Cheap Trick guitarist reveals his Top 10 Beatles songs

Rick Nielsen is a big Beatles fan as evident by the influence in many of his songs and by Cheap Trick doing the entire Sgt. Pepper album on previous tours, as well as their covers of “Day Tripper” and “Magical Mystery Tour.”

So it’s no surprise that Classic Rock magazine asked him to list the 10 Beatles tracks that changed America, changed music and changed his life. They are:

“Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End”
“Helter Skelter” – “I really like the melodic stuff, but also the heavy, crazy, nutty stuff that
John Lennon used to come up with… It’s like The Sex Pistols before The Sex Pistols.”
“Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” – “That one has so many different moods, which makes it
difficult to play — at least it did for me because I’m more of a studio musician.”
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
“A Day in the Life”
“We Can Work It Out” – “I love that one because there are different sections: There’s pop, there’s
heavy-duty minor chords and major chords.”
“Tomorrow Never Knows”
“Yer Blues”
“Taxman”
“She Said, She Said”

In 1979, Nielsen and then-Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos had the pleasure of playing with John Lennon on the sessions for his last album, Double Fantasy.