Photograph by Curt Gunther
The Beatles' music is wholly infectious, appropriately legendary, and almost universally loved. For all of the entire staff, the Beatles cover was a welcome reminder that each of us needs to listen to more of the Fab Four!
Although it's one of the hardest questions to answer, we gave it some thoughts and came up with our favorites by the Fab Four. Let us know favorite by sending us a message on Facebook or commenting on this story!
Taylor Blair, Graphic Designer: "Hey Jude" because I can listen to it on repeat and never get tired of it!
Amy Stapleton, Circulation Manager: Good heavens. Just one? How about my top ten!?
If I have to pick, I will say "Yellow Submarine." We had a '60s party a few years back and built a fake yellow submarine for the party. It was a hoot watching the folks peer out of the portholes. And, of course, the band we had played "Yellow Submarine" a couple of times during the event.
Greg Wood, Publisher: That's a tough one.
I think "Come Together" is the most creative rock song ever written. It's very understated, but it created a whole new dimension in music.
But my favorite is "Oh! Darling" because of the heavy rock, blues overtones and also because of the tongue-in-cheek nature of it.
Interestingly, both songs created inner turmoil within the Fab Four as Paul wanted to sing back-up vocals with John on" Come Together" but was denied as Lennon did his own. And on "Oh! Darling," John thought he would have done a better job than Paul. But it's all in the butter pie now.
Ashley Szatala, Editorial Assistant: My favorite Beatles song is "Come Together." I am a hardcore punk rock fan, and I feel that this song is most similar to the rock songs I like. The movement of the music is what fascinates me the most. The reverberating guitar and maracas in between the verses and the chorus create a unique bridge, and the dark sense of the instruments and lyrics captivate me.
Mike Kellner, Sales Manager: Asking what you're favorite Beatles song is like asking who is your favorite child? For me, it can't be done. I have many favorite songs, and it is too hard to name just one. No one wrote and performed love songs better than the Beatles, and amongst my favorites are "And I Lover Her" and "Something."
The fact that The Beatles had such range makes the choice that much more difficult. Their amazing range can be represented by another two of my favorites: the lullaby "Golden Slumbers" and the hard-rocking "Revolution."
If I'm only to pick favorite, it will have to be George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." The song is so indicative of George's character in the way he brings spirituality, unselfishness, and patience to his music. Musically, it's a rock masterpiece. Evidenced by George's spiritually inspired lyrics set to rhythm by Paul McCartney's grinding flat picking bass line-a departure from his usual softer style. Add in George's invitation to his friend Eric Clapton, another one of my favorites, to play lead guitar, and you end up with a major chapter in Rock and Roll history.
Wade Livingston, Editorial Assistant: As a kid I remember hearing songs like "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Hard Day's Night," and I remember liking them. But the first Beatles song to really resonate with me — physically, if not intellectually — was "Come Together." That bass line filled my chest and rattled the windows of my '94 Eagle Talon when I'd pump up the volume. I didn't understand the lyrics; I still don't. It doesn't matter. The song makes you want to jam out … while you grow your hair out.
Brent Toellner, Advertising & Marketing Consultant: My favorite Beatles song is "I've Just Seen A Face." I've never been a huge Beatles fan, but this is a song that I just really like.
Paula Renfrow, Sales Account Executive: I have several Beatles favorites, but the two I like most are "Yesterday" and "Strawberry Field Forever." I just really like the music on "Strawberry Fields." "Yesterday" reminds me of junior high band and our band teacher making us play this song over and over again. Instead of hating it, it has stuck with me over the years.
Stephanie Sidoti, Editorial Assistant: My favorite Beatles song is "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" because it has interesting background music with an often upbeat tempo, so it is fun to listen to. The lyrics are also intriguing and descriptive without taking the normal approach of describing someone.
Evan Wood, Special Project Editor: I was on a field trip the first time I listened to my favorite Beatles song.
For the bus ride I brought along my portable CD player, and stole a burned copy of Yellow Submarine from one of my older sisters. As sixth graders go, I'd say my angst levels were pretty average, but when I listened to "Hey Bulldog," the lines "Some kind of happiness is measured out in miles/What makes you think you're something special when you smile" made me feel some bizarre form of validation.
I can't remember why I liked hearing that line, or what twelve-year-old me even thought it meant, but the grimy sound of the piano riff and that distorted guitar part stuck inside my adolescent brain and metastasized into indelible affection for the tune.
Jonas Weir, Associate Editor: Three songs could easily be my favorite, each for its own reason.
"Here Comes The Sun" makes those long, cold, lonely winters seem a little bit shorter.
"Tomorrow Never Knows" is a noise rock masterpiece and years ahead of its time. The song's history is storied, its lyrics psychedelic, and its recording so complicated that it took a team of sound engineers to tackle the feat.
But "Let It Be" will always hold a special place in my heart for more personal reasons. When I was young, my family would tune in on Sunday mornings to "Breakfast with The Beatles" with Terri Hemmert on 93.1 XRT—"Chicago's finest rock."
Every time "Let It Be" came on the radio, or if we played the CD, my little sister would start weeping uncontrollably. Erika was too young to possibly grasp the lyrics, yet the chord progression and the melody moved her to tears. I've never seen such an amazing, emotional response to music.