Stars' favorite Beatles songs: Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Diddy, Lady Antebellum and many more reveal their picks for iTunes

BEATLESImage Credit: Popperfoto/Getty ImagesEveryone loves the Beatles — even postmillennial pop stars like Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. iTunes recently asked those two and 30 other present-day artists, many of whom were born long after Abbey Road, to name their favorite Beatles tunes and explain why. The results, posted today on iTunes, are a cool window into Beatles fandom among today’s young and famous.

A few notable examples: Perry picked “Happiness is a Warm Gun,” an edgy choice that instantly raised her in my estimation. Bieber chose the slightly more predictable “Let It Be,” saying that it “has taught me to accept the hard times in my life.” Ke$ha is feeling “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (“It’s what pop music should be”). Coldplay collectively digs “Something,” because “just when you thought Lennon and McCartney couldn’t get any better, Harrison comes along and writes the best song of the lot.” Lady Antebellum feel that “Across the Universe” is “probably the most melodic Beatles song.” The Roots’ ?uestlove pays savvy tribute to “Lovely Rita.” The ladies and gentleman of Diddy-Dirty Money love “Yesterday,” though I am not 100% convinced that they didn’t just say that because their own new album includes an unrelated track also called “Yesterday.” Trey Songz raves about “If I Fell” (“The harmonies are craaaazy!!”). Those jokers in the Lonely Island give top honors to “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road,” calling it “a query, repeated 15-fold, that we like to imagine ended in a beautiful, albeit likely uncomfortable, act of love.” Indeed.

The whole list is well worth reading for insight into these stars’ and others’ favorite Beatles songs. Check it out at iTunes and let us know: Whose favorite Beatles song impressed you the most?

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  • Miss Talk

    My favorite is “Hello Goodbye” !

  • Carrie #2

    I think Miranda Cosgrove’s pick of “I’m Looking Through You” is pretty cool and unexpected. This list is really interesting!

    • Carrie #2

      Oh, and my favorite Beatles songs are Yesterday (duh, greatest song of all time, pretty much) and If I Fell (but truth be told I like the Across the Universe version better).

      • Tag

        The “Across the Universe” versions of “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “Let It Be” are amazing too. I also get a rush from Evan Rachel Wood singing “It Won’t Be Long.”

    • Casey

      I always thought “I’m Looking Through You” and “If I Fell” were underrated (if there is such a thing) songs by them. As for picking one favorite, heck I can’t even pick a favorite album by them let alone one song.

    • gates

      how is that “unexpected”. i don’t know anybody who doesn’t adore that song

      • gates


  • RJF

    I love every single Beatles song but the one that pulls at my heartstrings everytime is “Here Comes the Sun”

  • M

    Eleanor Rigby-I love the cello in it.

  • Stevie

    Katy Perrys choice of Happiness is a Warm Gun surprised me; it really is a great song. My favorite beatles song would have to be Blackbird.

    • Chelsea

      I was about to write almost exactly the same comment.

  • The Man

    For me, it’s a three-way tie. “Strawberry Fields Forever”, from the Magical Mystery Tour album, is a wonderfully psychedelic reflection on John’s younger days. A more ballad-like view of his youth can be heard on “In My Life”, off of the Rubber Soul album. And finally, “A Day in the Life”, off of the Sgt. Pepper’s album, a truly epic masterpiece from history’s greatest rock and roll band.

    • Jessica

      A Day In The Life is one of my favorites, I think it is because it like multiple songs in one.

  • Bedc01

    My favorite Beatles song is Strawberry Fields Forever… Favorite love song though: Here, there, and everywhere

    • Elizabeth

      Strawberry Fields Forever I could listen to over and over. Although In My Life makes me cry everytime.

  • iva

    Katy got some serious props for this!

    I’ve had several different Beatles phases with different lead songs. Ranges from Penny Lane to Across the universe .. Come together and finally Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

  • dipshat

    My favorite (and underdog)is ‘for no one.’ It’s haunting but also quite upbeat. Definitely best Paul song.

    • Garry

      “For No One” is upbeat? It’s the greatest song ever written about the lingering pain after a break-up, and it’s probably Paul’s best song, but how is it upbeat?

  • Anonymous

    I like ‘Back in the USSR’ the most

  • Hans M.

    “Tomorrow Never Knows” is one of my all-time faves. The layers of sound is definitive dream-pop.

    • Hans M.

      Oh, and some great cover versions exist, from the Chameleons UK to Phil Collins.

    • geekgirl71

      “Tomorrow Never Knows” is my favorite as well. Never fails to put a smile on my face (but that can be said for most of their songs).

  • Annie

    My favorites are Dear Prudence and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

  • Lisa Simpson

    My faves (so hard to choose): In My Life, If I Fell, Ticket to Ride, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, A Day in the Life, Starwberry Fields Forever, Blackbird, Two of Us…

    • Juke

      Very hard to choose, but I will anyway: “Let It Be,” “Across the Universe,” “Norwegian Wood,” “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hey, Jude,” etc., etc.

  • Chris

    No matter how many times I hear it, I cannot get over the beauty that is “You Never Give Me Your Money” from Abbey Road’s B-side. The remorse, the passion, the anger…it’s palpable emotion that is so often lacking from Top 40 music of any genre.
    Another, and less well-known, gem is “Your Mother Should Know.”

  • Pleasestop the Bieber

    Bieber chose the slightly more predictable “Let It Be,” saying that it “has taught me to accept the hard times in my life.”

    Come on, what does this rich little punk know about hard times?And why do we care about which Beatles song he likes, he’s to small to even know the meaning of any of the Beatles music.

    • Juke

      At least he picked a good song — or his publicist did.

      • Razor

        Exactly. Let’s get in a story that makes us look like we know something about music and are culturally relevant.

    • Sarah

      Hey, his parents divorced when he was very young.

      He is the only person on the entire planet that has suffered through that hard time. No one will ever understand his pain.

      Let it be, Justin. Let. It. Be.

    • Razor

      Sorry—I just read this comment for the first time and had to go wipe the vomit off my chin before I typed up my response.

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