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The Beatles, “Your Mother Should Know” from Magical Mystery Tour (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Your Mother Should Know” from Magical Mystery Tour (1967): Deep Beatles

“Your Mother Should Know” may not break new musical ground, but it further exemplifies how the Beatles drew from seemingly unlikely sources in their compositions.

The Beatles, “Long, Long, Long,” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Long, Long, Long,” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

The Beatles’ darkly experimental “Long, Long, Long” foreshadows a frequent trope in George Harrison’s solo work: comparing spiritual and romantic love.

The Beatles, “Bad Boy” from Past Masters (1965): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Bad Boy” from Past Masters (1965): Deep Beatles

Like the Beatles’ other covers, Larry Williams’ “Bad Boy” reveals their roots: In this case, rhythm and blues.

The Beatles, “Act Naturally” from Help! (1965): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Act Naturally” from Help! (1965): Deep Beatles

“Act Naturally” came, well, naturally for Ringo Starr. He had flirted with country music long before joining the Beatles.

The Beatles, “Words of Love” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Words of Love” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, particularly John Lennon and Paul McCartney, were avid students of the Texas-born singer-songwriter Buddy Holly.

The Beatles, “Anna (Go to Him)” from Please Please Me (1963): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Anna (Go to Him)” from Please Please Me (1963): Deep Beatles

“Anna (Go to Him)” impacted the Beatles’ songwriting, and Arthur Alexander’s heartfelt vocal style influenced John Lennon’s intensely personal performances.

The Beatles, “Two of Us” from Let It Be (1970): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Two of Us” from Let It Be (1970): Deep Beatles

The Beatles’ “Two of Us” was meant to celebrate Paul McCartney’s new romance with Linda Eastman, but it also summarized his partnership with John Lennon.

The Beatles, “Yes It Is” from Past Masters (1965): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Yes It Is” from Past Masters (1965): Deep Beatles

Arguably one of the Beatles’ best B-sides, “Yes It Is” features sophisticated wordplay, deeply reflective lyrics, and unusual chord changes.

The Beatles, “Sexy Sadie” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Sexy Sadie” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

The Beatles’ controversial visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi inspired one of the most bitter John Lennon compositions.

The Beatles, “Only a Northern Song” from Yellow Submarine (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Only a Northern Song” from Yellow Submarine (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles’ “Only a Northern Song” may be “a little dark and out of key,” as George Harrison proclaims, but only in the most intriguing sense.

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