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Hans Hot 100 Beatles Songs: #35: ‘Please Please Me’

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’- #70: ‘Fixing A Hole’ #69- ‘Drive My Car’ 68: ‘I Should Have Known Better’ #67: ‘Getting Better’ #66: ‘If I Needed Someone’ #65: ‘I’m Down, #64: ‘Good Morning Good Morning.’ #63:’ Hey Bulldog’ #62: ‘The Long And Winding Road’ #61:’ The Fool On The Hill’ #60: ‘Get Back’ #59: ‘Eight Days A Week’ #58:’ Because” 57:’Two Of Us’ 56:’Girl’ #55: ‘Come Together’ #54: Michelle’ #53″ And Your Bird Can Sing’ #52: “Helter Skelter’ #51: ‘Twist And Shout’ #50″ Back In The U.S.S.R.’ #49: ‘If I Fell’- #48” “I’m A Loser’ #47: ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ #46: ‘Julia’ #45: ‘We Can Work It Out’ #44: ‘All You Need Is Love’ #43: ‘For No One’ #42: ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/ With A Little Help From My Friends’ #41: ‘Lady Madonna’ #40:’ Lady Madonna’ #39: Got To Get You Into My Life’ #38: ‘Across The Universe’ #37: ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ #36: ‘Dear Prudence’ #35: Please Please Me’

#35: ‘Please Please Me’- Written by John Lennon- credited of course to the songwriting team of Lennon-McCartney- ‘Please Please Me’ was The Beatles second hit- following ‘Love Me Do’- and their first Top 10 hit- reaching #2 in the UK singles chart in early 1963. Released a year later in the US- it would go to #3 during the heights of Beatlemania. Producer George Martin thought the original Please Please Me was pretty dreary and pushed ‘How Do You Do It? a Mitch Murray song as The Beatles single–The Beatles were against this idea and George Martin gave in- after Please Please Me- which was first written by John as a slow bluesy type song- was sped up a bit- it was and George Martin approved of its release. John Lennon would say he wrote ‘Please Please Me’ as a Roy Orbison type song.

2 responses to “HANS HOT 100 BEATLES SONGS: #35: ‘PLEASE PLEASE ME’

    • I agree with you- would I rank it as one of the great songs of all time-or even of that era-no- but it’s a pleasant little tune.

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