In an alternate universe, the Fab Four would be our overall winners. They lost to Elvis Costello in the semi-finals after an influx of Costello votes from a fan site, and otherwise would likely have won. Had they advanced to the finals, I’d give them pretty good odds against Billy Joel.
And really, how could the Academy of Motion Pictures pass up the opportunity to invite John, Paul, George and Ringo to the ball?
But alas, not one song from my favorite Beatles album managed to score an Oscar nomination.
They were thoroughly depressing.
I know I’ve explored my penchant for the melancholy before, but this exercise really highlighted exactly how morose I really am.
The five songs featured this week will round out my top ten, and next week’s selections will earn honorable mentions.
This is a strong batch of songs. Any one of these — hell, all of them — could have been in the top five.
A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles (1964)
Today’s pick is very similar to yesterday’s in that both are early albums by artists who went on to create much more ambitious and ground-breaking work.
A Hard Day’s Night was the third Beatles album but the first to feature exclusively original material. Billed as the soundtrack to the film of the same name, the album featured all of the new songs in the movie plus additional material written for the film but unused in the final cut.