All You Need Is Love (3:46)

Cover of Magical Mystery Tour

From Magical Mystery Tour and 46 other releases

“All You Need Is Love” is a song written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was first performed by The Beatles on Our World, the first live global television link. Watched by 400 million in 26 countries, the programme was broadcast via satellite on June 25, 1967. The BBC had commissioned the Beatles to write a song for the UK’s contribution. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at #362 in their 500 greatest songs of all time.

Asked to come up with a song containing a simple message to be understood by all nationalities, Lennon’s “All You Need Is Love” extended the message he first tried in “The Word”, from The Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul. “It was an inspired song and they really wanted to give the world a message,” said Brian Epstein. “The nice thing about it is that it cannot be misinterpreted. It is a clear message saying that love is everything.” According to journalist Jade Wright, “Lennon was fascinated by the power of slogans to unite people and never afraid to create art out of propaganda. When asked in 1971 whether songs like Give Peace a Chance and Power to the People were propaganda songs, he answered: ‘Sure. So was All You Need Is Love. I’m a revolutionary artist. My art is dedicated to change.’”

According to the All You Need Is Love Songfacts, musically, this song is very unusual. The chorus is only one note, and the song is in a rare 7/4 tempo.

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  • MrShayton

    Nice Song

    28 Oct 5:42pm Reply
  • Druid66

    Yes, it takes on a whole new meaning as Patrick McGoohan sets the Village on its ear (with a machine gun) in the final episode, "Fall Out"... the Beatles were said to be fans of that show.

    25 Oct 5:15am Reply
  • Nakkinak

    lol'd so hard when they played it in the prisoner

    19 Oct 8:47pm Reply
  • JoJoroJo

    beautiful <3

    14 Aug 4:50am Reply
  • theironictea

    El_Salvador7 has it right: [2] Musically, this is one of the Beatles' finest efforts. No other pop band before or after could so effortlessly adapt a 7/4 measure in a love song (or a song about love). It's hard to make a strange measure like that sound logical in a pop song, yet The Beatles did it. Besides that the trademark extremely simple, yet extremely powerful, catchy, imaginative and descriptive lyrics by Lennon make up for the rest.

    13 Jul 6:44pm Reply
  • RINGULEC

    Wszystko czego potrzebujesz to miłość <3.

    3 Jun 8:41pm Reply
  • frearson10

    I thing I will give credit to the 'beta' version of last.fm is when I hear a Beatles song, I am actually hearing a Beatles song, and not that snarky cover stuff!

    15 May 5:30pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    True

    8 May 3:51pm Reply
  • TuneBlendR

    GR8 song, but this is NOT The Beatles performing it.

    9 Apr 9:54pm Reply
  • pikininah

    Timeless! <3

    8 Apr 3:26pm Reply
  • delboy5

    If only it was true

    5 Apr 7:04pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song

    28 Mar 1:24pm Reply
  • bartlascasas

    I got me some Beatles, but sometimes they sneak in some cover stuff at Last FM.

    22 Mar 7:27pm Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    I disagree. Musically, this is one of the Beatles' finest efforts. No other pop band before or after could so effortlessly adapt a 7/4 measure in a love song (or a song about love). It's hard to make a strange measure like that sound logical in a pop song, yet The Beatles did it. Besides that the trademark extremely simple, yet extremely powerful, catchy, imaginative and descriptive lyrics by Lennon make up for the rest.

    15 Mar 9:11am Reply
  • TuneBlendR

    This is NOT The Beatles - sounds like some cover band....

    4 Mar 8:47pm Reply
  • theironictea

    As a Beatles fan, I can say that this is one of their worst songs, musically. I never like to listen to this song. Saying that, it's still a great song, which shows that the Beatles never made truly a bad song. But the message is amazing. The song was made as a chant, just like Give Peace a Chance. "I still believe all you need is love but I don’t believe that just saying it is going to do it. I still believe that love is what we all need." - John Lennon

    3 Mar 6:47pm Reply
  • kevinjohnprice

    Whenever Last FM play a Beatles song it is not by the Beatles but is by some hopeless cover band. Please stop this from happening as I am fed up having to ban classic music!

    27 Feb 8:17pm Reply
  • frearson10

    HOW did a non-Beatles cover wind up with this tag?

    23 Feb 9:30am Reply
  • plaidsheep

    HOW did a non-Beatles cover wind up with this tag? Yuck.

    13 Feb 3:06pm Reply
  • hungarianpaprik

    what is needed is to become HUMAN

    7 Feb 6:03pm Reply
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