Beatle songs add up to big numbers

September 21, 2011 – Quickly … name your top 100 favorite Beatle songs.

Yes, you read it right. I didn’t place an extra zero on that number by accident. Top 10 lists may be all the rage, but the Beatles are worth more than that.

OK, it might be a tall order to name that large a number off the top of your head. There aren’t many groups that have recorded enough music to have a top 100 so you probably don’t have much practice thinking in the three digit numbers.

Sure, you could name some super stars who have been around for 40 or 50 years, like the Stones, the Who, and Bob Dylan, and maybe even a few pop stars like Michael Jackson. But can you name any artist or group that recorded together for only seven years and reached that milestone? That’s an amazing amount of music for such a short time.

And that’s only half of it. In all, the Beatles recorded 213 songs on 19 studio albums (not including greatest hits or compilation albums) in that seven years time span, which means they averaged nearly 3 a year. That’s a lot of creativity.

To save you the trouble, the kind folks at Rolling Stone put together a top 100 favorite list of what they consider to be the Beatles’ best. The magazine admits their list may be a little controversial, especially when you consider the Beatle’s career ranged from pop tunes such as “Love Me Do”  and “She Loves You” to deeper and sometimes strange lyrics in tunes like “Happiness is a Warm Gun” or “Revolution #9”. How could you choose?

There’s almost a 50 percent chance that your favorite made the list. I don’t necessarily agree with the order, but I am happy that George Harrison shows up frequently and finally gets his due.

If you want to save yourself some time paging through the lengthy list, the top 10 is the most interesting. But the entire list is definitely a worthwhile read.

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