The longest songs The Beatles ever recorded

The Beatles, a group of young men who embarked on their musical journey in their late teens, profoundly impacted the landscape of popular music. Their ten-year career was marked by remarkable achievements and innovations. They introduced Eastern instruments to Western audiences and ventured into early forms of heavy metal, showcasing their willingness to defy norms and evolve artistically.

Initially, The Beatles covered rhythm and blues and rock and roll tracks, but soon, John Lennon and Paul McCartney emerged as a formidable songwriting duo, crafting some of the most celebrated songs in music history. Their rise to fame, known as Beatlemania, propelled them to global acclaim, prompting them to explore beyond simple, romantic pop songs. Albums like “Rubber Soul” evidenced their musical growth, with tracks like ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’ and ‘Nowhere Man’ illustrating their evolving style and complexity, yet maintaining concise song lengths.

“Revolver” continued this trend, balancing artistic growth with radio-friendly song durations. However, it was in “The White Album” that they released their longest track, ‘Revolution 9’—a sound collage more than a conventional song, born from Lennon’s exposure to avant-garde art, notably influenced by Yoko Ono. Interestingly, McCartney and Starr did not contribute to this track; instead, Lennon, Ono, Harrison, Alistair Taylor, and George Martin crafted it using various effects and samples.

The Beatles’ lengthiest traditional song was ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ from “Abbey Road,” sung by Lennon. Notably, it was the final song the band worked on together in the studio, and at nearly eight minutes, it represents one of their more intense and instrumentally rich offerings.

Beyond these official releases, The Beatles also recorded longer demos and unreleased tracks. ‘Carnival of Light,’ an elusive avant-garde composition, extends to 14 minutes, and a ‘Helter Skelter’ demo reaches an astonishing 27 minutes, showcasing the band’s extensive range and experimental spirit.

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