John Lennon Revealed His Favorite Songs From 'A Hard Day's Night'

Friday, February 16, 2024

John Lennon and Paul McCartney worked closely together on 'A Hard Day's Night.' Here are Lennon's favorite songs from the film.

In 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr starred in their first film, A Hard Day’s Night. They acted in the film and wrote music to go with it. While Lennon found some portions of the movie embarrassing, he was happy with the songs he wrote with McCartney. Here are Lennon’s favorite songs from A Hard Day’s Night.

As with most of The Beatles’ early albums, Lennon and McCartney took over songwriting duties. They wrote all 13 tracks on the album together. Lennon said it was a challenge, though they enjoyed working on it.

“Paul and I enjoyed writing the music for the film. There were times when we honestly thought we’d never get the time to write all the material,” Lennon said in The Beatles Anthology. “But we managed to get a couple finished while we were in Paris. And three more completed in America, while we were soaking up the sun on Miami Beach.”

Lennon said he had four favorite songs from the album.

“There are four I really go for: ‘Can’t Buy Me Love,’ ‘If I Fell,’ ‘I Should Have Known Better’ — a song with harmonica we feature during the opening train sequence — and ‘Tell Me Why,’ a shuffle number that comes at the end of the film.”

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