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One of the Beatles most famous tunes is introduced by way of one of the most talked-about opening chords in history. The exact composition of that opening chord is still shrouded in some mystery, but it’s mostly agreed upon that it’s not just a solitary guitar doing the honours: the entire band contributed to it, giving it a wonderfully dense explosion of sound just before McCartney and Lennon’s voices kick in.

This is quite possibly the quintessential rock and roll song. It’s fast, the lyrics are somewhat naughty, there’s a guitar solo in there, and a lot of the song features screaming.

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A Hard Day's Night by Beathes, The on Grooveshark

One of the best examples of each member’s distinct contributions coming together to record a song is also one of their sweetest. A little soppy by today’s standards perhaps, but still a very cute tune. While it never feels disjointed, it’s one of the easiest songs to identify exactly who’s doing what: be it McCartney’s walking bass line, Lennon’s crisp vocals (and McCartney’s perfect harmonies), Harrison’s lead guitar and Ringo’s drumming, it’s all perfectly clear but expertly mixed together. Ironically, the Beatles themselves didn’t think much of the tune and never performed it live, despite its popularity in the US.

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Eight Days A Week by "The Beatles 1" on Grooveshark

While the Beatles were no stranger to standard fare ballads during their first few years, they all seemed to have a bit more of an edge than their contemporaries. It’s probably best exemplified in this tune; you could almost hear someone like Elvis or Roy Orbison singing it at a far slower pace with less instrumentation. It was a continuation of the evolution of music: ballads didn’t have to be confined to crooners!

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What better way to kick off this week than with track 1 of their first album, Please Please Me? The 50s brought with it the birth of rock and roll, and the Beatles rolled right along with it. Following a precedent being set by artists such as Chuck Berry and Bill Haley, I Saw Her Standing There introduced the world to the wild, rebellious world of the quartet, what with their flamboyant screaming mixed in with layered harmonies, prominent guitar work and general catchiness. Hell, it’s still catchy today!

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I Saw Her Standing There by Not The Beatles on Grooveshark

Yes indeed, this week either/or celebrates the work of the Beatles. Why? Why not! Every day this week, we’ll be bringing you two notable Beatles tunes spanning their entire recording history. From their peppy, rockabilly beginnings to their more experimental epics, we’ll sort through all their songs so you don’t have to! By the end of the week, if you’ve never heard any of their songs before, you’ll have a wonderful collection of tunes that best represent the band and their history. Either that, or you’ll be royally sick of them, to which I say SHAME.

What follows is, by no means, an exhaustive list. The most difficult part about putting together this week was culling the massive list of songs put forward for consideration. As such, this doesn’t represent a ‘best of’, or even our very favourite tunes: it’s just what we hope is the best collection of tunes to introduce you to the greatness of this band.

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