Old Skool Dance Party Mix
June 11, 2010
Episode 11 with DJ Swon
June 30, 2010

Playlist #10: The Beatles

Picking my favorite ten Fab Five jams will open me up to all sorts of criticism, but it must be done. Arguably, no single band has done more to shape rock and roll. But that aside, they are one of the few bands that are pretty much everyone’s request list. So here are a few of my favorites. Scratch that. These are the ten best Beatles songs, period.

  1. I’ve Got A Feeling – From the album Let It Be, this track ultimately became a mash-up of two unfinished songs. McCartney’s “I’ve Got A Feeling” and Lennon’s “Everybody Had A Hard Year”.
  2. Do You Want To Know A Secret – If you haven’t yet experienced Beatles Rock Band then I feel sorry for you. If you haven’t experienced me singing this go-to, then you’re lucky. Kidding. I nail it.
  3. Dear Prudence – Found on The White Album, this beautifully melodic song was written by John Lennon for Mia Farrow’s sister Prudence who met the band while they were in India studying with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Aka: Me.
  4. Get Back – Upbeat, furious, and rockin’. Get back Jo-Jo indeed.
  5. Come Together – One of the best bass grooves the Beatles ever produced plus vague out-there like “walrus gumboot” and “monkey finger” equals my favorite song on Abbey Road.
  6. I Saw Her Standing There – This is the one I play at weddings when the couple wants Beatles but not “Twist and Shout”. Found on Please Please Me, this was the B-side on their first single, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”.
  7. Oh! Darling – My second favorite on Abbey Road. It’s a bluesy throwback to the 50’s and 60’s and an amazing one at that. McCartney sang it but Lennon thought he could do it better. Oh John and Paul, why can’t we all just get along?
  8. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? – Well, answer the question. McCartney, who wrote this simple blues number was inspired by two monkey’s he saw procreating in said road. So the next time your dog humps your leg, don’t just get embarrassed, write a song about it.
  9. Twist and Shout – “I’d like to dedicate this one to a young man who doesn’t think he’s seen anything good today. Cameron Frye… this one’s for you.”
  10. The Ballad of John and Yoko – I love the hint of country twang in this one, which was originally recorded by just Lennon and McCartney while the other George and Ringo were unavailable.
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