11: Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles


Entered Charts22 March 1967
Entry Point26
Highest Chart1
Weeks In:15

When I wrote about our number 26 song, I told you to watch out for Strawberry Fields Forever – my preferred song of the two on the double-A single.

In contrast to McCartney’s Penny Lane, we hear a more psychedelic Lennon composition in Strawberry Fields Forever, commemorating one of his favourite play areas (although not actually Fields – in reality, it was Strawberry Field).

Most people don’t associate it with the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album and yet, it was the first track recorded for that album. When record company pressure insisted on a single being released this, with Penny Lane, was chosen. Eventually both tracks would appear on the Magical Mystery Tour EP and album.

It’s an amazing track and one that can’t help but take you back to the late 1960’s in Liverpool. Rolling Stone ranked it at number 3 in its top 100 Beatles songs – can’t say too much, but I tend to agree.

Next up we start the top 10!