My Beatles .mp3 List

This is not my top Beatles songs in order. But it will give you some idea of the Beatles music I like. Here’s what currently on my playlist:

  • A Day in the Life
  • Across the Universe (two versions, plus a Rufus Wainwright cover)
  • Because
  • Day Tripper (plus a Jimi Hendrix cover and a ripping Oasis/Paul Weller cover)
  • Don’t Let me Down (plus a Black Crowes cover)
  • Fixing a Hole
  • Get Back (two versions)
  • Getting Better
  • Golden Slumbers (the Ben Folds cover)
  • Helter Skelter (the Aerosmith cover)
  • Hey Jude
  • I am the Walrus
  • I Feel Fine
  • I Should Have Known Better
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • I’m so Tired
  • I’ve Got a Feeling
  • In my Life
  • Let it Be
  • Mean Mr. Mustard
  • Norwegian Wood
  • Penny Lane
  • Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)
  • She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
  • She Loves You
  • Something (plus a George Harrison/Eric Clapton live version)
  • Strawberry Fields Forever (Ben Harper version)
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Two of Us (soon to be deleted, plus an Aimee Mann/Michael Penn version)
  • When I’m Sixty Four
  • With a Little Help From my Friends
  • Yesterday (plus a Michael Hedges cover)
  • You Never Give me Your Money

4 thoughts on “My Beatles .mp3 List”

  1. Monty – You’ve never heard Golden Slumbers!? Get outta here.

    Matt – Excellent commentary. Agree with most of it. I am actually getting more into the Joe Cocker version as time goes by. It helps to hear it in high fidelity. Because it’s a jam song, if you can’t hear the parts well you just hear mush instead of musicians interacting. I don’t know where my copy of Help went, I didn’t notice until you mentioned it. Help should be in there!

  2. Nice list. Reminds me there are plenty of Beatles songs I still have never heard amazingly enough (Mr. Mustard?, Golden Slumbers?).

    Plus, props for giving mention to Rufus Wainwright’s cover of Across the Universe, which totally re-envisions the song but still does it justice…

  3. I see you’re just a bit of a fan of Sgt Peppers and Mystery Tour, huh? lol. I’m a huge fan of those, myself. Actually, it seems like you lean toward the slower/softer stuff, which is very cool. And I’m impressed, having the Ben Folds cover in there (love his stuff!) and Michael Hedges, of whom I actually still two cassette tapes (all 4 sides)!

    Here are my Beatles awards, based on your superlative list…

    Best opening guitar lick: I Feel Fine
    Best Ringo, ohhh, Rinnngoo?: Hey Jude
    Best canned laugh track: Sgt Peppers
    Trippiest ending: Strawberry Fields
    Most “Playtone” (in a good way!) (tie): She Loves You and Ticket to Ride
    Best harmony: She Loves You (don’t know what it is, but it’s great in this oldie)
    Most meaningful line: “I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me.”
    Cover that I’m sick of (sorry): Joe Cocker’s Little Help From My Friends
    Missing Beatles song from your list: HELP!
    Missing Michael Hedges Beatles cover: Come Together
    Missing Michael Hedges non-Beatles cover: Pinball Wizard
    Best Michael Hedges song (wait, a bit off-topic?): The Funky Avocado!

    And lastly…
    Scariest Beatles song: When I’m Sixty Four (shiver)

  4. No ranking of the top Beatles songs is going to be perfect, but that list isn’t bad. I thought about it a few minutes and came up with my top 10. Four of the top 5 in the list were in my top 10, including the same #1 (A Day in the Life, of course). I have a lot of overlap with the Muttrox list too.

    Besides the obvious ones (A Day in the Life, Hey Jude, etc.), some cuts I particularly like from the Muttrox list are Sgt Pepper reprise, I’m so Tired, Because, and Mean Mr. Mustard. But where’s Happiness is a Warm Gun and The End? Gotta have The End in there…

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