25 of The Beatles Top Singles


"Hey Jude" (1968)

Even though the lyrics don't exactly make sense, even though the song in its original version is more than seven minutes long, and even though it's technically a song about divorce, the song is beloved by many people. Written by Paul for John's son Julian during his parents' divorce, "Hey Jude" stayed at number one on U.S. charts for nine weeks, a record for any Beatles song. Across the pond, the full-length version of the song peaked at number one for two weeks.