John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote lyrics and music for almost 200 songs and The Beatles have sold hundreds of millions of albums. The story goes that the two Beatles agreed as teenagers to the joint credit for all songs they wrote, no matter the divide in work.
The studio practices of the Beatles evolved during the 1960s and, in some cases, influenced the way popular music was recorded. Some of the effects they employed were sampling, artificial double tracking (ADT) and the elaborate use of multitrack recording machines.
The Beatles, when they started writing songs, weren’t performing them at first, and some of the songs go quite a few years back. I think ‘Love Me Do’ was written in 1958, but they didn’t start performing their own songs until toward the end of 1961, bringing them into the set.
Despite the claims that the Beatles were the first rock group to write and record their own material, Brian Wilson wrote or co-wrote all but a handful of their songs, and had earned up a few production credits.
Lennon wrote 61 songs credited to ‘‘Lennon-McCartney’’ entirely by himself, and McCartney composed 43 on his own. All told, Lennon had a hand in composing 84.55 of the 209 songs recorded by the Beatles, and McCartney 73.65.
The Beatles didn’t make their lyrics memorable just by repeating sections wholesale. They also repeated and adapted words, phrases and sentence structures. Take A Day In The Life. 4 verses, a middle 8 and only one repeated line.
John would bring a sketch or song fragment to Paul (or vice versa). Together, they would use the assembly-line technique described above, finishing and improving upon the original idea. Frequently, two incomplete songs or ideas that each had worked on independently would be combined into a complete song.
Lennon–McCartney was the songwriting partnership between English musicians John Lennon (1940–1980) and Paul McCartney (born 1942) of the Beatles. It is the best-known and most successful musical collaboration ever by records sold, with the Beatles selling over 600 million records worldwide as of 2004.
John Lennon is one of the most acclaimed songwriters ever, with good reason. At one point in his life, he said he only wrote a few “true” songs — two of which became massive hits for The Beatles.