Love Me Do and ten other Beatles songs that feature other instruments

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of The BeatlesLove Me Do, the song that would help to propel the fab four into Beatlemania and pop music history.

You can read more about the story behind the song in our special Love Me Do blog here.

As well as being the first Beatles song to be broadcasted on public radio, Love Me Do is also memorable for the use of a harmonica, played back then by John Lennon.

Check out Love Me Do, the song that kicked off the band’s record of chart-topping dominance, below:

To celebrate the 50th birthday of this classic hit single we’ve put together a top ten list of songs by The Beatles that feature instruments other than their usual standard band set up of guitar, bass, drums and piano.

Eleanor Rigby

Unique instrument(s): a string octet.

Norwegian Wood

Unique instrument: the sitar.

Here Comes The Sun

Unique instrument: a Moog synthesiser.

The Long & Winding Road

Unique instrument: a choir, added later in production by Phil Spector.

The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Unique instrument: Mellotron guitar loop.

Revolution No.9

Unique instrument: tape loops galore!

Lady Madonna

Unique instrument: Ronnie Scott taking a solo on the saxophone.

Getting Better

Unique instrument: tambura.

Strawberry Fields

Unique instrument(s): timpani and swarmandal.

We Can Work It Out

Unique instrument: harmonium.

Did we miss any? What are your favourite Beatles songs featuring non-standard instruments and sound sources?

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