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25 Beatles Tracks | Charleston Wedding Cocktail Hour Series

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Transform your cocktail hours into a Beatles cocktail hour for your upcoming Charleston wedding Transform your cocktail hours into a Beatles cocktail hour for your upcoming Charleston wedding Thomson House London | July 28, 1968 | Apple Corp Ltd

In my continuing desire to make the wedding music you choose about YOU and your fiance and the music YOU want to hear, I am kicking off a blog post series spotlighting some great ideas for musically themed cocktail hour playlists. The cocktail hour can really be whatever you want it to be; from bluegrass vibes to a laidback reggae chill vibe to a soft rock or even Motown vibe. What about a "Beatles" vibe, yeah he said an ALL "Beatles" cocktail hour? There is no denying it, the Beatles were probably the most influential band of the rock era. If you want pop, psychedelic, and just plain old rock, the Beatles had it all and then some. This list is composed of the classic tracks spanning their history, and also includes tracks from each of the band's member's solo efforts. Remember, it's YOUR wedding. The music should be about you, your musical tastes, as well as your friends and family. This is just one idea for a cocktail hour, as the possibilities are really endless and infinite just like your imagination.  The music you choose for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you'll make. If you are newly engaged and have begun the search for a wedding DJ for your very special day in Charleston, I invite you to read over this blog and my website and check back here in the coming days for more excellent ideas for your wedding playlists. 

***My apologies in advance. A lot of these Beatles song do not have You Tubes associated with them due to copyright.

1. "Blackbird" | [White Album] 1968 | Sung by Sir Paul McCartney himself, but actually released on the White Album. It's a light, cheery track that could be played during a cocktail hour or even played during dinner.

2. "In My Life" | Rubber Soul | 1965  If this isn't put into your "Beatles" cocktail hour, it's a popular track that is heavily used for speciality dances like the father / daughter dance or when the groom dances with his mother.

3. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" | The Beatles | 1963 - Named the 44th biggest hit of all time by Billboard magazine, it's a happy go lucky song to throw into your Beatles playlist.

4. "Give Me Love" (Give Me Peace On Earth) | George Harrison | 1973 - Living In The Material World |  They have always said that George Harrison was the "quiet" Beatle. Well, this track screams at me with so much love it's not even funny. Thank you George for this beautiful masterpiece.

5. "#9 Dream" | John Lennon | 1974 | Walls And Bridges |  A lesser known song that was to have come to the late John Lennon in a dream. After all your day is a "dream" come true. "Imagine" or "Woman" could also be added in if your a Lennon fan.

6. "Maybe I'm Amazed" LIVE | 1976 | Paul McCartney - Wings Over America | One of my favorite tracks by McCartney and Wings. Love this "live" version moreso than the original.

7. "Come Together" | Abbey Road | 1968 - Abbey Road was truly one of their greatest. This list has a few more from that record. Please read on.

8. "All You Need Is Love |  Released in the summer of 1967 as a single and written by John Lennon. There is not too much to add about this song only that "LOVE" is the theme and that is what your wedding is about.

9. "Here Comes The Sun" |  Another Abbey Road track written by George Harrison. It's texture and tempo would be perfect for your cocktail hour over at the Historic Rice Mill.

10. "Sun King Medley" | Sun King, Mean Mr. Mustard, Polyethlene Pam, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window | Abbey Road. Nearly 7 minutes, these tracks are played all together back to back.

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11. "Love Me Do" |  Their first single released in the UK in October 1962, but not until April of 1964 in the United States. The B side has another great song idea "PS I Love You"

12. "Daytripper" |  Released December 6, 1965 as a double A-side single with another great track "We Can Work It Out".

13. "And I Love Her" | Off A Hard Days Night and a great love song by Lennon-McCartney | 1964

14. "Something" | Did I not say this list would be Abbey Road intensive? Another awesome love song written by George Harrison and due to Beatles copyrights, there is no original Beatles version on You Tube, but below is a version performed by George Harrison at his famous concert in 1971.

15. "I've Just Seen A Face" | From their album "Help" in 1965. Here's a Paul McCartney version from his time with Wings in 1976. 

16. "When I'm Sixty Four" | A great selection for when you cut the cake as well.

17. "It's Only Love" | Another great track off the "Help" album. Perfect for your wedding cocktail hour. I think "love" in the song title is a good indication.

18. "I Will" | Off Their self titled record in 1968. Written in India and recorded in London.

19. "Take Good Care Of My Baby" | One of the very oldest Beatles tracks on this list. It was actually recorded and covered by them in 1962. Originally a huge hit by Bobby Vee in 1961.

20. "Beautiful Boy" | John Lennon | Released on his last album "Double Fantasy" right before he died in 1980, this is a common song for the speciality dance when the groom dances with his mother.

21. "Can't Buy Me Love" | Another track off A Hard Days Night in 1964. Take a listen to this one. 

22. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" |  Another White Album addition and perfect for your Beatles cocktail hour over at the Daniel Island Club or Kiawah

23. "Got To Get You Into My Life" |  Revolver is a favorite record of Beatles freaks. This was a gem on it. Thank goodness you are permanently going to be in each other's lives forever.

24. "Penny Lane" |  Not appearing on any album as it was a single released in February 1967. You might go ahead and this to your cocktail hour playlist full of the Fab Four over at Middleton Place.

25. "I'll Follow The Sun" | Nice song off their "Beatles For Sale" album in 1964. Credited to the Lennon-McCartney song writing team.

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This has been the first in a series of cocktail hour playlist ideas for your upcoming Charleston weddings. Are you in the hunt for your upcoming wedding? Are you enjoying the content in this blog and ready to sit down and discuss the music for your wedding with a consummate professional ready to help you sculpt the perfect playlist? Click HERE to schedule a consultation. I would love to sit down and talk music and your wedding.

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