. But of course its not a list of the most significant songs. So basically, I agree.

    • i agree, abbey road medley should have DEFINITELY been top 10!

  2. woozefa  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2010 +3

    lists are stupid.

  3. I could imagine a much worse top ten.

  4. I can think of very few things less relevant than lists, but Rolling Stone is one of those things.

  5. Pretty decent list but ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand, Yesterday and Come Together’ should be much lower on the list.

    As a stereogum commentator (whose opinion should be held in high regard) I would put ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy), Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and/or Across the Universe much higher. But with the amount of great Beatles songs, it’s hard to narrow it down to the top 10.

  6. They should have called this list “10 Beatles Songs Most People Have Heard Of.”

    Also, I’m probably the only person in the world that thinks “A Day in the Life” is incredibly overrated.

  7. I. Am. The. Walrus.

  8. if i could only take 10 with me. it wouldn’t be most of these.

  9. This list is so Rolling Stone.

  10. liyxam1  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2010 0

    disagree…

  11. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Come Together” are two of my least favorite (real–thus, I’m excluding “Revolution #9″) Beatles songs, with “While My Guitar…” also being perhaps their most overrated. I just hate that goddamn piano and don’t find Clapton’s guitar playing on it anything special.

    And nothing from “Revolver”?!?!

    But I guess if you had to pick one, “A Day in the Life” is a good one to put at #1.

  12. Out of the 100 songs…Octopus’s Garden is not included…therefore the list is null n void.

  13. 01. Strawberry Fields Forever
    02. Dig A Pony
    03. Helter Skelter
    04. Because
    05. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
    06. A Day In The Life
    07. Don’t Let Me Down
    08. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
    09. Tomorrow Never Knows
    10. Day Tripper

    Couldn’t help myself.. love Beatles’ music.

  14. I know these lists are probably the heaviest comment generating material on this site, because everyone wants to put their 2 cents in, but maybe if you stop linking to Rolling Stone or Spin and all these other crap rags, they will finally go away. Isn’t it their failure to highlight good independent music the entire reason for starting these music blogs in the first place? Or is this just about advertising revenue now?

  15. I think Rolling Stone needs to figure out who they are. On one hand, they try to stay in touch with their core audience of baby boomers with terrible lists like this one, but at the same time they put Katy Perry on the cover of an issue in some sort of effort to appeal to tweens. They seem to want to be more of a pop culture mag like EW, but at the same time they put politicians on the cover sometimes along with scantily clad models. And to make it all the more confusing, their year end lists are ridden with lesser-known independent artists they covered barely if at all. This desperate search for credibility is exactly why, at this point, they are completely irrelevant. SPIN, Paste, NME, Mojo, and Q (love them or hate them) all seem to at least be fairly consistent and seem to at least have a vague idea what they represent.

    • This is pretty much exactly on point??? Why aren’t you getting more thumbs up. Rolling Stone is awful for many reasons, and you pretty much nailed all of them in one paragraph.

    • Although I agree with you on most points, you still have to give it to RS… they continue to write some incredible in-depth articles. My problem’s not with Katy Perry on the cover or them covering some indie artist on year-end lists… my MAIN problem has and always has been with their biased album reviews they are known for. As Pink Floyd once put it, “The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think, Oh by the way, which one’s Pink?…It’s a helluva start, it could be made into a monster if we all pull together as a team.” ‘Nuff said.

      • I can see what you’re saying with the in-depth articles. And I wholeheartedly agree with the biased reviews, but the worst part is how they retroactively change their original positions. I remember last year they gave Merriweather Post Pavilion a lackluster review and put My Girls as their 13th best song of the year. When I was in an airport the other week, I noticed in their “Hot List” section they referred to Panda Bear’s Tomboy leak as “the most important music of his generation”. There are plenty of other examples of this, but this is the first one that comes to mind. And I don’t necessarily have a problem with Katy Perry on the cover really if that’s what they represent. It’s their attempt to be everything at the same time that annoys me (boomer lists, political pieces, teen pop coverage, Maxim, EW, attempt at indie cred, etc.).

  16. Where’s Norwegian wood? You must have wood or life’s no good!

  17. The Beatle is totally LAME.

  18. In My Life should be #1, that song change it all and the lyrics are so beautiful, other than that I don’t really care what other song are placed on the list, there’s too many good Beatles song, it’s hard to narrow it down, and 100 not enough, there should be a list from #1 to last.

  19. A more concise list… Top 3:

    01 “Flying”
    02 “Revolution 9″
    03 “Octopus’s Garden”

  20. And where is yesterday? I think that all of the beatles songs should be in the top 10

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