Top Five Songs ... 02.28.2022
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What is it with the February jinx? After another unfortunate hiatus, it's time to get things going again with top five songs by the Fab Four. And while their more mature solo years don't quite have the same spark as songs written together (and in their twenties), there's certainly enough to go around for the magical moment of a first kiss.

Just as I said on the original post, these aren't likely songs you actually heard during your first kiss, but they create the magical moment.

Top Five Songs

Beatles Songs

Solo Songs

NUMBER FIVE: The Beatles - "Michelle" [1965]

NUMBER FIVE: John Lennon - "Love" [1970]

"Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble."

"Love is real / real is love."

Love spans all languages. It's really as simple as that. Spoiler alert: the B-side is pretty fantastic, too.

One of the more melodic solo ballads by Lennon. Quiet, intimate, and vulnerable.

NUMBER FOUR: The Beatles - "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" [1965]

NUMBER FOUR: Paul McCartney - "Singalong Junk" [1970]

"She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere / So I looked around and I noticed there wasn't a chair."

Rumors about this song being about an affair during his first marriage aside, this song captures the lyrical dance before a kiss. I can't help but think this scene was inspired by it.

It seems like it's cheating to use the song from the first kiss in Jerry Maguire, but I'm completely fine having similar taste to Cameron Crowe. The instrumental version of this song makes it more fitting for a first kiss.

NUMBER THREE: The Beatles - "And I Love Her" [1964]

NUMBER THREE: George Harrison - "I'd Have You Anytime" [1970]

"A love like ours can never die / As long as I have you near me."

"Let me in here / I know I've been here / Let me into your heart."

The chilling acoustic riff. The claves. The middle eight. The solo. The resolving D chord. Perfection.

George co-wrote this song with Dylan as an effort to break down the latter's "protective barriers of cool." Seems like the perfect song for a first kiss when jumping from friends to Friends.

NUMBER TWO: The Beatles - "Something" [1969]

NUMBER TWO: Paul McCartney - "Maybe I'm Amazed" [1970]

"Something in her smile she knows."

"You pulled me out of time."

By the Get Back sessions, Harrison knew what he wanted in his songwriting, and wasn't taking any suggestions from Paul or John. And while that nearly broke up the band ("See you around the clubs"), he was right in his confidence for this song. What's more, Harrison's finest solo serves as the perfect moment for a first kiss.

A vastly different take on the revelation in finding a perfect match, McCartney's finest solo work demostrates his mastery in songwriting and falls just a short distance from sheer sorcery: the false introduction captures the vulnerability of us as individuals; and the surprise Bb major brings a force strong enough to match Bernoulli's principle, showing us that il fulmine isn't only at first sight, but also in the revelation that your world has merged with another's.

NUMBER ONE: The Beatles - "Girl" [1965]

NUMBER ONE: George Harrison - "What Is Life" [1970]

"She's the kind of girl you want so much, it makes you sorry / Still, you don't regret a single day."

"But if it's not love that you need / Then I'll try my best to make everything succeed."

The mighty b-side to "Michelle" isn't the most inclusive song for a first kiss. It's a daydream of a younger Lennon/McCartney songwriting effort which envisions a femme fatale character. It shouldn't be the kind of partner one should seek, but when written from the perspective of an imaginary encounter, it captures the measures of uncertainty and desire that are found in the perfect first kiss.

If "Something" were a ballad sung privately to the object of affection, then "What Is Life" is closer to celebrating a couple's dedication to one another while dancing in the Presidio.

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