Best Beatles Album Opening Songs

Listed below is the opening track to each of the Beatles' thirteen studio albums. (Abbey Road is a studio album, a compilation album like Love is not.) Please do not add to the list as it is already complete.

The Top Ten

1 Help! - Help! (1965)

Yeah. Catches you right off the bat.

"Help, I need somebody, help, not just anybody..." - beatles

Johns brutally honest and brilliant lyrics

One of their first mature songs. - marmalade_skies

2 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

I just really like the opening to this. It makes me smile. - Britgirl

"It was twenty years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play..." - beatles

Good but overrated. Not great - just iconic. - marmalade_skies

3 Come Together - Abbey Road (1969)

Lennon rambling about heroin. But Paul and Ringo make a really catchy beat. - marmalade_skies

"Here come old flattop, he come grooving up slowly..." - beatles

4 A Hard Day's Night - A Hard Days's Night (1964)

"It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog..." - beatles

The opening chord alone makes this the best on the list.

5 Back in the U.S.S.R. - The Beatles (1968)

Lots of energy, catchy, a good time. I like Paul's drumming on this one. - marmalade_skies

"Flew in from Miami Beach BOAC. Didn't get to bed last night..." - beatles

6 I Saw Her Standing There - Please Please Me (1963)

Drive my car is my favorite, but for being so influential and still rocking 52 years later, I have to pick "I Saw Her Standing There."

"Well, she was just seventeen, you know what I mean..." - beatles

7 Taxman - Revolver (1966)

It's just a simple countdown and then BLAM it hits you with a driving distorted guitar. I love that so much.

"Let me tell you how it will be, there's one for you, nineteen for me..." - beatles

8 Drive My Car - Rubber Soul (1965)

"I asked a girl what she wanted to be. She said, 'Baby, can't you see...'" - beatles

Oddly enough, a lot of the songs on this list are beatles songs I like less. this is my least favorite beatles songs, and I don't love Magical Mystery Tour,Taxman,come together, or sgt peppers - RecklessGreed

9 Magical Mystery Tour - Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

Took me a while to understand this one but I love it. - marmalade_skies

For the mystery tour! - FakeLists

Roll up! Roll up!

10 No Reply - Beatles for Sale (1964)

Three great songs open this album: No Reply, I'm a Loser and Baby's in Black. As strong an opening trio as any Beatles album, if not stronger

The strongest opening trio on a Beatles album is in my opinion Sgt Pepper's, With a Little Help and Lucy in the Sky. - DarkSideOfDragons

"This happened once before, when I came to your door, no reply..." - beatles

The Contenders

11 Two Of Us - Let it Be (1970)

Come on guys! Great opener to an underrated album! - backflip

This should be at least in the top 3. Ugh... - marmalade_skies

"Two of us, riding nowhere, spending someone's hard-earned pay..." - beatles

12 Yellow Submarine - Yellow Submarine (1968)

"In the town where I was born lived a man who sailed to sea..." - beatles

13 It Won't Be Long - With the Beatles (1963)

Yeah. - truckturner

"It won't be long, yeah, yeah, yeah. It won't be long, yeah, yeah, yeah..." - beatles

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Help! - Help! (1965)
2. Back in the U.S.S.R. - The Beatles (1968)
3. I Saw Her Standing There - Please Please Me (1963)
1. Back in the U.S.S.R. - The Beatles (1968)
2. Come Together - Abbey Road (1969)
3. Help! - Help! (1965)
1. Help! - Help! (1965)
2. Come Together - Abbey Road (1969)
3. A Hard Day's Night - A Hard Days's Night (1964)

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