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The Fab Fifteen: Rating All the Women In Beatles Song Titles


Linda and Yoko Were Not the Only Women To Get Named in the Fab Four's Song Titles


Once a decade, or so it seems, a new theme-based compilation of The Beatles emerges. In the mid-Seventies fans were offered Rock and Roll Music, a slick-covered double album from which “Got To Get You Into My Life” emerged as a Top Ten hit.

During the Eighties appeared another double album, appropriately titled Love because it comprised the best love songs of the Fab Four. At the turn of the century the quartet was once again revived, this compact disc called Ones filled with each of the songs that hit the top of the charts.

We are long overdue for a similar anthology, which should be dedicated to perhaps the single most objects of inspiration for The Beatles. Women, be they wives or mothers or friends, often found themselves in titles of songs.

Here are fifteen tracks that could be gathered for a new theme-based disc of songs with women in their titles, a list including not only the group's songs but some solo efforts as well. They are in alphabetical order, and I have rated each with stars representing its quality. (I have also omitted tracks about the wives, such as “Lovely Linda” and the numerous cuts about Yoko.)

Angela John Lennon **

Yoko nearly drowns out John on an otherwise pleasant track from 1972's Some Time in New York City.


McCartney plays all of the dozens of instruments on this long track from Rushes but, because of the lack of lyrics, he does no singing.

Eleanor Rigby**

Revolver's biggest hit is immediately recognizable, mainly because of its (too) orchestrated approach.

Soft-Hearted Hana*****

George Harrison's woman on this gem from his self-titled album is actually a metaphor for something that, as he says, “No sooner had I ooped it down, I felt so far off from the ground I stood on.”

Heather **

She appeared on Paul's 2001 effort Driving Rain.

Helen Wheels***

One of the numerous singles from Band on the Run, McCartney compares the experience of the road to “Hell on wheels.”

Jenny Wren **

McCartney's ode to her can be found amid Chaos and Creation in the Backyard from 2005.


Many have erroneously looked back on these lyrics from the Band on the Run album as a reference to David Bowie's “Suffragette City,” for this hit precluded Ziggy Stardust by nearly a year.


This White Album ballad is a tribute to Lennon's mother, who is recalled as having “seashell eyes” and “windy smile.”

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds*****

Ignore the drug-related initials, for Lennon admittedly penned this Sgt. Pepper hit after seeing little Julian's drawing from an elementary class.

Lady Madonna****

Somehow she managed to make ends meet, while also mending stockings and teaching youngens how to tie their bootlaces.

Martha My Dear*****

“You have always been my inspiration” McCartney says on this White Album classic, which would not sound at all out of place on the Sgt. Pepper record that preceded it.


My first bit of French came because of the bridge in this Rubber Soul tune, “tres bien ensemble.”

Miss O' Dell **

George's 1973 plea to this woman finally appeared as a bonus track on the CD release of Living in the Material World.

Mrs. Vanderbilt

Another Band on the Run woman, this name is a little more well-known than either Helen or Jet.

Polythene Pam****

Mean Mr. Mustard's sister, so good looking that she looks like a man, succeeds him on side two of Abbey Road.

Dear Prudence****

Allegedly this song is about the sister of Mia Farrow, who had accompanied the group to India.

Lovely Rita*****

McCartney believed that Blue Lives Matter a half a century before it became a conservative chant, for he made us all fall for this attractive ticket-writer on the Sgt. Pepper album.

Sexy Sadie****

Like several other White Allbum tracks, this was inspired during the well-documented trip to spend time with the guru in India.

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