The catalogue of The Beatles is undoubtedly one of the most impressive in musical history. But what were John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr’s favourite Beatles album?
John Lennon’s favourite Beatles album:
In a 1971 interview Lennon, never afraid to speak his mind, suggested that Paul never liked The White Album because the band members were all following their own talents and doing their own songs—not working as a group. “[Paul] wanted it to be more a group thing, which really means more Paul. So he never liked that album.”
In the same interview John, proclaimed The White Album to be his favourite. He said, “I always preferred it to all the other albums, including Pepper, because I thought the music was better. The Pepper myth is bigger, but the music on the White Album is far superior, I think.”
Paul McCartney’s favourite Beatles album:
In 1991, Paul suggests that he had a love for all the albums they made together but his favourite was the iconic 1967 concept album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The singer revealed it was the concept that he feels was really engaging. He said: “I’d pick Sgt. Pepper’s, meself, because I had a lot to do with it.” “It wasn’t entirely my idea but to get us away from being ‘The Beatles’ I had this idea that we should pretend we’re this other group”. He reiterates that he’d prefer not to choose just one but “I’d choose that if I had to.”
George Harrison’s favourite Beatles album:
Like John, George was not a fan of Sgt. Pepper. He said: “It became an assembly process—just little parts and then overdubbing,” he felt they had lost the edge that came with live performances.
“Rubber Soul was my favourite album,” he once revealed on reflection. “Even at that time, I think that it was the best one we made,” he said when reflecting on the iconic record in the ’90s.
He wistfully recalled, “The most important thing about it was that we were suddenly hearing sounds we weren’t able to hear before. Also, we were being more influenced by other people’s music and everything was blossoming at that time—including us.”
Ringo Star’s favourite Beatles album:
Abbey Road. – the Abbey Road Medley. He said: “The second side of Abbey Road is my favourite,” “I love it.”
Ringo felt they offered a sense of the band’s talent. “‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,’ and all those bits that weren’t songs … I mean, they were just all the bits that John and Paul had around that we roped together.”
It remains today as the favourite piece of music for Ringo.