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In this thread I rank my favorite Beatles songs: 204-1.

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134.  I Call Your Name (single, 1964)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

The primary appeals of this song to me are:  (1) the "ska" guitar solo, (2) the interplay of that sped-up, off-kilter guitar work with John's vocal in the middle eight, and (3) cowbell.  In fact, apparently it was that third item, the cowbell, that led to the song's being omitted from the A Hard Day's Night soundtrack, as they already had two heavy cowbell songs on there (no wonder I love that record).  After the song was passed on initially by the Beatles, they gave it to Billy J.  Kramer and the Dakotas, who recorded it in 1963 (fun fact:  for a time the Beatles tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to disguise their recording sessions by having themselves listed on the day's agenda as "The Dakotas," in case the information about who was recording leaked to fans).  

Mr. krista:  "That’s a good song.  'I never weep at night; I call your name.'  That’s great.  I haven’t heard that song much.  This is the first time I’ve listened to it.  But that’s a great ####### song.  Awesome."

Suggested cover:  The Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas version came out before the Beatles one, so I guess it's not actually a cover.  The Mamas & the Papas version is interesting mostly because you can hear someone whispering "John" at 1:27 and 1:32.

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3 hours ago, krista4 said:

135.  All I've Got To Do (With the Beatles, 1963)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

I suspect I have this higher than many would, but it's another song with a standout soulful vocal.  John once again was trying to mimic a Smokey Robinson song, and I think this one was more successful, especially the opening and the "mmm, mmm, mmm"s at the end.  

I read half the Geoff Emerick book on the way home yesterday, and he spoke a lot about how unconfident John often was with his vocal performances.  Personally I prefer his voice to Paul's, but John was an insecure dude in many ways, so I guess it's not surprising that he felt this way.  In any case, his vocal on this song seems to evoke his overall insecurity, which I think is intentional and incredible.  When he sings, for instance, the first verse:

Whenever I want you around yeah 
All I gotta do 
Is call you on the phone 
And you'll come running home 
Yeah that's all I gotta do

It sounds on the vocal more like a pleading than statements made in confidence.  The same goes for the second verse, where I don't believe him that he can kiss [you] by whispering the right words in [your] ear - again, it sounds tentative and soft, as if he's trying to convince himself, complete with the stuttering "I"s.  Contrast that with his vocal on the bridges, where he gains energy and confidence to make the firm statement "you just gotta call on me," joined by Paul in strong harmony in order to solidify the point.  The vocal is a jumble of emotions and once of John's best, in my opinion.

Ringo's offbeat drum patterns on this one are terrific as well at setting the mood of erratic emotions.

Guess I caught Mr. krista with this one while he was tired:  "Shows off John's vocals well."

Suggested cover:  To keep you guys interested, Susannah Hoffs (also she does a great job with it)

I would like Susannah Hoffs to cover me.  

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41 minutes ago, krista4 said:

134.  I Call Your Name (single, 1964)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

The primary appeals of this song to me are:  (1) the "ska" guitar solo, (2) the interplay of that sped-up, off-kilter guitar work with John's vocal in the middle eight, and (3) cowbell.  In fact, apparently it was that third item, the cowbell, that led to the song's being omitted from the A Hard Day's Night soundtrack, as they already had two heavy cowbell songs on there (no wonder I love that record).  After the song was passed on initially by the Beatles, they gave it to Billy J.  Kramer and the Dakotas, who recorded it in 1963 (fun fact:  for a time the Beatles tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to disguise their recording sessions by having themselves listed on the day's agenda as "The Dakotas," in case the information about who was recording leaked to fans). 

I had no idea The Bruce Dickinson worked with the Beatles

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1 minute ago, Tom Hagen said:

I had no idea The Bruce Dickinson worked with the Beatles

I miss this @Bruce Dickinson. :( 

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8 minutes ago, Tom Hagen said:

I had no idea The Bruce Dickinson worked with the Beatles

When the Beatles broke up, it scrapped a scheduled fourth Fab Four flick called Gold-Plated Diapers

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I'm still kind of surprised that you're 70 songs into this (a third of the way done!) and the only three I feel strongly about are Mr. Kite, Rocky Raccoon, and Hello, Goodbye (the last is top 40/50 for me I think).

Thinking I may take a stab at my own top-10 just to see how many overlap with yours.

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On 1/28/2019 at 4:01 PM, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

I'm still kind of surprised that you're 70 songs into this (a third of the way done!) and the only three I feel strongly about are Mr. Kite, Rocky Raccoon, and Hello, Goodbye (the last is top 40/50 for me I think).

Thinking I may take a stab at my own top-10 just to see how many overlap with yours.

I haven’t posted Rocky Raccoon yet.  And I did move Kite up a bit.  Maybe you’re my brother.  

ETA:  I’d love to see your (or others’) top ten.  My top 12 are set so no changes will be coming there.

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On 1/28/2019 at 6:17 PM, krista4 said:

I haven’t posted Rocky Raccoon yet.  And I did move Kite up a bit.  Maybe you’re my brother.  

ETA:  I’d love to see your (or others’) top ten.  My top 12 are set so no changes will be coming there.

I’ll try this when we get closer for sure. This thread is very inspiring. Gonna start my Hanson countdown after this but I don’t want to steal your thunder. 

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Yikes.  So I took a spin around a few not-Krista Beatles' rankers and it's safe to say my list is... idiosyncratic.  The top half appears in most other top-10 or top-20, but the back half is all mine apparently.

ETA:  also up to a top-12 as I found out I was missing some obvious ones in my own library.

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6 minutes ago, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

Yikes.  So I took a spin around a few not-Krista Beatles' rankers and it's safe to say my list is... idiosyncratic.  The top half appears in most other top-10 or top-20, but the back half is all mine apparently.

ETA:  also up to a top-12 as I found out I was missing some obvious ones in my own library.

There’s a divide between my top 12 and the next tier, but sadly I can’t have a 12-song top 10.

I intended to mention before that I am aware there are some rankings out there by music critics and others, but I’ve studiously avoided those until this is over.  Some of mine will likely be (charitably) idiosyncratic as well.

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2 minutes ago, krista4 said:

There’s a divide between my top 12 and the next tier, but sadly I can’t have a 12-song top 10.

Constraint to top 10s is arbitrary and oppressive. Be free, be you, be top 12.

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Since several people have given guesses at my #1, I’ve decided to donate $100 to the charity of choice to whoever comes closest - i.e., anyone who gets it right, or if no one has/does, whoever gets my second choice, etc.  I’ll put together a list of the guesses so far when I’m home (at airport picking up my mom!).

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Just now, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

Extra ETA:  it's confirmed that I'm a Paulophile.

Easy there, Gary Glitter.

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1 minute ago, krista4 said:

Since several people have given guesses at my #1, I’ve decided to donate $100 to the charity of choice to whoever comes closest - i.e., anyone who gets it right, or if no one has/does, whoever gets my second choice, etc.  I’ll put together a list of the guesses so far when I’m home (at airport picking up my mom!).

Let It Be

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9 minutes ago, krista4 said:

There’s a divide between my top 12 and the next tier, but sadly I can’t have a 12-song top 10.

LOL

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1 hour ago, krista4 said:

There’s a divide between my top 12 and the next tier, but sadly I can’t have a 12-song top 10.

I intended to mention before that I am aware there are some rankings out there by music critics and others, but I’ve studiously avoided those until this is over.  Some of mine will likely be (charitably) idiosyncratic as well.

You set your own damn rules.  

ETA:  your work, your contest - do what you want!! (supportive of your endeavor here)

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18 minutes ago, krista4 said:

Since several people have given guesses at my #1, I’ve decided to donate $100 to the charity of choice to whoever comes closest - i.e., anyone who gets it right, or if no one has/does, whoever gets my second choice, etc.  I’ll put together a list of the guesses so far when I’m home (at airport picking up my mom!).

I’ll say Eleanor Rigby. That is a very generous gesture. :thumbup:

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29 minutes ago, krista4 said:

Since several people have given guesses at my #1, I’ve decided to donate $100 to the charity of choice to whoever comes closest - i.e., anyone who gets it right, or if no one has/does, whoever gets my second choice, etc.  I’ll put together a list of the guesses so far when I’m home (at airport picking up my mom!).

Rain

A bit obscure for #1, but I’ve always loved this song.

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46 minutes ago, krista4 said:

Since several people have given guesses at my #1, I’ve decided to donate $100 to the charity of choice to whoever comes closest - i.e., anyone who gets it right, or if no one has/does, whoever gets my second choice, etc.  I’ll put together a list of the guesses so far when I’m home (at airport picking up my mom!).

I feel like my earlier guess must be wrong after seeing this very generous post of yours. But I’ll stick with Hey Jude, obviously with the donation going to St Jude.

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10 minutes ago, Spock said:

Rain

A bit obscure for #1, but I’ve always loved this song.

So underrated. Love the thick, dissonance in the chorus.

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This is fun.  I’d like to donate a bit more.  Either going to come up with another guessing contest or expand the number of winners on this one...hmmm...

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1 hour ago, krista4 said:

This is fun.  I’d like to donate a bit more.  Either going to come up with another guessing contest or expand the number of winners on this one...hmmm...

Easy there, Bezos. :)

Going with A Day In The Life...

eta* excited you're doing this, and doing the list.  

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2 hours ago, krista4 said:

Since several people have given guesses at my #1, I’ve decided to donate $100 to the charity of choice to whoever comes closest - i.e., anyone who gets it right, or if no one has/does, whoever gets my second choice, etc.  I’ll put together a list of the guesses so far when I’m home (at airport picking up my mom!).

Abbey Road medley.

BOOM

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2 hours ago, krista4 said:

Since several people have given guesses at my #1, I’ve decided to donate $100 to the charity of choice to whoever comes closest - i.e., anyone who gets it right, or if no one has/does, whoever gets my second choice, etc.  I’ll put together a list of the guesses so far when I’m home (at airport picking up my mom!).

I'll have to go with Something.   Edited because Ted L beat me to the punch.

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2 hours ago, Alex P Keaton said:

I'll have to go with Something.   Edited because Ted L beat me to the punch.

Wait, I don't know if this was your edit, but you can still choose something that another person has taken.  I think In My Life, the Abbey Road medley, and A Day in the Life have been taken more than once...maybe others, too.

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3 hours ago, rockaction said:

Easy there, Bezos. :)

Going with A Day In The Life...

eta* excited you're doing this, and doing the list.  

All right, all right.  :lol:  Though apparently "Bezos" is an insult to many in the FFA?

I'm going to do something more for the runners-up, in addition to the "winner(s)."  Maybe something for anyone who hits the top 10 (or the top 12 in the top 10).  

 

Here's what I have so far; please let me know of any corrections or omissions:

simey – Abbey Road medley

Mister CIA – She Said She Said

timschochet – Paperback Writer

pecorino – Hey Jude

Binky the Doormat – In My Life

wikkidpissah – Taxman

Dr. Octopus – Got To Get You Into My Life

Nigel Tufnel – You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away

Uruk-Hai – Ticket to Ride

Dinsy Ejotuz – Let It Be

Tom Hagen – Eleanor Rigby

Spock – Rain

Leroy Hoard – A Day in the Life

rockaction  - A Day in the Life

Ted Lange as Your Bartender – In My Life

shuke – Abbey Road medley

Alex P Keaton - Something

 

In total, you guys have named four in my top 10.  :) 

 

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3 minutes ago, krista4 said:

All right, all right.  :lol:  Though apparently "Bezos" is an insult to many in the FFA?

That's why I joked, bud. Change mine to I Wanna Hold Your Hand and it's all good :). I'll get off Leroy's stuff.  

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4 minutes ago, rockaction said:

That's why I joked, bud. Change mine to I Wanna Hold Your Hand and it's all good :). I'll get off Binky's stuff.  

Didn't you have A Day in the Life?  You matched that with Leroy Hoard, not Binky.

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Didn't you have A Day in the Life?  You matched that with Leroy Hoard, not Binky.

Yep. Just edited. I have insider information, so it's not fair.   

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Didn’t you already post that it wasn’t A day In the Life? 

3 minutes ago, krista4 said:

All right, all right.  :lol:  Though apparently "Bezos" is an insult to many in the FFA?

I'm going to do something more for the runners-up, in addition to the "winner(s)."  Maybe something for anyone who hits the top 10 (or the top 12 in the top 10).  

 

Here's what I have so far; please let me know of any corrections or omissions:

simey – Abbey Road medley

Mister CIA – She Said She Said

timschochet – Paperback Writer

pecorino – Hey Jude

Binky the Doormat – In My Life

wikkidpissah – Taxman

Dr. Octopus – Got To Get You Into My Life

Nigel Tufnel – You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away

Uruk-Hai – Ticket to Ride

Dinsy Ejotuz – Let It Be

Tom Hagen – Eleanor Rigby

Spock – Rain

Leroy Hoard – A Day in the Life

rockaction  - A Day in the Life

Ted Lange as Your Bartender – In My Life

shuke – Abbey Road medley

Alex P Keaton - Something

 

In total, you guys have named four in my top 10.  :) 

 

OK, I’m going to guess your top 10: 

1. Paperback Writer

2. She Said She Said

3. Something

4. Ticket to Ride

5. A Day In the Life

6. Abbey Road medley

7. Octopus’ Garden

8. She Loves You

9. For No One

10. And Your Bird Can Sing 

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I'm going to try to sneak this in while you guys are in bed...  :oldunsure: 

133.  She's Leaving Home (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

I dunno...a lot of you guys seem to love this song, including tim who raved about what a beautiful ballad John wrote. ;)  But the version I've heard, by Paul, doesn't do a lot for me and seems painfully earnest, except...I absolutely adore the string arrangement and one particular lyric.  So much so that this ranks at #133 almost solely on the basis of these two things.  When I hear this song, I'm entranced by the strings and tune everything else out, which is good since I don't enjoy much else of it, especially especially the "Greek chorus" over what I find a weak Paul vocal.  The "parents" singing as the Greek chorus and the "byyyye byyyye" make me cringe every time.

This is a song where Paul is a bit John-esque in that he based it, loosely, on something he'd read in the paper, rather than coming up with a fictitious world all his own as he often did.  In this case, Paul read a story about a girl named Melanie Coe who had run away from her posh home, to the befuddlement of her parents.  Interestingly, Ms. Coe enjoyed the song for some time without imagining it was about her; it was only years later that her mother put it together for her after seeing an interview with Paul.  In part she had never imagined it was her because she didn't leave with "a man from the motor trade."

The string arrangement is perhaps my favorite in a Beatles song, which is interesting since it's one of the only arrangements not by George Martin, who was too busy at the time and (unwillingly) ceded to Mike Leander.  I find the arrangement tight and not extraneous in any way as Martin's sometimes were.  The second thing I love about the song is one lyric in particular:  "She's leaving home after living alone for so many years."  Obviously the girl in question was not living literally alone, so the implication is devastating but possibly familiar to anyone who has felt that distance with those to whom we're physically closest.  It's one of my favorite single lines in a Beatles song.

Fun fact:  Coincidentally, Ms. Coe won a lip-synch contest at which the Beatles performed and Paul presented the award a few years before the song was written. 

If you think I have it too low, at least I like it more than Mr. krista does:  "So ####### boring.  She leaves a comfortable life for more comfort.  Oh, she’s bored, so she gets to go have fun.  That’s the whitest #### ever.  And her parents are bummed.  Who gives a ####.  The stakes are so pitifully low.  'Oh, I’ve like to have more fun, so I guess I’ll leave.'"

Suggested cover:  One of my favorite covers of any Beatles song, Billy freaking Bragg.

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51 minutes ago, timschochet said:

Didn’t you already post that it wasn’t A day In the Life? 

OK, I’m going to guess your top 10: 

1. Paperback Writer

2. She Said She Said

3. Something

4. Ticket to Ride

5. A Day In the Life

6. Abbey Road medley

7. Octopus’ Garden

8. She Loves You

9. For No One

10. And Your Bird Can Sing 

Shhhhh.  Not everyone reads the thread. ;)

The most interesting pick on your list is Octopus's Garden.  I'm pretty sure I love that song more than most other people do, but it still sticks out to me as an unusual choice (so I guess I'm giving away that it's not top 10).  You said this was close to your list - is that one on yours?

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I just read to Mr. krista the list of guesses of my #1, and he commented on them and then responded with, "It's [not my #1 song]."  I thought he was joking and laughed until I saw his look of confusion.  Then he said, "Oh yeah, it's [also not my #1 song]."  On third try, he got it right.  *Divorce re-pending.*

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With a Little Help from my friends

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I'll go with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - actually would be my #1.

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3 hours ago, krista4 said:

I'm going to try to sneak this in while you guys are in bed...  :oldunsure: 

133.  She's Leaving Home (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)

Not my favorite from Pepper, but I also like the haunting strings on the tune. Also like the way it is juxtaposed on the album between "Fixing a Hole" and "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite."

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22 minutes ago, zamboni said:

Not my favorite from Pepper, but I also like the haunting strings on the tune. Also like the way it is juxtaposed on the album between "Fixing a Hole" and "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite."

Yeah, I think those strings are special.  I find the strings on some of the songs overwrought, but these are delicate and beautiful.

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4 hours ago, krista4 said:

Shhhhh.  Not everyone reads the thread. ;)

The most interesting pick on your list is Octopus's Garden.  I'm pretty sure I love that song more than most other people do, but it still sticks out to me as an unusual choice (so I guess I'm giving away that it's not top 10).  You said this was close to your list - is that one on yours?

No. I like it though. I added it as a whim based on your Ringo love. 

I also really like that Billy Bragg cover of Shes Leaving Home. 

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12 hours ago, Tom Hagen said:

I’ll say Eleanor Rigby.

 

1 hour ago, krista4 said:

I find the strings on some of the songs overwrought,

I may want to change my guess.:unsure:

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6 hours ago, krista4 said:

Not everyone reads the thread. ;)

 

20 minutes ago, Nigel Tufnel said:

I must have missed that the medley qualifies as one track? Game changer. 

 

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3 minutes ago, rockaction said:

Dangermouse + White Album for the win, BTW. 

The Grey Album.  

The legendary mash-up that copyright wouldn't permit.  

Jay-Z and the Beatles. Love this the most.  

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xi27dt

 

I just threw up my breakfast.

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1 minute ago, zamboni said:

I just threw up my breakfast.

Sorry, man. I love it. What more can I say?  

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