Yesterday I received a press release announcing a first ever ranking of the top hundred Beatles tunes. They listed the top ten.
Here is the text of the press release:
ROLLING STONE RELEASES "THE BEATLES 100 GREATEST SONGS"
"A Day in the Life" tops the list, as chosen by Rolling Stone editors
New York, NY - Rolling Stone released their first-ever list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs as part of a special interest publication that coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' final album, Let It Be, and the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death. Topping the list, as ranked by the editors of Rolling Stone, is "A Day in the Life," followed by "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Strawberry Fields Forever."
Following an introduction by Elvis Costello, the book features the stories behind each song, dozens of photos, an index of the complete list, and a breakdown of the numbers, including the years with the most songs (1965 and 1966 each had 17), the shortest song ("Her Majesty," 23 seconds) and the song that spent the longest time at number one on the charts ("Hey Jude," 9 weeks).
The book also includes special sections with lists of Lennon and Paul McCartney's five favorite songs, the top guitar and drumming moments of George Harrison and Ringo Starr, respectively, and the best Beatles cover songs.
Rolling Stone has been the leading voice of music and popular culture since its inception over 40 years ago. The magazine features the latest in music reviews, in-depth interviews, hard-hitting political commentary and award-winning investigative journalism. Rolling Stone provides all the news that fits to 13 million readers every two weeks.
Top 10 Greatest Beatles Songs
1. "A Day in the Life"
2. "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
3. "Strawberry Fields Forever"
5. "In My Life"
7. "Hey Jude"
8. "Let It Be"
9. "Come Together"
10. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
I don't disagree with the top choice of "A Day In the Life." The rest of my top ten goes like this.
1. A Day In the Life
2. I Am the Walrus
3. Tomorrow Never Knows
4. Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds
5. Eleanor Rigby
6. Norwegian Wood
7. Come Together
8. Glass Onion
9. Within You Without You
10. Day Tripper
What do you think? What was left out? What should not have been included?