Well, when I saw this, my first thought was "Preposterous." My second: "I've gotta do that." And so I did.
This is a ranking of my favorite Beatle songs, in reverse order. Obviously subjective. I'll be candid: A big factor is how much I like to sing each song, which is why I score the great harmonies higher than some might. I also give some weight to historical significance, by which I mostly mean musical innovation. Both of these factors -- singability and breakthroughability -- tend to favor the earlier and middle songs, I think. I also will occasionally vault a song due to a great moment in it. But ultimately, the point is that it's totally subjective -- which songs I enjoy most. I can like No Reply more than Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite if I want to.
So, in reverse order, here we go. The guy whose idea I'm stealing ranked 185 songs, but I have no idea where he got that number. I count 211, not including the German versions of She Loves You and I Want to Hold Your Hand. I'm dividing them into 'albums,' with the worst record first. We'll do a disc each (week)day, and then maybe see if we can learn a little more (about me) from the data. I suspect that we'll learn that I like the For Sale, Help, and Rubber Soul albums more than most people do, and that John is my favorite. He's the dreamiest! I'm eager to hear where you disagree with the rankings, so join the conversation! Both of you!
211. Revolution 9 (The Beatles)
Nothing else really had a chance.
210. Fool on the Hill (Magical Mystery Tour)
More listenable than Revolution 9, but just barely. I know some people like this song, and it's probably insane to list it here, but I will never ever willingly listen to this song.
209. The Long and Winding Road (Let It Be)
Paul's vocal = unintentional comedy = better than Fool on the Hill.
208. Wild Honey Pie (The Beatles)
Higher on the list than the songs before it largely because it's shorter.
207. Not a Second Time (With the Beatles)
Had to look up which album this is on, which means we've left the land of hatred and reached the shores of indifference.
206. A Taste of Honey (Please Please Me)
Um ... I won't always have something to say about each one.
205. P.S. I Love You (Please Please Me)
You'd think a lot of the least faves would come from these first two albums; they were rushed, and had more covers than the others. Let's find out!
204. Don't Bother Me (With the Beatles)
I won't if you won't.
203. Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby (For Sale)
Stunned that this is on For Sale; it was my fourth guess. Needless to say, I stop listening a couple of tunes before this.
202. Chains (Please Please Me)
We've almost reached Neutral. I'll skip this one, but I don't dislike it.
201. I Wanna Be Your Man (With the Beatles)
I do like the madcap harmonies.
200. Here, There and Everywhere (Revolver)
Some people like this, I'm sure. Hey, maybe your mom likes this, huh? Your mom.
199. Good Night (The Beatles)
It's said John, who wrote this song, did a take with him singing, likely to guide Ringo. Unless I get to hear it, the song stays here.
198. All My Loving (With the Beatles)
Nothing wrong with this song. Wasn't it a No. 1?
197. There's a Place (Please Please Me)
Nice moment there on "And it's my mind" when they go someplace musically I'd never have thought of. John said this was the first time he tried to write about himself instead of I-Love-You, You-Don't-Love-Me.
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So there you have it. If this had been their first album, regardless of its lack of coherence, it would have had All My loving, The Long and Winding Road, and Fool on the Hill, which were all popular songs. Plus one for Ringo.
Join us next time, when we'll disparage Paul a little bit and tell George to get his damn tongue out of our ear.
By: cliff bennett
2 weeks ago