Beatle songs ranked

Up to 10 points were given for

Melody, Lyrics, Arrangement, Originality and Impact

(Beatle teamwork was arbitrarily used as a tie-breaker, with 0 -10 points added)

This system favors high-visibility songs (“Yellow Submarine”) and disadvantages the less well-known songs  (“Things We Said Today,” “Hey Bulldog”) due to their lesser impact. It also slightly favors Lennon songs (often subject to more teamwork). DISAGREEMENT INVITED ! (See Facebook page)

NOTE THAT THIS LIST IS CONTINUOUSLY BEING TWEAKED (depending on my mood!)  JAN 4th 2014: THIS LIST WILL SOON BE CHANGED. I’VE COME TO (RE) APPRECIATE “HEY JUDE” + “HEY BULLDOG” NEEDS TO MOVE UP.  “Abbey Road Medley” may be cheating...



II want

  1. 1)I Want to Hold Your Hand

  2. 2)Eleanor Rigby

  3. 3)Let It Be

  4. 4)Yesterday

  5. 5)A Day in the Life    

6) Lucy in the Sky     

7)I am the walrus

8) Strawberry Fields                 

9) She Loves You                        

10) Abbey Road Medley (final)                  

10) We Can Work It Out                            

12) With a Little Help From My Friends     

13) Penny Lane                                     

14) Hey Jude                                             45.49

15) Ticket to Ride                                      44.48
16) Blackbird                                            
44.45
17) While my Guitar Gently Weeps      
43.52
18) In My Life                                    
43.51

18) Lady Madonna                               43.51

18) Nowhere Man                                43.51

21) Yellow Submarine              42.52 (enormous impact factor)

22) Revolution                         42.50

23) I Saw Her Standing There   42. 45
24) For no one                         
42.42

25) Help                                        41.50
26) All you need is love                
  41. 50
27) Here, There and Everywhere    
41. 46
28) Across the Universe                
41.45
29 )Because        
40.50

30)Helter skelter 40. 50

31) Fool On the Hill 
31) Girl              
40.47

32) She’s Leaving Home   40.47

32) Back in the USSR.      40.45

33) Something                    39.48

33) Please Please Me           39.48

35) Drive my car                 39.47

35) If I fell                          39.47

35) A Hard Days’ Night       39. 47

38) Get back.                       39. 46

39) Can't Buy Me Love        39. 44
40) Sgt. Pepper.            


41) Taxman

42) Birthday                          38.47

42) Come together                 38. 47

44) Day tripper                      38. 46

44) Michelle                          38.46

44) Lovely Rita                     38.46

47) Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da         38.45

48) Tomorrow Never Knows                         38.44

48) Good day sunshine            38. 44

50) You Never Give Me Your Money  38.43


51) Got To Get You Into My Life        
38. 42
52) Here comes the sun                           
37. 45

53) You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away 37.42
54) Happiness is a Warm Gun                 
37. 46

55) Rocky Raccoon                                37.42


56) Octopus’ Garden                      
36.45
57) Being for the benefit of Mr. Kite
36.44
57) Rain                                        
36.44

59) All my loving                           36.43

59) The Word                                36.43

  1. 6)

61) Fixing a hole                            36. 42

62) She Came in Through the Bathroom Window  36.39

63) Oh Darling!                            36.37
64) I Will                                     
36. 36
65)  Julia      
66) Not a Second Time       
35.40

67) Martha my Dear            35.39

68) P.S. I Love You                        

68) I Want You (she’s so heavy) 34. 44

  1. 7)

70) Eight Days a Week         34. 41

71) I’m a Loser            34. 40

72) It’s only Love           34.39

73) Maxwell’s Silver Hammer  34.39
74) I'm so Tired         34. 39

75) She’s a Woman   34.38
76) From Me to You 33. 40

77) Long and winding road    33.34

78) Getting Better                         33. 40
79) I'll be Back                         33. 40

  1. 8)

80) Hey Bulldog                 32. 41

81) And Your Bird Can Sing          32. 40

81) Think for Yourself                  32.40

83) I'm Looking Through You        32. 39

83) She Said She Said                    32.39

85) Two of Us                     32.38
85) I Should Have Known Better   32. 38

85) Sun King                   32.38

88) Within You Without You         32.37

89) I've Just Seen a Face         32. 35

90) Mother Nature’s Son                32.32

92) Continuing story of Bungalow Bill     31. 38

92) Do you want to know a secret?           31. 38

92) Hold me tight.                                     31. 38

92) There’s a Place                                   31.38
92) It won't be long.                                  31.38

92) Yer Blues                                            31.38

98) Piggies                                                31.37
98) Dig a Pony                                          31. 37



99) I'm Down                             30. 37

100) Sexy Sadie                         30.36

100)You Won’t See Me             30.36

101) Paperback Writer               30.34

101) Hello goodbye                   30. 34


102) Misery                                       29.36

103) Love me do                               29.36

104) Wait                                          29.35

105) No Reply                                  29.32
105) And I  Love her                       29. 32

105) Your Mother Should Know    29.32


108) I've got a Feeling                     28. 36
109) Ballad of John & Yoko            28. 35
109) Baby You're a Rich Man          28. 35
109) Baby's in Black                         28. 35
109) I Don't Want to Spoil the Party 28. 35

109) Tell Me Why                            28.35

109) Yes It Is                                    28.35

115) I’m only Sleeping                    28.34

116) Things We Said Today            28.30


117) Dear Prudence                         27. 33

117) Good morning                         27. 33
119) For You Blue                         27. 32

119) I Want to Tell You                 27. 32
121) Cry Baby Cry                          27.31

121) I’ll follow the Sun                   27.31


123) I'm Happy Just to Dance  with You       26. 33

123) Thank You Girl                                      26.33

125) If I needed someone                               26.32

126) I Wanna be Your Man                            26. 31

126) I'll cry instead                                         26. 31

127) I call your name                                      26 .31
127) Another girl                                             26.31

127) I need you                                                26. 31

  1. 127)One After 909                                        26.31

131) Magical Mystery Tour                            26.30


132) This Boy                                               25.33

133) Mean Mr. Mustard                               25.32

133) You Can’t Do That                              25.32

135) Tell Me What You See                        25.31

136) You’re Gonna Lose That Girl              25.30

137)  Glass Onion                                         25.29

137) I Me Mine                                           25.29


Honorable mention: Twist and Shout, Long Tall Sally, Rock’n’Roll Music, Please Mr. Postman

(not written by the Beatles)

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When I Get Home 24.30

Every little thing.  24. 30

Why Don’t we Do it in the Road? 24.24


Doctor Robert 23. 26

Inner Light     23     23
Good night 23. 4


I'll get you. 22. 27

Little Child   22.27

What You’re Doing  22.27

Love you too    22   24


All together now.  21. 26

Only a Northern Song  21.25

Old Brown Shoe    21.22


Don't pass me by. 20. 26
Anytime at all. 20.  25


Run For Your Life  19.23
Don't let me down. 19. 23

Don't bother me 19.19


You Like Me Too Much  18.23

Polythene Pam     18.22

Long, long, long     18   21

Savoy Truffle    18.19


You Know My Name  17.24

What Goes On?  17.23


It's all too much 16. 22

Ask me why   16.20


Blue Jay Way   15.18

Revolution #9   15.15

Wild Honey Pie   14.16


Dig it  12. 16


(Not listed: “Flying” [no lyrics])