Main composer of the Beatles songs

By Per Myrsten, Sweden

Here's a list of all songs recorded by The Beatles. Instead of the classic Lennon/McCartney you can see who the main composer of each song is.

You can also see who sung the songs.
 
Please Please Me 1963
Song Main composer Singer
Love Me Do McCartney Lennon/McCartney
P.S. I Love You McCartney McCartney
Please Please Me Lennon Lennon/McCartney
Ask Me Why Lennon Lennon
There´s a Place Lennon Lennon
I Saw Her Standing There McCartney McCartney
Do You Want to Know a Secret Lennon Harrison
Misery Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
A Taste of Honey Scott/Marlow McCartney
Anna (Go to Him) Alexander Lennon
Boys Dixon/Farrell Starr
Chains Goffin/King Harrison
Baby It´s You David/Williams/Bacharach Lennon
Twist and Shout Medley/Russel Lennon
Total Lennon: 4 
McCartney: 3 
L/M: 1
Lennon: 5 
McCartney: 3 
Harrison: 2 
Starr: 1 
L/M: 3
 

With The Beatles 1963
Song Main composer Singer
Hold Me Tight McCartney McCartney
It Won´t Be Long Lennon Lennon
All My Loving McCartney  McCartney
I Wanna Be Your Man Lennon/McCartney Starr
Little Child Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
All I´ve Got to Do Lennon Lennon
Not a Second Time Lennon Lennon
Don´t Bother Me Harrison Harrison
Roll Over Beethoven Berry Harrison
You Really Got a Hold on Me  Robinson Lennon/Harrison
Money (That´s What I Want) Bradford/Gordy Lennon
Devil in Her Heart Drapkin Harrison
Till There Was You Wilson McCartney
Please Mr Postman Holland/Bateman/Garrett/ 
Dobbins/Gorman
Lennon
Total Lennon: 3 
McCartney: 2 
Harrison: 1 
L/M: 2
Lennon: 5 
McCartney: 3 
Harrison: 3 
Starr: 1 
L/M: 1 
L/H: 1



Long Tall Sally 1964
Song Main composer Singer
Long Tall Sally Johnson/Penniman/ 
Blackwell
McCartney
I Call Your Name Lennon Lennon
Matchbox Perkins Starr
Slow Down Williams Lennon
Total Lennon: 1 Lennon: 2 
McCartney: 1 
Starr: 1
A Hard Day's Night 1964
Song Main composer Singer
Can´t Buy Me Love McCartney McCartney
You Can´t Do That Lennon Lennon
And I Love Her McCartney McCartney
I Should Have Known Better Lennon Lennon
Tell Me Why  Lennon Lennon
If I fell Lennon Lennon/McCartney
I´m Happy Just to Dance With You Lennon Harrison
A Hard Day´s Night Lennon Lennon/McCartney
I´ll Cry Instead Lennon Lennon
I´ll Be Back Lennon Lennon
Any Time at All Lennon Lennon
Things We Said Today McCartney McCartney
When I Get Home Lennon Lennon
Total Lennon: 10 
McCartney: 3
Lennon: 7 
McCartney: 3 
Harrison: 1 
L/M: 2



Beatles For Sale 1964
Song Main composer Singer
Baby´s in Black Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
I´m a Loser Lennon Lennon
Every Little Thing McCartney Lennon
I Don´t Want to Spoil the Party Lennon Lennon/Harrison
What You´re Doing McCartney McCartney
No Replay Lennon Lennon
Eight Days a Week McCartney Lennon/McCartney
I´ll Follow the Sun McCartney McCartney
Mr Moonlight Johnson Lennon
Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey Leiber/Stoller/Penniman McCartney
Everybody´s Trying to Be My Baby Perkins Harrison
Rock and Roll Music Berry Lennon
Words of Love Holly Lennon/McCartney
Honey Don´t Perkins Starr
Total Lennon: 3 
McCartney: 3 
L/M: 1
Lennon: 5 
McCartney: 3 
Harrison: 1 
Starr: 1 
L/M: 3 
L/H: 1



Help! 1965
Song Main composer Singer
Ticket to Ride Lennon Lennon
Another Girl McCartney McCartney
I Need You Harrison Harrison
The Night Before McCartney McCartney
You Like Me Too Much Harrison Harrison
You´ve Got to Hide Your Love Away Lennon Lennon
Tell Me What You See McCartney McCartney
You´re Going to Lose That Girl Lennon Lennon
Help! Lennon Lennon
I´ve Just Seen a Face McCartney McCartney
Yesterday  McCartney McCartney
It´s Only Love Lennon Lennon
Dizzy Miss Lizzy Williams Lennon
Act Naturally Morrison/Russel Starr
Total Lennon: 5 
McCartney: 5 
Harrison: 2
Lennon: 6 
McCartney: 5 
Harrison: 2 
Starr: 1
 

Rubber Soul 1965
Song Main composer Singer
Wait Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
Run for Your Life Lennon Lennon
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) Lennon Lennon
Drive My Car McCartney Lennon/McCartney
If I Need Someone  Harrison Harrison
In My Life Lennon/McCartney Lennon
Nowhere Man Lennon Lennon
I´m Looking Through You McCartney McCartney
Michelle McCartney McCartney
What Goes On Lennon/McCartney Starr
Think for Yourself Harrison Harrison
The Word Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
You Won´t See Me McCartney McCartney
Girl Lennon Lennon
Total Lennon: 4 
McCartney: 4 
Harrison: 2 
L/M: 4
Lennon: 5 
McCartney: 3 
Harrison: 2 
Starr: 1 
L/M:3



Revolver 1966
Song Main composer Singer
Tomorrow Never Knows Lennon Lennon
Got to Get You Into My Life McCartney McCartney
Love You to Harrison Harrison
Doctor Robert Lennon Lennon
And Your Bird Can Sing Lennon Lennon
Taxman Harrison Harrison
I´m Only Sleeping Lennon Lennon
Eleanor Rigby McCartney McCartney
For No One McCartney McCartney
Yellow Submarine McCartney Starr
I Want to Tell You Harrison Harrison
Good Day Sunshine  McCartney McCartney
Here, There and Everywhere McCartney McCartney
She Said She Said Lennon Lennon
Total Lennon: 5 
McCartney: 6 
Harrison: 3
Lennon: 5 
McCartney: 5 
Harrison: 3 
Starr: 1



Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967
Song Main composer Singer
When I´m 64 McCartney McCartney
A Day in the Life Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
Sgt. Pepper´s Lonely Hearts Club Band McCartney McCartney
Good Morning Good Morning Lennon Lennon
Fixing a Hole McCartney McCartney
Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite Lennon Lennon
Lovely Rita McCartney McCartney
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Lennon Lennon
Getting Better McCartney McCartney
Within You Without You Harrison Harrison
She´s Leaving Home McCartney McCartney
With a Little Help From My Friends McCartney Starr
Sgt. Pepper´s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) McCartney Lennon/McCartney/ 
Harrison/Starr
Total Lennon: 3 
McCartney: 8 
Harrison: 1 
L/M: 1
Lennon: 3 
McCartney: 6 
Harrison: 1 
Starr: 1 
L/M: 1 
L/M/H/S: 1



Magical Mystery Tour 1967
Låt Huvudkompositör Sångare
Magical Mystery Tour McCartney McCartney
Your Mother Should Know McCartney McCartney
Blue Jay Way Harrison Harrison
Flying Harrison/Lennon/ 
McCartney/Starkey
Harrison/Lennon/ 
McCartney/Starr
The Fool on the Hill McCartney McCartney
I Am the Walrus Lennon Lennon
Total Lennon: 1 
McCartney: 3 
Harrison: 1 
H/L/M/S: 1
Lennon: 1 
McCartney: 3 
Harrison: 1 
H/L/M/S: 1



The Beatles 1968
Song Main composer Singer
Revolution 1 Lennon Lennon
Don´t Pass Me By Starkey Starr
Revolution 9 Lennon "Instrumental"
Blackbird McCartney McCartney
Everybody´s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey Lennon Lennon
Good Night Lennon Starr
Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da McCartney McCartney
Cry Baby Cry Lennon Lennon
Helter Skelter McCartney McCartney
Sexy Sadie Lennon Lennon
While My Guitar Gently Weeps Harrison Harrison
Mother Nature´s Son McCartney McCartney
Yer Blues Lennon Lennon
Rocky Raccoon McCartney McCartney
Wild Honey Pie McCartney McCartney
Back in the USSR McCartney McCartney
Dear Prudence Lennon Lennon
Glass Onion Lennon Lennon
I Will McCartney McCartney
Birthday McCartney Lennon/McCartney
Piggies Harrison Harrison
Happiness is a Warm Gun Lennon Lennon
Honey Pie McCartney McCartney
Savoy Truffle Harrison Harrison
Martha My Dear McCartney McCartney
Long Long Long Harrison Harrison
I´m So Tired Lennon Lennon
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill Lennon Lennon
Why Don´t We Do It in the Road? McCartney McCartney
Julia Lennon Lennon
Total Lennon: 13 
McCartney:12 
Harrison: 4 
Starkey: 1
Lennon: 11 
McCartney: 11 
Harrison: 4 
Starr: 2 
L/M: 1



Yellow Submarine 1969
Song Main composer Singer
Yellow Submarine McCartney Starr
Only a Nothern Song Harrison Harrison
All Together Now McCartney McCartney
It´s All Too Much Harrison Harrison
All You Need is Love Lennon Lennon
Hey Bulldog Lennon/McCartney Lennon
Total Lennon: 1 
McCartney: 2 
Harrison: 2 
L/M: 1
Lennon: 2 
McCartney: 1 
Harrison: 2 
Starr: 1

Abbey Road 1969
Song Main composer Singer
I Want You (She´s So Heavy) Lennon Lennon
Something Harrison Harrison
Oh! Darling McCartney McCartney
Octopus´s Garden Starkey Starr
You Never Give Me Your Money McCartney McCartney
Her Majesty McCartney McCartney
Golden Slumbers McCartney McCartney
Carry That Weight McCartney McCartney
Here Comes the Sun Harrison Harrison
Maxwell´s Silver Hammer McCartney McCartney
Come Together Lennon Lennon
The End McCartney McCartney
Sun King Lennon Lennon
Mean Mr Mustard Lennon Lennon
Polythene Pam Lennon Lennon
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window McCartney McCartney
Because Lennon Lennon/McCartney/Harrison
Total Lennon: 6 
McCartney: 8 
Harrison: 2 
Starkey: 1
Lennon: 5 
McCartney: 8 
Harrison: 2 
Starr: 1 
L/M/H: 1



Let It Be 1970
Song Main composer Singer
Across the Universe Lennon Lennon
Dig a Ponny Lennon Lennon
I´ve Got a Feeling Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
Get Back McCartney McCartney
Two of Us McCartney Lennon/McCartney
Maggie Mae Trad. arr. Lennon/McCartney
Dig It Lennon Lennon
For You Blue Harrison Harrison
Let It Be McCartney McCartney
The Long and Winding Road McCartney McCartney
One After 909 Lennon Lennon/McCartney
I Me Mine Harrison Harrison
Total Lennon: 4 
McCartney: 4 
Harrison: 2 
L/M: 1
Lennon: 3 
McCartney: 3 
Harrison: 2 
L/M: 4



Songs not released on LP
Song Main composer Singer
From Me to You, 1963 Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
Thank You Girl, 1963 Lennon/McCartney Lennon
She Loves You, 1963 Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
I´ll Get You, 1963 Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
I Want to Hold Your Hand, 1963  Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
This Boy, 1963 Lennon Lennon/McCartney/Harrison
She´s a Woman, 1964 McCartney McCartney
I Feel Fine, 1964 Lennon Lennon
Yes it is, 1965 Lennon Lennon
I´m Down, 1965 McCartney McCartney
Day Tripper, 1965  Lennon Lennon/McCartney
We Can Work It Out, 1965 Lennon/McCartney McCartney
Paperback Writer, 1966 McCartney McCartney
Rain, 1966 Lennon Lennon
Strawberry Fields Forever, 1967 Lennon Lennon
Penny Lane, 1967 McCartney McCartney
Baby, You´re a Rich Man, 1967 Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
Hello, Goodbye, 1967 McCartney McCartney
The Inner Light, 1968 Harrison Harrison
Lady Madonna, 1968 McCartney McCartney
Hey Jude, 1968 McCartney McCartney
Don´t Let Me Down, 1969 Lennon Lennon
The Ballad of John and Yoko, 1969 Lennon Lennon
Old Brown Shoe, 1969 Harrison Harrison
You Know My Name (Look up the Number), 1970  Lennon Lennon/McCartney/Starr
Total Lennon: 9 
McCartney: 7 
Harrison: 2 
L/M: 7
Lennon: 7 
McCartney: 8 
Harrison: 2 
L/M: 6 
L/M/H: 1 
L/M/S: 1

Main composer Singer
All songs, total Lennon: 72 
McCartney: 70 
Harrison: 22 
Starkey: 2 
L/M: 18
Lennon: 72 
McCartney: 66 
Harrison: 28 
Starr: 11 
L/M: 24

One song recorded by The Beatles isn't in this list. It is Bad Boy, written by Williams, from the LP A Collection of Beatles Oldies. It was sung by Lennon and is included in the total satistics ahead. Yellow Submarine is only counted once, even if it appears on two albums. Free as a Bird from 1995 and Real Love from 1996 are both Lennon compositions. They are not included in the statistics. The order of the songs in the list is the same as they were recorded in.






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