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The Least Glorious Beatles Song Ever (excepting "Revolution #9 and a Few Others)


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Posted on Apr 30, 2012 1:00:43 PM PDT
"Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" were the peak for the Beatles in general, IMO.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 12:56:27 PM PDT
W. David English,

You are correct -- McCartney's "Good Day Sunshine" was supposedly an answer to the Spoonful's "Daydream". It makes sense when you listen to them back-to-back.

As far as I'm concerned, the 'Revolver' album was McCartney's absolute peak for his work with the Beatles. His contributions are uniformly outstanding.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 12:52:38 PM PDT
"Yesterday" is touching and beautifully well-crafted. "Michelle" is pure syrup.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:45:58 PM PDT
MiBoDoCa says:
Both Michelle and Yesterday tie for worst Beatle song!

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:42:01 PM PDT
EvenSteven says:
Marmalade from Scottland topped the UK charts with "Oh Blah dee" & the Beatles should have left it at that & made room for "Not Guilty" or anything else....I guess Paulie had to have his quota?....I hear more "reggae or blue beat" in "She's A Woman" or the middle of "You Know my Name".....to each their own.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:41:15 PM PDT
"Good Day Sunshine"? Really? I love that song. McCartney said he was inspired by the Lovin' Spoonful, probably "Daydream".

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:21:25 PM PDT
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" was an attempt by the Beatles to do reggae before it became fashionable. Not one of their finest moments, to be sure, but (in my opinion) "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", "What Goes On ?", "Michelle", "Within You, Without You", "Run for Your Life" and "Blue Jay Way" are far worse.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:19:50 PM PDT
I luvs the Beatles, but truth is not EVERY song they ever did is a masterpiece! Maybe because their best songs are so superlative, it makes lesser ones seem even more meh.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:09:44 PM PDT
Beatles bashing? Still?

Yawn.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 11:58:05 AM PDT
EvenSteven says:
Yup...."o blah dee" is truly something to barf by.....yep....thanks Paulie

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 11:51:29 AM PDT
How has "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" been passed over so far? :-p

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 11:33:53 AM PDT
ELVIS FAN could show up and take a dump on this thread.

"Wild Honey Pie" was the Beatles low point, but you said we cannot use that one so I'll switch to Maggie Mae from the "Let it Be: album as something I don't wanna hear again.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 11:20:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 11:26:26 AM PDT
Gotta disagree very much on your choice of "For No One", Steven. It's one of Paul's finest -- lyrically, I don't think any song has better described what a guy feels like when he's dumped by the girl of his dreams. And "She Said, She Said" is psychedelia at its best circa 1966, perfectly reflecting Lennon's LSD-addled state of mind.

"The Long and Winding Road" is a beautiful song, but also very sad. Definitely a song that makes me sob every time I hear it. It's absolutely gorgeous but in a downer way.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 11:04:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 11:06:15 AM PDT
I'm not going to beat up on the filler that comprises almost half of the "White Album." But you can't exempt them from their "teething" stage, everybody went through it, some came out better than others. There isn't a clunker on the first albums by Boston, Led Zeppelin, Montrose or the Cars. But that's just one mans opinion.

My 10 worst Beatle songs (in no particular order) are;

Maxwell's Silver Hammer - it's a nursery rhyme
Yellow Submarine - see above
She Said She Said - hate the whiny guitar
Doctor Robert - they are much better than this
Only a Northern Song - it doesn't take much to be the best song on "Yellow Submarine" - this doesn't come close
What Goes On - feel like I'm beating up on Ringo. He may be lovable, but he's not a singer
For No One - even though Paul sang it, I bet he's happy that Lennon's name is first in the credits for this one
Ask Me Why - this song cries out "Please put your hands together and welcome to the Sheboygan Holiday Inn...."
Blue Jay Way - I like the way the drums were recorded, but this song just drones on and on and on and.....
Long and Winding Road - may be my least favorite vocal performance of Paul's

That's it - bring it on!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 10:36:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 10:43:33 AM PDT
"Maxwell's Silver Hammer". By far.

I don't know why some people here have chosen "Your Mother Should Know" -- it's lovely, charming, British music-hall in the grand tradition. It's not syrupy like "Michelle"; it reflects very well the roots that were essential to the Beatles' upbringing.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 10:24:31 AM PDT
Music lover says:
I know there are worst Beatle songs out there but I can't stand Let It Be or Hey Jude. If or when they come on I automatically change the station.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 8:34:49 AM PDT
Most of the songs I would put on this list were McCartney creations, which enhances my theory that he leans far to much into the whole cutesy, music hall arena:

Octopus's Garden
Your Mother Should Know
When I'm 64
Honey Pie
She's Leaving Home
Good Day, Sunshine

Note that most of these are from "Revolver" or later. Seems that when he really collaborated with Lennon, his stuff was much better.

I'm always curious how a guy who the above turds could also create gems like "Back In The U.S.S.R.", "Helter Skelter", "Jet", "Spin It On" and "Get Back." Amazing.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 8:32:39 AM PDT
I think "Sexy Sadie " is brilliant too. I love "Till There Was You" - great vocal from Paul. I think "What Goes On" is one of their worst tracks.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 8:10:22 AM PDT
@Hip O Critic: um, Paul doesn't even sing lead on Mr.Moonlight, which is a cover anyways.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 8:08:04 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 30, 2012 7:56:38 AM PDT
tmoore says:
I'm not a fan of Hello Goodbye.

My older brother loved to play the All Together Now/Hey Bulldog tandem from Side 1 of Yellow Submarine when I was a toddler. As a result I love both songs.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 7:47:33 AM PDT
EvenSteven says:
"When I'm 64" is pretty vomitous....easily the worst on Pepper

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 7:41:47 AM PDT
Hip O Critic says:
Paul did quite a few "nothing" songs that would be better on a Billy Joel or Hall and Oates album.
Honey Pie
Rocky Racoon
Mr Moonlight
Martha My Dear
I Will
Mother Nature's Son

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 7:15:35 AM PDT
crater face says:
W.David English, I do genuinely rate "flying" as my Fabs fave, I like the demos of "strawberry fields" too and "rain" and the thing with Yoko wailing, where the boys are jamming and Paul has his head stuck in the bass amp, not to derail the thread, but the boys don't send me all that much musically.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 7:01:35 AM PDT
Eddie H. says:
--Revolution # 9
--The German Language, She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand
--Mr Moonlight

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