There are few or if any artists or groups that could release a compilation album that features 27 tracks that were number 1 singles either in the United Kingdom or in the United States, and in the majority of cases reached the top of the charts in both countries. Yet that is what George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr aka The Beatles achieved between 1963 and 1970. If only Ringo Starr could have been a better drummer, they might have achieved even more!
That run of unrivaled successes ran from Love me do all the way through to The long and winding road. In their early years The Beatles produced high quality if not very innovative hits such as From me to you, She loves you, Can't buy me love, A hard day's night, Eight days a week, and Ticket to ride. These songs were responsible for causing mass hysteria on both sides of the Atlantic in what became known as Beatlemania. They even released films that gave them more number ones including Yellow submarine as well as Help!
The group came up with more complicated songs after they stopped touring as they believed concerts were too time consuming, and nobody could them perform as there was too much screaming in any case. However more hours in the studio did not necessarily do relations between the group members any good, although the quality
of their later chart topping singles did not decline notably.
Songs from the later years of their career are Eleanor Rigby, Penny Lane, All you need is love, The ballad of John and Yoko, and Hey Jude. Then there were the singles from the group's swan song Let it be, the highly emotional title track and the previously mentioned The long and winding road.
Over all this compilation is a good introduction and summary of the music performed by The Beatles.
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