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20 Best Songs by Former Beatles

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Don't underestimate Wing my friends! There are some damned fine songs out there by former Beatles. Here's my top 20 favorites.

Rated 0 points - posted 8 years ago by missdeweydecimal in category Music.
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Imagine by John Lennon Report Abuse
Is this too obvious? There's not denying that this is the absolute number one best song that has ever been written by an ex-Beatle. There's no way around it, this song is probably the most recognizable pop/rock song in the world. The simple piano tune is timeless. And Lennon's lyrics are so basic and yet so complex, describing many of society's ills in a way that almost anyone would have to see his point of view, regardless of political beliefs. Well done, Mr. Lennon. Well done.
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My Sweet Lord by George Harrison Report Abuse
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George always gets criticised for lifting the melody from 'He's So Fine', but this song is so much more than a simple melody. The only reason that the Chiffons song is remembered now is because of the plagiarism case.
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Jealous Guy by John Lennon Report Abuse
This song has such raw emotion while still being a rather simple and basic melody. Lennon wasn't afraid to show his dark side or expose his own faults to the world. And his brutal honesty makes for amazing music.
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Isn't It a Pity by George Harrison Report Abuse
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Sublime bittersweet song which appears in two versions on All Things Must Pass.
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Mind Games by John Lennon Report Abuse
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John is our mind guerrilla.
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How Report Abuse
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An introspective and intensely personal song that is pertinent to everyone.
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Number 9 Dream Report Abuse
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Ethereal, haunting, and enchanting song.
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Photograph Report Abuse
Great Ringo and George collaboration.
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What is Life by George Harrison Report Abuse
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Catchy but spiritually uplifting song.
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Watching the Wheels Report Abuse
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John expresses his feelings about letting go of the pop merry-go-round.
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woman Report Abuse
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Great song, but it's somewhat off-putting to know that it was written about Yoko. What on earth did John see in her?
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Beware of Darkness by George Harrison Report Abuse
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The soft shoe shufflers are out to get you.
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Working Class Hero Report Abuse
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John at his bitterest. He bemoans the fact that you usually have to be selfish and ruthlessly competitive to be successful.
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This Is Love by George Harrison Report Abuse
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One of George's catchiest songs.
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God Report Abuse
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Terrific song which tells us that God is a concept by which we measure our pain and that John does not believe in Beatles, but only in himself and Yoko.
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Here Today by Paul McCartney Report Abuse
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Instant Karma by John Lennon Report Abuse
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Expect Karma to affect you at any moment.
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All Things Must Pass by George Harrison Report Abuse
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I'm Losing You by John Lennon Report Abuse
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Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney Report Abuse
This song is the quintessential love songs of rock and roll. An excellent vocal performance with raw passion and desperation. This songs resonates for anyone who has found redemption in their partner.
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Nobody has the quality and quantity of songs to compare with Paul, but nearly all of them are Beatle songs, not those from his Wings or solo output.
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Stuck Inside a Cloud - George Harrison Report Abuse
The subject matter of this song could have been depressing, but this song is very spiritual and uplifting.
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Handle With Care by The Traveling Wilbury's (George Harrison) Report Abuse
This 80s super-group consisted of Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Jeff Lynne and George Harrison. This was probably George Harrison at his best since the 70s.
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Isolation by John Lennon (Plastic Ono Band) Report Abuse
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Stark harrowing ballad which is an underrated highlight of the Plastic Ono Band album.
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The Other Me by Paul McCartney Report Abuse
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Distractions by Paul McCartney Report Abuse
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Mrs. Vanderbilt by Paul McCartney and Wings Report Abuse
"Ho!...Hey, ho!" What a catchy tune! This song is perfect to sing along to, and is an important reminder that we shouldn't take everything so seriously. "What's the use of worrying?/ What's the use of anything?"
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No Words-Paul McCartney Report Abuse
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Art of Dying Report Abuse
Unusual yet fine song
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George's death may not have been art, but it was certainly meticulously planned and intensely spiritual.
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Once Upon a Long Ago by Paul McCartney Report Abuse
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Somebody Who Cares by Paul McCartney Report Abuse
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Faster by George Harrison Report Abuse
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Back Off Boogaloo Report Abuse
Jovial chant from Ringo with great drumming and slide guitar from George.
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Any Road Report Abuse
It's strange that George did not release this terrific song during his lifetime.
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Love by John Lennon (Plastic Ono Band) Report Abuse
This honest song acts as a reminder that everyone is victim to the same emotions. We all want to be loved. And we're all afraid. And that's okay.
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Band on the Run by Wings (Paul McCartney) Report Abuse
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It Don't Come Easy by Ringo Starr Report Abuse
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George appears to have written this, although it is credited to Ringo.
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Early 1970 Report Abuse
Charming country rock song which presents Ringo's views of his relationships with the other ex-Beatles. It was added as a bonus track when the Ringo album was reissued on CD.
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Coming Up by Paul McCartney Report Abuse
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Never Without You Report Abuse
Ringo and the rest of us will always love George.
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Old Siam, Sir by Wings Report Abuse
Just plain rocks!!!
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One of These Days by Paul McCartney Report Abuse
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Every Night by Paul McCartney Report Abuse
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I Got My Mind Set On You by George Harrison Report Abuse
Ok, I'll admit it ... George Harrison is my favorite Beatle. Sure, John is easily the most musically talented, but there's something about George's modest more quiet nature that pulls me in every time. This song may be a bit cheesy, as was the video with George sitting in that arm chair, but this tune was very catchy when I was a child, and I still like it now.
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This song is an annoying cheesefest unworthy of George.
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Real love Report Abuse
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Momma Miss America by Paul McCartney Report Abuse
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Beware of Darkness Report Abuse
Excellent song
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Listed twice.
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