All The Number 1 Hits John Lennon Wrote

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The Beatles achieved an impressive feat, securing a total of 20 #1 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100. Their songwriting partnership, led by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, not only set records but also established a new trend in the music industry.

They became pioneers in writing and performing their own songs, paving the way for countless bands to follow suit.

Let’s take a closer look at some tracks credited to Lennon-McCartney, which were either solely written by Lennon or with a little assistance from McCartney.

Ticket To Ride (Help!, 1965)

The origin of this song’s creation is a bit perplexing. Lennon mentioned that McCartney’s involvement was limited to “the way Ringo played the drums.”

However, McCartney himself claimed they spent a full three-hour songwriting session together, crafting the lyrics, harmonies, and all the intricate parts.

I Feel Fine (B-Side “She’s A Woman”, 1964)

While recording “Eight Days a Week,” Lennon came up with the catchy riff for “I Feel Fine.” Initially, he doubted the song’s potential, but after giving it a try, they realized it had the charm of an A-side track, prompting its release.

All You Need Is Love (B-Side “Baby, You’re A Rich Man”, 1967)

As a powerful anthem of the Summer of Love, this song became part of “Our World,” the first live international satellite television production.

Paul McCartney described it as primarily John’s creation, although each band member contributed some impromptu ad-libs during its recording. The simple chorus conveys a profound message, while the verses carry a more intricate meaning that McCartney admittedly struggled to grasp fully.

A Hard Day’s Night (A Hard Day’s Night, 1964)

Ringo Starr famously coined the term “A Hard Day’s Night” after an exhausting day and night of work. It was suggested by director Dick Lester and later used as the title for the movie and song. The name had originated from one of Ringo’s off-the-cuff remarks, which became known as a “Ringo-ism.”

Help! (Help!, 1965)

John Lennon composed this song during what he called his “fat Elvis period,” where he felt overwhelmed and lost. It reflects on his younger days and the ease of life compared to the challenges he was facing. McCartney contributed to the song, providing a countermelody that complemented John’s emotional expression.

Come Together (Abbey Road, 1969)

Lennon wrote “Come Together” as part of Timothy Leary’s campaign for governor of California. It remains one of his personal favorites, boasting a funky and bluesy style that showcases his impressive vocal performance.

The Beatles’ music continues to resonate with audiences worldwide, and their songwriting legacy remains an integral part of music history.

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