7) 'It's Only Love'
From 'Help!' (1965)
Had he been born in Georgia or Mississippi, John Lennon could have been one of the all-time greatest singers and songwriters of soul music. Instead, the Liverpool native had to settle for merely being a Beatle.
Although Lennon would later admit to hating the lyric, 'It's Only Love' is a perfect distillation of everything he learned about conflicting emotions from those southern soul records he loved: You're breathtakingly beautiful, but we're always fighting. I know I should break up with you, but my love for you makes me want to change. And his vocals, light in the verse and tormented in the chorus, is straight out of Soul Singing 101.
Listen to 'It's Only Love' by the Beatles