11: Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles

NeilTop 30 - Songs Of The 1960s

Entered Charts: 22 March 1967
Entry Point: 26
Highest Chart: 1
Weeks In: 15

Through a twist of fate, tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Strawberry Fields Forever entering the Australian charts as the flip side to our number 26 song, Penny Lane.

In contrast to McCartney’s Penny Lane, we hear a more psychedelic Lennon composition in Strawberry Fields Forever, commemorating one of his favourite play areas (although not actually Fields – in reality, it was Strawberry Field).

Most people don’t associate it with the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album and yet, it was the first track recorded for that album. When record company pressure insisted on a single being released this, with Penny Lane, was chosen. Eventually both tracks would appear on the Magical Mystery Tour album.

It’s an amazing track and one that can’t help but take you back to the late 1960’s in Liverpool. Rolling Stone ranked it at number 3 in its top 100 Beatles songs – can’t say too much, but I tend to agree.

Tomorrow, we start the top 10!