Top 10 Songs by the Beatles


Of course this list is impossible. How can you limit an anthology of music that includes the best music of all time? Well, we have tried. But rather than put a list of #1 pop Beatles songs, (“Twist and Shout”, “8 Days a Week”, “Can’t Buy Me Love and so on) we decided to create list with a bit more substance. Without further ado, after all the Beatles need no introduction, here is our Top Ten Beatles Songs. If you disagree and I’m sure many of you will, please leave a comment.

10. Run For Your Life

“Well I know that I’m a wicked guy, And I was born with a jealous mind”

You have to love a good stalking/revenge song with a beat you can dance to. (I’d rather see you DEAD little girl than to be with another man.) Damn those Beatles were hard core.

9. Eleanor Rigby

“Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name

Nobody came

Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave

No one was saved”

Another just good story. I don’t visualize many songs but this one I always do for some reason.

8. I’ve Got a Feeling

“All these years I’ve been wandering around,

Wondering how come nobody told me

All that I was looking for was somebody

Who looked like you”

Great collaboration among the group plus the lyrics “everybody has a wet dream” makes this a winner.

7. Revolution 1

“You ask me for a contribution

Well you know

We’re doing what we can

But when you want money for people with minds that hate

All I can tell you is brother you have to wait”

John Lennon created the perfect protest song.

6. I Feel Fine

“I’m so glad that she’s my little girl

She’s so glad she’s telling all the world”

A historically underrated song for its opening feedback. One of (if not THE) first intentional uses of feedback in a song – this was 1964, folks!

5. Yesterday

“Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play.

Now I need a place to hide away.

Oh, I believe in yesterday”

Have to give props to McCartney for the perfect ballad.

4. Inner Light

“Arrive without traveling

See all without looking

Do all without doing”

The most underrated Harrison song. The sitar work is amazing and I love the purity of the lyrics (The farther one travels the less one knows).

3. Hey Jude

“And anytime you feel the pain, hey jude, refrain,

Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders.”

A big FU to the record company and to radio stations. If we want a 7 minute song – we’ll get a 7 minute song.

2. Across the Universe

“Limitless undying love which shines around me like a

Million suns, it calls me on and on”

Word smithing at its finest (Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup) enough said.

1. A Day In The Life

“Having read the book

I love to turn you on”

Just one of those great songs that tells a story and gives me a weird feeling every time I hear it.

List compiled by Chip Trout.

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  1. Robert Spinello on

    1-A Day in the Life
    2- Hey Jude
    3-I Want To Hold Your Hand
    4- In My Life
    6-Come Together
    7-Let It Be
    10-I Feel Fine

  2. I don’t understand the Beatles popularity at all, I’ve heard nearly every single song – being friends with a fan. But they do in fact SUCK. They are nothing more than the very first boy band.

  3. The “Dirty Dozen” in that order:
    3. A DAY IN A LIFE
    11. IN MY LIFE
    12. LET IT BE

    The Beatles were the very first PROG band

  4. You must put I Want To Hold Your Hand on this list, the reason why Beatles get a fame in us. “No sex, No drugs, No frustated love. They’re just want to hold your hand”.

  5. When I’m 64
    Day in a life
    Let it be
    Obla di obla da
    Norwegian wood
    Hard days night
    Elanor Rigby
    Hey Jude
    You’ve got to hide your love away

  6. For “Run for Your Life,” Lennon borrowed the line; “I’d rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man” from Elvis’ “Baby, Let’s Play House.” Songwriter Arthur Gunter was pretty hardcore too, huh?

  7. I still don’t agree that making a Top100 Beatles song would be easier.
    I’ve done it, or try to do it before myself but still a lot of classic songs were left behind.
    Goes to show the brillance of this band, even their “lesser known” songs would be a considered a classic. And other artists could retire and call themselves genius if they had written these “lesser known” songs by the Beatles

    On a side note, my favorie song of the Fab Four is “Don’t Let Me Down”

  8. Where’s Revolution 9? Oh come on, you have to admit it’s the best Beatles song ever. Forever.

    *Shivers in fear of it being being mentioned as number 1*

  9. this is debatable everyone has their own favs but you cant leave out “got to get you into my life” “let it be”
    “strawberry fields” “norweigian wood” “I want to tell you” , I think “A day in the life” comes to mind for almost anyone

    better to list your top albums: mine our 1. Revolver 2. Beatles 65 3. Let it be

  10. while my guitar gently weeps
    in my life
    drive my car
    eleanor rigby
    get back
    here comes the sun
    for no one

  11. 10. Strawberry Fields
    9. Happiness is a warm gun
    8. Within You without You
    7. Let it Be
    6. Hey Jude
    5. A day in the life
    4. Something
    3. Glass Onion
    2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    1. She Loves You

  12. Not a bad list.
    It’s tough to try to narrow the Beatles’ music down like that.

    Only thing is that I would put “In My Life” in there, but that may jut be because it’s my favourite song.
    “And these memories lose their meaning
    When I think of love as something new”
    And George Martin’s piano parts are genius in the song.

    But “everybody has a wet dream” is a winner too.


  13. 1 very important song missing from the list; “in my life” one of the greatest songs ever written

  14. In My Life, should be there, in my opinion.

    It’s really tough to pick out the top few though.


  15. Great list!! I agree-must be hard to pick the 10 best Beatles songs-top 100 would have been better. Let it Be is my favorite Beatles song and maybe favorite overall song of all time

  16. A day in the life is my favorite beatles song. Besides happiness is a warm gun or something or while my guitar gently weeps. Haha

  17. " Across The Universe",beautiful no song in music even sounds like it,really excellent list only missing
    "I am the Walrus",anyway the top 3 are spot on,well done

  18. nobody will truly know the best beatles song because every one has their own opinion and there are so many good beatles songs.

  19. I would have put 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' up there, along with 'Act Naturally'. Kinda underestimated, yet so good.

  20. This is a tough list to compile considering how many number one hits they had. I've always been a big fan of the song "Helter Skelter," but I would be surprised to see it on a standard top ten list.

  21. tasmanian boy on

    Strawberry Fields Forever hasn't had a mention. I think it is the best song ever written and the film clip has 60's written all over it. Brilliant.

  22. Golden slumbers, carry that weight, and you never give me your money are my fav beatles songs.

  23. "Twist and shout" is not a Beatles song.

    And making that list must've been one of the hardest jobs on Earth. I couldn't do it.

  24. Whenever I hear "I've Got a Feeling", I am immediately transported back to that magic winter, tripping around with my friends, and feeling that anything was possible. It's definitely one of my very faves.

    Another one of my husband's and my favourite songs is "I Will". We sang this beautiful song at our wedding.

  25. The words to the song Inner Light is taken from the Tao Te Ching. And I quote,

    "Without stirring abroad

    One can know the whole world;

    Without looking out of the window

    One can see the way of heaven.

    The further one goes

    The less one knows.

    Therefore the sage knows without having to stir,

    Identifies without having to see,

    Accomplishes without having to act."

    Tao Te Ching, Book Two, Chapter 47. Lao Tzu

    Makes me wonder if Harrison had read the Tao Te Ching and was inspired by it to write the song Inner Light.

  26. Ok… good list… but come on -.- If you don't know the difference between Revolution and Revolution 1 you got a problem >.< Revolution 1 is the acoustic version of Revolution. =)

  27. 1. All You Need Is Love

    So simple yet so genius. No other band could have done this song it. The perfect example of Hippie ideals and what the Beatles (at the time) truely felt they stood for, which is a message so simple that anyone in the world could get it.

    There's nothing you can do that can't be done…

    All you need is love, love

    Love is all you need

  28. This is my beatles top 10 songs! This is not a joke, most of them are not very popular but i realy like these…

    1- Dig it

    2- You know my name

    3- It's all too much

    4- Tomorrow never knows

    5- Blue jay way

    6- Only a northern song

    7- Everybody's got something to hide

    8- Mean mister mustard

    9- Polythene Pam

    10 Yer blues

    • You know my name (look up the number),totally awesome song,one of the great rare beatles songs that you will never hear on radio,would put at no.10

  29. wow! im suprised you were able to do this list. If it were me, I personally would have put norweigian wood or something on here as well. very nicely done though.

    even after 40 years, the boys still rock!

  30. I can't say that I was disappointed by this list, as it was quite good. I was hoping I Am the Walrus would be on here. John is right in that the lyrics are obscure, which is what makes it such a wonderful, yet underrated song.

  31. Personally, I always liked the line

    "sitting on a cornflake waiting for the van to come"

  32. Rev up the Volume on

    Damn, none of the later years songs with Yoko screeching in the background made the list.

  33. Great list! I was very glad to see that you put A Day In The Life as number 1! 😀

  34. One of the good things about these types of lists is that you will likely learn something new. For example, I had never heard Run for Your Life before and after hearing it hear I think it is one of my favorite Beatles songs. Cheers for sharing this.

    I also think only the Beatles could handle a top 100 list, which says something about how great they were, I think.

  35. This list is going to piss too many hardcore fans off. You need a TOP 100 list! That way you can put all the songs I wish were on there on there.

  36. Beatlemania on

    Paperback Writer? I love that song and I wonder why it didn't make the list. Of course I could say that about many of the Beatles songs. I agree with Keith, this is a tough list to limit to only 10 songs.