What’s their best song?

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Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Barb

    can’t be done–that’s like asking “what’s the best book in the Bible?” or “What’s the best Psalm?”

  • http://joeyspiegel.wordpress.com JoeyS

    Agree with Barb.

    It would be interesting to see what people think the best covers of Beatles songs are. I really like Golden Slumbers performed by Ben Folds and With a Little Help From My Friends performed by Joe Cocker.

  • http://kansasbob.com Kansas Bob

    “Yesterday” come to mind.

  • Barb

    The Beatles wrote the soundtrack to my life from age 12 to . . .? Each song brings with it where I was, who I was with, and what we were doing.

  • Lukas McKnight

    Norwegian Wood (early Beatles)

    Hey Jude (late Beatles)

  • http://bramboniusinenglish.wordpress.com brambonius

    penny lane!!

    the ultimate pop song!

  • http://communityofjesus.wordpress.com/ Ted M. Gossard

    I love so many of their songs. I really have on one favorite of them. I like to listen to such for a time, then I want to get back to something which feeds my soul, like from JMT, or MCard.

  • http://communityofjesus.wordpress.com/ Ted M. Gossard

    no one favorite, I meant!

  • http://communityofjesus.wordpress.com/ Ted M. Gossard

    no one favorite, I meant!

  • David Johnson

    “Penny Lane.” Or “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Or “Let It Be.” Or “And Your Bird Can Sing.” Or “The Long and Winding Road” (from Let It Be….Naked, of course). Or “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Or “Here Comes the Sun.” Or “Because.” Or “She Said, She Said.” Or “Here, There, and Everywhere.”

    They have so many songs that just utterly transcend the times (even though they defined them in a sense) that it’s better to just ask which their best album is. So….what say you? Revolver? Or Abbey Road? The White Album is not an option; it simply has so much material that it’s ponderous—and it also contains the only truly heinous thing the Beatles ever did, “Revolution 9.”

  • David Johnson

    And I’d nominate for best cover Gov’t Mule’s version of “She Said, She Said.” Also, Regina Spektor does an alright version of “Real Love.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/wyatt.roberts Wyatt Roberts

    What A Fool Believes — Doobie Brothers

  • http://www.facebook.com/wyatt.roberts Wyatt Roberts

    (Sorry about that…I was responding to the title on Facebook)

  • o

    I agree with others that it’s too tough of a question. I’ve noticed that my favorite Beatles song changes every few months. I guess it’s like a 200-way-tie for most favorite. Here’s what I think right now:

    Favorite song: I am the Walrus
    Favorite album: Abbey Road (this is objectively true)
    Favorite cover: “Come Together” by Michael Jackson or “Yesterday” by Boyz II Men.

  • Rick in TX

    My nominations
    J: Strawberry Fields
    J&P: Day in the Life
    P: Penny Lane
    G: Something
    R: (doesn’t really matter much does it?)

  • http://www.everythingnew.org Jeff Cook

    Of the Obvious ones:

    Hey Jude

    (Like some of Mozart’s rifts, the outro to Hey Jude is part of the fabric of the universe)

    Of the not obvious:

    Helter Skelter

    (Best ROCK song prior to Led Zeppelin).

  • http://www.wendymccaig.wordpress.com Wendy McCaig

    Way too hard to pick just one but Eleanor Rigby and Yesterday are two of my favorites.

  • mike swalm

    their best for me changes with my mood.

    Nostalgic: When I’m 64
    Pensive: Blackbird
    Happy: Twist and Shout (I know it’s a cover…i like it)
    Sad: Eleanor Rigby
    Angry: Maxwell’s Silver Hammer :)
    Melancholy: Yesterday
    Mellow: Here Comes the Sun
    Crazy: The medley on Abbey Road (or For the Benefit of Mr. Kite)
    A Day in the Life (almost all the time!)

    and so on and so on

  • http://ozarksalmanac.blogspot.com RDH

    “A Day in the Life” is my favorite.
    I love the beginning of “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.”
    I like “In My Life.”
    I also like “Dig a Pony.”

  • http://LostCodex.com DRT

    Here come ole flat top, he come groovin’ up slowly….

  • http://www.travismamone.net Travis Mamone

    I can’t pick one song, so I’ll give you a list of favorite Beatles songs, in no particular order:

    -Hey Jude
    -Strawberry Fields Forever
    -Across the Universe

  • daniel

    Day Dream Believer of course. 😉

  • Steve Berthiaume

    The best and most over-looked Beatles song is:
    Here, There and Everywhere. Written entirely by Paul.
    Truly beautiful.

  • http://www.francisbeckwith.com Francis J. Beckwith

    My top 5:

    –A Day in the Life
    –Here Comes the Sun
    –Come Together

  • http://abisomeone.blogspot.com Peggy

    …entirely too hard to choose.

    I love Sgt. Peppers–the whole album.

    …I got The Beatles Rock Band for the Wii and my kids are totally freaked that I know all the words to the songs. :^)

    I’m gonna have to download more tracks…want to have them all!

  • http://cowboychurch.ca Kevin Corbin

    Who are the Beatles :)

  • http://www.christianhumanist.org/chb Nate

    I’ll echo the hard-to-choose chorus, but lately I’ve had a soft spot for “I’ll Follow the Sun” and “Strawberry Fields.”

  • http://brandonmilan.wordpress.com brandontheguy

    thats an impossible question… i will say that Abbey Road is their best album, miles past Sgt. Pepper…

  • Jeremy

    This is one of those trick questions, isn’t it? The kind where you think you’re forced to pick something just to find out the answer was “All of the above”?

  • Kent P.

    Eleanor Rigby is brilliant.

    Also, a much overlooked song by George is one of the best Beatles songs: Something.

  • http://cboye.wordpress.com Colleen

    Call me corny, but no song gets stuck in my head like “Obladi oblada.”

  • judi patterson

    Best covers: Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66–“Fool on the Hill” album.