Hans Hot 100 Beatles Songs: #71: ‘And I Love Her’
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’ 79- ‘Baby, You’re A Rich Man’ 78- ‘Yellow Submarine.’ #77 ‘Things We Said Today.’ #76: ‘When I’m Sixty- Four’ #75: ‘Happiness IS A Warm Gun’ 74: ‘I Will’ 73: ‘Within You Without You’ 72: ‘ This Boy’ 71: ‘And I Love Her’-
#71. ‘And I Love Her’- One of seven songs from The Beatles 3rd album A Hard Day’s Night which has made the Hans Hot 100- it is one of Paul McCartney’s major contributions to an album dominated by John Lennon. John claimed to have helped out on the song- with the lines ‘ A love like ours could never die, as long as I have you near me’- with Paul disputes he says he wrote it all. Either way it’s a wonderful song. Paul does give credit to George Harrison saying that his signature guitar riff ‘made a shinning difference to the song.’
Sounds like Paul; it’s all about him. Not caring who wrote the song; it’s one of their better ones. Georges’s Spanish guitar is beautiful, and the song would not be the same without that modulation and guitar work. Also, ending on a D major, who in the world would think of that back then.
It is interesting when you go through Beatles history and note who was the dominant songwriter in different periods of time. John was out ahead early-but seemed to lose focus somewhat when Yoko entered his life…. Yes Paul now enjoys the last word on the songwriting front-
Harrison was so very overlooked, but he seemed to know that he would eventually shine. I was a Beatles fan from the start, but did loose interest about the time John and Yoko started their quest for peace and love. McCartney, the cute Beatle as Bob Dylan called him, never grabbed me. Looking back all those years, I guess it was George Harrison that always shined. His guitar work was not a jumble of noodles like Clapton and Hendrix, but actually complimented the song. I listend to Abby Road last week and surprised myself when I lifted the stylus about halfway through the first side. Perhaps its time to move on.
i’ve never tired of Beatles- BUT I have always said the smartest thing they ever did was quit when they did.
Yep, I agree. I am not tired of them so much, just that some of their songs don’t move me like they used to. Getting older is most likely the problem. I sifted through 4 boxes of vinyl last week and discovered my album of Meet The Beatles on the V Jay label. It was released in UK but not in the US.
Its funny how certain Beatles songs- fall out of favor for a bit while other to me rise in statue over time.
I always thought that switch to a major chord at the end was cool.
While the vocals and lyrics are beautiful, I agree with Paul. The guitar work in this song is what really makes it.
This song made my father state that he thought the Beatles were a great band.
one of the very best of their pre-rubber Soul songs, to me.