Number 2 – Something (The Beatles)July 29th, 2011 at 6:34
I told you they’d be back, didn’t I?
From their entry in the Radio Ga Ga Top 30 Beatles Countdown (where this song came in at number 1):
“Wow … what a song.
Great melody, great lyrics and a great performance.
It really was a toss up between this song and yesterday’s Yesterday for the number one but I went with Something because I think that it’s a stronger performance by the band and a slightly happier song. Yesterday, by it’s nature, is a song of regret. This is a celebration of sorts.
Interestingly, Something is the second most-covered Beatles song with over 150 cover versions available, including a version by Joe Cocker that was released two months before the Beatles version. Frank Sinatra called it “the greatest love song ever written”. Even John and Paul were known to be impressed saying that it was George’s finest song and the best track on Abbey Road.
It is also the only Harrison composition to be catalogued as the primary single on a Beatles double A-side single (or in some countries, the A-side of a conventional single).”
So, there you are – one to go. And I reckon you should be able to work out what it is … yes, it’s an Australian song, yes, it’s by a solo artist but contributed to by some of the biggest names in Australian music history. More about that tomorrow.