The Top Five game is something that I’ve played ever since I read High Fidelity back in the early 2000s. It’s a fun little way to pass the time, and in my experience, is great to play with friends on road trips. The idea of a Top Five list appeals to my indecisive nature — I don’t have to choose only one favourite, I can have five!! Traditionally, the most difficult Top Five list for me has been Favourite Beatles Songs. Choosing number one is easy, and number two is a breeze, but number three? And four? There are just too many fab songs to choose from! I grew up listening to the Beatles. They are my favourite band of all time, and I can’t remember a time in my life when this wasn’t so. For me there’s the Beatles, and then everything else. Okay, so I may have gone through a pretty hardcore New Kids on the Block phase circa 1989, and fully embraced the grunge phenomenon of the early 90s, but in my heart of hearts, the Beatles were always number one. Recently I’ve been preparing to sing at a British Invasion themed event, so of course the Beatles are on my mind. So in honour of this event, and the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania spreading across the Atlantic, here are my Top Five Favourite Beatles Songs!
5. Eight Days a Week
The fifth spot on any Top Five list is always the most difficult for me to fill, and especially when dealing with something as important (to me) as Beatles songs. As soon as I’ve made my decision I always think of five or six more songs that I absolutely love, and deserve to be on the list. But something always brings me back to this song. It just makes me so happy! I ain’t got nothin’ but love for Eight Days a Week.
4. Penny Lane
Here’s another one that makes me indescribably happy whenever I hear it. I always thought Penny Lane sounded like a lovely place to live.
George Harrison wrote many beautiful songs, but in my opinion, this was his best. The guitar work is exquisite, and George Martin’s string arrangement is sublime. I could listen to this on repeat forever.
2. Ticket to Ride
Here’s one that I have listened to on repeat, on several occasions. When I was younger, so much younger than today, I loved watching the movie Help! Actually, I still love watching it. The scene in the Alps when Ticket to Ride plays is delightful. I thought my little niece would find it delightful too, so when she was about two years old I showed her a video of that scene. She loved it! Then she asked to see “Beatles in the snow” over and over again, and I, of course, was happy to oblige. She soon had all the lyrics memorized, and we often sang it together. And then we would sing it again! Luckily, it was already firmly in the Top Five, and I don’t think I could ever tire of it.
1. In My Life
I always liked this song, but I didn’t love it until I was old enough to truly understand and appreciate John Lennon’s lyrics. And, oh, how I love this song! I know I’ll never lose affection for it, or the Beatles.
There are many others that at one time or another would have made the Top Five, so I would like to give an Honourable Mention to While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Hello, Goodbye, and I Saw Her Standing There. And Let it Be. And Oh! Darling. And Two of Us. And Can’t Buy Me Love. And Here Comes the Sun. And….. I think I’d better stop there.
So those are my Top Five! What are yours?