Favorite Beatles song as a kid

walrus

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One song is too hard! My first memory of the Beatles is listening to Magical Mystery Tour at a relative's house, and just being totally astounded by it. Used my saved up allowance to buy it the next week. Not sure I had any thoughts one way or another about music at that point.

If I had to guess, it was probably Penny Lane or Hello Goodbye.
 

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At the very least, I would include two classes of songs in this thread: those they wrote, and those they covered.
My favorite cover is "Till there was you", although there are a number of close seconds.
In reality, I agree with Walrus that one favorite (even in two categories) is nearly impossible to choose.
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As a California kid it was Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, etc. I came late to the Beatles.

My two favorite songs are pretty much book ends: I love "I Saw Here Standing There" since it seems to capture their ferocious live chops. The way Paul counts the band in is great. That count-in was from the 9th take, and was spliced into the first take which made it onto the record.

"The End" - The last song recorded by the lads all together in the studio at the same time. Hearing Ringo, then Paul, then George, then John taking solos moves me, particularly knowing it really was the end.

Six years between the recording of those two songs.

Incredible.
 

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"The End" - The last song recorded by the lads all together in the studio at the same time. Hearing Ringo, then Paul, then George, then John taking solos moves me, particularly knowing it really was the end.

Six years between the recording of those two songs.

Incredible.
Yes! The End is so bittersweet and love the guitar solos. I remember the order being Paul, George then John (after Ringo drum solo), but I could be wrong.

Interesting you bring up Beach Boys. I was reading re Pet Sounds, Brian's answer to Rubber Soul that he just loved. It blew him away. So he decided to take Phil Spector's Wall of sound concept and write some solo, atypical Beach Boy music, which became Pet Sounds. I read Paul McCartney said God Only Knows is the most perfect song ever written in his opinion. Pretty cool stuff GJ.
 

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My first memory of the Fab Four is Ob-la-di Ob-la-da - I heard it on my mother's radio and I must have been three or so.

I loved it and it's certainly among my very first recollections of music I was attracted to. I adore the Beatles to this day.

"The end" definitely one of their absolute peaks - so much energy in those dueling guitars, and perhaps even some frustration.
 
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My Beatles love started in Germany when I was like 4 to 5 years old (around 1970) w/ my fisher price suitcase record player and a stack of 45's handed down from my uncle to my older brothers to me. (They were all original parlophone releases and sadly were abused to death. Would cost 2 arms and 2 legs to replace today) . My oldest brother already had all their albums and when he was gone I would sneak into his room and play them. I was always drawn to their early stuff, and the ones that really moved me were dependent on a certain individual performance. Maybe a blowout vocal on the verge of cracking up. (I guarantee you nobody here will come close to picking this tune!! :LOL: :LOL: ) Let me start by saying by far my fav Beatle is Paul, but John's vocal in Mr Moonlight made my hair stand up when I was a little kid...and it still does! And every line ending w/ a big floor Tom thud!! 🤣 I just love the hell out if it!!
 

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Very difficult to choose! They were part of my grade school and early high schooldays but my favorite 2 are "While My Guitar Gently Weeps "I didn't know until the 1990s that Clapton played the lead but he was already a guitar hero of mine. The 2nd is "A day in the Life." With the note that is still vibrating->->->
 

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As a kid, the first Beatles song I remember hearing on AM radio was "I Want To Hold Your Hand". In 1964 I would have been nine years old and in 3rd grade. Those early singles released in the US were really exciting stuff to us pre-teens!

The first album I remember listening to on my suitcase mono record player was "Rubber Soul". And I still enjoy listening to that LP today, although it is a reissue from early 2000's.

Oh, yeah! My parents took the whole family to see "A Hard Days Night" at a drive in movie theatre. The four of us kids lined up in the second row of the family Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser. That was fun!

Years later I went to see the movie "Yellow Submarine" with some High School friends. That was a completely different experience.
 
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