Saturday, August 1, 2009

George Harrison's Seven Best Beatles Songs

By Jackson Weinheimer

#1 "Something"

Frank Sinatra called "Something" the greatest Lennon/McCartney song. I'm not sure if that was a dig at John & Paul or if he didn't really know it was written by George Harrison. But either way it's one of The Beatles most beautiful and most timeless songs, and that's saying quite a lot.

#2 "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

This is a real epic rock song that featured George's friend Eric Clapton playing the guitar solo. Everything about this song is perfect from the dark mood to the poetic lyrics.

#3 "Here Comes The Sun"

When I think about The Beatles this is often one of the first songs I think about. Everything about it is beautiful.

#4 "It's All Too Much"

This is one of The Beatles most underrated songs, it's fitting that it's a George song as he's the most underrated Beatle! You can find this one on either the original Yellow Submarine album or the far superior Yellow Submarine "Songtrack" that came out in 1999. It's a real psychedelic epic.

#5 "Taxman"

Here's a little Beatles trivia, Paul McCartney actually played the guitar solo on this composition. Paul's solo was inspired by Jimi Hendrix who was just getting to be well known in the UK at the time of this song's recording in 1966.

#6 "Within You Without You"

Many people don't appreciate this Indian style jam in the middle of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band but I think it's an essential part of the album. I think it's brilliant how "far out" (or "far in" perhaps?) it takes you before you end up back at McCartney's "When I'm 64" which has an entirely different vibe.

#7 "If I Needed Someone"

Another bit of Beatles trivia: This was the only song that Harrison wrote that was ever played during The Beatles tours. This makes sense because by the time George had really come into his own as a songwriter, the band was no longer touring.

Hear The Beatles Remastered CDs. All of The Beatles songs have been remastered (including all of George Harrison's).

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