The meaning behind the lyrics to Can’t Buy me Love by the Beatles.
Paul McCartney wrote this song. Despite rumors to the contrary, he claimed it was not about a prostitute. Rather, the song makes a simple yet profound statement on what matters most in life. The word “Love” appeared in many Beatles lyrics, especially in their early songs.
This song was recorded on January 29, 1964 in Paris, although when The Beatles returned to Britain, George Harrison decided to overdub another lead guitar part in London. The original solo is still audible in the background. (thanks, mark – Rotterdam, Netherlands)
This was one of the Beatles songs that held the top 5 positions on the US chart on April 4, 1964. The others were: “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Please, Please Me.” The week after it hit #1 in the US, The Beatles had 14 songs in the Billboard Hot 100. It’s also the first song to hit #1 from outside the Top 20, something that didn’t happen again until Billboard began using its “Soundscan” method of recording sales. (thanks, Bertrand – Paris, France)
This was one of the first Pop songs to start with the chorus rather than a verse. That was producer George Martin’s idea.
Paul McCartney sang the lead vocal. It was one of the first Beatles songs where only one member of the group sang.
“Can’t Buy Me Love” was used as the title for a popcorn movie starring Patrick Dempsey in 1987. In the film, his character goes from “totally geek to totally chic” by paying a popular girl to pretend they are dating. Gerardo, who sang “Rico Suave,” was also in the movie.
This was used in the first Beatles movie, A Hard Day’s Night, which was re-released in 2000. It was used to replace “I’ll Cry Instead,” which the film’s director Dick Lester thought was an inappropriate song to use when the Beatles were to break out and have some fun.
This replaced “Roll Over Beethoven”/”Please Mr. Postman” as the single to be released by Capitol Records USA in March 1964. (thanks, Brad Wind – Miami, FL)
In the first two takes of this song, John and George sang back up harmonies. Take 4 is the one they used. (thanks, Adrian – Wilmington, DE)
The Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald recorded this shortly after The Beatles version came out. She covered several Pop songs late in her career.
Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel perform part of this song in the 2008 movie Yes Man.