I’ve been having one of my “dang the Beatles are SO GOOD” moments lately because I’ve been watching Peter Jackson’s Get Back documentary on Disney+ since Thanksgiving. I really appreciate how the documentary has demystified that era for me. I really thought they were at each other’s throats with the pre-breakup tension. But they were a lot less reality TV drama and more let’s just try to have fun together, like the old days.
My high school Beatles fangirl mode got activated while watching the doc and got me thinking about my ever running list of songs that have the same title. Unsurprisingly, there were a few Beatles and solo-Beatles songs here. So here I am, making another one of these silly, slightly unhinged playlists.
I’ve Got A Feeling — The Beatles, Black Eyed Peas
Before anyone calls me out on a technicality, the Black Eyed Peas are essentially saying “I’ve got a feeling” SO IT COUNTS. Now, this might be one of the funniest pairings to me because to me, they have the same “the band is going bananas together” energy. Paul and John were on some dank weed when they wrote and recorded this one and the Peas have had EVERYONE hyped to this one since 2009. Both belong on your New Years Eve playlist.
Imagine — John Lennon, Ariana Grande
I cannot think of this pairing without thinking of John Mayer. Y’all remember that early pandemic cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and how awkward it was that no one was in the same key? Well John Mayer hopped in late by submitting his cover of Ariana Grande’s “imagine” and honestly, he won that whole situation. I didn’t think I’d ever see and hear John Mayer sing the words “bubbles and bubbly oooh” but here we are. I’m not mad at it, but I am endlessly entertained lol.
Photograph — Ringo Starr, Nickelback
I promise I’m not trolling y’all when I say both Ringo Starr and Nickelback deserve your undivided attention. First of all, Ringo’s song is super nostalgic to me because I made a slideshow of my high school friends to this song when we were graduating. Second of all, this is one of Nickelback’s best songs and it has that similar nostalgic vibe. I will not hear any solo career Ringo or Nickelback slander because they did good here!
I Need You — The Beatles, Jon Batiste
I hadn’t heard any of Jon Batiste’s music before I found this pairing and it’s definitely ABOUT TIME I listened! I can see exactly why he’s nominated for so many Grammys this year; his vibes are off the charts. The Beatles song has got a totally different vibe. George Harrison sings lead on this wistful song from the Help! soundtrack. I will defend George Harrison’s legacy any chance I get and believe me I have a draft I’ve been working on about his masterpiece album All Things Must Pass. But that’s for another time.