“Lennon, McCartney and Harrison had stunningly high standards as writers,” Elvis Costello says in his introduction. “Then they started to really grow up: simple love lyrics to adult stories like ‘Norwegian Wood,’ which spoke of the sour side of love, and on to bigger ideas than you would expect to find in catchy pop lyrics.”
Nice start to the Rolling Stone publication of a special interest collectors edition titled The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs. The book tells you more than anything you ever wanted to know about Beatles music trivia, 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).
As you can imagine, the book has lists of Lennon and Paul McCartney’s five favorite songs, the top guitar and drumming moments of George Harrison and Ringo Starr and the best Beatles cover songs.
And now, the top 10 Greatest Beatles Songs, according to Rolling Stone, but not by me.
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
My list will appear at another time when we have a slow day the news.