Just for Fun

Like the title says….this post is just for fun.

On May 18, Sirius Radio launched The Beatles Channel. I’ve been glued to it ever since. I originally discovered the “four guys from Liverpool” after they broke up, but that didn’t stop me from falling in love with them like everyone else. As a teen, I purchased every album they’d released and devoured book after book about them. I’m still enthralled by their music.

Which brings me to the reason for this post.

Photo collage with head shots of The Beatles

By United Press International (UPI Telephoto) Cropping and retouching: User:Indopug and User:Misterweiss [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Beatles Channel on Sirius has a daily feature called My Fab Four, wherein a guest (sometimes a celebrity guest) shares their four favorite Beatle songs. From the moment the segment debuted, I’ve been in a quandary trying to decide which songs I would pick for my own Fab Four. A highly weighty matter that has caused much mental wrestling! There are SO MANY exceptional songs I would chose, the idea was daunting. After much debate I whittled it down to these:

Eight Days a Week
No contest on this one. It was the song that introduced me to the Beatles and the first one I fell in love with. Its bright, catchy, and inherently feel-good.

Let It Be
When I was a kid, I shared a bedroom with my two older sisters. One sister is 10 years older than me, the other is 7 years older. I was definitely the “little sister.” I remember lying in bed at night, listening to them quietly chatting back and forth while Let It Be played softly in the dark. This song always takes me back to childhood for that reason. I also love Paul’s piano playing and his wonderful vocals.

You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
I fell in love with it the first time I heard it. John’s vocals mesh perfectly with the flow. There’s something lyrical about it that never fails to touch me.

Yesterday
Paul McCartney at his best. Yesterday is the most remade Beatle song for good reason, also one of the most remade songs in music history. It’s perfect. I can’t say any more than that.

So there you have it—My Fab Four. Now it’s your turn. Just for fun, I’d love to hear your choices. Share them in the comments below. Let’s talk Beatles, music, and memories.

P.S… Sir Paul just turned 75 on June 18. A belated Happy Birthday to my favorite Beatle! 🙂

55 thoughts on “Just for Fun

  1. This is a great post, Mae!

    Let It Be will always be a favorite. I wasn’t even in school when She Loves You and I Want to Hold Your Hand hit, but by the time the Beatles’ cartoon show appeared, I knew all the words! LOL!

    However, it is Eleanor Rigby that is still with me fifty years later. I was a first grader when it released and had no idea what it meant, but the music and chorus haunted me until I was old enough to understand the meaning. The song stays on all my current playlist because for me, it’s timeless and still relevant.

    Ah look at all the lonely people
    Ah look at all the lonely people
    Eleanor Rigby, picks up the rice
    In the church where a wedding has been
    Lives in a dream
    Waits at the window, wearing the face
    That she keeps in a jar by the door
    Who is it for
    All the lonely people
    Where do they all come from?
    All the lonely people
    Where do they all belong?
    Father McKenzie, writing the words
    Of a sermon that no one will hear
    No one comes near
    Look at him working, darning his socks
    In the night when there’s nobody there
    What does he care
    All the lonely people
    Where do they all come from?
    All the lonely people
    Where do they all belong?
    Ah look at all the lonely people
    Ah look at all the lonely people
    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
    All the lonely people
    Where do they all come from?
    All the lonely people
    Where do they all belong?

    Much respect! 😉❤

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  2. What a fun post! I was equally excited to see the Beatles channel, too! I had all the Beatles songs together on my I Pod, so it is fun to hear it in a different format, plus the interviews.

    I don’t think I could narrow it down to four songs like you did, but “Let it be” and “Yesterday” would be at the top. It is hard to believe Sir Paul is 75! I have a special place for George and John. I am going to have to give this some thought, but off the top of my head I would go with “While my Guitar gently weeps”, “Hey Jude”, “Black Bird”, “Norwegian Wood”, “The Fool on the Hill”, “Here comes the sun”, “A Day in the Life”…I could go on…lol…I guess we should add, “Paperback writer” to this list!

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    • You added a few I was considering, especially The Fool on the Hill, Black Bird and Norwegian Wood. It’s really tough to come up with only four songs from such an amazing group. Glad to hear someone else has been enjoying the Beatles channel too. 🙂

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  3. Strawberry Fields, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, Norwegian Wood, She’s Leaving Home. I could go on, and on, and on…..so many songs have specific memories for me – I was a student in Bournemouth when Lucy in The Sky came out, living in my first London flat when they released Paperback Writer. You’d never guess I was a Stones fan, would you?

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    • Frederick, She’s Leaving Home is playing on Sirius as I type this reply. The melodies in that one are incredible!
      I love that you have memories that relate to specific songs. That always makes them more meaningful.
      As for the Stones, I liked their very early stuff but not much else. I think the Beatles spoiled me, LOL!

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      • Yes, I agree the Beatles were the more accomplished tunesmiths, but I craved the rough edges sometimes: ‘It’s All Over Now’, and that gorgeous little ditty in the midst of the craggy beachheads of bass: ‘Playing with Fire’. They’ve lost their edge lately, but then I’m their age and I’ve lost mine!

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  4. Well you know I love this post. And it would be hard to pick only four songs, but here goes: 1) While My Guitar Gently Weeps. I loved George – he was my favorite and IMO, this is one of his best songs. There is an acoustic version (minus Eric Clapton’s guitar) with an added verse on one of the Anthology CDs which I like much better. When George died I remember someone on Good Morning America saying their guitar was gently weeping for him. 2) From Me To You – one of their earlier songs, but catchy and upbeat. 3) Let it Be is a great song. 4) Ticket to Ride – I loved the movie, Help, and this is one of my favorites. Two years ago, I was able to see Ringo Starr in concert. He was almost 75 at the time, but he can still rock!

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    • There was just someone on the Sirius the other day saying that George was their favorite Beatle too.

      That comment from the person on GMA is so stirring and such a fitting tribute.

      I remember watching Help as a kid and being enthralled, I was just learning who The Beatles were at that time and was mesmerized.

      Great song choices, Joan. Ticket to Ride is one I really love!

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  5. Tough one. I have an affinity with Hey Jude because of one of my favourite book series, Stephen King’s The Gunslinger series. For kitsch value I love Yellow Submarine, but for heartsrings value, I love Eleanor Rigby because it was my mum’s favourite Beatles song. 🕊🙂

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    • Aww, those are great reasons, Jess, especially why you like Eleanor Rigby. 🙂

      I almost picked Yellow Submarine as one of my four because it’s impossible to listen to that song and not sing along with a smile.

      I love Hey Jude. The story goes that Paul wrote it for Julian Lennon, who was five years old when John and Julian’s mother, Cynthia, were going through a divorce. It’s a great choice.

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  6. Just four? Sigh. That’s tough.

    I guess my Fab Four would be:
    • Yesterday, because… perfection
    • Let It Be, because I love the message
    • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, because they’re a happy family (and who doesn’t enjoy singing that?)
    • Hey, Jude, because I like the encouragement, I guess.

    Really? Only four? Too hard.

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    • Tell me about it! I’ve been bouncing it around in my head for weeks trying to narrow my choice down to four.
      Ob-La-Di is also one of my favorites. Bright, playful and happy. It’s another one I can’t help singing along with (of course, when no one else is in the car with me, LOL). Great choices!

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    • Staci, Ringo was my favorite at first. Then I discovered George. Thought he was so darn cute and his son could be his twin. Google photos of Dhani Harrison and you’ll see what I mean. Oh, and Ringo? He can still rock and roll. A big highlight of my life was seeing him in concert!

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      • Joan, I was the same way. I liked Ringo the best first and then I took a second look at Paul. That was all it took, LOL.

        I didn’t realize George had a son. I Googled Dhani Harrison and you are so right–he looks just like his dad!

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  7. Paul was my favorite, too, Mae. And to this day, he still looks like an innocent choirboy to me. 🙂 I don’t think I can pick four songs as favorites, but I think Eleanor Rigby is probably right at the top. It tugged at my heart every time I heard it. So many hours of pleasure, listening to their songs, to this day. 🙂 Lovely trip down Memory Lane, Mae. Thanks!

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    • Paul has aged exceptionally well. He always did have that choirboy look and one of curiosity, I think, like he was often enchanted by what he encountered.

      Eleanor Rigby appears to be a favorite of many, I know I played that song over and over when I discovered it.

      Glad I was able to stir up a few memories, Marcia!

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    • Glad you enjoyed it, Penny. They definitely shaped music for the future and remain the most influential band in music history. What a great legacy to leave behind. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    • Sherry, I didn’t see the Ed Sullivan appearance when it aired, but I’ve seen clips of it. All I remember were those screaming girls.

      I recently heard (probably on The Beatles channel on Sirius) that when the guys stopped touring it was because the audio equipment of the day wasn’t that good and no one could hear them playing over all the screaming fans. Quite a problem to have, LOL!

      I had an enormous crush on Paul. I guess I still do 🙂

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  8. They wrote a lot of good songs! Hard to choose. I love Come Together–just like the vibe. Then Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby, and Penny Lane. Have to say, though, that I loved the fusion of styles when George Harrison went solo.

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    • George always brought a great fusion of styles. It seemed he was always experimenting with different instruments and melodies.

      I love Penny Lane for the vivid images the lyrics conjure, although the same could be said of Come Together. That one does have a great vibe.

      Eleanor Rigby and Yesterday seem to be getting a lot of votes. Both excellent choices, Judi!

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  9. I remember having such a crush on the Beatles as a preteen and crying because I was too young to date. Ha ha. As if… My favorite all time Beatles song (I think) is – In My Life. I love that one. You’re right about there being way too many to choose just 3.

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    • Diana, that makes me smile 🙂 I bet you weren’t the only girl who shed a few tears over those guys.

      In My Life is a great choice. That one came up a few times on the Fab Four segments on Sirius, I think it resonates with quite a few people!

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  10. Oh, this is fun. “Yesterday” I think is one of my all time Beatles favorites. Let me see, All My Loving, Can’t Buy Me Love, and Hey Jude. I also love “Eight Days a Week” too. Probably many more. I’m not good at remembering song titles so I went with the ones that I remember at sight. Paul McCartney is my favorite Beatle.

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  11. Fun post, Mae! Let it Be and Yesterday are my favourites. I can have them on repeat for hours. Isn’t that the true measure of an awesome song? The repeat. Needle change or rewind tape in the old days. This generation has it way too easy with the instant replay! lol 🙂

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    • Your favorites are two of my favorites, Natalie. And I well remember those days of hitting rewind or dropping the needle back on the appropriate track, I remember how great it was to put a stack of 45s or 33s on the stereo have them drop down one after or the other. That was high tech in those days, LOL.

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  12. Wow, the Beatles! I was into the Beach Boys (and the Beatles were just a little before my time) but I appreciate their talent as songwriters. So many good songs! Yesterday, Let It Be, Hey Jude (sometimes too melancholy, tho’), and the fun ones like Penny Lane and Ob-La-Di. I really like their cover of Twist and Shout (may be a little Bueller here 😀 ), but I’ll bet that was rough on John’s vocal chords. Yellow Submarine, Help, just keep adding to the list 😀 I saw a PBS special in the last couple years where they interviewed Paul and Ringo, and the guys demonstrated how they used tracks back in the beginning when that process first came about (they might have helped develop it??). Way cool!

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    • What fun comments, and you picked great songs!. John really did pour a lot into that cover of Twist and Shout. I’m not a huge fan of that song, but he does it better than anyone else IMHO.

      I would have loved to have seen that special with Paul and Ringo. I do think they were involved in developing tracks. It seems I heard that somewhere before or came across it in one of the many Beatles books I devoured.:)

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  13. What fun! Who doesn’t love the Beetles? Back in the day, George was my favorite and I loved, “My Sweet Lord.” But, otherwise, it’s hard for me to pick! Thanks for this wonderful memory jaunt. ♥

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  14. Mae, I keep seeing more and more ways we’re alike! The Beatles – my favorite group ever!

    I’ll tell you a little story, if I may. When I was about six years old, my mother bought me my first Beatles album (which I still have). I was a fan even then. When all that mess started about John Lennon saying they were more popular than Jesus (a cheeky remark by a very cheeky young man), I saw on TV where people were burning their albums. Being very young, I didn’t understand that this was being done willingly. So I was scared to death that the police were going to come and take away my Beatles album! My mom had to reassure me that wouldn’t happen.

    I can’t pick four favorites. I just can’t. But I will tell you my very favorite. If I Fell is at the top of my list.

    Another quick story. I used to sing Til There Was You (sung by the Beatles, but not written by them) to my boys when they were little, especially when they were trying to fall asleep. My oldest son remembered that, and when he had his own daughter, he asked his wife to learn the song so she could sing it to their little one. I was so touched by that.

    Okay, I’m done rambling now. This always happens when someone mentions the Beatles!

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    • I loved the stories, Lauralynn, and I would have to name The Beatles as my favorite group ever, as well. WE do have a lot in common 🙂

      John was quite cheeky. I heard him say later that his remark had been taken out of context and what he was really trying to say is that kids (especially those in England) were more focused on The Beatles than they were on their faith (or something along those lines). All is forgiven 🙂

      I love the story about your son asking his wife to learn the song. He must have wonderful memories. I can understand why you were so touched.

      And If I Fell is a wonderful song. Like you said…there are just way too many to choose from!

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  15. This is one of the most fun posts I’ve seen in a long while. Thanks for taking us down memory lane, Mae. I think the first Beatles song I ever heard was “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” I was in Junior High. 🙂 “Hey Jude” has always been a favorite, as other have mentioned, along with “Let It Be” and “Yesterday.” But, I also really liked “Love, Love Me Do.”

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    • Isn’t it great thinking back over those old times and old songs, Jan? I think Love Me Do was their earliest hit (maybe int he UK?) but I Wanna Hold Your Hand was the one that really launched them in the U.S. Or so I believe…with your background in music you probably know better than I do.

      I love all the songs you mentioned. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed this post. I had fun with it, even though it was SO HARD to pick only 4 songs, LOL!

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    • I love the Long and Winding Road. That was one of songs i considered for my top four. It;s definitely “up there” on my list of faves. I just remembered another I’d forgotten about–The Night Before. So many great songs!

      I can’t believe I don’t remember a Beatles cartoon. How could I have missed that?

      Black cats and Sir Paul. We have good taste, Teri 😀

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