The Beatles have the most acclaimed and widely beloved catalog in the history of rock music, so any list counting down the group’s best tunes is likely to stir up some controversy among fans. Rolling Stone‘s list of the Beatles’ 100 Greatest Songs, though, isn’t necessarily intended to upset anyone, though we welcome some friendly debate. This list is a celebration of the band’s astonishing and varied body of work, and though it’d be nice if every song came in at Number One, that wouldn’t be as fun, would it?
The list, which features an introduction by Beatles mega-fan Elvis Costello, includes a mix of songs from every phase of their career, from their early British Invasion days on through their psychedelic period and their return to straight-ahead rock music in their final months together. Each song is accompanied by a bit of commentary that puts the tune into context, and offers some insight into its greatness.