The Beatles

She Loves You

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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 Capitol 0:00
The Beatles' Second Album 1964 Capitol 2:25
A Hard Day's Night [Film] 1964 MPI Home Video
No Image 1964 Odeon
The Beatles' Million Sellers [EP] 1965 Parlophone
No Image 1966 Parlophone 2:19
1962-1966 1973 Capitol / Parlophone 2:22
No Image 1982 Odeon 2:22
No Image 1984
Various Artists
MGM / UA
No Image 1984 MGM
Past Masters, Vol. 1 1988 Capitol 2:21
Past Masters 1988 Apple Records / Capitol 2:21
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Pioneer
No Image 1991
Various Artists
RCA
Historia del Rock & Roll, Vol. 9 1991
Various Artists
Orfeon 2:21
The First US Visit [MPI] 1991 MPI Home Video 0:00
Compact Disc EP Collection 1992 Apple Records
CD Singles Collection 1993 Capitol 0:17
Anthology 1 1995 Apple / Capitol 2:50
The Ultimate Box Set 1995 Capitol 2:21
EP Boxset 1999 Parlophone 2:23
1 2000
1
Capitol 2:21
No Image 2001 Odeon Bootleg
The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1 2004 Capitol / EMI Records 2:28
The Beatles: Stereo Box Set 2009 Capitol 2:21
The Beatles USB 2009 Capitol / EMI 2:21
1962-1970 2010 EMI / Parlophone 2:22
The U.S. Albums 2014 Capitol / Universal 2:25
No Image
No Image Encore Recordings