Lennon or McCartney? Since the dawn of time, when man was capable of communicating only through guttural noises, primitive gesticulation, and humming a few bars of his favorite Beatles hits, this is the question that has been on the lips of people who obsessively rank things. And now Scared Goose Productions, headed by Matt Schichter, has taken it upon themselves to splice together footage of 550 actors, musicians, and celebrities answering this question in interviews from the past 10 years, while a cover of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” plays softly in the background. Some people refuse to decide, some go to bat for George and Ringo, some pick out-of-left-field candidates like Hendrix, and some accidentally mispronounce “Lennon” as “Lemon,” but most stick to the rules and choose one or the other. The celebrities asked include Justin Bieber, Donald Glover, Aaron Paul, Jenny Lewis, Laura Jane Grace, Miss Piggy, Carly Rae Jepsen, the New Pornographers, the Arctic Monkeys, David Byrne, and many, many more. Watch below to hear Bret McKenzie’s adorable pronunciation of “Lennon,” Adam Duritz giving a very considered explanation of why he prefers McCartney, and Bo Diddley admitting that he just doesn’t get the Beatles.
(For what it’s worth, my money’s on Harrison. But between Lennon and McCartney, I’d go McCartney.)