The Beatles Song Of The Day: “She Loves You”

The Beatles Song of the Day is: “She Loves You.” “She Loves You” along with “I Want To Hold Your Hand” are the two early Beatles songs that among the greatest songs in the history of rock and roll music. These two songs are landmarks. John and Paul wrote this song together. When asked years later to name an example of a Lennon-McCartney song that was collaborative effort John quickly cited “She Loves You.” The song was started in a tour van but most of the song was written in Turk’s Hotel in Newcastle sitting on twin beds with their acoustic guitars. After the song was written they felt there was something missing and what was added on was the ‘yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah” Its hard to imagine “She Loves You” without the ‘yeah yeah.”  The song was finished at Paul’s house and when they played it for Paul’s father he said ” Son, there’s enough Americanisms around. Couldn’t you just say “Yes, Yes, Yes for once?” Paul replied “You just don’t understand Dad. It wouldn’t work. John Lennon: vocal and rhythm guitar/ Paul McCartney: vocal and bass guitar/ George Harrison: harmony vocal and lead guitar/ Ringo Starr: drums. The song was recorded at Abbey Road on July 1st, 1963. Producer: George Martin. “She Loves You” was released in the United Kingdom in August 1963 and was a huge hit. It was the biggest selling Beatles single ever in the United Kingdom. It would go to #1 in the United Kingdom and in 1964 when The Beatles hit America would go to #1 there also.

Rating “She Loves You” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars *****

  • The length of “She Loves You” is 2:18. Every second of “She Loves You” is essential.
  • The B-side to the “She Loves You” single was “I’ll Get You.”
  • The song opens with the chorus instead of the first verse at the suggestion of George Martin. The final change was George Harrison’s guitar chord at the end of the chorus which George Martin didn’t like at first he thought it was too jazzy but The Beatles convinced him to let them go with it.
  • I think this is a watershed song for The Beatles in other ways. After “She Loves You” there could have been no doubt that these boys were here to stay. They were talented, could write great songs and we’re not going anywhere. More hits were on the way.
  • Rolling Stone Magazine The Beatles 100 Greatest Hits ranks “She Loves You” at #14.  “100 Best Beatles Songs” by Spignesi and Lewis has “She Loves You’ at #15. I think both have it about right.
  • “She Loves You” was the best selling single in the United Kingdom by anyone until it was replaced by a Paul McCartney single in 1978 “Mull of Kintyre.” 50 years later it is still the eighth best selling single by any artist in the United Kingdom selling 1.9 million copies.
  • The Beatles recorded a German “Sie Liebt Dich” in January 1964 and they also recorded a German version of “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” Rock and Roll and the German language doesn’t quite cut it.
  • “She Loves You” is the only song that The Beatles played on both of their appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show -February 9th and 16th, 1964.
  • Beatles music in southeast Asia was known in government decrees as ‘yeah, yeah yeah music.”
  • On the day they recorded “She Loves You” Abbey Road recording engineer Norman Smith looked down at the lyrics on the music stand and immediately thought this is one I am not going to like. When The Beatles started playing he loved it.
  • Rolling Stone Magazine in 2004 ranked “She Loves You” at #64 on their “Top 500 Greatest Songs Of All-Time” list. Uncut Magazine listed “She Loves You” as the third most important song that changed the world-behind Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” and Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone.”
  • Rock journalist Greil Marcus has written that if a Martian had landed and asked the meaning of rock and roll? The first answer would be “She Loves You.”
  • “She Loves You” was a staple in Beatle concerts until late 1964 when it was replaced by newer songs.
  • At the end of “All You Need Is Love” 4 years later The Beatles can be heard singing the chorus of “She Loves You” in the long fade out.
  • Up until “She Loves You” the songwriting credits were “McCartney-Lennon.” Starting with “She Loves You” and from that point on it became “Lennon-McCartney.”
  • On April 4th, 1964 the Billboard Pop Chart read like this- 1.”The Beatles “Can’t Buy Me Love” 2. The Beatles “Twist and Shout” 3. The Beatles “She Loves You” 4. The Beatles “I Want To Hold Your Hand” 5- The Beatles “Please Please Me” No one has ever held down all the top 5ive on the chart at the same time. The closest since was 50 Cent in 2005 when he had three of the top five songs.

“She Loves You” {Lennon-McCartney}

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
You think you lost your love
When I saw her yesterday
It’s you she’s thinking of
And she told me what to say
She says she loves you
And you know that can’t be bad
Yes, she loves you And you know you should be glad
She said you hurt her so
She almost lost her mind
And now she says she knows You’re not the hurting kind
She says she loves you And you know that can’t be bad
Yes, she loves you And you know you should be glad, ooh
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
And with a love like that You know you should be glad
You know it’s up to you I think it’s only fair
Pride can hurt you too
Apologize to her
Because she loves you
And you know that can’t be bad
Yes, she loves you And you know you should be glad, ooh
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
With a love like that
You know you should be glad
With a love like that
You know you should be glad
With a love like that
You know you should be glad
Yeah, yeah, yeah Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

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