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The Beatles - Something

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Music video by The Beatles performing Something. (C) 2015 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Films Ltd.

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"Something" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1969 album Abbey Road. It was written by George Harrison, the band's lead guitarist. Soon after the album's release, the song was issued as a single, coupled with "Come Together". "Something" was the first Harrison composition released as a Beatles A-side and the only composition of his to top the US charts before the band's break-up. Its pairing with "Come Together" also marked the first time in the UK that the Beatles issued a single containing tracks that were already available on an LP album.

"Something" drew praise from the Beatles' primary songwriters, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Lennon stated that "Something" was the best song on Abbey Road, and McCartney considered it the best song Harrison had written. The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and West Germany, and peaked at number 4 in the United Kingdom. It has been covered by over 150 artists, making it the second-most covered Beatles song after "Yesterday". Artists who have covered it include Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, James Brown, Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Smokey Robinson, Ike & Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Isaac Hayes, Julio Iglesias, Sarah Vaughan and Neil Diamond. Harrison said his favourite version of the song was James Brown's.

"Something" received the Ivor Novello Award for the "Best Song Musically and Lyrically" of 1969. In 1999, Broadcast Music Incorporated named "Something" as the 17th-most performed song of the twentieth century, with 5 million performances. In 2004, it was ranked at number 278 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time", while two years later, Mojo placed it at number 7 in its list of the Beatles' best songs.
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