The BeatlesMy parents were never big music fans. Their music listening was typically limited to top 40 and greatest hits albums. So it’s in this context that I repeatedly heard “Twist & Shout” and “She Loves You” repeatedly on Friday evenings. Sure, it was all quite alright, but of course there was instant resistance in me to something that my parents liked…it all seemed so happy and pre-packaged. By age 12 I was listening to Public Enemy, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Jane’s Addiction, Skinny Puppy and Nine Inch Nails. If the Beatles were going to get my attention there was going to have to be a decidedly different gateway, at least initially. Little did I know that the Beatles’ catalogue was full of dark, spiritually charged and profound material.

This blog is for anyone, those left of you at least, who possibly have managed to ignore the Beatles or have primarily heard their hits. It’s also an excuse for me to share some of my personal favorite tracks that I think are absolutely universal in appeal. And the phenomenon with the Beatles is that once you find your gateway, you then enjoy all their material, and what a wealth it is. Here is my ultimate Beatles playlist.

Because (“LOVE” version)
Tomorrow Never Knows
I Am The Walrus
Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey
Yer Blues
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
Strawberry Fields Forever
Within You Without You
Love You To
Oh! Darling
Glass Onion
Hey Bulldog
Helter Skelter
Fixing A Hole
Here Comes The Sun
Back in the USSR
Day Tripper
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
I’m So Tired
The Word
And Your Bird Can Sing
Rock and Roll Music
The Ballad of John and Yoko
I Me Mine
Across The Universe
A Day In The Life


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