Top Ten Thursdays: In Honor of Rock Band and the Reissues, the Top Ten Beatles Songs

It's like Beatlemania all over again. Not that I was there to witness the original madness, but, y'know... Last week, the Fab Four's re-mastered catalogue -- each album at least 40 years old (!) -- moved 2.25 million CDs in an era when the compact disc is suppose to be dead. "Underlining their timeless appeal and unique status in music, The Beatles have broken multiple chart records around the world following the September 9, 2009 (9-9-09) CD release of their digitally re-mastered catalogue," reads the e-mail EMI issued Tuesday.

It seems anyone not busy buying a freshly minted Abbey Road or The Beatles stereo box set  got their fix playing The Beatles: Rock Band. (Many, of course, did both.) To celebrate the big-ass checks soon to be cashed by Macca, Ringo, Yoko, Harrison's loved ones, and whoever has control of the Michael Jackson estate, here are the greatest Beatles songs of all time -- just in case you can ever purchase them individually on iTunes.

1. "Strawberry Fields Forever"

Recorded at the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band sessions but released as a single February of 1967, John Lennon reminisces about a childhood place of sanctuary while offering a brilliantly stirring self-analysis. Credit McCartney with the mind-blowing Mellotron playing. Here's the rather melancholy promo clip filmed in January of '67.



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2. "Helter Skelter"

A ravishing rocker from 1968's The Beatles (aka "The White Album") that's every bit as sexily heavy as anything Led Zeppelin would do the following year on its debut. This is Paul McCartney at his coolest, roaring over killer guitar crunch "You may be a lover but you ain't no dancer!" Great clip of Beatles purportedly recording the song.



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