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At number 11 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “A Hard Day’s Night”. This song was recorded in April 1964 and released in July. It was The Beatles’ 7th singles release in the Disunited Kingdom, and got to number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic. It is also the title of The Beatles’ 3rd album, and the title of their first movie.

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At number 11 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “A Hard Day’s Night”

The title of the song apparently comes from a phrase that Ringo Starr would often say, with John Lennon being the main composer and singer. The opening chord is considered one of the most recognisable in rock ‘n’ roll. The single and album were both at number 1 simultaneously in both the DUK and the USA in August of 1964, something which had never been achieved before by any recording artist.

It’s been a hard day’s night, and I’ve been working like a dog
It’s been a hard day’s night, I should be sleeping like a log
But when I get home to you I find the things that you do
Will make me feel alright

You know I work all day to get you money to buy you things
And it’s worth it just to hear you say you’re going to give me everything
So why on earth should I moan, ’cause when I get you alone
You know I feel OK

When I’m home everything seems to be right
When I’m home feeling you holding me tight, tight

It’s been a hard day’s night, and I been working like a dog
It’s been a hard day’s night, I should be sleeping like a log
But when I get home to you I find the things that you do
Will make me feel alright, oww

So why on earth should I moan, ’cause when I get you alone
You know I feel OK

When I’m home everything seems to be right
When I’m home feeling you holding me tight, tight

It’s been a hard day’s night, and I been working like a dog
It’s been a hard day’s night, I should be sleeping like a log
But when I get home to you I find the things that you do
Will make me feel alright
You know I feel alright
You know I feel alright

Here is a video of this wonderful song from the album Live at the BBC. Enjoy!

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At number 36 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 greatest Beatles songs is “I Should Have Known Better”. This wonderful song appears in their first movie A Hard Day’s Night, in a scene which features George Harrison’s future wife Pattie Boyd. In fact, Harrison met her during the filming of the movie, she was a model and actress at the time. The song, credited to Lennon and McCartney but composed by John Lennon on his own, was recorded in February 1964 and released in the DUK in July of the same year on the Hard Day’s Night movie soundtrack, and later on the album of the same name. It was also released as the B-side to the single “A Hard Day’s Night” in the USA.

I wasn’t aware until I read the text from Rolling Stone about this song that it was so influenced by Bob Dylan. I knew that Dylan’s songs influenced The Beatles, in particular Lennon. His flat cap which he was wearing in the Help period was a copy of the flat cap Dylan wore on the cover of his debut album. So, it is interesting to read that the influence started a year or more before then.



At number 36 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is "I Should Have Known Better".

At number 36 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “I Should Have Known Better”.




I should have known better with a girl like you
That I would love everything that you do
And I do, hey, hey, hey, and I do

Whoa, oh, I never realized what a kiss could be
This could only happen to me
Can’t you see, can’t you see

That when I tell you that I love you, oh
You’re gonna say you love me too, oh
And when I ask you to be mine
You’re gonna say you love me too

So I should have realized a lot of things before
If this is love you’ve got to give me more
Give me more, hey hey hey, give me more

Whoa, oh, I never realized what a kiss could be
This could only happen to me
Can’t you see, can’t you see

That when I tell you that I love you, oh
You’re gonna say you love me too, oh
And when I ask you to be mine
You’re gonna say you love me too
You love me too, you love me too
You love me too


This video is from the movie, Pattie Boyd is one of the school girls. She was 19 when they met, and they married in. The song features Lennon’s voice being double-tracked, McCartney does not sing on it despite miming to the song in the movie. Pattie Boyd is the blonde schoolgirl, the one who features most prominently in the video.






Which is your favourite song in the movie A Hard Day’s Night?

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At number 47 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 best Beatles songs is “Things We Said Today”, which is from their fourth album “A Hard Day’s Night”, released in 1964 to coincide with the film of the same name.



At number 47 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is "Things We Said Today".

At number 47 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is “Things We Said Today”.



McCartney wrote this song about Jane Asher, to whom he was engaged for a while (and whose brother Tony Asher co-wrote the Beach Boys’ song “God Only Knows”, which I blogged about here, with Brian Wilson). Apparently it was Asher and her family who got McCartney listening to classical music, and so e.g. the strings which became quite prominent in his music about 1965 came about because of this influence.

As usual the song is attributed to Lennon and McCartney, but as far as I am aware John Lennon played no part in the writing of this song. It certainly strikes me as being pure McCartney, but not as soppy as some of his efforts. Like most songs in this top 100 list, it was never released as a single by The Beatles.


You say you will love me
If I have to go
You’ll be thinking of me
Somehow I will know
Someday when I’m lonely
Wishing you weren’t so far away
Then I will remember
Things we said today

You say you’ll be mine, girl
Till the end of time
These days such a kind girl
Seems so hard to find
Someday when we’re dreaming
Deep in love, not a lot to say
Then we will remember
Things we said today

Me, I’m just the lucky kind
Love to hear you say that love is luck
And though we may be blind
Love is here to stay and that’s enough

To make you mine, girl
Be the only one
Love me all the time, girl
We’ll go on and on
Someday when we’re dreaming
Deep in love, not a lot to say
Then we will remember
Things we said today

Me, I’m just the lucky kind
Love to hear you say that love is luck
Though we may be blind
Love is here to stay and that’s enough

To make you mine, girl
Be the only one
Love me all the time, girl
We’ll go on and on
Someday when we’re dreaming
Deep in love, not a lot to say
Then we will remember
Things we said today


Here is a video of this wonderful song. Enjoy!





Which is your favourite song from “A Hard Day’s Night”?

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