Fifty years later and The Beatles are still topping the charts. Recently it was the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles album and their 11th studio album “Abbey Road,” which was initially released on September 26, 1969.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 4, 2019
The album reached number one in the UK last week, as well as number three on the Billboard 200 Chart last week. Following this news, Paul McCartney tweeted his thoughts about the album charting saying, “It’s hard to believe that #AbbeyRoad still holds up after all these years. But then again it’s a bloody cool album … ”
Over the years, many different versions of the album have been released. After the original version, there was a remastered version that came out in 2009, and following that was the 2019 super deluxe edition with bonus tracks.
Due to the sheer magnitude of songs on the re-released album as well as the number of Beatles songs in general, here is a breakdown of six “need-to-know” songs on the original album.
The first song on the album, “Come Together” was written primarily by John Lennon and is credited to Lennon-McCartney. The track was released as a single, coupled with “Something,” (the next song on the list) on October 6, 1969. It made the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and reached number one.
The subsequent song on the album which was released alongside “Come Together.” Written by George Harrison, the bands lead guitarist. This song would become the first song composed by Harrison to become a Beatles A-side.
Written and sung by Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, “Octopus’s Garden” is the fifth song on the album. It is also one of the few songs Starr wrote while in the band. Starr also took the lead on the vocals, which was something not often done by the drummer.
Here Comes The Sun
Probably one of the most widely known Beatles songs, “Here Comes The Sun” is the seventh song on the album. Written by Harrison, the song came to fruition at a fellow artists house, Eric Clapton. Harrison spent the day avoiding a meeting he had and instead spent the day writing “Here Comes The Sun.” It is speculated that that day the sky was full of clouds and then the sun came out for the first time in days. There has been no clear confirmation that this is exactly what happened that day, but that’s what die-hard Beatles fans like to think.
Arguably one of the saddest songs on the album and maybe even in the Beatles repertoire, “Golden Slumbers” was written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon-McCartney. The song is followed by “Carry That Weight,” the next song on the list. The two songs were recorded as a single piece and begin the progression that leads to the end of the album.
Carry That Weight
The final song on this list, “Carry That Weight” written by McCartney and credited to Lennon-McCartney. This song notably features unison vocals from all four Beatles, which is a rarity in Beatles songs.