The Beatles have undoubtedly earned themselves a spot amongst all time music royalty. Immensely popular and with an appeal that spans generations and continents, this online Beatles lyrics quiz is perfect for all fans. The band did not just gain popularity through their diverse musical styles. The Beatles managed to continuously evolve in terms of their lyrics too, as this quiz shows.
This online Beatles quiz does look at some of the more popular lyrics and ones which will stick in the memory of casual listeners, but it does offer a challenge to the die-hard fans too. Ranging from their early work through to tracks from Abbey Road and Let It Be, can you match every set of lyrics to the track in this online Beatles quiz? Take the quiz below to find out.
'For well you know that it's a fool who plays it cool, By making his world a little colder.'
These are lyrics from the song Hey Jude. The song was written by Paul McCartney and was in fact the first single to be released on the Apple record label. The song reached number one in virtually all of the countries in which it was released.
'You know you look so good, you know you got me goin' now, just like I know you would.'
Twist and Shout is the correct answer here. The song was of course a cover, and was written by Bert Berns and Phil Medley. The song enjoyed some success through versions recorded by the Isley Brothers and the Who, however The Beatles undoubtedly recorded the most famous version of the song as part of their debut album.
'Jojo left his home in Tucson, Arizona, for some California grass.'
An original composition, Get Back was written by McCartney. There were multiple versions of the song released, the first being in 1969. The album version with which many people are more familiar with was included on Let It Be.
'Well, my heart went "boom" when I crossed that room, and I held her hand in mine.'
I Saw Her Standing There is the answer to this one. If you listen to The Beatles studio albums chronologically, this will in fact be the first song you hear, as it features as the opening track to Please Please Me. The song has stood the test of time and remains one of the Fab Four’s most popular early tracks.
'The sun is up, the sky is blue. It's beautiful and so are you.'
Written about Prudence Farrow, sister to Mia, the answer is Dear Prudence. The song was composed predominantly by John Lennon and was written in Rishikesh in India during the band’s meditative trip to the country. The song’s verses have almost a hypnotic feel, which is ironic as the song was written to encourage Prudence to take a break from her meditation.
'Oh, show me round your snow peaked mountain way down south...'
Another track from the white album, and back in the U.S.S.R is the correct answer here. The song was actually recorded without the steady beat of Ringo, who had quit the band temporarily at the time. The song is the opener of the White Album, and amongst the most popular on the album.
'The newspapers said "say what're you doing in bed".'
The answer is The Ballad of John and Yoko. Unlike many of the Beatles’ later songs which employed titles which left a lot to the imagination, this track is self-explanatory in terms of what it is describing. Describing John’s relationship with Yoko Ono, The Ballad of John and Yoko was recorded in April 1969 and released a month later.
'Many times I've been alone, and many times I've cried.'
The Long and Winding Road was the last single released by The Beatles, and is a fitting title for a track which bears this honour. The song was recorded in early 1969, and the single featured ‘For You Blue’ as the B-Side.
'Now they're frightened of leaving it, everyone's weaving it.'
This is another song which featured on Let It Be, this time the correct answer is I Me Mine. The song was written by George Harrison, and the composition of this song does resemble Harrison’s famous guitar led tracks. George obviously felt an affinity to this song, as he named his autobiography 'I, Me, Mine' too.
'Think of what you're saying. You can get it wrong and still you think that it's alright.'
We Can Work It Out is the track you were looking for here. The song won an Ivor Novello Award for top selling A-side single of the year in 1965. Interestingly, ‘We Can Work It Out’ alongside ‘Day Tripper’ was the first time two singles were both noted as A sides on a vinyl.
'Your day breaks, your mind aches. There will be times when all the things she said will fill your head.'
Another McCartney song, this track was recorded in 1966 and combines McCartney’s ability to combine strong uplifting melodies with deep and somewhat sombre lyrics. The song was written under the working title of ‘Why Did It Die?’ and featured in the album Revolver.
'When the sun shines they slip into the shade (When the sun shines down.)'
This time the answer is a B-Side; Rain. The song featured alongside Paperback Writer as a single, the song was very innovative in some ways. For example, it is noted as the first time in a pop song that a reversed sound was used. This technique gained popularity not only through The Beatles, as it was of course utilised by greats like Jimi Hendrix.
'I begged her not to go and I begged her on my bended knees, You're only fooling around, you're fooling around with me.'
Perhaps one of the most underappreciated tracks from Let It Be, these lyrics belong to the track ‘One After 909’. Lennon said of the title "That was something I wrote when I was about seventeen. I lived at 9 Newcastle Road. I was born on the ninth of October. It's just a number that follows me around, but, numerologically, apparently I'm a number six or a three or something, but it's all part of nine."
'She's the kind of a girl that makes the "News of the World"'.
The final set of lyrics are from the track Polythene Pam. The tongue-in-cheek track displays the band’s ability to mix humour with melody, and was featured on the album Abbey Road. The song was again written by John Lennon during his time in India and was recorded in late July, 1969.
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