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The Beatles: 1980

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Growing up in the 1960's and 1970's I heard a lot of great music. I've been a Beatles fan since 1973 and Klaatu fan since 1977.

John Lennon And Paul McCartney Sometime Around 1980

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1980

There are many questions about what would have happened if The Beatles would have stayed together. Their inspiration for songs may have been different, some of the songs that were released may have not been released due to the competition of getting songs on an album. George Harrison is the one who would have most negatively affected. Would John Lennon taken time off from music from 1975-1980 to raise Sean? Most importantly, would John Lennon been assassinated?

We don't know the answer to these questions, we can only speculate and look at the music that was actually released. In my previous articles, I have looked at what The Beatles' albums from 1970-1975 may have looked like. Now I am going to speculate on what their 1980 album may have looked like. Since George is the only Beatle to release an album in 1981 (and the hit song on it was a tribute to John Lennon), I am going to assume that 1980 was the last year for a Beatles album.

I know John had recorded most of his album Milk and Honey, George released an album in 1981 and Paul released an album in 1982. It is possible that an album could have been released in 1981 or later using some of the songs from John's unfinished album...not to mention Real Love and Free As A Bird that was included on the Anthology album. I am actually going to look at the songs from John's Milk And Honey album to include in 1980 since that is when the song were actually recorded.

Ringo Starr

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Ringo

It was tough to find a song for Ringo. He released albums in 1976, 1977 and 1978 but only the album from 1976 made the top 100. Ringo's Retrograve peaked at #28 on the U.S. album charts in 1976. The hit single from the album, A Dose Of Rock 'N' Roll peaked at #26 on the U.S. charts. The song was not written by a Beatle, so I am not including on the album.

Due to a lack of options, I am going back to the 1973 album Ringo and selecting a song co-written by George Harrison and Mal Evans. Evans was a roadie and personal assistant to The Beatles so there is a Beatle connection there. The song in You And Me (Babe).

George Harrison

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George

George Harrison released albums in 1976, 1979 and 1981. The hit song from George's "Somewhere In England" album was All Those Years Ago which was a tribute to John Lennon. There is no way that song would have made a Beatle album in 1980 while John was still alive.

I am selecting 3 songs from 1979 from George. Blow Away which peaked at #16 on the U.S. charts, Love Comes To Everyone and one of my favorite George Harrison songs, Faster.

Paul McCartney

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Paul

Paul McCartney released his album "McCartney II" in 1980. The album Peaked at #3 on the U.S. charts and featured the #1 song Coming Up.

In my opinion, the next 2 best songs on the album were Waterfalls and Temporary Secretary, so those are Paul's contribution to the 1980 album.

Woman by John Lennon

John

John Lennon released the album Double Fantasy with Yoko Ono in 1980. Sadly it was the final completed album he would release. He was working on another album titled Milk And Honey that would be released in 1984.

John was returning to the music scene and did so in a strong manner. He had 7 songs on the Double Fantasy album (Yoko had the other 7) and they were all very good songs. So far Paul and George have contributed 3 songs each and Ringo 1 song. The remaining 7 songs will be from John. That is an unusual song distribution for The Beatles but George and Ringo did not release albums in 1980 and John's compositions were, in my opinion, better than Paul's.

I am including 6 songs from John's Double Fantasy album and 1 from his Milk and Honey album. (Just Like) Staring Over reached #1 on the U.S. charts, my person favorite from the album was Woman which peaked at #2 and Watching The Wheels made it to #10. Nobody Told Me from his Milk and Honey album peaked at #5 so that song is included as well.

The remaining 3 songs are Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy), Cleanup Time and I'm Losing You.


1980 Album

With this album, I am ending my series of what albums The Beatles would have released had they stayed together. This album has 14 songs including 5 top ten songs, 2 of which made it to #1.

Songs On The 1980 And Where They Charted

SongLead SingerPeak Chart Position

(Just Like) Staring Over

John

1

Coming Up

Paul

1

Woman

John

2

Nobody Told Me

John

5

Watching The Wheels

John

10

Blow Away

George

16

Waterfalls

Paul

106

Cleanup Time

John

I'm Losing You

John

Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

John

Love Comes To Everyone

George

You And Me (Babe)

Ringo

Faster

George

 

Temporary Secretary

Paul

 

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