Unlike many songwriting partnerships, which consist of a separate lyricist and composer, both Lennon and McCartney were exceptional at both. Lennon–McCartney compositions have been recorded by an astonishing number of artists such as The Beach Boys, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Bill Haley & His Comets, The Bee Gees, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, U2, Rod Stewart, Booker T. & The M.Gs Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Sting, Tina Turner, Billie Joe Armstrong, Björk, Jeff Beck, Billy Joel, George Benson, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Boyz II Men, The 5th Dimension, Beastie Boys, Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, Tori Amos, José Feliciano, Bruce Springsteen, Bad Company, Cheap Trick, The Black Crowes, David Bowie, Shirley Bassey, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, Michael Bublé, The Carpenters, Count Basie, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Dave Matthews Band, Deep Purple, Céline Dion, Marvin Gaye, The Grateful Dead, Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin, Maroon 5, Marilyn Manson, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Smithereens, Sonny & Cher, Soundgarden, Jack White, The Who, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, Neil Young and Frank Zappa to name but a few.
According to Guinness World Records, "Yesterday" has been recorded by more artists than any other song in history with over 3,000 known versions. The Sunday Times called Lennon and McCartney “the greatest composers since Ludwig van Beethoven.”
"He provided a lightness, an optimism, while I would always go for the sadness, the discords [and] the bluesy notes." - John Lennon Playboy Magazine