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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: “We Can Work It Out”

The Hook: Paul McCartney wrote the verses, but the middle eight was Lennon’s, making it a true Lennon-McCartney collaboration.

Album: Yesterday and Today

Years: single: 1965, album: 1966

Writers: John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Stats: The last in a string of six number-one Beatles hits in a row on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: The Beatles recorded “We Can Work It Out” in two sessions 50 years ago this month. The late John Lennon — who would have turned 75 years old today — once described how the song was written.

John Lennon on writing “We Can Work It Out” with Paul McCartney. OC:…constantly together. :11

“We wrote ‘We Can Work It Out’ together. Paul’s first half, my middle eight. In the early days, once we left Liverpool, we were living in each other’s pocket, so we wrote constantly together.”

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