It’s been 50 years since the Beatles released the album called ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’! With countless of hit albums to their names, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon have all had a great cultural influence on many people back in the 60’s. Let’s find out their top 5 songs that helped them become one of the highest selling band of all time!

 

  1. Strawberry Fields Forever

Initial meant to feature on ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ was finally released as a double A-side along with ‘Penny Lane’ in February 1967. This hit song was written by John Lennon and it was credited to his partnership with Paul McCartney. Lennon was inspired by his memories of playing in a wooded garden near to where he lived in a Liverpool suburb. This garden was located behind a Salvation Army children’s home named Strawberry Field. According to Lennon, Strawberry Fields Forever is his greatest accomplishment.

  1. Yesterday

Written by Paul McCartney, ‘Yesterday’ was first released in the UK on the album known as Help! In August 1965. In the U.S, it was released as a single in September the same year, where it topped the American Charts the following month. Today, you can find over 2,000 cover versions of this song and it was voted as the best song of the twentieth century in 1999 by the BBC Radio 2 survey. It was also declared as the number 1 pop song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine and MTV in 2000. It is said that McCartney composed this melody in a dream while he was sleeping at Jane Asher’s home. After he abruptly woke up, he quickly went to the piano and played the tune, so as not to forget it.

  1. Let it Be

Released as a single in March 1970, ‘Let It Be’ was the highest debut song on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time, starting straight at number six. It was the last single of the Beatles before McCartney left the band. The song reached Number 1 in 1987 on the UK Single Chart, when it was recorded by Ferry Aid, the charity supergroup. McCartney wrote this song after he dreamt of his mother during the edgy period of the Beatles in 1968. In his dream, his mother, who died of cancer when he was just fourteen, told him “It will be alright, just let it be”

                                                                  

  1. A Day in the Life

Featuring as the final track on the album called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, ‘A Day in the Life’ is a song with orchestral glissandos and an avant-garde style. It was Lennon who wrote most of the lyrics in January 1967, while McCartney contributed by writing the song’s middle section. Lennon revealed that he was inspired to write the first two verses of the song after the death of his 21-year-old friend Tara Browne, the heiress to the Guinness fortune. The Rolling Stone magazine ranked ‘A Day in the Life’ as the 28th greatest song of all times.

  1. Hey Jude

‘Hey Jude’ is simply a fantastic ballad written by Paul McCartney! This song advanced from “Hey Jules”, a song Paul wrote to comfort Julian, the son of John Lennon, while the latter’s parents were in the process of filing for divorce. Released in August 1968, this song is over seven minutes in length, and it spent nine weeks at the number one spot in the US charts; the longest run at the top position at that time. This single sold around eight million copies worldwide, and it can often be found in the list of the greatest songs ever by professional critics.

 

 

 

 

 

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