What are the best songs presenting India

First of all, listing John Lennon's best Beatles songs is about as easy as making a general ranking of the best songs of all time: It's virtually impossible. Nevertheless, on the occasion of Lennon's 80th birthday or the day that would have been, an attempt should be made to create a list in which perhaps not all but the most formative and important songs of a great songwriter and composer can be found.

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11. Help! (Help!)

When the Beatles were busy shooting their second film "Help!" In 1965, they still had to write a theme song. Lennon, who, according to his own statements, was going through his "fat Elvis phase" at the same time, composed the song of the same name as if on order - and only later realized that it had really been a cry for help. "The whole thing with the Beatles was simply incomprehensible," said Lennon in a "Playboy" interview with David Sheff in 1980 about the time when the British group rose rapidly to world fame. "Most people think it's just a fast rock'n'roll song. At that time I wasn't aware of that (...); but later I knew that I was really screaming for help. "

It is also honesty that made “Help!” One of Lennon's favorite Beatles songs. “I think it's one of the best we've written,” he said back in 1965. The author Ian MacDonald also describes the song as the first tear in the protective shell that Lennon made of his emotions during the early Beatles' days had built around. So “Help!” Is not only a real commitment - it is also a milestone in John Lennon's songwriting.

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10. All You Need Is Love (Magical Mystery Tour)

It is less the song itself than its genesis that makes "All You Need Is Love" one of the most important titles in the Beatles' discography. On May 18, 1967, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were commissioned to compose a song for the television show "Our World" - the first live production to be broadcast worldwide, which had an audience of more than 400 million viewers * inside achieved. The television recording of "All You Need Is Love" shines as the perfect snapshot of the Summer of Love in 1967; the beards are long, the flower power aesthetic dominates and the message is love.

"Love is not just something that is stuck on posters, on the back of the car, on the back of the jacket or on a badge," said John Lennon in an interview with Rolling Stone in 1971. “I speak of real love, I still believe that. Love is the appreciation of other people (...). Love means allowing someone to be themselves, and that is what we need. ”“ All You Need Is Love ”is a hymnal appeal to peace, love and understanding - a theme that would shape Lennon's later solo music.

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9. Tomorrow Never Knows (Revolver)

John Lennon's “first psychedelic song”, as he himself often declared in interviews. The model for the song was the "Tibetan Book of the Dead", which was quoted in Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert's work "The Psychedelic Experience" - a kind of guide for the controlled consumption of LSD and other mind-expanding substances. John Lennon, who was consuming LSD himself at the time, wrote the lyrics to “Tomorrow Never Knows” while intoxicated - as Paul McCartney summed up in 1984: “That was an LSD song. Probably the only one. People always thought it was 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds', but in reality it wasn't. "

In addition to the history of its origins, "Tomorrow Never Knows" also features one of the Beatles' most innovative productions to date: The loops, Indian instruments, distortion, the double-track singing and the backward playing of instrumental passages make the title a pioneering work in terms of psychedelics - a process that Follow-up album “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heartsclub Band "dominated.

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8. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Help!)

There are numerous anecdotes that highlight Bob Dylan's influence on the Beatles; he was the first to introduce the group to marijuana. But the legendary folk singer John Lennon also had a musical impact. "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," says Lennon, was also created during his "Bob Dylan phase". "I'm like a chameleon, influenced by what's going on," Lennon said of the song. “If Elvis can do it, so can I. If the Everly Brothers can, so can Paul and me. The same goes for Dylan. "

In terms of content, there are several myths surrounding the song. While many sources state that the song was about Lennon's efforts to keep his marriage to Cynthia Lennon a secret from teenage fans for image reasons, rumor has it that the title refers to a brief homosexual relationship with Brian Epstein; the longtime manager of the Beatles. However, this was always denied by Lennon.

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7. Girl (Rubber Soul)

The album "Rubber Soul" is still regarded today as the Beatles' transition from primarily commercial pop productions to more complex and innovative compositions. "Girl" is one of them. The author Ian MacDonald describes the title as "Lennon's answer to McCartney's 'Michelle'" - both were inspired by classical Greek music and were written with a similarly melancholy undertone. Regarding the lyrics, Lennon said the sung-about girl in "Girl" was an archetype of the perfect woman he was looking for all his life and eventually found in Yoko Ono. "’ Girl ‘is real. The girl doesn't really exist, she was a dream, but the words are fine. But it wasn't just a song, it was about this girl - who turned out to be Yoko in the end - the girl many of us were looking for. "

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