From time to time, I find myself organizing Beatles songs chronologically. This is a bit tricky, since the songs were released in three different formats — singles, EPs, and LPs — and released on different dates in the U.S.A. and the U.K. The singles and EPs appear on the Past Master collection, and the chronology isn’t obvious.
If you want an example of how convoluted the release dates can get, consider Magical Mystery Tour. It was released in the U.K. as a double EP on Dec. 8, 1967; but in fact it came out first (Nov. 27) in the U.S.A., as an LP. But four of the songs included on the U.S. LP (“All You Need Is Love / Baby You’re A Rich Man” and “Hello Goodbye / I Am The Walrus”) were released earlier still as singles in the U.K.; and those songs were not included in the U.K. EP.
In the U.K., most of the singles were not included on the LPs. I find it interesting to know that, for example, “We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper” belongs with Rubber Soul; and “Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane” with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Here, mostly for my own future reference, is a chronological list based on release date (rather than the alternative option, recording date).
Singles are in quotation marks; EPs, in italics; LPs, in bold.
Songs which were included on an LP are listed only if the single came out first.
Unless otherwise indicated, I use the British release dates. The U.S. release dates are used where (a) the single was released only in the U.S.A.; and (b) the single appeared before the same track appeared on an LP.
|Year||Single / EP / LP||Release Date|
|1962||“Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You”||Oct. 5|
|1963||“Please Please Me / Ask Me Why”
Please Please Me
“From Me To You / Thank You Girl”
“She Loves You / I’ll Get You”
With The Beatles
“I Want To Hold Your Hand / This Boy”
|1964||“Can’t Buy Me Love / You Can’t Do That”
Long Tall Sally / I Call Your Name /
Slow Down / Match Box
A Hard Day’s Night
“I Feel Fine / She’s A Woman”
Beatles For Sale
|1965||“Ticket To Ride / Yes It Is”
“Help! / I’m Down”
“We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper”
|1966||“Paperback Writer / Rain”
“Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby”
|1967||“Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane”
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
“All You Need Is Love / Baby You’re A Rich Man”
“Hello Goodbye / I Am The Walrus”
Magical Mystery Tour
Nov. 27 (U.S.)
|1968||“Lady Madonna / The Inner Light”
“Hey Jude / Revolution”
The Beatles (aka The White Album)
“Get Back / Don’t Let Me Down”
“The Ballad of John and Yoko / Old Brown Shoe”
|1970||“Let It Be / You Know My Name (Look Up The #)”
“The Long and Winding Road / For You Blue”
Let It Be
May 11 (U.S.)