The Beatles Albums In Order (By Year of Release): A Complete List

By Richard •  Updated: 07/04/22 •  4 min read

If you’re only just starting to get into The Beatles, you might be wondering what order the band’s albums came out in. Here’s a complete list of all The Beatle’s albums in order…


To say The Beatles were influential would be the understatement of the century. The mark left on music by Paul, John, George, and Ringo has touched billions of people over the last six decades and continues to do so even today. Paul just recently headlined Glastonbury, for instance, at the ripe old age of eighty!

With respect to The Beatles’ enduring influence and popularity, the reason they remain so consistently popular is that nearly all of the most well-known bands and artists – from Black Sabbath to Bruno Mars – cite The Beatles as one of their core influences. That and the fact that their songs and melodies have a timelessness to them that seems to transcend time and space.

Tracks like Hey Jude, Get Back, Eleanor Rigby, and Back in The USSR sound as fresh today as they did fifty or even sixty years ago. And a lot of that is down to the fact that The Beatles was comprised of three of the best songwriters in history – Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison. But also because, during the latter part of the band’s career, they stopped touring and simply became a recording band – this was when The Beatles got REALLY experimental.

But if you’re just getting started listening to The Beatles, the best place to start is the beginning. Why? Because this way you’ll not only be able to appreciate how the band evolved over time but also how their approach to songwriting changed – and, believe me, it changed pretty significantly towards the end of the band’s career. If you want to listen to The Beatles’ albums in order, here’s the correct order (based on release dates):

The Beatles Albums In Order

Why The Beatles Were So Influential…

The scope and impact of The Beatles’ music cannot be understated, multiple books and documentaries have been made about the bands’ effect on the world and the music business at large. No other band has ever achieved what these four lads from Liverpool did – and they did ALL of it before any of them were even thirty years old.

the beatles albums in order

After The Beatles, George, John, Paul, and Ringo all had solo careers, with John and Paul’s arguably being the most successful – Paul is still releasing music today, for instance. But the main reason why they’re all still famous, household names is because of The Beatles and the band’s enduring legacy which, after more than six decades, is still as prominent today as it was thirty and forty years ago.

As a long-time fan of The Beatles, I’ve often wondered what each of the band’s members’ favorite album was. I needed to find out, so I did some digging – here’s what I found out…

The Beatles’ Favorite Beatles Album

As it turns out, each member of The Beatles has a completely different favorite record. It is well known that both John and George weren’t massive fans of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, this album was a concept album predominantly driven by Paul McCartney, although it is now considered one of the band’s finest studio albums.

So what albums did John, Paul, George, and Ringo like the best from The Beatles’ back catalog of records? John Lennon’s favorite Beatles album was The White Album; Paul McCartney has stated numerous times that his favorite is Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; George Harrison’s favorite album was Rubber Soul; and, finally, Ringo Starr’s favorite Beatles album is Abbey Round, especially the second half of the record.

Richard

Richard has been playing guitar for over a decade and is a huge fan of metal, doom, sludge, and rock music in general – though mostly metal. Having played in bands and worked in studios since the early 2000s, Richard is a massive music production geek, a fan of minimalist recording techniques, and he really likes old-school guitars.

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