She Loves You

Album: The Beatles' Second Album (1963)
Charted: 1 1


  • 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 popularized the phrase "yeah, yeah, yeah." Paul McCartney's dad wanted them to sing "yes, yes, yes" instead because he thought it sounded more dignified.
  • 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.
  • 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)." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Don - Rapid City, SD
  • 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.
  • 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 (led by McCartney) topped it with "Mull Of Kintyre."
  • 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." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • 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."
  • This was one of the Beatles songs that held the Top 5 positions on the US chart on April 4, 1964. Others were: "Twist and Shout," "Can't Buy Me Love," "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Please, Please Me."
  • 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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Charlie - Cape Girardeau, MO
  • 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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Rick - Mount Ephraim, NJ, for above 2
  • 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."
  • This song had a profound impact on Ozzy Osbourne, who said it was the first single he ever bought. "Imagine you go to bed today and the world is black and white and then you wake up, and everything's in color," he said of hearing it for the first time. Osbourne knew at that moment he wanted to make music his life, and The Beatles proved that even poor kids from provincial towns in England could pull it off.
  • 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.

Comments: 61

  • AnonymousNot convinced that Liverpool is a "small town"! "Provincial" would have been better. [good call -editor]
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 29th 1964, at the Pathé Marconi Studios in Paris, France the Beatles recorded a German version of "She Loves You", in German the song is "Sie Leibt Dich"...
    Five months later on June 21st, 1964 it would enter Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart for a one week stay, and that was at position #97...
    At the same recording session the quartet also recorded "Komm Gib Mir Diene Hand"; a German version of "I Want to Hold Your Hand"...
    R.I.P. John and George.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 30th 1963, the Beatles appeared on the Swedish Sverige television program 'Drop In'; their performance was taped earlier in the day at the Arenateatern in the Grona Lund Amusement Park in Stockholm...
    They performed four songs, one of them was "She Loves You", and at the time it was at #2 on the United Kingdom's Singles chart, it did not make the Swiss Singles chart*...
    * Sort of surprisingly, their first record to finally make the Swiss Singles chart wasn't until 1967, when "Hello, Goodbye" would peak at #2, and then their next five releases would all reached #1 in Sweden.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 4th 1963, the Beatles made their first appearance on the United Kingdom's ITV TV program 'Ready Steady Go!'...
    At the time the quartet's "She Loves You" was in its fourth and final week at #1 on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...
    And then eight weeks later on November 24th it regained the #1 spot for 2 more weeks; and the record that bumped it out of the top spot, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by 'you know who'...
    R.I.P. to John and George.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 16th 1964, the Beatles performed "She Loves You" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    The show was broadcasted live from Miami Beach in Florida; it was the first of a six song set...
    At the time the song was at #3 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and for the next four weeks* it was at #2 and finally on March 15th, 1964 it reached #1 {for 2 weeks} and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    * And for the four weeks it was at #2; the #1 record for those four weeks was "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by ‘you know who’...
    R.I.P. John and George.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 28th 1963, N.Y.C. DJ 'Murray The K' played the Beatles' "She Loves You" on his WINS radio show; it is widely considered to be the first time a Beatles' song was broadcasted in the U.S.A.
    A little under four months later it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at #69; and eight weeks later it would peak at #1 {for 2 weeks}...
    R.I.P. John, George, and ‘Murray The K’, born Murray Kaufman, {1922 – 1982}.
  • Johan from Stockholm, SwedenIan MacDonald wrote that "The opening lines follow speech inflections and stay within the compass of their chord - obviously Lennons work".
    I think that the melody in " think you've lost your love..." is very similar to the melody in "...if the sun has faded away..." in Lennon's "Any time at all".
    Lennon said that he had "most of She loves you".
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 3rd, 1964 a video of the Beatles performing "She Loves You" was aired on the NBC-TV program 'The Jack Paar Show' (exactly one month and six days before their 'live' appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show')...
    The performance was taped two months earlier on November 16th, 1963 at the Winter Gardens Theater in Bournemouth, England...
    Twenty-two days after the Paar appearance on January 25th "She Loves You" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on March 15th, 1964 it peaked at #1 (for 2 weeks) and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    Prior to reaching #1 it was struck at #2 for four straight weeks, and the record keeping out of the top spot was "I Want To Hold Your Hand"...
    As stated above the Top 100 chart ending on April 4th, 1964 the Beatles held the top five positions; the record at #6 was "Suspicion" by Terry Stafford.
  • Don from Willoughby, OhBack in the Spring of 1964, I was in 7th grade at Collinwood High School in Cleveland, Ohio.
    The school had a Spring concert and four guys dressed up as The Beatles and the first song they lip sic to was She Loves You.
    The place went Wild, you would have thought it was the real Beatles.
  • David from Philadelphia, PaThis was one of five Beatles songs that was never released in stereo--nor four as this site says. The others are "Love Me Do," "I'll Get You" ,"You Know My Name (Look Up The Number), and "P.S. I Love You."
  • Allyson from Waverly, NyMy favorite Beatles song! My favorite part is "Ooooooh!" xD It makes me giggle so much!
  • Johan from Stockholm, SwedenThe melody, before chorus, is typically Lennon. Compare the melody in " think you´ve lost your love..." with the melody in "...when the sun has faded away.." in Lennon´s "Anytime at all". Even MacDonald thinks that that part is Lennon´s. Three long notes as in "Yeh yeh yeh" is also very typical Lennon.
    Som people call it a McCartney-song just because it was McCartney´s idea to sing the lyric in third person.
    -Johan Cavalli Stockholm
  • Pat from Albuquerque, NmI was in junior high school in Indianapolis during the dark time after John Kennedy was killed. The school played pop music (Beach Boys, girl groups, and so forth) over a sound system in the gym, during the half hour before class started. That's where I first heard the Beatles and "She Loves You." The local pop station wasn't playing the Beatles yet, but that changed in a hurry after their appearance on Ed Sullivan. The rest is history...
  • Breanna from Henderson, NvThis song is brillant! I love this song. It's great
  • K from Nowhere, On"Can't you just play it the way Ringo would?" Yeah, no kidding. I always thought that after the band broke up John was a selfish jerk (thanks Yoko) but that proves he missed being a Beatle.
  • Justine from Seattle, WaI love this song. There is really something more to it than just "she loves you, yeah" really does have magical powers in some way I think. The epitome of Beatlemania.
  • Chloe from St. Louis, MoThese songs have magical powers. Don't believe me? Explain that enormous urge you have to scream like a fangirl when they sing "YEAH YEAH YEAAAH". Awesomeness.
  • Daevid from Glendale, CaFor those of you old enough to remember the feeling of Beatlemania in 1964, this song captured the epitome of that energy.
  • Alan from Greene, RiI heard a rumor that Peter Sellers did the German translations of this and 'Kom gib Mir deine Hand'
    and translated a lot of their songs, disregarding original meanings. ("Zat ees Not my dog" -- Inspector Clouseau). I'd like to believe it.
  • Rick from Mount Ephraim, Nj"i love this song... at least ringo kinda showed he wasnt the worst drummer ever. i wonder wat would happen if he and neil peart met...
    - ozzy, fresno, CA"

    Ringo is one of the BEST drummers ever, and I think that if he and Neil Peart (whom I agree is a fantastic drummer) ever met, Neil would bow to him.

    Studies have been done on Ringo's drumming and they found that he keeps perfect timing. His solo on "The End" displays that timing. Without it, they never would have been able to do what they did in the studio (I think "A Day in the Life" is probably his best effort, though Ringo says it's "Rain").

    After the Beatles broke up, John Lennon, recording a solo album, was frustrated because the session drummer couldn't perform what Lennon wanted. Lennon said to the guy, "Can't you just play it the way Ringo would?"

    'Nuff said.
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, Ca"yeah, yeah, yeah" became kind of a catch phrase for people talking about the early Beatles in '64!
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiHey Kelsi, from Texas, that's what I hear myself. At the beginning, it really sounds like "She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah! She'D love TO, yeah, yeah, yeah! She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!"
  • Jeff from Austin, TxEasily in the top 5 best songs of all time.
  • Catherine from Essex, United Kingdombefore i realised i was a beatle maniac, i only heard the famous she love u yea yea yea bit. when i first got it , my mind was blown! there is so much in this song - i love when it says glad, and bad haha. and the high pitched oooooooohhhhhhhs! its amazing, the beatles are all equal and will live forever!
  • John from Cranston, RiTo have a song in the top 10 is a great achievment for an artist. To have the number one song is and even greater accompishment. Some artists have had more than one song in the top 10 at one time. Elvis did this I believe, but no one has ever had both the number one and number two songs on the chart. In April of 1964 the Beatles had the number one, number two, number three, number four, and number five songs on the chart. This was one of them. Now is that greatness or what?
  • Joe from Poughkeepsie, Ny>>You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) was released in stereo. It was the B-Side to Let it Be. From Me To You wasn't released in Stereo!
    - Joel, Emerald, Australia<<

    No stereo mix of this existed in 1970 when the "Let It Be" single was released. LIB is stereo on the 45, YKMN is mono. On the original pressings YKMN has no mono-stereo designation. Later repressings clearly noted YKMN as mono. There is a stereo remix on the Anthology II CD but it edits out a couple of passages toward the end, making a stereo re-edit to match the single undoable.
  • Lateeka from Kelowna, CanadaOh Basil you ol herb. Sprout already.
  • Ivette from Los Angeles, CaI luv this song it so kool it comes out in A Hard Day's Night when they r doin a presentation n they sang more songs 2 The Beatles rock!!!
  • Lucyinthesky from Philadelphia, PaBy the way even as early as 1963 there were music critics seriously analylzing and praising The Beatles music including this song. William Mann the music critic for The London Sunday Times as wellas some others pointed out their use of interesting and unusal chords and how they arranged them. Bob Dylan said decades ago about their early songs,that their melodies and harmonies were wonderful and their chords were outrageous,and that they were doing things in music nobody else was! Roger McGuinn of The Byrds says that The Beatles used folk rock chords in their early songs and that they invented folk rock without even knowing it! He was influenced to start playing a 12 string guitar after he saw and heard George Harrison playing one in The Beatles first movie A Hard Day's Night in 1964. And Richard Buckle a ballet and classical music critic from The London Sunday Times called John and Paul the two greatest son composers since Beethoven after John and Paul wrote the music for a ballet called,Mods and Rockers in December 1963!
  • Lucyinthesky from Philadelphia, PaThis is such a good early Beatles song,and no other group or artist could have made this into a good song,only The Beatles! If anyone else would have done it it would have been crap! Norman Smith one of The Beatles early recording engineers who went on to work with Pink Floyd,says that when he first saw the lyrics to She Loves You before he heard The Beatles playing it,he wasn't going to like this song at all,but then when he heard The Beatles playing and recording it he was dancing around the studio and he said it sounded great!
  • Ozzy from Fresno, Cai love this song...
    at least ringo kinda showed he wasnt the worst drummer ever. i wonder wat would happen if he and neil peart met...
  • Krissy from Boston, MaI love this song. It's a great song. It's fun and amazing.
  • Joe from Montvale, NjThe song starts with a drum solo and it has that famous yeah yeah yeah hook line. This song is probably the most improbable to have a jazz chord as an important function but that jazz chord chord is one of the reasons why this songs sounds so original when it came out.
  • Eduardo from San Jose, OtherI love Beatles' music so much, the first 3 seconds of this song are the start sound in my computer, both at home and at work.
  • Lizz from Tampa, FlI had always thought the lyrics were "she loves you (yeah yeah yeah), she loved you (yeah yeah yeah)- as in she alwayss loved him even though he hurt her, and that's why he should be sorry
  • Basil from Skylark Sound City, MtNeurotic song. Dark, desparate, a lie. She doesn't love him, she's plotting his murder. Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Beatles begin their systematic destruction of everything sacred. And the apple-gnawing Godself in us all loves it, yeah yeah yeah...
  • John from Townsville, WyTWO things: first, on the Ed Sullivan appearance when they flashed "sorry girls, he's married!" on the screen - that was 'copied' so to speak in the movie "That Thing You Do" when the Wonders are playing and the camera gets a head shot of Jimmy; except it reads: "Sorry girls, he's engaged!" Second, this song is played in the Beatles' movie "Magical Mystery Tour" (incredible in ways) during the Magical Mystery Tour Marathon. It is a 'midi' version...electronically programmed notes, and no words.
  • Kelsi from Rowlett, TxI also heard that the lyrics are "She Loves You, Yeah Yeah Yeah. SHE'D LOVE TO, yeah yeah yeah."
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoI remember as a kid reading a Mad Magazine parody of Lost In Space (maybe it was called "Loused Up In Space"?) and every several panels the artist would draw some weird little creature off to the side making noises like "glorp!" One of these weird little creatures was a Beatles head (there were little feat attached directly to the head with no body in between!) and it was going, "yeah yeah yeah!"!!! Man, that cracked me up!!
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoLennon identified this along with From Me To You and I Want To Hold Your Hand as the three most collaborative Lennon/McCartney compositions.
  • Andy from Florida, FlGet the Beatles Anthology DVD set and watch the Beatles performing this song in front of hundreds of screaming teens and a few intoxicated adults, in London, 1963. One of my favorite Beatles clips of all time!! No comparison - PURE Beatlemania....
    See the screaming girls absolutely freaking out, one is biting her shirt, one is biting her lip, they are all standing and jumping in their seats, at the end of the song a girl screams so long and other-worldly she looks like she's going to pass out.
    And as an added bonus, this video clip from 1963 is IN COLOR!!!! I wish I had a video of the entire concert that this clip was taken from! WOW!
  • Steve from Fenton, MoI agree. Lee. I never get tired of hearing this song. It would have been the breakthrough song in the US, if Capitol would have had the good sense to recognize how great a recording it is and promoted it.
  • Linus from Hamilton, On, CanadaThis song has an echoing urgency to it...the lyrics aren't important, but the song itself is catastrophic.
  • Linus from Hamilton, On, CanadaI love it when they repeat 'with a love like that you know you should be...glaaaad!' It sounds great.
  • Lee from Clearwater, FlI can't believe they wrote this in 4 hours. (Ringo said that is all it took) What is there to say? It is in one of the very tight group of Hold your hand, saw her standing, and twist and shout. Those four songs made the early Beatles. They are, finger print songs. No one can ever sing the 3 originals in that group of songs without bombing. That is to say that only the Beatles could sing those songs.
  • Bill from Southeastern Part Of, FlListen closely to the opening lyrics. They are: She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah, SHE'D LOVE TO, yeah, yeah, yeah...
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScHey guys. They changed the lyric on the lebsite. N w it says "she says you hurt her so". there's a part where you can sumbit lyrics, and that's what I did. I wanted to make sure they werw correct.
  • Niki from Chicago, IlI have the official Beatles lyric book, "The Complete Beatles" and it's, "She said you hurt her so"
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScAnyway, Andria you're probably right.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, Schey Andria. I always heard "She says you heard her so" too, when I listened to the song.
  • Nessie from Sapporo, JapanThanks, Marc, I dig that groovey last chord. Notice also that Paul starts with a 6th chord in "Fool on the Hill."
  • Benjamin from Cheverly, MdThis should have been included on the Rock n roll music album.
  • Andrea from SingaporeJust a comment on the lyrics, it's "she said you hurt her so" and not "she said you were to know that". At least, that's what I've always heard.
  • Dyno from Derry, NhOne more thing. In the movie "The Parent Trap" (1961), Haley Mills (playing twins) sang a song "Let's Get Together (yeah yeah yeah)". I always wondered whether this inspired the yeah yeah yeah in "She Loves You". - (I mean no disrespect to the Beatles by this insinuation.)
  • Dyno from Derry, NhI almost caught the Jack Paar clip on Jan 3, 1964. I had read in TV Guide for the Jack Paar show that he was going to show the most popular group in England (which I pictured to be some silly looking group in knee pants or something). I didnt bother to stay up to watch it, which I always regretted. I have always wondered what film clip/song was shown. Now I know that it was "She Loves You". - Dyno
  • David from Lansing, MiThe Ed Sullivan "Sorry girls, he's married" bit was parodied in the Rutles' movie "All You Need Is Cash" the exact same way before it was done in "That Thing You Do". I believe it showed the drummer, Barry Wom, and flashed "Sorry girls, he's engaged".
  • Marc from Philadelphia, PaOn a musicians note...This song ends in an F# 6th which is a Jazz Chord never used in popular music
  • João from São Paulo, BrazilIn Brazil The Beatles were called "The Kings Of Yeah Yeah Yeah", because of songs like this (with lots of "yeah yeah yeah").
    Their kind of music (and rock in general) soon started being called "i� i� i�" (transcription of "yeah yeah yeah" in Portuguese) - Old people would say: "Não gosto de i�-i�-i�, prefiro jazz" ("I don't like yeah-yeah-yeah music, I prefer jazz music")...
  • Joel from Emerald, AustraliaYou Know My Name (Look Up The Number) was released in stereo. It was the B-Side to Let it Be. From Me To You wasn't released in Stereo!
  • Paulo from New York, NyJust some piddling trivia: back in '88, there was an article about Metallica and it mentioned how the singer James Hetfield had never listened to the Beatles. When he heard this song, he thought it was "pretty heavy."
  • Ian from Urbana, IlTWO things: first, on the Ed Sullivan appearance when they flashed "sorry girls, he's married!" on the screen - that was 'copied' so to speak in the movie "That Thing You Do" when the Wonders are playing and the camera gets a head shot of Jimmy; except it reads: "Sorry girls, he's engaged!"
    Second, this song is played in the Beatles' movie "Magical Mystery Tour" (incredible in ways) during the Magical Mystery Tour Marathon. It is a 'midi' version...electronically programmed notes, and no words.
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