The Beatles composing

Composer and singer of the Beatles’ songs

 

From the very beginnings of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon decided to publish their songs under both their names. So all their songs have the dual Lennon/McCartney writing credit.
Later, when they wrote separately (and still took co-writer credits as Lennon/McCartney), the one who wrote the song would sing the lead.
Some songs in the second part of their career is actually co-written, usually mixing part of John’s work with part of Paul’s, as in A Day in the Life or I’ve Got a Feeling.
Here’s a list of all songs officially recorded by the Beatles until 1970, where you can see who is the main composer and who sing.

The Beatles composing
Harry Benson, Beatles composing, Paris 1964

Please Please Me

Song Main composer Singer
I Saw Her Standing There McCartney McCartney
Misery Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
Anna (Go to Him) Alexander Lennon
Chains Goffin/King Harrison
Boys Dixon/Farrell Starr
Ask Me Why Lennon Lennon
Please Please Me Lennon Lennon/McCartney
Love Me Do McCartney Lennon/McCartney
P.S. I Love You McCartney McCartney
Baby It´s You David/Williams/Bacharach Lennon
Do You Want to Know a Secret Lennon Harrison
A Taste of Honey Scott/Marlow McCartney
There´s a Place Lennon Lennon
Twist and Shout Medley/Russel Lennon

With The Beatles

Song Main composer Singer
It Won´t Be Long Lennon Lennon
All I´ve Got to Do Lennon Lennon
All My Loving McCartney McCartney
Don´t Bother Me Harrison Harrison
Little Child Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
Till There Was You Wilson McCartney
Please Mr Postman Holland/Bateman/Garrett/Dobbins/Gorman Lennon
Roll Over Beethoven Berry Harrison
Hold Me Tight McCartney McCartney
You Really Got a Hold on Me Robinson Lennon/Harrison
I Wanna Be Your Man Lennon/McCartney Starr
Devil in Her Heart Drapkin Harrison
Not a Second Time Lennon Lennon
Money (That´s What I Want) Bradford/Gordy Lennon

A Hard Day’s Night

Song Main composer Singer
A Hard Day´s Night Lennon Lennon/McCartney
I Should Have Known Better Lennon Lennon
If I Fell Lennon Lennon/McCartney
I´m Happy Just to Dance With You Lennon Harrison
And I Love Her McCartney McCartney
Tell Me Why Lennon Lennon
Can´t Buy Me Love McCartney McCartney
Any Time at All Lennon Lennon
I´ll Cry Instead Lennon Lennon
Things We Said Today McCartney McCartney
When I Get Home Lennon Lennon
You Can´t Do That Lennon Lennon
I´ll Be Back Lennon Lennon

Beatles For Sale

Song Main composer Singer
No Replay Lennon Lennon
I´m a Loser Lennon Lennon
Baby´s in Black Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
Rock and Roll Music Berry Lennon
I´ll Follow the Sun McCartney McCartney
Mr Moonlight Johnson Lennon
Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey Leiber/Stoller/Penniman McCartney
Eight Days a Week McCartney Lennon/McCartney
Words of Love Holly Lennon/McCartney
Honey Don´t Perkins Starr
Every Little Thing McCartney Lennon
I Don´t Want to Spoil the Party Lennon Lennon/Harrison
What You´re Doing McCartney McCartney
Everybody´s Trying to Be My Baby Perkins Harrison

Help!

Song Main composer Singer
Help! Lennon Lennon
The Night Before McCartney McCartney
You´ve Got to Hide Your Love Away Lennon Lennon
I Need You Harrison Harrison
Another Girl McCartney McCartney
You´re Going to Lose That Girl Lennon Lennon
Ticket to Ride Lennon Lennon
Act Naturally Morrison/Russel Starr
It´s Only Love Lennon Lennon
You Like Me Too Much Harrison Harrison
Tell Me What You See McCartney McCartney
I´ve Just Seen a Face McCartney McCartney
Yesterday McCartney McCartney
Dizzy Miss Lizzy Williams Lennon

Rubber Soul

Song Main composer Singer
Drive My Car McCartney Lennon/McCartney
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) Lennon Lennon
You Won´t See Me McCartney McCartney
Nowhere Man Lennon Lennon
Think for Yourself Harrison Harrison
The Word Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
Michelle McCartney McCartney
What Goes On Lennon/McCartney Starr
Girl Lennon Lennon
I´m Looking Through You McCartney McCartney
In My Life Lennon/McCartney Lennon
Wait Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
If I Need Someone Harrison Harrison
Run for Your Life Lennon Lennon

Revolver

Song Main composer Singer
Taxman Harrison Harrison
Eleanor Rigby McCartney McCartney
I´m Only Sleeping Lennon Lennon
Love You To Harrison Harrison
Here, There and Everywhere McCartney McCartney
Yellow Submarine McCartney Starr
She Said She Said Lennon Lennon
Good Day Sunshine McCartney McCartney
And Your Bird Can Sing Lennon Lennon
For No One McCartney McCartney
Doctor Robert Lennon Lennon
I Want to Tell You Harrison Harrison
Got to Get You Into My Life McCartney McCartney
Tomorrow Never Knows Lennon Lennon

A Collection of Beatles Oldies

Song Main composer Singer
She Loves You Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
From Me to You Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
We Can Work It Out Lennon/McCartney McCartney
Help! Lennon Lennon
Michelle McCartney McCartney
Yesterday McCartney McCartney
I Feel Fine Lennon Lennon
Yellow Submarine McCartney Starr
Can´t Buy Me Love McCartney McCartney
Bad Boy Williams Lennon
Day Tripper Lennon Lennon/McCartney
A Hard Day´s Night Lennon Lennon/McCartney
Ticket to Ride Lennon Lennon
Paperback Writer McCartney McCartney
Eleanor Rigby McCartney McCartney
I Want to Hold Your Hand Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Song Main composer Singer
Sgt. Pepper´s Lonely Hearts Club Band McCartney McCartney
With a Little Help From My Friends McCartney Starr
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Lennon Lennon
Getting Better McCartney McCartney
Fixing a Hole McCartney McCartney
She´s Leaving Home McCartney McCartney
Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite Lennon Lennon
Within You Without You Harrison Harrison
When I´m 64 McCartney McCartney
Lovely Rita McCartney McCartney
Good Morning Good Morning Lennon Lennon
Sgt. Pepper´s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) McCartney Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starr
A Day in the Life Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney

Magical Mystery Tour

Song Main composer Singer
Magical Mystery Tour McCartney McCartney
The Fool on the Hill McCartney McCartney
Flying Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starr
Blue Jay Way Harrison Harrison
Your Mother Should Know McCartney McCartney
I Am the Walrus Lennon Lennon
Hello, Goodbye McCartney McCartney
Strawberry Fields Forever Lennon Lennon
Penny Lane McCartney McCartney
Baby You’re a Rich Man Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
All You Need Is Love Lennon Lennon

The Beatles (White Album)

Song Main composer Singer
Back in the USSR McCartney McCartney
Dear Prudence Lennon Lennon
Glass Onion Lennon Lennon
Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da McCartney McCartney
Wild Honey Pie McCartney McCartney
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill Lennon Lennon
While My Guitar Gently Weeps Harrison Harrison
Happiness is a Warm Gun Lennon Lennon
Martha My Dear McCartney McCartney
I´m So Tired Lennon Lennon
Blackbird McCartney McCartney
Piggies Harrison Harrison
Rocky Raccoon McCartney McCartney
Don´t Pass Me By Starr Starr
Why Don´t We Do It in the Road? McCartney McCartney
I Will McCartney McCartney
Julia Lennon Lennon
Birthday McCartney Lennon/McCartney
Yer Blues Lennon Lennon
Mother Nature´s Son McCartney McCartney
Everybody´s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey Lennon Lennon
Sexy Sadie Lennon Lennon
Helter Skelter McCartney McCartney
Long Long Long Harrison Harrison
Revolution 1 Lennon Lennon
Honey Pie McCartney McCartney
Savoy Truffle Harrison Harrison
Cry Baby Cry Lennon Lennon
Revolution 9 Lennon
Good Night Lennon Starr

Yellow Submarine

Song Main composer Singer
Yellow Submarine McCartney Starr
Only a Nothern Song Harrison Harrison
All Together Now McCartney McCartney
Hey Bulldog Lennon/McCartney Lennon
It´s All Too Much Harrison Harrison
All You Need is Love Lennon Lennon

Abbey Road

Song Main composer Singer
Come Together Lennon Lennon
Something Harrison Harrison
Maxwell´s Silver Hammer McCartney McCartney
Oh! Darling McCartney McCartney
Octopus´s Garden Starr Starr
I Want You (She´s So Heavy) Lennon Lennon
Here Comes the Sun Harrison Harrison
Because Lennon Lennon/McCartney/Harrison
You Never Give Me Your Money McCartney McCartney
Sun King Lennon Lennon
Mean Mr Mustard Lennon Lennon
Polythene Pam Lennon Lennon
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window McCartney McCartney
Golden Slumbers McCartney McCartney
Carry That Weight McCartney McCartney
The End McCartney McCartney
Her Majesty McCartney McCartney

Let It Be

Song Main composer Singer
Two of Us McCartney Lennon/McCartney
Dig a Pony Lennon Lennon
Across the Universe Lennon Lennon
I Me Mine Harrison Harrison
Dig It Lennon Lennon
Let It Be McCartney McCartney
Maggie Mae Trad. Lennon/McCartney
I´ve Got a Feeling Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
One After 909 Lennon Lennon/McCartney
The Long and Winding Road McCartney McCartney
For You Blue Harrison Harrison
Get Back McCartney McCartney

Songs not released on LP

Song Main composer Singer
Thank You Girl Lennon/McCartney Lennon
I´ll Get You Lennon/McCartney Lennon/McCartney
This Boy Lennon Lennon/McCartney/Harrison
Long Tall Sally Johnson/Penniman/Blackwell McCartney
I Call Your Name Lennon Lennon
Matchbox Perkins Starr
Slow Down Williams Lennon
She´s a Woman McCartney McCartney
Yes it is Lennon Lennon
I´m Down McCartney McCartney
Rain Lennon Lennon
The Inner Light Harrison Harrison
Lady Madonna McCartney McCartney
Revolution Lennon Lennon
Hey Jude McCartney McCartney
Don´t Let Me Down Lennon Lennon
The Ballad of John and Yoko Lennon Lennon
Old Brown Shoe Harrison Harrison
You Know My Name (Look up the Number) Lennon Lennon/McCartney/Starr

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