Beatles – She Loves You

This song help kick off the sixties. The melody, music, the great harmonies and just the excitement of the song. She Loves You help define them and broke huge. Ozzy Osbourne made a statement about the song… “Imagine you go to bed today and the world is black and white and then you wake up, and everything’s in color.” 

These great melodies that John, Paul, and later George would come up with lasted through their career. Even when their music got a little more sophisticated the melodies remained…they were  underneath the early, middle, and late era Beatle music.

It’s best known for the yeah, yeah, yeah… Yeah, the Everly Brothers did it first, using a hook of “yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah” on their 1961 cover of the song “Temptation,” which was a #1 hit in the UK.

Paul McCartney’s dad wanted the Beatles to sing yes, yes, yes instead because he thought it sounded more dignified.…doesn’t have the same ring does it?

She Loves You peaked at #1 in the Billboard 100, Canada, the UK, and New Zealand in 1964.

In the UK, this is the biggest selling Beatles single. It held the record for top-selling UK single of all time until 1977, when Wings topped it with Mull Of Kintyre.

George Martin didn’t like the ending chord. He thought it sounded too much like the The Andrew Sisters but the Beatles liked it and over rode the producer on this one…and it works great.

in April 1964 The Beatles had the Top 5 Songs on the Billboard Top 100 Singles of the week. The closest any other artist ever got was 3 songs in the Top 10. But there they were- Can’t Buy Me Love, Twist and Shout,  She Loves You, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Please Please Me, sitting at the top, along with 7 other Beatles songs in the Top 100 the same week.

Cynthia Lennon: “He was also romantic, a side of him I saw more often as our relationship deepened. He wrote love poems on scraps of paper and passed them to me at college. For our first Christmas he drew a card with a picture of me in my new shaggy coat, standing opposite him, our heads together, his hand on my arm. It was covered with kisses and hearts and he wrote, ‘Our first Christmas, I love you, yes, yes, yes.’ A few years later he used the same idea in one of the Beatles’ first hits, ‘She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah.'”

John Lennon: “I remember it was Paul’s idea,” Lennon recalled, “Instead of singing ‘I love you’ again, we’d have a third party.”

Paul McCartney: “We were in a van up in Newcastle somewhere,” “and we’d just gone over to our hotel. I originally got an idea of doing one of those answering songs, where a couple of us sing about ‘she loves you’ and the other one sort of says the ‘yes, yes’ bit. You know, ‘yeah, yeah’ answering whoever who is saying it. But we decided that was a crummy idea anyway. But we had the idea of writing a song called ‘She Loves You’ then. And we just sat up in the hotel bedroom for a few hours and wrote it.”

From Songfacts

The Beatles tell quite a tale in this tidy pop song. Some poor guy thinks he has lost his girl for good, but he’s redeemed when he finds out from a friend that she still loves him. There’s even a moral at the end of the story: “Pride can hurt you too.” Good advice when arguing with a loved one.

This was an instant hit in the UK, but not in America, where it was released on Swan records, the only US label that would take it. Swan put it out in September 1963, but while The Beatles were huge in their homeland, they were still no big deal in America until February 1964. That’s when Beatlemania took hold and “She Loves You” became a US hit.

This was one of four Beatles songs that was never released in stereo. The others are “Love Me Do,” “I’ll Get You” and “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number).” 

The Beatles released a German version translated as “Sie Liebt Dich” in the US in 1964. They learned some German when they became the house band at the Star-Club in Hamburg in 1962, but needed a German speaker to help them with the lyrics. They recorded the German version in Paris – it was the only time they recorded outside of England.

Apart from “My Bonnie,” which was recorded with Tony Sheridan in their early days in Hamburg, the only other song the Beatles recorded in another language, again German, was “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” “Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand” was recorded the same time as “Sie Liebt Dich.”

“Sie Liebt Dich” peaked at #97, the lowest position of the Beatles’ 71 Hot 100 charted songs.

Jack Paar played a video clip of The Beatles performing the song on his show January 3, 1964. The Beatles had appeared on news clips as part of stories about their success in England, but this was the first time they appeared on a US TV talk show. They also played it on both of their live Ed Sullivan Show appearances. When The Beatles agreed to do the show, they were not a big deal in America and took less money than most acts received for their fee. When The Beatles played The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, it got the largest audience ever for a TV show. Sullivan began having regular musical guests from the world of popular music, and it became a showcase for groups like The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Santana and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon were inspired to write this after a concert at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle when they were part of a tour with Roy Orbison and Gerry & the Pacemakers. Says McCartney, “There was a Bobby Rydell song out at the time ‘Forget Him’ and, as often happens, you think of one song when you write another. We were in a van up in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. I’d planned an answering song where a couple of us would sing ‘She loves you’ and the other ones would answer ‘Yeah Yeah.’ We decided that was a crummy idea but at least we then had the idea of a song called She Loves You. So we sat in the hotel bedroom for a few hours and wrote it; John and I, sitting on twin beds with guitars.” 

In the UK, this hit #1 twice in 1963, first on September 4 and again on November 20.

Regarding the falsetto exaltation that occurs at the song’s manic peak, McCartney once explained: “The ‘wooooo’ was taken from the Isley Brothers’ ‘Twist and Shout.’ We stuck it in everything.”

These wordless vocalizations of joy were a Beatles hallmark; they most obvious example is the extended fadeout in “Hey Jude.”

The Beatles played part of this at the end of “All You Need Is Love,” which they recorded four years later.

This song was played at the conclusion of the concert sequence at the end of the film A Hard Day’s Night, although it wasn’t included on the soundtrack album. 

Norman Smith, who was The Beatles engineer, told the story in his autobiography John Called me Normal about feeling his heart sink when he spotted the lyrics on the music stand. As he later relayed to Mark Lewinsohn: “She loves you, yeah yeah yeah, She loves you, yeah yeah yeah, she loves you yeah yeah yeah yeah… I thought, My God, what a lyric! This is going to be the one I do not like.”

Smith had a hit in 1972 with “Oh Babe What Would You Say” as Hurricane Smith. He also produced the first three Pink Floyd albums.

There is a very clear edit in this song between the lines “I think it’s only fair/Pride can hurt you too.” It appears that two version had been edited together. 

In August 2009 the Official Chart Company compiled a list of the Beatles biggest selling hits in the UK, including re-issues. They revealed that this song was the Fab Four’s best seller in their native country, followed by “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

The Melissa Manchester hit You Should Hear How She Talks About You was written as a contemporary take on this song, with the singer telling a friend that a guy is really into her.

She Loves You

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

You think you’ve lost your love
Well, I saw her yesterday-ay
It’s you she’s thinking of
And she told me what to say-ay

She says she loves you
And you know that can’t be bad
Yes, she loves you
And you know you should be glad

She said you hurt her so
She almost lost her mind
But now she says she knows
You’re not the hurtin’ kind

She says she loves you
And you know that can’t be bad
Yes, she loves you
And you know you should be glad, ooh

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
With a love like that
You know you should be glad

You know it’s up to you
I think it’s only fair
Pride can hurt you, too
Apologize to her

Because she loves you
And you know that can’t be bad
Yes, she loves you
And you know you should be glad, ooh

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah
With a love like that
You know you should be glad
With a love like that
You know you should be glad
With a love like that
You know you should be glad
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

25 thoughts on “Beatles – She Loves You”

  1. While certainly one of their biggest hits, it’s far from my favorite. I love their early stuff and those John/Paul harmonies in those early albums. I get that this song kinda shoots out of your speakers like a rocket and it shook up the music world, but some of their album cuts I found much better.

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  2. I had a friend who grew up in England, and for a long time the BBC wouldn’t play any Beatles records, only covers by the Northern Dance Orchestra. Apparently their cover used “yes, yes, yes”…

    For me, “She Loves You,” more so than “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” was the song that drove Beatlemania. It really hits you between the eyes. I can imagine people hearing it and saying “oh, yeah, this is what I’ve been waiting for. I’m going out and buying every record that the Beatles have made.”

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    1. I agree with the I Want To Hold Your Hand comparison…this one drives and doesn’t stop. It’s a fantastic song live also…it’s so exciting.

      I would imagine only Pirate Radio would play them for a while.


  3. This song is classic early Beatles and I love it, yeah, yeah, yeah! 🙂

    Yes, the lyrics aren’t particularly deep, but the melody and the great harmony singing are infectious. What I will say is that German version is really awkward!

    BTW, “she loves you, yes, yes, yes” really would have sounded silly. I’m also 100 percent in support of that final chord, so I’m glad The Beatles persisted on both fronts!

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    1. Yes Yes Yes…lol it just doesn’t work!

      That last chord was brilliant to me…it’s not corny at all…They wanted to do what other rock bands were not doing…and it worked.

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    1. One reason I heard Paul say was because he was left handed and George was right and they guitars would not get in the way…plus I think it was a coolness factor…and also it’s easier to sing harmony with someone like that. ..

      Those last ones was a guess.

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      1. Yea it was a cycle with them. John brought in Paul, Paul brought in George, George brought (the driving force) in Ringo…but yea Paul and George were close.
        I’ve read when they got together when George was dying they all laughed and told stories about the old days…

        George told Paul to put the differences with Yoko behind him because life was too short…and Paul did. Ringo was there also.

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  4. Not one of my favorites by them, but boy it sure changed the music world! Like Ozzy says, it probably was a real game changer back then in a way hard to imagine now looking back.


    1. The song didn’t resonate to me as much until I saw the Anthology…man that thing has power live that few others have. The song doesn’t let up.


  5. It’s not my fave early Beatles track – my dad bought I Want To Hold Your Hand & Can’t Buy Me Love, so those are the ones I played over and over – but this is the one that turned them into superstar icons. Everybody in the UK knew She Loves You yeh yeh yeh, and it was one of my many early pop music tunes. I was 5 years old, loved Doctor Who, loved pop music and pop stars, loved comics….

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    1. It seems like…and this is just me guessing…that I Want To Hold Your Hand did it in America for them and She Loves You in Britain.

      I love Doctor Who as well. I have all of the old shows that the BBC didn’t wipe.

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      1. yes that’s pretty much it I think 🙂 Glad to hear you love Doctor Who too 🙂 The old shows are very of their time and on a cheap budget. I used to review them in my schoolbooks, with drawings, when I was 6. I think the teacher got fed up with me reporting my weekends were spent watching Doctor Who and Pop music shows, but I’ve kept those schoolbooks so I may have the oldest-surviving kiddie fandom material 🙂

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      2. The Doctor I liked the best was Tom Baker…the one I haven’t watched enough is the second one.
        The budgets were small but I do love the stories.

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      3. My fave doctor was the second one, Patrick Troughton and his companions were more rounded and they did a lot of ad-libbing, it’s tragic they wiped so many episodes which I still recall. Plus side they are busy doing animated versions to the old soundtracks, which is better than not having them at all…. 🙂

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      4. Yes that is better than nothing.
        That is the one Doctor I have seen less of than the others. I need to watch more episodes with him in it.

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  6. Even though they went on to record much more complex, you could say ‘better’, music… This one I’d still put in my Beatles Top 5… or Top 3, maybe. Plus you don’t hear it as often as ‘Yesterday’, or ‘Let It Be’, maybe because it is such straight up pop.

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