The best ever Beatles songs (Legends Slot)

The Legend Slot - The Beatles

Well…it had to be done, didn’t it? You didn’t seriously think that I’d make it to the last Legend Slot post of 2020 without featuring The Beatles did you? What kind of Scouser would I be if I didn’t! This is the twelfth post in my ongoing music blog series The Legend Slot. For each post in the series, I listen to ALL of the studio albums of a specific legendary musician or band. Then I put together a playlist of what I think are their best songs, along with some information about the artist and an insight into my favourite tracks, as well as new discoveries that I found through my listening. If you’re new to the series then you can head on back to artist number 1 here and work your way through. And if you’re all up to date then let’s get started…

The Beatles: A Brief History

Formed in Liverpool, UK, in 1960, The Beatles were an English rock band made up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Bringing together rock and roll with elements of classical music and pop, The Beatles were (and still very much are) considered as a band who revolutionised the music industry. Originally consisting of a lineup of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, The Beatles had a series of different drummers, including Pete Best, before having Starr join them in 1962.

Beatles For Sale (1964) - The Legend Slot - The Beatles

‘Beatles For Sale’ (1964) – The Beatles.

Throughout their career, the band received a record number of number-one albums on the UK album charts as well as gaining the most number-one hits on the Billboard 100. In 1988, the group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and between 1994 and 2015 each of the four were individually inducted as well. They were even awarded Grammys, Brit Awards, and an Academy Award (for the film Let It Be). To this day they are the best-selling music act of all time.

Despite their huge success, the band broke up in 1970 after a series of events and arguments that led up to the moment. All four members then went on to release solo albums that year. They all continued to have success as soloists in the years to follow. Sadly, in 1980, John Lennon was shot dead outside his apartment in New York City. In 2001, George Harrison died of lung cancer. Both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr continue to be active in the music industry.

 If you want to learn a little bit more about The Beatles you can check out their full Wiki page here.

58 Best Beatles Songs (The Legend Slot): The Playlist

What I’m always both surprised and impressed by is just how influential The Beatles were in such a short amount of time. With their first album coming out in 1963 and their break-up happening in 1970, they actually only had a 7-year career as a group. When you think of how much they achieved within that short time and how iconic their music is to this day, it’s a pretty incredible thing, isn’t it? Anyway, 13 UK studio albums later I’ve picked out 58 of my favourite tracks of theirs.

A Few Of My Favourites…

Okay so I say it was 13 UK studio albums but I actually also listened to one of their compilation albums, which was 1 (2000). The reason I ended up listening to that one, as well, was simply because I couldn’t cope with not having Hey Jude on the playlist. And since it isn’t on any of their studio albums I had to go ahead and include 1 (2000) in my listening as well. Anyway, with that cleared up shall we get onto my favourites?

Something that I noticed when I was listening to The Beatles was that I’m all about their slower ballads. Like yeah sure Twist and Shout, Can’t Buy Me Love and She Loves You are all absolute tunes. But Something, Yesterday and Blackbird? *chefs kiss*. The Beatles ballads are by far my favourites. Here Comes The Sun from Abbey Road (1969) is another long time favourite song of mine. I think I’ve featured that track on every Summer/Road Trip/Good Vibes playlist for the last I-don’t-even-know how many years. It’s just too good.

Revolver (1966) - The Legend Slot - The Beatles

‘Revolver’ (1966) – The Beatles.

New Discoveries

In terms of new discoveries that made it onto this playlist, I have to say there weren’t that many. Turns out I actually knew way more of The Beatles’ songs than I realised. So there are only 7 songs in the playlist that were new to me. I won’t go through all 7, but I will say that my favourite of the new tracks was Do You Want To Know A Secret from Please Please Me (1963). I also had a great time discovering Taxman from Revolver (1966). I’d never heard the song before but the bassline for it was SO familiar to me. I did a quick search and ended up finding out that The Jam sampled it in their song Start! which must’ve been where I knew it from. Pretty cool.

As well as the complete new discoveries, there were a few tracks that I didn’t know the name of but knew the tune. I found myself saying ‘ohhh! so THAT’S what it’s called!’ so many times while I was listening to their albums. And I’m glad to be coming out of a month of listening with the newfound knowledge. A couple of the tracks that I rediscovered were What You’re Doing from Beatles For Sale (1964), Here, There And Everywhere from Revolver (1966), and Two Of Us and Across The Universe both from Let It Be (1970). Another fun discovery for me was learning that The Beatles wrote Getting Better from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). In my head that was a Smash Mouth original, specifically for the film The Cat In The Hat. Oh, how I was wrong!

Abbey Road (1969) - The Legend Slot - The Beatles

‘Abbey Road’ (1969) – The Beatles.

New Discoveries: A Little Extra

Also for any The Simpsons fans out there…I very much enjoyed discovering which of The Beatles’ songs it was that inspired the Barney Gumble ‘number 8, *BURP*’ moment in the series. Revolution 9 from The Beatles “The White Album” (1968) for anyone wondering. I was not so thrilled to have to sit and listen to 8 minutes and 22 seconds of the track though. Don’t get me wrong I love a good experimental tune but there’s only so much time I can spend listening to ‘number nine, number nine, number nine’ on repeat…and 8 minutes and 22 seconds is most definitely my limit.

So that’s number 12! I can’t believe I’ve been running this series for a whole year. Have you listened to The Beatles much before? What are your thoughts on their music? Let me know what some of your favourite tracks are by them in the comments. And don’t forget to comment who you’d like to see featured in a future post in The Legend Slot.

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44 thoughts on “The best ever Beatles songs (Legends Slot)

  1. Few bands have had the impact that The Beatles have had on the world as a whole. I’m over in Canada, and they are also seen as an iconic group here. As a musician, I have played arrangements of their songs with different bands and ensembles that I perform with including our saxophone quartet – and EVERYONE recognizes the songs the second that we start playing!

    1. Oh that’s so cool! Their music is so iconic isn’t it. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to leave a comment x

    1. Fair enough! That’s what I love so much about running this series, not everyone is going to love every artist that I feature. I think it’s really interesting to get an insight into everyone’s opinions on each artist/band and get a conversation going! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment 🙂 x

  2. 🤣 I had the same experience once, discovering I knew way more songs by singers new and old then I realized. I am about the music and often forget the name of the singer behind it.

    Blackbird is one of my favorite songs and ballads always fit into my heart. Music that carries me, uplifts me, and lets me dream is music I treasure. The Beatles are often listened to in our house. 🙂

    1. As I was listening I was just like “oh…turns out I know WAY more about The Beatles than I realised” lol. Blackbird is such a lovely song – one of my favourites for sure x

    1. Thank you so much! They had so many incredible hits but there are some really amazing album tracks to discover as well 🙂 x

  3. Okay I was already CERTAIN you’d featured them, I don’t know how I’ve made that up. I’m always amazed when I’m reminded how short their time together was. Hey Jue isn’t on an earlier album??? What??? I didn’t know that. I have a bit of a love/ hate relationship with The Beatles. I think Lenon and McCartney together are songwriting genius, but I’ve never been a massive fan of McCartney’s voice so I normally enjoy covers a lot more x

    1. Haha!! Honestly I can’t believe how many massive songs aren’t on any of these legendary artists’ albums! I completely get what you mean the Lennon/McCartney songwriting duo is incredible but sometimes you have to be in the mood for McCartney’s voice if that makes sense? x

  4. I actually know very little about the Beatles so this was really interesting to read! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog so much in the last year and I can’t wait to see what you produce this year x

  5. Brilliant post about a brilliant band. Amazing that such fresh sounding music is so old. Lots of love here for songs like Eight Days a Week, Blackbird and Taxman!

  6. The Beatles really are legends! I grew up listening to their music as both of my parents are fans. They have a ridiculous amount of amazing songs. I genuinely don’t think I could pick a favourite song. As a huge music fan I really enjoyed this post x

    1. 100% !! I couldn’t believe how many of their songs I already knew as I was listening along. That just shows how many hits they had I guess! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment 🙂 x

  7. Happy New Year!! The Beatles had to be in the Legend Slot, and glad you saved the best for last in 2020!! They came out with amazing music, just everything about them is iconic. Though, bands and groups breaking up after a huge success is always something that was coming. You definitely knew your way around The Beatles repertoire! You definitely beat me with listening to their entire releases. Hope 2021 will be great for you!!

    1. I couldn’t finish the year without featuring them, could I?! I had such a great time listening to all of their studio albums – they had so many amazing songs. Happy New Year! x

  8. I always forget how they were only as a group for 7 years which is absolutely crazy as like you said they have had such a massive influence on music! I’ve probably not actively listened to their music that much, probably down to the fact that my parents didn’t listen to them too much either. However they truly do have some of the most iconic songs! x

  9. The Beatles are so iconic and timeless! I really need to dive deeper into their discography, there’s so many I haven’t heard yet! I recently read a book called “Dreaming The Beatles ” by Rob Sheffield that I highly recommend if you want to learn more about them! Thanks for sharing, I always love reading your latest legend posts! I hope you have a happy and healthy new year!

    1. Dreaming The Beatles sounds like a really interesting book! Thanks so much, so glad you’re enjoying the series 🙂 x

  10. Love this post so much, and as a Liv uni grad, I feel like I really need to explore their discography a bit more! I’m a real fan of their classic tunes, but their music is just such a treasure trove. Thanks for sharing, you have a new reader!

    // xx

    1. Aw thank you so much! So happy you enjoyed the post – it’s one of my favourite series’ to write for my blog so it means a lot that you enjoyed it 🙂 x

  11. This post was very interesting. My mum loves the Beatles and has lots of their records, cd album collection etc etc. She has even been to the cavern club in Liverpool and the stuff there. Thank you for sharing this post.


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