Best Beatles Mashups

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I must admit that I love a good Beatles mashup, and after Stephen Kroninger shared the following one today, I thought: “What are the best Beatles mashups? This sounds like a job for the Dullblog Commentariat!”

Put your faves in the comments; if I like ’em, I’ll move ’em to this post.

Whole Lotta Helter Skelter (Beatles & Led Zeppelin)

The one below’s a bit of a cheat, given that The Monkees were the best Beatles impression Hollywood songwriters could create. But I like it.

Paperback Believer (Beatles & Monkees)

A bit awkward in places, but the guitar break makes it for me.

You Only Live Tomorrow (Beatles & Nancy Sinatra)

This one actually made me like the melody of “For No One” even more, which I didn’t think was possible.

For No Bop (Beatles & Ramones)

I listened to this one and thought, “Wow. Music has really changed.”

Let It Be Me (Beatles & Shaggy)
Come Closer Together (Beatles & NIN)

I couldn’t resist this one.

Beatles & Earth, Wind & Fire (Falling In September)
Karma In the Life (Beatles & Radiohead)

I could go on all day, and I know I’m forgetting some…Put any worthies in the comments.

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19 Comments

  1. Avatar Justin McCann wrote:

    Have we had a post on best Beatles covers actually? I know Paul once said his favourites were generally by black artists, and I couldn’t agree more – the grooves on Wilson Pickett’s Hey Jude and Stevie Wonder’s We Can Work It Out are so strong I *almost* like them as much as the originals.

    Anyone have any Beatles covers they prefer to the originals?

  2. Avatar Tasmin wrote:

    These were fun! I’d heard “Whole lotta Helter Skelter” before, and I like it a lot. I’ve never heard the rest though. I liked “Paperback Believer”, and “You Only Live Tomorrow.” I never knew Nancy Sinatra sang that!!

  3. Avatar Hologram Sam wrote:

    Not a mashup, but an excellent cover:

  4. Nancy Carr Nancy Carr wrote:

    The Beatles Remixers did a great mashup of Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” and “You Won’t See Me.” Sadly, I can’t find it anywhere to post a link to it.

    I also really like the version of “Live And Let Die” that Byron Lee and the Dragonaires did (it’s on the “We Can Work It Out” covers compilation album).

  5. To the point of incorporating part of the horn line in Wings’ Concert for Kampuchea performance of the song.

  6. Avatar Alejandra wrote:

    I really like the subject of this post.
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    Here it is another enterteining mashup… The Beatles ft. The Beatles

  7. Avatar Alejandra wrote:

    Maybe I forgot to put the link in my last comment… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClU04Cjybg0

  8. Avatar Marlo wrote:

    About 5 years ago there was a short lived music podcast called Mash Up. Each episode featured a different artist and was 45 minutes or so of continuous music. It wasn’t very good, more curiosity pieces really, but from memory The Beatles episode had
    Octopuses Garden/ Heart of glass
    I saw her standing there/ Enter sandman
    Come together/ I love rock and roll/ insane in the membrane
    Eleanor Rigby/ around the world
    A pretty good Let it be/ no woman no cry and a terrible In my Life with a song I didn’t know.
    There’s at 3 more I can’t remember. I think the podcast is still available on I-tunes
    As for covers, my fave is Every little thing done by Yes. Very original and unusual interpretation.
    Least fave is XTC doing Strawberry Fields. An exact copy. Probably an homage – don’t wreck what is brilliant, but I like to think that Paul and John, as creatives, would be more interested in an original take rather than a direct ripoff.

  9. Avatar Hologram Sam wrote:

    This has always been one of my favorites:

  10. Avatar Alejandra wrote:

    In amoralto web, by chance I found this mashup of “Soldier Of Love” and “Cathy’s Clown” by The Beatles themselves: https://amoralto.tumblr.com/post/168053055657/january-24th-1969-apple-studios-london-an

  11. Avatar Tony Collins wrote:

    There are some really good mashups of “Sympathy for the devil” and “Hey Jude”, mostly cos they’re both in the same key. Annoyingly, the one I wanted to post isn’t on YouTube and is only available on an unshareable weird URL.

    If you search for “sympathy for Jude”, you’ll get a few different mashups of the same name.

  12. Avatar Hologram Sam wrote:

    Not a mashup, but a solo guitar medley:

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