Saturday, April 18, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 36. Yesterday (Beatles)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #36, we find Yesterday by the Beatles  (#1 in 1965), the most covered song of the twentieth century bar none. Hardly any song has suffered so much from over-exposure, and it makes it easy to forget how experimental this song was for its time. Sure, a nice ballad, been there done that, but producer George Martin deserves all the credit for realizing that the song cried out for a totally different instrumentation than the standard Beatles guitar-driven combo. It was still a big leap from there to the wonderful and brilliant choice of a string quartet! Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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