HANS HOT 100 BEATLES SONGS: #80: ‘THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO’

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The countdown so far- : 100-‘Any Time At All’/ 99-‘No Reply’/ 98- You Know My Name [Look Up The Number]/ 97-‘The Inner Light’/ 96-You Won’t See Me’/ 95-Baby’s In Black/ 94-‘Sexy Sadie’/ 93-‘I Need You’/ 92-Love Me Do’/ 91-‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey’/ 90-‘Doctor Robert’/ 89-‘There’s A Place’/ 88-‘Good Day Sunshine’/ 87-‘It’s Only Love’/ 86-‘I Want You [She’s So Heavy]/ 85-‘Yer Blues’/ 84-‘From Me To You/ 83- ‘She’s Leaving Home/ 82-‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite’ / 81: ‘I’m So Tired/ 80: ‘The Ballad Of John And Yoko’

Hans Hot 100 Beatles Songs: #80: ‘The Ballad Of John And Yoko’- John Lennon’s single released in the spring of 1969 was the 17th and final #1 hit for the band in the UK. It peaked at #8 in the U.S. It is John’s story of the adventures of John and Yoko. There are only two Beatles involved in recording this song- John and Paul. George was abroad and Ringo was away making a movie. George would comment in his book years later that he didn’t mind not being involved in the recording- “I didn’t mind not being on the record, because it was none of my business … If it had been ‘The Ballad of John, George and Yoko’, then I would have been on it.” It meant a lot to John that Paul took part in the recording. The only thing I don’t like about the record is -it reminds me that The Beatles were nearing the end. A number of radio stations banned the song due to the use of ‘Christ you know it ain’t easy.’

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