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8. 'A Hard Day's Night' (1964)
Best movie-music moment: It'd be easy to take the opening credits, set to the title track, in with The Lads evade their squealing fanbase through London, but there's little doubt that the winning moment is the rambunctious "Can't Buy Me Love," in which John, Paul, George and Ringo escape from their handlers and have a field day celebrating music's liberating, youthful and hilarious possibilities. "Sorry we hurt your field, mister."
Why we love it: The combination of the Beatles' music and the format-breaking directing, editing and cinematography helped shape the music video aesthetic that helped shape TV and movies for the next 50 years.
Tracklist highlights: There are no lowlights. "A Hard Day's Night." "Can't Buy Me Love." "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You." "If I Fell." "And I Love Her." And on and on.
- Daniel Fienberg