This first list ran in the Kirkus newsletter this week, the second list got dumped: 

Riley’s 10 Favorite Lennon Tracks

“Ten is way too hard, but it’s a very illuminating exercise,” Riley said when asked to list his favorites. “Once you do it, you realize Lennon remains among a handful of songwriters from whose catalog you can create several such lists and still feel like you’re shorting much of his best work.”

That said, here’s his list, in chronological order: 

“If I Fell”

“She Loves You”

“And Your Bird Can Sing”

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“A Day in the Life”

“Strawberry Fields Forever”

“Don’t Let Me Down”

“Dear Prudence”

“Cold Turkey”

“Happiness is a Warm Gun”

“Beautiful Boy”


To Know Her Is To Love Her
Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
Baby It’s You
You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me
Leave My Kitten Alone
Twist and Shout
Dizzy Miss Lizzie (live 1969)
Stand By Me

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