Top 100 Beatles Songs

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Beatles Top 100 Best Songs - Let the Arguing Commence!

The Beatles need very little introduction so here are some bullet points to 'sum up' the wonder, glory and brilliance of the greatest rock band to ever make music.

  • Four members - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
  • First called The Quarrymen
  • They hailed from Liverpool, England
  • They have sold over 175 million records and continue to sell records now.
  • They formed in 1960 and broke up in 1970.

It would take a hundred more articles to sum up the achievements of each of its four members.

Their songs have been covered by many equally famous artistes but also some complete unknowns who have taken their version of Beatles songs onto YouTube, some are good, some less good.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote most of The Beatles songs but George Harrison occasionally chipped in with two of his songs making the Top 10.

The Beatles started as leather-jacket wearing teddy boys but after signing with Parlophone were morphed into suit wearing, fresh-faced fellows with cheeky grins and cool haircuts. Eventually, they became hippies but that was all part of their 1960's journey.

A closer look at music, lyrics, arrangement and production reveal real genius at work and their songs have become so much more than the more run of the mill 1960's songs of other artistes.

Here is the venerable music publication Rolling Stone's Top 100 Bealtes songs. Try not to get too annoyed or frustrated as you read it - you can put your favourites in your comment if you choose to leave one.

And try to put aside the fact that The Beatles did not like Rolling Stones during the 1960s. This list is put together with a lot of thought but can there ever be a definitive Top 100? Probably not.

The Beatles Top 100 Songs

#100- #91

100. Hello, Goodbye

99. Yes It Is

98. Long, Long, Long

97. All I've Got To Do

96. Within You, Without You

95. Any Time At All

94. You Won't See Me

93. Sexy Sadie

92. Dig A Pony

91. Every Little Thing

The Beatles Top 100 Songs

#90- #81

90. The Long and Winding Road

89. Good Day Sunshine

88. Rain

87. Love Me Do

86.Lady Madonna

85. Back in The USSR

84. Across The Universe

83. I'm So Tired

82. She's Leaving Home

81. Hey Bulldog

The Beatles lark about at a photo shoot.
The Beatles lark about at a photo shoot. | Source

The Beatles Top 100 Songs

#80 - #71

80. Mother Nature's Son

79. I'll Follow The Sun

78. And Your Bird Can Sing

77. Because

76. Yer Blues

75. Think For Yourself

74. Yellow Submarine

73. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey

72. From Me To You

71. I'm A Loser

John and Paul - or as they were officially known, Lennon and McCartney
John and Paul - or as they were officially known, Lennon and McCartney | Source

The Beatles Top 100 Songs

#70 - #61

70. You Can't Do That

69. Julia

68. Baby, You're A Rich Man

67. Oh, Darling

66.Nowhere Man

65. And I Love Her

64. I've Got A Feeling

63. Dear Prudence

62. Girl

61. With A Little Help From My Friends

The Beatles Top 100 Songs

#60 - #51

60. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

59. I Want You (She's So Heavy)

58. I've Just Seen A Face

57. I'm Only Sleeping

56. I'm Down

55. Taxman

54. Two of Us

53. It Won't Be Long

52. Helter Skelter

51. If I Needed Someone

Ringo Starr and George Harrison
Ringo Starr and George Harrison | Source

The Beatles Top 100 Songs

#50 - #41

50. Got To Get You Into My Life

49. The Night Before

48. The Ballad of John and Yoko

47. Thinks We Said Today

46. Don't Let Me Down

45. No Reply

44. All My Loving

43. Drive My Car

42. I Feel Fine

41. Get Back

The Beatles Top 100 Songs

#40 - #31

40. For No One

39. Day Tripper

38. Blackbird

37. She Said, She Said

36. I Should Have Known Better

35. Paperback Writer

34. Eight Days A Week

33. I Am The Walrus

32. Penny Lane

31. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away


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The Beatles Top 100 Songs

#30 - #21

30. We Can Work It Out

29. Can't Buy Me Love

28. Here Comes The Sun

27. You're Going To Lose That Girl

26. If I Fell

25. Here, There and Everywhere

24. Happiness Is A Warm Gun

23. Abbey Road Medley

22. Eleanor Rigby

21. All You Need Is Love

Abbey Road
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The Beatles Top 100 Songs

#20 - #11

20. Please, Please Me

19. Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds

18. Tomorrow Never Knows

17. Ticket To Ride

16. I Saw Her Standing There

15. Help!

14. She Loves You

13. Revolution

12. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)

11. A Hard Day's Night

The Beatles Top 100 Songs

#10 - #1

10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

9. Come Together

8. Let It Be

7. Hey Jude

6. Something

5. In My Life

4. Yesterday

3. Strawberry Fields Forever

2. I Want To Hold Your Hand

1. A Day In The Life

Did They Get the Top 10 In The Right Order? Which of the Top 10 Would You Place at #1?

  • A Day In The Life
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand
  • Strawberry Fields Forever
  • Yesterday
  • In My Life
  • Something
  • Hey Jude
  • Let It Be
  • Come Together
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
See results without voting

So Did Rolling Stone Get It Right?

Looking back over the Beatles canon would take many months and many sessions of listening.

I think I expected to find all of their singles in the list because surely, that is a sign of popularity?

So are they all there? Well 2 early singles, 'Sweet Georgia Brown' and 'Cry For A Shadow' did not make it but I had not even heard them so they may not have been released except as promo singles?

Was #1 a surprise? I remember the first time I heard 'A Day In The Life', it totally blew me away. So for sheer influence on its first hearing, maybe it deserves its place.

Was 'In My Life' there because John Lennon lost his life in such an awful way? Did Rolling Stone get sentimental or maudlin?

Personally, if you asked me to pick any Beatles song I liked enough to hear over and over again, I would pick 'Penny Lane' or 'Blackbird' or maybe 'I Feel Fine'. But I often change my mind. In this Top 10 list, I would pick 'Something'.

The Beatles have left an amazing legacy. They were performing and recording at a time of amazing creativity and innovation. Their songwriters really knew how to play their instruments and this is obvious on all of their albums. They took chances with their music because after their first few albums and their amazing popularity, they were able to experiment.

Their song writing owes as much to Bach and Mozart as it does to Bob Dylan, Elvis and The Byrds.

The Beatles gave us something different. Each successive album revealed more ingenuity, creativity and musicianship.

I admire Rolling Stone for at least attempting to create a Top 100 Beatles song list. I may not agree with all of it but I loved reading it and writing about it.

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Marchello 2 years ago from Cuprija, Sebia

I like to listen Beatles, I have a lot of favorite songs from them, like " Yesterday " and " Let It Be ". Thanks for sharing.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Vellur, many thanks for your comment - I don't know anyone who does not like the Beatles.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mohan, I was at a beer festival recently wearing a Beatles teeshirt when a fella practically ran over to me and said 'What's yer favourite Beatles song?' and then we got into a long conversation......thanks so much for your comment.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Great list of songs, I love all the songs by Beatles. They were a great band.


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK

Just how to show what a great canon of music the fab four produced. Awesome listing here Julie. up/shared. There are so many memorable tracks here.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Michelle, thanks for your comment. What a great choice you made, i really like that one, the lyrics are very romantic aren't they?


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

I love all their songs...but one which I particularly like is Till There Was You. Very romantic! Great tribute to them, Jools!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Wow, what a tribute to the Beatles! I would have picked "Let it Be" as their #1 song, actually that is my #1 Beatles song. They are and always will be the Fab Four. Well done Jools!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

carter06, many thanks for reading! I keep changing my mind :o)


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Hey Jools, such a great hub here..how could we not love them!! How difficult would it be to rate their songs?? as a fan I love almost everything they ever did, their music is timeless..enjoyed this one...UAI & shared..cheers


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Dianna, I think Yesterday will be quite popular in spite of being quite a melancholy song.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I voted Yesterday number one, but I do love #28 as well. Great list of songs and thanks for the trip down memory lane.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Alecia, I can see that 'In My Life' might turn into one of the popular reader choices. You should go to YouTube for A Day In The Life it is really a great song and was written from 2 completely seperate songs. It gives a good flavour of both Paul and John at their melodic and lyrical best. Thanks as always for your comment.


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Personally it's hard to believe they did all this in a mere 10 years together. That being said I think the top 10 is solid but I haven't heard of #1. I don't have their whole catalog but I know a good bit of their songs. Rolling Stones lists like this are obviously subjective because of the editors but most of the time I agree. This time I'd say #1 should be Yesterday or In My Life. The way I'd look at is that's the song I'd play for someone who wanted to know what the Beatles are about. Great hub!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Thanks Michelle, we all seem to have our favourites.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Number 1 for me would always be Yesterday! Thanks for sharing, Jools!! Passing around!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Deb, thanks for your comment. I think 'In My Life' is all the more poignant because John Lennon lost his life so young. The lyrics make you dwell on him only being 40 when he was killed.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Nell, many thanks for your comment. Let It Be is not a favourite of mine, mainly because I played it so much on guitar in a band I as in at age 15 - I sickened myself I think :o)


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

What great fun to remember all of these wonderful songs. I am partial to "In My Life" but I can't dispute Rolling Stone's top pick. That's my husband's favorite.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi jools, reading the list I realised that I hadn't heard of half of the songs, whats the one about a monkey? lol! my favourite has to be 'Let It Be' thats so lovely, loved it, and voted up and shared, nell


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Epi, good afternoon from North East England, it is now 12:38pm! Thanks so much for your comment. I agree, it's all subjective; Rolling Stone were brave for taking it on! I change my mind every week with the Beatles, depends on my mood but 'A Day In The Life' has an amazing story to it, created as it was, from 2 completely separate songs. I think it represents the Beatles at their most creative.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Good morning from lake erie time 7:09am ontario canada with 2nd cup of coffee and a lovely Brahms clarinet trio playing ... and just about to see the sunrise over the lake in another half hour.

I think most lists are silly and music is like food - it's very subjective.

I can't say that 'one' particular Beatles song sticks out over another - they are all particularly wonderful in their own way - just like a songbook complete - perhaps it's better to have a Beatles' jukebox of your own personal favorites.

I guess for argument's sake - I would have to pick - A day in the life - because like all great art - everytime I hear it - I hear something different - it always seems to be 'fresh' to me- and it's such a musical journey too - like two different movements, if you will, in one song.

Thank you for your passion here and your obvious labor of love.

Sending to you my warm wishes and good energy.

Have you ever heard Peter Sellers do A Hard days night? lol


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Martin, isn't it funny that you remember that? That was the effect their break up had on your teacher, he was actually bereft! Thanks so much for your comment.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

GRL, thanks for your comment. They are very much of my era since I was born in 1963 but I still listen to them now.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Janine, thanks for your comment - I thought you might have more modern tastes but the Beatles do have universal appeal.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Bill, I almost included a video for Sexy Sadie because I like that one too but I went for the more well known song. Thanks so much for your comment.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. I learned the Beatles broke up from my harmony teacher, Mr. Fenner, who canceled class.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Oh, how I wish I had not been a little child when they became popular. I love the Beatles and regret that I didn't have the chance to participate in all that madness but at least their music lives on. Passing this on.


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Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

I love The Beatles and I must listen to them everyday at least a few songs here and there. Thanks seriously for sharing the Top #100 with us. And can tell you I think they are and always be my favorite band of all time!!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

No way, Julie, could I ever try to rate the individual songs of the Beatles, and they are my favorite group. One of my favorites is #93 on this list, so that should tell you something. I'm just not quite certain what it tells you. LOL Anyway, thanks for a look at my all-time favorite group. Well done!

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