The winner? The psychidelic closer to the Sergeant Pepper's album, "A Day in the Life." Originally banned by the BBC for an on-the-sly drug reference, Rolling Stone placed it at the very top of the band from Liverpool's canon.
Rolling Stone is set to release a special Beatles Top 100 Songs edition of the magazine, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band's final studio release, "Let it Be."
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In the introduction to the list, rock elder statesman Elvis Costello said, "Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison had stunningly high standards as writers."
The No. 2 ranked song on the list is an early pop confection, "I Want to Hold Your Hand." No. 3 is "Strawberry Fields Forever," which was written at the same time as the Sergeant Pepper's tracks but eventually released on the album, "Magical Mystery Tour."