With the correct suggestions, everyone can enjoy The Beatles
April 7, 2010
I don’t know about you, but when I can’t focus on something, whether it be prepping for an exam or writing a paper, I usually turn on some tunes to get focused.
Three out of four times I do this, I turn to John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Everyone knows tunes like “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be” and “Yellow Submarine,” but few people, I feel, have the chance to really experience their music.
Now, I personally believe that The Beatles have created some of the most amazing music that could ever fall upon human ears, but I understand that many people don’t share my view on this. I want to give my list of ten Beatles songs that I think once all packaged together, a person can’t honestly say that they don’t at least appreciate The Beatles.
So, here it is my friends, ten Beatles songs you, if you haven’t already, need to check out.
Off of the masterpiece known as “Abbey Road,” this song is a perfect lesson in harmony.
The song features three-part harmony, but each voice is overdubbed three times. Now, since we’re all mathematicians, we can calculate that creates, yes, nine voices in all, and it sounds amazing.
The harpsichord (electric), guitar, and chords used in the song are incredibly entrancing. Something that is pretty cool is that the song was apparently inspired by Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.”
2) “Good Day Sunshine”
Coming from the album “Revolver,” this is an ultimate “feel good” song. Quite literally, it makes me want to grab a cane and skip down the street, in a very masculine way of course. The song is simply about how genuinely happy being in love can make you feel, because as Paul says, “I feel good, in a special way. I’m in love and it’s a sunny day.”
The piano track really anchors the song in my opinion, especially the brief, but upbeat, solo.
3) “In My Life”
This, from the album “Rubber Soul,” is truly one of the most beautiful, melodic and well-rounded songs I have ever heard. The song was originally written by John Lennon as a sort of “reflection on my childhood” type of song, but McCartney reworked the lyrics with Lennon to create the song that we have today.
One notable attribute of this song is the piano solo, written by the “fifth Beatle” George Martin. The piano solo was recorded at half speed, and then doubled to fit the track after the solo written by Martin was apparently too slow for the song.
Overall, this song says, in a perfect way, how much one appreciates anyone and everything that has come and gone in their life, among other things.
4) “I’ve Just Seen a Face”
This song comes from the “Help!” album. The intro guitar track for this song is simply fantastic, and propels you into a magnificent work by The Beatles. This is the perfect song to describe that “love at first sight” feeling you may or may not have had.
5) “Day Tripper”
Though this song never appeared on an “official” album, it was released as a “Double-A side” single with the song “We Can Work It Out.” I love this song just because, well, it’s simply awesome. The opening guitar riff immediately gets the listener jacked, and the rest of the song follows through on keeping everything upbeat.
6) “I Will”
Off of “The White Album,” this is a very simple and short piece. I love this song simply because I feel that it is the perfect way to tell a woman how much you love them, and what extremes you would go to show that love. “Who knows how long I’ve loved you, you know I love you still. Will I wait a lonely lifetime? If you want me to, I will.”
7) “Eleanor Rigby”
Off of “Revolver”, this is a song that most people know. This song, I feel, is a genuine masterpiece, lyrically and musically.
The string quartets, arranged once again by George Martin, give this song a deep, moody, and majestic sound. “Eleanor Rigby” is said to be one of the first steps that sent the band into more serious territory.
This song deals with the feeling of loneliness, and how truly devastating it can be.
8) “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”/ “With a Little Help From My Friends”
Now, I know the two songs are separate, but they make up, in my opinion, the greatest album introduction I have ever heard.
The whole “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” album uncovers a part of The Beatles that arguably changed music at the time.
From the end of “The White Album”, this song reminds me a song straight from a Disney movie.
This movie can truly be called a lullaby, and if you want a song to send goose bumps every which direction, listen to this song before you fall asleep.
10) “Golden Slumbers” (All four songs at the end of Abbey Road)
The last four songs from “Abbey Road” will put you in a trance. All four songs are different in their own way, but the way they transition from one to the next is simply wonderful.
“Golden Slumbers” is my personal favorite of the four, but coupled together, the end of “Abbey Road” can truly be labeled as epic.
Now if I had my way, I’d get you to buy every Beatles’ album ever made and give them a listen straight through, but since that’s not plausible, check these tunes out; you’ll be glad you did.