What’s your favorite Beatle single.

Think about this now. Rank your top five. There were 22 it seems, in the UK. The Guardian has their own take. You can find it here. My favorite was Eight Days A Week, I own it, but it seems it wasn’t released in the UK. Reading the story I guess I understand the writer’s thinking, but he’s out of his mind. Here’s the My Sharonna of the birth of rock/pop music. No doubt.


12 thoughts on “What’s your favorite Beatle single.

  1. Since they are cheating, I will too. Why are some singles double-sided and others aren’t? Virtually all Beatles singles were double-sided, at least until The Inner Light days.

    The problem here is that all Beatles singles are too well known. To really decide, I would have to hear no Beatles songs for about five years. But in my music listening they are unavoidable, and indeed I have no desire to avoid them. Their great stuff anyway.

    I’m pretty sure this is the first Beatles song to ever be recorded. Uniquely credited to Lennon/Harrison, Pete Best on drums, and no singng (just some cool screaming). It’s great, better than most of that shitty Guardian list.

  2. This would make my Top 25 Beatles songs – not being hipper-than-thou or deliberately obscure, it’s just so enjoyable – even sophisticated for a band in its infancy. Those rhythm chords – nobody was doing that then.

    There is a quote from Lennon – not that he didn’t contradict himself from time to time – in which he said that as a band they never got better than 1963. They just became, he said, expert record-makers. There is some truth in that.

  3. Right and right. She Loves You still sounds fantastic. I love the B-side too, the simple ditty I’ll Get You. Not to be confused with one of their Top 10, I’ll Be Back. I agree on Eight Days a Week, that’s right up there. Greatest bridge on a Beatles song: No Reply.

  4. Whenever I hear No Reply I’m reminded how far short the great Beatles inspired bands, like The Flaming Groovies and The Smithereens, come. No disgrace, but when it comes to intensity and commitment The Beatles win.

  5. Yeah. Gotta laugh when people talk about who invented power pop. Badfinger and The Raspberries had their moments but the former were a little mannered and the latter had that singer who you thought was gonna start humping your leg.

    Big Star did it well at times but their first album is too sweet for me. Radio City is a good record.

  6. Cool story, Peter. I wish mine were so innocent. Chilton looks great in that video. Lester Bangs said it well: “A song like ‘Soul Deep’ is obvious enough, a patented commercial sound, yet within these strictures it communicates with a depth and sincerity of feeling that holds the attention and brings you back often.”

    If you never told me that Alex Chilton was the same guy as the lead singer in the Box Tops I would never have known. To this day I can’t see the connection.

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