The 100 best Beatles songs – number 26 – If I Fell


At number 26 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest Beatles songs is their 1964 song “If I Fell”. This song, composed by John Lennon, is one of my favourites from this period. It features beautiful 2-part harmonies between Lennon and Paul McCartney in the chorus, and is a poignant love ballad; not particularly characteristic of Lennon’s style of writing. In fact, in a 1980 interview Lennon claimed that it was his first attempt at writing a love ballad. If so, he did a pretty good job!

It was recorded in February 1964, and released as the B-side to the single “And I Love Her” in the USA in July of the same year. In the Disunited Kingdom it only appeared on their third album A Hard Day’s Night, it is the third track on the first side of the album. “If I Fell” was released as…

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