Ozzy Osbourne Reveals His Favorite Beatles Tracks
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When The Beatles entered the world of music, everyone got struck on the chord of Beatlemania, and people became massive fans to the quartet “who changed everything.” It was all so true, in a way, for The Beatles did change the kaleidoscope of music, bringing forth their innovative ideas that only the Fab Four could create. That’s how the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, became a part of the frenzy.
Osbourne once admitted how the band inspired him to become a musician. In an interview with Blabbermouth, Ozzy said: “When I heard the Beatles. I knew what I wanted to do,” the musician said. “Imagine you go to bed today and the world is black and white and then you wake up, and everything’s in color. That’s what it was like!” Ozzy remembered telling this to his son when he asked why he was a fanatic to them.
Below, we’ve compiled these 10 tracks from The Beatles that the Prince of Darkness cannot live without.
“I Am The Walrus” – Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
The prince of darkness admires the late John Lennon’s tenacity when it comes to making music. For Ozzy, Paul and John were the “sweet & sour,” with Lennon bringing the tanginess either on the song’s bewildering lyrics or its hilarious tones.
“Strawberry Fields Forever” – Single (1967)
John Lennon’s ode to his childhood memories of living at a nice place whom the singer refers to as Strawberry Fields. For Osbourne, the song reminds him of his youth working at a slaughterhouse, where the song is often played on the radio.
“Something” – Abbey Road (1969)
This lovely ballad of George Harrison was said to be inspired from his former wife, Pattie Boyd. It was also beloved by all the members of the Black Sabbath.
“A Day in the Life” – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band (1967)
Anyone who loves the eccentric could truly admire what a masterpiece “A Day in the Life” is. The song was basically a combination of John and Paul’s unfinished works, crammed up to this 5-minute gem.
“Eleanor Rigby” – Revolver (1966)
With “Eleanor Rigby” dark and syncopated sound, it was only fair that Ozzy would love it as a masterpiece from the band. “Eleanor Rigby’ is f–-ing phenomenal,” Osbourne said.
“I Want To Hold Your Hand” – Single (1963)
“I Want To Hold Your Hand” is a classic; the first song of The Beatles to truly capture their worldwide success as a band. At this point, the Fab Four became unstoppable than ever.
“The Long and Winding Road” – Let It Be (1970)
This magnificent track came from the Beatles’ finale album, Let It Be. Ozzy shared some of his sentiments to the song: “It reminds me of winter in England. It’s cold, you’ve got fingerless gloves on. And it makes me sad, because it’s the end of the greatest movie I’d ever seen.” Osbourne felt Paul McCartney’s departure when he wrote the song.
“Hey Jude” – Single (1968)
“Hey Jude” is Macca’s song to Lennon’s son, Julian, who suffered a lot after his parents’ divorce. The smart and simplicity of the song is what Ozzy admires the most, and a lot of people couldn’t agree more that this was one of the greats.
“Help!” – “Help!” (1965)
“Help!” was a milestone for Lennon to breakthrough as a magnificent writer, who was truly writing songs from his heart, rather than everyone’s feelings. Osbourne loved the sound of “Help!” and thought that the Beatles became bigger than ever after its release.
“She Loves You” – She Loves You (1963)
As the first song which stuck the young Ozzy Osbourne to The Beatles’ impact, naturally, this was his favorite amongst all. For Ozzy, its influence to him was more than what can be explained: “It was as if you knew all the colors in the world. Then someone shows you a brand-new color, and you go, ‘F–king hell, man.’” He was just glad that he belongs to the era when The Beatles got popular.