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volume 2
october 1999

Who is the main composer of the Beatles' songs?

 





  Answers to the question who composed and sung each Beatles' song
  by Per Myrsten
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  From the very beginnings of the Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon decided to publish their songs under both their names. So all their songs bear the cooperative hallmark "Lennon / McCartney". But, some songs were more Lennon's work, while others more exclusively show the hand of McCartney. Here's a list of all songs officially recorded by the Beatles, where you can see who is the main composer of each and every song they recorded. You can also see who sung the songs.

1 Please Please Me 1963
  Song Main composer Singer
Next Love Me Do McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next P.S. I Love You McCartney McCartney
Next Please Please Me Lennon Lennon / McCartney
Next Ask Me Why Lennon Lennon
Next There's A Place Lennon Lennon
Next I Saw Her Standing There McCartney McCartney
Next Do You Want To Know A Secret Lennon Harrison
Next Misery Lennon / McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next A Taste Of Honey Scott / Marlow McCartney
Next Anna (Go To Him) Alexander Lennon
Next Boys Dixon / Farrell Starr
Next Chains Goffin / King Harrison
Next Baby It's You David / Williams / Bacharach Lennon
Next Twist And Shout Medley / Russel Lennon
  Total (8 / 14) Lennon: 4
McCartney: 3
Lennon / McCartney: 1
Lennon: 5
McCartney: 3
Harrison: 2
Starr: 1
Lennon / McCartney: 3
 
2 With The Beatles 1963
  Song Main composer Singer
Next Hold Me Tight McCartney McCartney
Next It Won't Be Long Lennon Lennon
Next All My Loving McCartney  McCartney
Next I Wanna Be Your Man Lennon / McCartney Starr
Next Little Child Lennon / McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next All I've Got To Do Lennon Lennon
Next Not A Second Time Lennon Lennon
Next Don't Bother Me Harrison Harrison
Next Roll Over Beethoven Berry Harrison
Next You Really Got A Hold On Me  Robinson Lennon / Harrison
Next Money (That's What I Want) Bradford / Gordy Lennon
Next Devil In Her Heart Drapkin Harrison
Next Till There Was You Wilson McCartney
Next Please Mr Postman Holland / Bateman / Garrett / Dobbins / Gorman Lennon
  Total (8 / 14) Lennon: 3
McCartney: 2
Harrison: 1
Lennon / McCartney: 2
Lennon: 5
McCartney: 3
Harrison: 3
Starr: 1
Lennon / McCartney: 1
Lennon / Harrison: 1
 
3 Long Tall Sally 1964
  Song Main composer Singer
Next Long Tall Sally Johnson / Penniman / Blackwell McCartney
Next I Call Your Name Lennon Lennon
Next Matchbox Perkins Starr
Next Slow Down Williams Lennon
  Total (1 / 4) Lennon: 1 Lennon: 2
McCartney: 1
Starr: 1 
 
4 A Hard Day's Night 1964
  Song Main composer Singer
Next Can't Buy Me Love McCartney McCartney
Next You Can't Do That Lennon Lennon
Next And I Love Her McCartney McCartney
Next I Should Have Known Better Lennon Lennon
Next Tell Me Why  Lennon Lennon
Next If I Fell Lennon Lennon / McCartney
Next I'm Happy Just To Dance With You Lennon Harrison
Next A Hard Day's Night Lennon Lennon / McCartney
Next I'll Cry Instead Lennon Lennon
Next I'll Be Back Lennon Lennon
Next Any Time At All Lennon Lennon
Next Things We Said Today McCartney McCartney
Next When I Get Home Lennon Lennon
  Total (13 / 13) Lennon: 10
McCartney: 3
Lennon: 7
McCartney: 3
Harrison: 1
Lennon / McCartney: 2
 
5 Beatles For Sale 1964
  Song Main composer Singer
Next Baby's In Black Lennon / McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next I'm A Loser Lennon Lennon
Next Every Little Thing Unclear (Lennon or McCartney) Lennon
Next I Don't Want To Spoil The Party Lennon Lennon / Harrison
Next What You're Doing McCartney McCartney
Next No Reply Lennon Lennon
Next Eight Days A Week McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next I'll Follow The Sun McCartney McCartney
Next Mr Moonlight Johnson Lennon
Next Kansas City / Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey Leiber / Stoller / Penniman McCartney
Next Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby Perkins Harrison
Next Rock And Roll Music Berry Lennon
Next Words Of Love Holly Lennon / McCartney
Next Honey Don't Perkins Starr
  Total (7 / 14) Lennon: 3
McCartney: 3
Lennon / McCartney: 1
Lennon: 5
McCartney: 3
Harrison: 1
Starr: 1
Lennon / McCartney: 3
Lennon / Harrison: 1
 
6 Help! 1965
  Song Main composer Singer
Next Ticket To Ride Lennon Lennon
Next Another Girl McCartney McCartney
Next I Need You Harrison Harrison
Next The Night Before McCartney McCartney
Next You Like Me Too Much Harrison Harrison
Next You've Got To Hide Your Love Away Lennon Lennon
Next Tell Me What You See McCartney McCartney
Next You're Going To Lose That Girl Lennon Lennon
Next Help! Lennon Lennon
Next I've Just Seen A Face McCartney McCartney
Next Yesterday  McCartney McCartney
Next It's Only Love Lennon Lennon
Next Dizzy Miss Lizzy Williams Lennon
Next Act Naturally Morrison / Russel Starr
  Total (12 / 14) Lennon: 5
McCartney: 5
Harrison: 2
Lennon: 6
McCartney: 5
Harrison: 2
Starr: 1
 
7 Rubber Soul 1965
  Song Main composer Singer
Next Wait Lennon / McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next Run For Your Life Lennon Lennon
Next Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) Lennon Lennon
Next Drive My Car McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next If I Need Someone  Harrison Harrison
Next In My Life Lennon / McCartney Lennon
Next Nowhere Man Lennon Lennon
Next I'm Looking Through You McCartney McCartney
Next Michelle McCartney McCartney
Next What Goes On Lennon / McCartney Starr
Next Think For Yourself Harrison Harrison
Next The Word Lennon / McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next You Won't See Me McCartney McCartney
Next Girl Lennon Lennon
  Total (14 / 14) Lennon: 4
McCartney: 4
Harrison: 2
Lennon / McCartney: 4
Lennon: 5
McCartney: 3
Harrison: 2
Starr: 1
Lennon / McCartney:3
 
8 Revolver 1966
  Song Main composer Singer
Next Tomorrow Never Knows Lennon Lennon
Next Got To Get You Into My Life McCartney McCartney
Next Love You To Harrison Harrison
Next Doctor Robert Lennon Lennon
Next And Your Bird Can Sing Lennon Lennon
Next Taxman Harrison Harrison
Next I'm Only Sleeping Lennon Lennon
Next Eleanor Rigby McCartney McCartney
Next For No One McCartney McCartney
Next Yellow Submarine McCartney Starr
Next I Want To Tell You Harrison Harrison
Next Good Day Sunshine  McCartney McCartney
Next Here, There And Everywhere McCartney McCartney
Next She Said She Said Lennon Lennon
  Total (14 / 14) Lennon: 5
McCartney: 6
Harrison: 3
Lennon: 5
McCartney: 5
Harrison: 3
Starr: 1
 
9 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967
  Song Main composer Singer
Next When I'm Sixty-Four McCartney McCartney
Next A Day In The Life Lennon / McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band McCartney McCartney
Next Good Morning Good Morning Lennon Lennon
Next Fixing A Hole McCartney McCartney
Next Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite Lennon Lennon
Next Lovely Rita McCartney McCartney
Next Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds Lennon Lennon
Next Getting Better McCartney McCartney
Next Within You Without You Harrison Harrison
Next She's Leaving Home McCartney McCartney
Next With A Little Help From My Friends McCartney Starr
Next Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) McCartney Lennon / McCartney / Harrison / Starr
  Total (13 / 13) Lennon: 3
McCartney: 8
Harrison: 1
Lennon / McCartney: 1
Lennon: 3
McCartney: 6
Harrison: 1
Starr: 1
Lennon / McCartney: 1
Lennon / McCartney / Harrison / Starr: 1
 
10 Magical Mystery Tour 1967
  Song Main composer Singer
Next Magical Mystery Tour McCartney McCartney
Next Your Mother Should Know McCartney McCartney
Next Blue Jay Way Harrison Harrison
Next Flying Harrison / Lennon / McCartney / Starkey Harrison / Lennon / McCartney / Starr
Next The Fool On The Hill McCartney McCartney
Next I Am The Walrus Lennon Lennon
  Total (6 / 6) Lennon: 1
McCartney: 3
Harrison: 1
Harrison / Lennon / McCartney / Starkey: 1
Lennon: 1
McCartney: 3
Harrison: 1
Harrison / Lennon / McCartney / Starr: 1
 
11 The Beatles 1968
  Song Main composer Singer
Next Revolution Lennon Lennon
Next Don't Pass Me By Starkey Starr
Next Revolution #9 Lennon "Instrumental"
Next Blackbird McCartney McCartney
Next Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey Lennon Lennon
Next Good Night Lennon Starr
Next Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da McCartney McCartney
Next Cry Baby Cry Lennon Lennon
Next Helter Skelter McCartney McCartney
Next Sexy Sadie Lennon Lennon
Next While My Guitar Gently Weeps Harrison Harrison
Next Mother Nature's Son McCartney McCartney
Next Yer Blues Lennon Lennon
Next Rocky Raccoon McCartney McCartney
Next Wild Honey Pie McCartney McCartney
Next Back In The USSR McCartney McCartney
Next Dear Prudence Lennon Lennon
Next Glass Onion Lennon Lennon
Next I Will McCartney McCartney
Next Birthday McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next Piggies Harrison Harrison
Next Happiness Is A Warm Gun Lennon Lennon
Next Honey Pie McCartney McCartney
Next Savoy Truffle Harrison Harrison
Next Martha My Dear McCartney McCartney
Next Long Long Long Harrison Harrison
Next I'm So Tired Lennon Lennon
Next The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill Lennon Lennon
Next Why Don't We Do It In The Road? McCartney McCartney
Next Julia Lennon Lennon
  Total (30 / 29) Lennon: 13
McCartney:12
Harrison: 4
Starkey: 1
Lennon: 11
McCartney: 11
Harrison: 4
Starr: 2
Lennon / McCartney: 1
 
12 Yellow Submarine 1969
  Song Main composer Singer
Next Yellow Submarine McCartney Starr
Next Only A Northern Song Harrison Harrison
Next All Together Now McCartney McCartney
Next It's All Too Much Harrison Harrison
Next All You Need Is Love Lennon Lennon
Next Hey Bulldog Lennon / McCartney Lennon
  Total (6 / 6) Lennon: 1
McCartney: 2
Harrison: 2
Lennon / McCartney: 1
Lennon: 2
McCartney: 1
Harrison: 2
Starr: 1
 
13 Abbey Road 1969
  Song Main composer Singer
Next I Want You (She's So Heavy) Lennon Lennon
Next Something Harrison Harrison
Next Oh! Darling McCartney McCartney
Next Octopus's Garden Starkey Starr
Next You Never Give Me Your Money McCartney McCartney
Next Her Majesty McCartney McCartney
Next Golden Slumbers McCartney McCartney
Next Carry That Weight McCartney McCartney
Next Here Comes The Sun Harrison Harrison
Next Maxwell's Silver Hammer McCartney McCartney
Next Come Together Lennon Lennon
Next The End McCartney McCartney
Next Sun King Lennon Lennon
Next Mean Mr Mustard Lennon Lennon
Next Polythene Pam Lennon Lennon
Next She Came In Through The Bathroom Window McCartney McCartney
Next Because Lennon Lennon / McCartney / Harrison
  Total (17 / 17) Lennon: 6
McCartney: 8
Harrison: 2
Starkey: 1
Lennon: 5
McCartney: 8
Harrison: 2
Starr: 1
Lennon / McCartney / Harrison: 1
 
14 Let It Be 1970
  Song Main composer Singer
Next Across The Universe Lennon Lennon
Next Dig A Pony Lennon Lennon
Next I've Got A Feeling Lennon / McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next Get Back McCartney McCartney
Next Two Of Us McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next Maggie Mae Trad. arr. Lennon / McCartney
Next Dig It Lennon Lennon
Next For You Blue Harrison Harrison
Next Let It Be McCartney McCartney
Next The Long And Winding Road McCartney McCartney
Next One After 909 Lennon Lennon / McCartney
Next I Me Mine Harrison Harrison
  Total (11 / 12) Lennon: 4
McCartney: 4
Harrison: 2
Lennon / McCartney: 1
Lennon: 3
McCartney: 3
Harrison: 2
Lennon / McCartney: 4
 
15 Songs not released on LP
  Song Main composer Singer
Next From Me To You, 1963 Lennon / McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next Thank You Girl, 1963 Lennon / McCartney Lennon
Next She Loves You, 1963 Lennon / McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next I'll Get You, 1963 Lennon / McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next I Want To Hold Your Hand, 1963  Lennon / McCartney Lennon / McCartney
Next This Boy, 1963 Lennon Lennon / McCartney / Harrison
Next She's A Woman, 1964 McCartney McCartney
Next I Feel Fine, 1964 Lennon Lennon
Next Yes It Is, 1965 Lennon Lennon
Next I'm Down, 1965 McCartney McCartney
Next Day Tripper, 1965  Lennon Lennon / McCartney
Next We Can Work It Out, 1965 Lennon / McCartney McCartney
Next Paperback Writer, 1966 McCartney McCartney
Next Rain, 1966 Lennon Lennon
Next Strawberry Fields Forever, 1967 Lennon Lennon
Next Penny Lane, 1967 McCartney McCartney
Next Baby, You're A Rich Man, 1967 Lennon Lennon / McCartney
Next Hello, Goodbye, 1967 McCartney McCartney
Next The Inner Light, 1968 Harrison Harrison
Next Lady Madonna, 1968 McCartney McCartney
Next Hey Jude, 1968 McCartney McCartney
Next Don't Let Me Down, 1969 Lennon Lennon
Next The Ballad Of John And Yoko, 1969 Lennon Lennon
Next Old Brown Shoe, 1969 Harrison Harrison
Next You Know My Name (Look Up The Number), 1970  Lennon Lennon / McCartney / Starr
  Total (25 / 25) Lennon: 10
McCartney: 7
Harrison: 2
Lennon / McCartney: 6
Lennon: 7
McCartney: 8
Harrison: 2
Lennon / McCartney: 6
Lennon / McCartney / Harrison: 1
Lennon / McCartney / Starr: 1
 
16 All Songs Total
    Main composer Singer
  Total (183) Lennon: 73
McCartney: 69
Harrison: 22
Starkey: 2
Lennon / McCartney: 17
Lennon: 72
McCartney: 66
Harrison: 28
Starr: 11
Lennon / McCartney: 24
  One song recorded by the Beatles isn't in this list. It is Bad Boy, written by Williams, from the LP A Collection of Beatles Oldies. It was sung by Lennon and is included in the total statistics above. Yellow Submarine is only counted once, even if it appears on two albums. Free As A Bird from 1995 and Real Love from 1996 are both Lennon compositions. They are not included in the statistics. The order of the songs in the list is the same as they were recorded in.
   
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  This document was originally published on Per Myrsten's web site Penny Lane.
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