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The Beatles on stage at the London Palladium during a performance in front of 2, 000 screaming fans. (Photo by Michael Webb/Getty Images)

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The Beatles: “A Day in the Life’

The Hook: John and Paul were on the same page composing “A Day in the Life,” then got serious about recording it.

Album: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Year: 1967

Writers: John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Stats: Due to its length, it wasn’t released as a single at first, although it showed up as a B-side more than a decade later. It has appeared on many “Best Songs of All-Time” lists, and always seems to be at or near the top of lists of The Beatles’ greatest songs.

Background: The Beatles began recording “A Day in the Life” at Abbey Road 50 years ago today. In an interview done while he was still a Beatle, John Lennon talked about how he and Paul McCartney fused two songs together to create it.

John Lennon on the writing and recording “A Day in the Life.” OC:…that one. :26

“It was a good piece of work between Paul and I, ‘cause I had the whole sort of ‘I heard the news today, oh boy’ all that bit, you know. And it turned him on, ‘cause now and then we really turn each other on with a bit of a song. And he just said, ‘Yeah, bang, bang,’ and he sang that bit and we said, ‘Yeah, it joins here.’ And it just sort of happened beautifully. And we arranged it and rehearsed it, which we don’t often do, the afternoon before, so we all knew what we were playing. We just all got into it and it was really a groove, the whole scene on that one.”