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EW Lists Best, Worst Beatles Songs

By brandon / September 4, 2009 - 3:57 pm

In the September 11th issue of Entertainment Weekly the magazine looks at “The 50 Best Songs The World’s Greatest Band Ever Wrote.” No, not Grizzly Bear, the Beatles. Yes, they are a band your parents know about, too. So why now? As EW puts it:

With The Beatles: Rock Band and [remastered] reissues of all their albums hitting stores, it’s time for another Beatles revolution. This week’s Entertainment Weekly offers fans our guide to what’s new — and to the 50 best songs the world’s greatest band ever wrote as well as a gallery of rare behind-the-scenes candid photographs.

That’s right, The Beatles: Rock Band’s out next week on 09/09/09. Because it’s that monumental. According to EW, even Paul McCartney thinks “It’s very cool.” (Hopefully the 45 songs on it don’t include any of the ones EW pans. That would not be very cool.) We’ll have to wait until we get a hold of the actual magazine (on stands today) to see everything, but for now we do have EW’s Top 20 best Beatles songs as well as the top five worst. (UPDATE: All 50 are now listed.) One thing we’ve concluded after spending a little time with these: The magazine hates The White Album and Magical Mystery Tour. EW’s worst song made Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs Of All Time” back in 2004, which hints at something we already knew: Yes, there will be arguments. But what else are you gonna do over a holiday weekend? Also, EW forgot to list song 19 in their blast, so you’ll just have to fill that one in yourself.

50 “All You Need Is Love”
49 “I’m So Tired”
48 “Here Comes The Sun”
47 “Helter Skelter”
46 “Ticket To Ride”
45 “Lovely Rita”
44 “Come Together”
43 “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
42 “I’m Down”
41 “Day Tripper”
40 “With a Little Help From My Friends”
39 “Taxman”
38 “You Won’t See Me”
37 “She Said She Said”
36 “Dear Prudence”
35 “Nowhere Man”
34 “I’ve Got a Feeling”
33 “I Should Have Known Better”
32 “I Am The Walrus”
31 “All My Loving”
30 “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”
29 “I Saw Her Standing There”
28 “Rain”
27 “Happiness Is A Warm Gun”
26 “Paperback Writer”
25 “I’m A Loser”
24 “I’m Only Sleeping”
23 “We Can Work It Out”
22 “If I Fell”
21 “Revolution” (single version)
20 “Can’t Buy Me Love”
19 “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End”
18 “Blackbird”
17 “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love”
16 “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
15 “In My Life”
14 “Hey Jude”
13 “Help”
12 “Penny Lane”
11 “Eleanor Rigby”
10 “Across The Universe”
09 “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)”
08 “Tomorrow Never Knows”
07 “Let It Be”
06 “She Loves You”
05 “Something”
04 “Strawberry Fields Forever”
03 “Yesterday”
02 “A Day in the Life”
01 “A Hard Day’s Night”

This is how they explain the choice of “A Hard Day’s Night”:

Forty-five years after this single hit the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, it’s still nearly impossible to get any two people to agree on what chord that famous opening clang! actually is. But with one majestic, mysterious Rickenbacker distress call, the Beatles as we first met them on The Ed Sullivan Show four months earlier were gone. They’d grown up. The lads had become unwitting passengers on a manic locomotive they’d never be able to disembark from, and the song’s title hints at that weariness. It’s right there in the opening scene of the 1964 film that bears the same name, as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are chased by a mob of screaming, ravenous fans. This isn’t just a pop song, it’s a cathartic cry for Help!

Nice of George and Ringo to get a mention since they don’t appear on the cover. The worst Beatles songs according to EW:

05 “Flying”
04 “Don’t Pass Me By”
03 “Dig It”
02 “Wild Honey Pie”
01 “All You Need Is Love”

You’ll find more Beatles-related words over at EW.