A ranking of Beatles songs

Marginal Revolution links to a ranking that someone made of Beatles songs.  Its definitely worth a read – it is amazing how diverse the Beatles music was, and how many important economic style considerations they made in their songs.

My top five Beatles songs would be:

  1. “Within You Without You” (27th on his list),

  2. “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” (56th),

  3. “Revolution” (48th),

  4. “We Can Work It Out” (12th),

  5. “Come Together” (55th).

Although I read on Wikipedia that Within you without you is about Eastern Religion (namely Hinduism).  However, it seems to be about economics to me – look at some of the lyrics:

We were talking-about the space between us all

The subject matter of economics is the distribution of scarce resources given the inter-related behaviour of individuals.

With our love-we could save the world-if they only knew.

Economists often believe that there are essential messages from their discipline that would increase the happiness of society – ultimately they feel misunderstood when these aren’t taken seriously.

Try to realize it’s all within yourself

As strong a defense of methodological individualism as I’ve ever heard.

And life flows ON within you and without you

Pointing to the difference between micro (within you – the choice of the individual) and macro (without you – the rest of the economy moving) economics.

Then again – maybe George’s message was broad enough to be applied to a number of different belief structures …

  • insider

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    This part I sing on…

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  • “you guys are sooo sad and geeky”

    Hey – don’t blame the other guys from my nerdiness 😉