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John Lennon‘s son, Sean Ono Lennon, once said he doesn’t like discussing his favorite Beatles songs. He explained why he thinks it’s silly to name favorite Beatles songs. However, during another interview, he cited two of his favorite Beatles songs.

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Why John Lennon’s son once said he didn’t want to discuss his favorite Fab Four songs

During a 2014 interview with GQ, Sean revealed he’s tired of answering certain questions.

“There are questions you don’t even want to bring up,” he said. “You don’t want to bring that bad magic into the room. I have to say, to be honest, I don’t like it when people ask me what my favorite Beatles song is.”

Sean explained why he doesn’t like that question, saying, “First of all, I don’t like having to pick a favorite thing anyway. You can’t pick a favorite Beatles song!”

While speaking with GQ, Sean did name a few of The Beatles songs he likes.

“What about ‘Strawberry Fields?'” he said. “What about ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds?’ What about ‘Tomorrow Never Knows?’ Come on. That question is small-minded to think you could even have a favorite Beatles song.”

John Lennon’s son revealed he enjoys The Beatles’ ‘psychedelic’ songs

During a 2015 interview with Citizens of Humanity, Sean was once again asked to name his favorite Beatles songs. This time, he discussed some of his favorite Beatles songs and albums.

Sgt. Pepper’s, Magical Mystery and then the more psychedelic stuff; that’s just where my taste is, because I like the more experimental songwriting, more progressive songwriting,” he revealed.

Sean specifically named two tracks as personal favorites.

“It seems a lot more ambitious, you know, very orchestral and sort of experimental recording techniques, so my favorite songs are like ‘Strawberry Fields’ and ‘I Am the Walrus,'” he said. “The stuff that’s really more out there.”


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The way the world reacted to The Beatles’ ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘I Am the Walrus’

Sean enjoys “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “I Am the Walrus.” Notably, these songs were not some of the Fab Four’s biggest hits. However, given that he hinted he prefers more “experimental” songs, this comes as no surprise.

“Strawberry Fields Forever” peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the chart for nine weeks. “I Am the Walrus” was a more modest hit No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100, staying on the chart for four weeks.

One of those songs was more popular in the United Kingdom. According to The Official Charts Company, “Strawberry Fields Forever” peaked at No. 2 in the U.K. and lasted 11 weeks on the chart. Meanwhile, “I Am the Walrus” did not chart there.

Sean said “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “I Am the Walrus” are some of his favorite Beatles songs — even if he doesn’t always want to name his favorite Beatles songs.