64. The Beatles, 'She Loves You'
Writers: John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Released: Sept. '63, Swan
15 weeks; No. 1
Lennon and McCartney began writing this song on a tour van, and George Harrison dreamed up the harmonies, which Martin found "corny." The band overruled Martin on the harmonies, but they took his suggestion to kick off the song with the jubilant chorus. When McCartney's father heard the song, he said, "Son, there are enough Americanisms around. Couldn't you sing, 'Yes, yes, yes,' just for once?" McCartney said, "You don't understand, Dad. It wouldn't work."
Appears on: The Beatles 1 (Capitol/Apple)