Saturday, September 12, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 15. The ballad of John and Yoko (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 #15, we find the Beatles once more, with The ballad of John and Yoko (#1 in 1969). John's autobiographical rocker is perhaps the most underrated song of the Beatles - even though it made #1 in the UK. The USA's response to this single - never included on a regular album - was lukewarm, most likely because radio stations did not like the comparison to Christ, coming only a few years after Lennon's infamous statement that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Some stations did play the song, but with "Christ" bleeped out.... I have always liked the song, with its lyrics that seem to come straight from newspaper reports about their marriage. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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