“She Loves You,” one of The Beatles’ signature songs, turns 51 today!
If anyone is to make a definitive list of Beatles songs, “She Loves You” would surely be a part of it, if not placed right at the top. It was among the many compositions produced by the Lennon-McCartney songwriting duo, created just between the hours following a concert on June 26 at Newcastle upon Tyne and the following morning at McCartney’s family home in Liverpool. In just a few days, on July 1, the Beatles headed to the EMI Studios in London to record the single, with “I’ll Get You” on the B-side.
Told from a third person point of view, “She Loves You” is an “answering song” (i.e., “She loves you / Yeah, yeah, yeah”) inspired by earlier songs such as Bobby Rydell’s “Forget Him,” Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up,” and the Isley Brothers’ “Twist and Shout” (which, incidentally, the Beatles also made a cover of earlier). “She Loves You,” the single, was released in United Kingdom and USA in August and September the same year, respectively.
To say it was a huge hit in the Beatles’ motherland is an understatement, as it held the distinction of having launched Beatlemania in the UK and being its bestselling single for the next 14 years. In the weeks and months following its release, “She Loves You” charted in various cities across Europe and the US. Supposedly to sell well in Germany, the band was instructed to record a German version of the song, titled “Sie Liebt Dich,” with the lyrics translated by Camillo Felgen under the pseudonym Jean Nicolas.
The catchy phrase “yeah, yeah, yeah,” though frowned upon by a conservative few because of its informality at the time of its release, has even gone on to become closely associated with the band!
Despite the criticisms, the popularity of “She Loves You” worldwide only continued to grow over the years. Today, it’s regarded as one of the greatest songs ever written by The Rolling Stone magazine. Numerous covers of the song have been made by other artists, too, but the original remains unmatched to this day!
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