hmv.com presents… The Best Soundtracks of All Time: A Hard Day's Night
A Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles’ first foray into cinema and still one of the greatest rock & roll movies ever made
So what’s the film about?
At the height of their fame, John, Paul, George & Ringo get chased by hoards fans on their way to London for a show. Down in the capital, whilst the band get up to several hijinks, Ringo goes walkabouts and the rest of the lads have to find him.
Light on plot but heavy on japes and general tomfoolery, it’s a fictionalised snapshot of the greatest band of all time at the peak of their pop powers. It’s great fun, has great songs and all ends in big live performance capturing The Beatles at their live best.
Is this a score or a soundtrack?
A soundtrack of original Beatles songs, the first half from the film and the second written for it, but ultimately not used in the final cut.
So what’s it like?
It’s one of the greatest pop albums of all time. The first Beatles album to consist completely of Lennon and McCartney originals with no classic rock & roll covers, it includes some of the band’s most iconic songs including the title track, ‘If I Fell’ and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’. It’s full of brilliant, catchy melodies, with no track clocking in at over three minutes.
What does it give the film?
The film is all about the music, and witnessing the young Beatles do their thing. In an age before Youtube, MTV or even any sort of music videos, it gave fans a chance to see the songs brought to life on-screen.
What’s the best moment?
From its instantly recognisable single chord intro, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ is two minutes and 34 seconds of pure youthful buzz and excitement – kind of ironic since the song is about being exhausted after a long day at work.
Has it stood the test of time?
Definitely – the hits are still as widely known as they were in the Sixties, and it’s made an indelible mark in popular culture.