Which songs did John Lennon write in Lennon-McCartney partnership?

BEATLES wrote some of the best-loved songs in rock'n'roll history - but which were written by John Lennon?

PUBLISHED: 21:53, Sat, Sep 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 21:53, Sat, Sep 26, 2020

The Beatles had two main songwriting brains behind it: John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney. George Harrison and Sir Ringo Starr also contributed music to the group, but the Lennon-McCartney partnership was behind some of the biggest hits from the band. It is said the band’s songwriters often wrote full songs before presenting it to the band - so which songs did John Lennon write?


John Lennon was a fantastic songwriter, as was his Beatles companion Sir Paul McCartney.

Lennon and Sir Paul met at a local church fete in 1957, where Lennon was performing with a skiffle group called the Quarrymen.

After Macca impressed Lennon with his guitar stylings, he was invited to join the Quarrymen, and soon they brought along their friends to listen to their new song performances, inviting mates such as Nigel Walley and future Beatle George Harrison.

Speaking to Playboy in 1980, Lennon spoke fondly of his bond with Sir Paul and their writing.

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Lennon and McCartney - which songs did Lennon write?Lennon and McCartney - which songs did Lennon write? (Image: Getty)

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He said: “[Sir Paul McCartney] provided a lightness, an optimism, while I would always go for the sadness, the discords, the bluesy notes.

“There was a period when I thought I didn’t write melodies, that Paul wrote those and I just wrote straight, shouting rock ‘n’ roll.

“But, of course, when I think of some of my own songs—‘In My Life’, or some of the early stuff, ‘This Boy’—I was writing melody with the best of them.”

The pair used this medium to communicate many of their feelings, about the world and issues they were facing.

But who wrote which songs?

Lennon and McCartney with Yoko OnoLennon and McCartney with Yoko Ono (Image: Getty)

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