Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a new list ranking the Top 10 best Beatles love songs was posted by Iowa’s Sioux City Journal. Topping the list was “And I Love Her,” the Paul McCartney standout ballad from 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night; followed by George Harrison’s first-ever A-side to a Beatles single, with the Abbey Road masterpiece, “Something”; along with a tune for the ages — “Here, There, And Everywhere,” but one of the many highlights on 1966’s groundbreaking Revolver collection.
George Harrison looked back at writing 1969’s “Something” — the Number Two song on the list — and remembered that the melody automatically felt familiar to him: “I wrote that in Abbey Road (Studios) when we were making the ‘White Album.’ And again, when you write songs everything, in a way, sounds familiar — and the more catchy it is, the more familiar it sounds. But writing ‘Something,’ I wrote the main part of that, and then I, sort of, just put it on ice for about six months, because I thought, ‘That’s too easy! It sounds so simple, it must be something.’ ‘Cause once I got into writing it, the first change (sings) — once I made that change, everything followed. So I thought it must be something else — but it wasn’t.”
The Top 10 Best Beatles Love Songs according to The Sioux City Journal:
1. “And I Love Her” (1964)
2. “Something” (1969)
3. “Here, There, And Everywhere” (1966)
4. “I Will” (1968)
5. “The Long And Winding Road” (1970)
6. “If I Fell” (1964)
7. “P.S. I Love You” (1962)
8. “All My Loving” (1963)
9. “Tell Me What You See” (1965)
10. “All You Need Is Love” (1967)
IT WAS 40 YEARS AGO TODAY
It was 40 years ago today — Valentine’s Day 1979 — that George Harrison released his last Top 20 hit of the 1970’s — “Blow Away.” The tune hit Number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at Number 12 on the Cashbox chart. “Blow Away” was the teaser for the George Harrison album, which many fans now rank as the second best solo set Harrison released following 1970’s All Things Must Pass.
The George Harrison album — which was also the last album he released in John Lennon’s lifetime — showed an exceedingly positive and breezy former-Beatle, who had left behind his, at times, dogmatic spiritual preachings for songs of joy about his new marriage to longtime squeeze Olivia Arias and the birth of their son Dhani.
George Harrison felt that he was best serving his audience by constantly changing and refining his recorded output: “Not just ‘George Harrison,’ but I think most people change all the time. If you listen to me in ’65, it’s different in ’67, it’s different in ’69, and then through my solo albums. I did the big one at the beginning with all the string players, the choirs, the 10 drummers and Phil Spector. And after I did that one, I just presumed — I like to give the public the benefit of having some sort of sense; thinking, ‘Well just ’cause I’ve done that, everything shouldn’t have to be like that.’ So they know I can do that, this one I’d like to do with pianos, bass, drums (and) guitars.”
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