21M.299 | Fall 2017 | Undergraduate

The Beatles

Reading and Listening

[Davies] = Hunter Davies, The Beatles, New York: Norton, 2009. ISBN: 978-0393338744.

The Beatles Anthology, San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2000.

The Beatles: Complete Scores; Every Song Written & Recorded by the Beatles. Hal Leonard (2nd Edition), 1993. ISBN: 978-0793518326.

Week Topics Reading and Listening Analysis Topics

Intro and Meet the Beatles

1963: Please, Please Me

No readings None
II 1963: With the Beatles

[Davies] p. 1–53

Album: With the Beatles

“I Saw Her Standing There”


“Ask Me Why”

“Please, Please Me”

“Love Me Do”

“Roll Over Beethoven”

“Twist and Shout”

III 1964: A Hard Day’s Night

[Davies] p. 54–111

Album: A Hard Day’s Night

“A Hard Day’s Night”

“I’m Happy Just to Dance with You”

“And I Love Her”

“Tell Me Why”

“Can’t Buy Me Love”

“Anytime at All”

“I’ll Cry Instead”

IV 1964: Beatles for Sale

[Davies] p. 112–158

Album: Beatles for Sale

“No Reply”

“I’m a Loser”

“Baby’s in Black”

“I’ll Follow the Sun”

“Eight Days a Week”

“Kansas City”

“Rock and Roll Music”

V Beatles in the News and on the Screen [Davies] p. 159–198 None
VI 1965: Help!

[Davies] p. 199–206

Album: Help!


“You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”

“I Need You”

“Ticket to Ride”

“You’re Going to Lose that Girl”


“Act Naturally”

VII 1965: Rubber Soul

[Davies] p. 207–215

Album: Rubber Soul

“Drive My Car”

“Norwegian Wood”

“Nowhere Man”

“The Word”

“What Goes On”

“In My Life”

“Run for Your Life”

VIII 1966: Revolver

[Davies] p. 227–238

Album: Revolver


“Eleanor Rigby”

“Here, There and Everywhere”

“Yellow Submarine”

“Good Day Sunshine”

“Got to Get You into My Life”

“Tomorrow Never Knows”


Magical Mystery Tour

1967: Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

[Davies] p. 239–260

Album: Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”

“Getting Better”

“She’s Leaving Home”

“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”

“Within You, Without You”

“When I’m Sixty-four”

“A Day in the Life”


1968: The Beatles

[Davies] p. 261–284

Album: The Beatles

“Back in the U.S.S.R.”

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

“Martha My Dear”


“Honey Pie”

“Cry Baby Cry”

“Revolution 1”


1969: Yellow Submarine

[Davies] p. 285–339

Album: Yellow Submarine

“Yellow Submarine”

“Only a Northern Song”

“Hey Bulldog”

“All You Need is Love”


“Sea of Time”

“March of the Meanies”


1969: Abbey Road

[Davies] p. 339–379

Album: Abbey Road

“Come Together”

“Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”

“Octopus’s Garden”

“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”

“Here Comes the Sun”

“You Never Give Me Your Money”

“The End”


1970: Let It Be

[Davies] p. ix–lxxx

Album: Let It Be

“Two of Us”

“Dig It”

“Let It Be”

“Maggie May”

“I’ve Got a Feeling”

“The Long and Winding Road”

“Get Back”


Paper discussion

No readings None
XV Wrap-up and evaluations No readings None

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