The Beatles need no introduction. The Liverpool band changed not only the British music scene of the 1960s but the entire world. Their work had and still has an impact on music, culture, society, and each and every soul on this planet. Because they are the Beatles. And because they composed and performed numerous hits, which will never come to extinction.
How to Create a Beatles Top 10?
Making a Beatles fan write a Top 10 list is a challenging task, as there are so many masterpieces to choose from. And I bet that two top 10s, made up of two different fans would never be the same. Because music is subjective, music is about a person’s way of feeling, of being, of interacting with the artist.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. These are the four names that shook the world stage with their music. Tunes such as All You Need Is Love, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Come Together, Strawberry Fields Forever, Dear Prudence or Let It Be. These are some Top 10 ideas for a fan wanting to create his own playlist. Ok, but what about the most played Beatles song ever? You will ask.
Aaand, the Winner Is…
… Hey Jude.
Be honest, this song is one of your most listened Beatles songs, as well. Because it’s catchy and cute and speaks about love in a tender way. I know that Spotify agrees.
‘Hey Jude’ is part of The White Album (1968), also known as The Beatles. cheatsheet.com states that the album itself sold more copies than any other Beatles record, with Paul’s soaring anthem ending up as the band’s biggest hit. The almost seven minutes long tune rapidly became No. 1 on radio stations: “It landed there in September of ’68 and stayed on top of the charts for an incredible nine weeks.”
The Meanings behind the Lyrics
Although Lennon stated in some interviews that the song was written for himself, Hey Jude was created by Paul McCartney as a way of cheering up Julian Lennon during his parents’ divorce, due to Yoko Ono’s interference and relationship with Lennon.
Cynthia Lennon, the then wife of John, confessed the following, regarding Paul’s surprise visit: “I was touched by his obvious concern for our welfare… On the journey down he composed Hey Jude in the car. I will never forget Paul’s gesture of care and concern in coming to see us.” It seems that Cynthia was part of The Beatles circle even from the very beginning of the band, so Paul greatly honored her and her son Julian.
Paul McCartney’s reply and statement were the following: “I started with the idea Hey Jules, which was Julian, don’t make it bad, take a sad song and make it better. Hey, try and deal with this terrible thing. I knew it was not going to be easy for him. I always feel sorry for kids in divorces…”