The Beatles

She Loves You

Composed by John Lennon / Paul McCartney

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"She Loves You" was the song that made Beatlemania a rage in England in late 1963, becoming the most popular single that had ever been issued in Britain up to that time. Although it initially (and inexplicably) flopped in the U.S., it was dusted off a few months later in the wake of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and topped the charts stateside, where it became just as linked to the early Beatles' image as it was in the U.K. From the opening drum roll, "She Loves You" takes no prisoners, immediately charging into its indelible "yeah, yeah, yeah" hook; it was George Martin's successful brainstorm to move the chorus to the very beginning of the song. Although lyrically it was, like most of Lennon-McCartney's early compositions, an elementary boy-girl situation heavy on the pronouns, there was a twist in that it was related in the third person, not the first or second. A small innovation, perhaps, but one that the Beatles were proud of. Instead of telling a girl how much they were in love, they were virtually scolding a friend for throwing away the love of a lifetime. What really won over listeners' hearts, though, were the usual block harmonies, clever alternation of major and minor chords, and particularly the ends of the verses, in which the group simultaneously let out with explosive "woo"s. Lennon and McCartney were also especially proud of ending the choruses (and the song itself) on a sixth chord, which they initially believed had never been done before. It fell to producer George Martin to inform them that others had used it, such as Glenn Miller, but that didn't take away from its freshness in a rock context. Those "yeah, yeah, yeah"s and "woo!"s would annoy many a commentator as infantile when the Beatles first broke big. The kids, of course, knew better and embraced them as positive affirmations of the boundless enthusiasm of youth. Today those commentators are forgotten, and the Beatles' "She Loves You" is still played regularly.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Meet the Beatles! 1964 Universal Music 2:21
The Beatles' Second Album 1964 Capitol 2:19
No Image 1964 Odeon
The Beatles' Million Sellers [EP] 1965 Parlophone
No Image 1966 Parlophone 2:19
1962-1966 1973 Capitol / Universal
No Image 1982 Odeon 2:22
No Image 1984 MGM
Ready Steady Go! 1985 Picture
Past Masters, Vol. 1 1988 Capitol 2:21
Past Masters 1988 EMI 2:21
No Image 1989
Various Artists
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Historia del Rock & Roll, Vol. 9 1991
Various Artists
Orfeon 2:21
The First US Visit [MPI] 1991 MPI Video
No Image 1992 Toshiba EMI
Compact Disc EP Collection 1992 Capitol
CD Singles Collection 1993 EMI Music Distribution 2:21
Complete BBC Sessions 1994 Great Dane Records
Anthology 1 1995 Apple/Capitol 2:50
The Ultimate Box Set 1995 Capitol 2:21
EP Boxset 1999 Parlophone 2:23
Forever Gold 1999 Diamond Recordings 2:24
1 2000
Apple Records
No Image 2001 Odeon Bootleg
Around the World 2003 Import
The Beatles in Washington, D.C., Feb. 11, 1964 [Video] 2003 Music Video Distribution
The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1 2004 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:21
Tribute to the Beatles: The Essential Collection 2006
Various Artists
Audiobiography 2007 Nova / Regeneration
Karaoke Station 2009
Karaoke Station 2:33
The Beatles: Stereo Box Set 2009 EMI 2:18
1962-1970 2010 EMI / Parlophone 2:22
Ed Sullivan Presents: Rock 'N' Roll Revolution 2011
Various Artists
Sofa Entertainment, Inc. / Universal
On Air: Live at the BBC, Vol. 2 2013 Universal
Reflections 2014 Echoes
No Image 2014 Capitol / Universal 2:21
The Beatles in Mono [Vinyl Box Set] 2014 Capitol
1 [Video] 2015 Calderstone / Capitol / Universal
Twist and Shout 2016 Stargrove
Live at the Hollywood Bowl 2016 Capitol 2:27
Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years [Documentary] 2016 Capitol 2:34
No Image
Golden Best 20, Vol. 2 Nihon Audio
No Image
Various Artists
The Beatles & Friends
Various Artists
No Image
Various Artists
Life Music / Time / Time Life / Time/Life Music
No Image Encore Recordings
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