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

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17 minutes ago, Binky The Doormat said:

In retrospect, I should have this song a lot higher - it's not in my top 70.  I tossed it aside pretty quickly because of its kitschiness - but after listening again, I really do like it quite a bit.   

It's one that I used to skip a lot but shot up my rankings once I forced myself to listen to it more.  This exercise has been amazing for me in that respect, to rediscover and learn to love some songs I hadn't thought were favorites.  

13 minutes ago, Nigel Tufnel said:

This is probably fair but for some reason I’ve always said this song specifically would be the best song in the catalog of 99% of bands. I think because it’s ####### great and not anywhere near their best song.  

That's a terrific way to think of it.  I think it's a perfect pop song, which almost no other band could write and perform, but the Beatles had not only a lot of great pop songs but a lot of other great [insert anything] songs.

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1 minute ago, shuke said:

How do you do this?  I'd love to try for shtick's sake.

I'm sitting at my desk in front of PC monitor. Audio Technica 20-20 microphone with a pillow behind it. Crappy computer speakers on either side playing the karaoke version that I sing the lyrics in the middle of. Old comforter over me and the monitor and microphone. Stuff on the floor near the microphone so it doesn't echo. My neighbors still hear me.

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21 minutes ago, Nipsey said:

I knew this would be a good one!

I'm too tired to write up any more rankings today, plus I think eight in a day will be enough to keep everyone busy.  Here's the list of what's left, though, if any of them should pique your interest:

Please Please Me:

I Saw Her Standing There
Please Please Me

With the Beatles:
All My Loving

A Hard Day’s Night:

A Hard Day's Night
If I Fell
And I Love Her
Can't Buy Me Love
I'll Cry Instead
Things We Said Today

Beatles for Sale:
I'll Follow The Sun

Help!:

Help!
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
I Need You
You're Going To Lose That Girl
Ticket To Ride
I've Just Seen A Face
Yesterday

Rubber Soul:

Drive My Car
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
You Won't See Me
Nowhere Man
I'm Looking Through You
In My Life

Revolver:

Taxman
Eleanor Rigby
I'm Only Sleeping
Here, There And Everywhere
She Said She Said
And Your Bird Can Sing
For No One
I Want To Tell You
Got To Get You Into My Life
Tomorrow Never Knows

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band:
With A Little Help From My Friends
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
A Day In The Life

Magical Mystery Tour:
I Am The Walrus

The Beatles (aka White Album):
Dear Prudence
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
I'm So Tired
Blackbird
Mother Nature's Son
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
Helter Skelter

Yellow Submarine:
Hey Bulldog
All You Need Is Love

Abbey Road:
Something
Here Comes The Sun
You Never Give Me Your Money/Sun King/Mean Mr Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window/Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End medley

Let It Be:

Two Of Us
Across The Universe
Let It Be
I've Got A Feeling
Get Back

Singles, etc.:
She Loves You
I Want To Hold Your Hand
I Feel Fine

Day Tripper
We Can Work It Out
Paperback Writer
Rain
Hey Jude
Revolution
Don't Let Me Down
The Ballad Of John And Yoko
Strawberry Fields Forever

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Damn, Revolver holding strong there.

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@Nipsey, if you're taking requests, I would like to have heard you do "Girl," with or without the sucking sounds.

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3 minutes ago, krista4 said:

Damn, Revolver holding strong there.

and wacked 20/28 from The White Album

:P

but seriously enjoying the write ups and everyone else's musings

best FFA thread in a while

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6 minutes ago, BobbyLayne said:

watch your ears man

they played this two days after the album came out. McCartney & Clapton were in the audience.

FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT'S HOLY, DOES NO ONE READ MY WRITE-UPS?

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3 hours ago, krista4 said:

We have two more before we get to those in the top 1/3 of the rankings.  W00t!

70.  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

 

Suggested cover:  I know it's bad sound quality, but who TF cares:  Jimi

Sorry, quoted the wrong post lol

So yeah, lousy quality, but the backstory is awesome. SPLHCB came out two days before this, McCartney & Clapton were in the audience.

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I haven’t had this much fun listening to music in a long time. Thanks to all the contributions/contributors here. Beatles were a bit before my time, always was a casual fan, familiar with the most popular songs that have kept popping up over the years.

Now cant stop listening to this stuff. These guys were insane. 

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1 minute ago, krista4 said:

FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT'S HOLY, DOES NO ONE READ MY WRITE-UPS?

 

:lmao:

 

every syllable 

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14 minutes ago, The Tahitian Facemask said:

I haven’t had this much fun listening to music in a long time. Thanks to all the contributions/contributors here. Beatles were a bit before my time, always was a casual fan, familiar with the most popular songs that have kept popping up over the years.

Now cant stop listening to this stuff. These guys were insane. 

This post makes my year.  :heart: 

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57 minutes ago, krista4 said:

I knew it! 

Taxman???

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13 minutes ago, Nipsey said:

I saw your full post! (I loved it it. and I got it.)

One more Beatles song before you retire. I'm pretty much as wasted as you are. Taxman???

I got embarrassed because I thought it was too effusive, so I edited.  :bag:

Taxman would be brilliant.  

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7 hours ago, Nipsey said:

What's that part at the beginning??

ETA:  Nevermind. I’ll listen again but bet it’s the count-in.

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8 hours ago, krista4 said:

Speaking of Russian:

71.  Back in the U.S.S.R. (White Album, 1968)

 

By the way, why is Paul always singing about "JoJo"?

 

My headcanon is that "JoJo" = weed.

Anyway, BITUSSR is a fantastic throwback to Beatles-as-bar-band. They had moved far away from that by this point, but proved they could still do it better than anyone else if they wanted to.

 

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5 hours ago, Uruk-Hai said:

My headcanon is that "JoJo" = weed.

Anyway, BITUSSR is a fantastic throwback to Beatles-as-bar-band. They had moved far away from that by this point, but proved they could still do it better than anyone else if they wanted to.

 

Other than Get Back, where else does “JoJo” appear? 

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28 minutes ago, Rustoleum said:

Other than Get Back, where else does “JoJo” appear? 

Back in the USSR. Jo-Jo is always on his mind...

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19 minutes ago, Dr. Octopus said:

Back in the USSR. Jo-Jo is always on his mind...

He’s not singing Georgia there?

I mean, are we joking about how similar it sounds to “JoJo” or are we saying Paul deliberately sang it that way to sneak in a joke? I want to lean towards the fist part, but  since we’re getting into “Paul got a bad manicure the day before xxx was recorded, which clearly effected the bass track” stuff in here, I don’t know what to think anymore, (except that this song is 30 spots too low....😉)

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15 minutes ago, Rustoleum said:

He’s not singing Georgia there?

I mean, are we joking about how similar it sounds to “JoJo” or are we saying Paul deliberately sang it that way to sneak in a joke? I want to lean towards the fist part, but  since we’re getting into “Paul got a bad manicure the day before xxx was recorded, which clearly effected the bass track” stuff in here, I don’t know what to think anymore, (except that this song is 30 spots too low....😉)

You’re right; he’s saying Georgia.  I just think he sings Georgia as JoJo, etc.

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11 hours ago, krista4 said:

@Nipsey, if you're taking requests, I would like to have heard you do "Girl," with or without the sucking sounds.

You suck!

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4 minutes ago, krista4 said:

You’re right; he’s saying Georgia.  I just think he sings Georgia as JoJo, etc.

I always thought it was Georgia and never even considered the possibility of JoJo. This is the thread that keeps on giving. 

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90% of Ringo’s solo work has the word “bugaloo” in it.

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On 2/4/2019 at 11:13 PM, krista4 said:

98.  Come Together (Abbey Road, 1969)

 

Just catching up now. I agree with Mr. krista's thoughts on this re: Ringo's awesomeness on this track and almost put it in my top 10.

surprised by this ranking.

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1 minute ago, krista4 said:

90% of Ringo’s solo work has the word “bugaloo” in it.

I know this is a pro-Ringo and Paul zone, but my word. Jojo? Bugaloo?  :lmao:

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Just now, rockaction said:

I know this is a pro-Ringo and Paul zone, but my word. Jojo? Bugaloo?  :lmao:

I might have exaggerated.  He does use that and “boogie” a lot.  I also might not be taking this sidebar very seriously.

Hey @Dinsy Ejotuz, he just called this a pro-Paul zone.  Take that!

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3 minutes ago, Atomic Punk said:

Just catching up now. I agree with Mr. krista's thoughts on this re: Ringo's awesomeness on this track and almost put it in my top 10.

surprised by this ranking.

You have a lot to catch up on.  Hope you brought plenty of chicken fried steak.

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2 minutes ago, krista4 said:

90% of Ringo’s solo work has the word “bugaloo” in it.

Top shelf dad shtick here you are running on us here.  Build  trust for almost 50 pages, then you just casually toss things out there like “Stop signs with white outlines are optional” and watch our little minds try to process it.

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3 minutes ago, krista4 said:

You have a lot to catch up on.  Hope you brought plenty of chicken fried steak.

LOl, I just told Mrs. punk we had ten pages to catch up on .... she then promptly walked out of the room!

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3 minutes ago, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

You do seem to have come to your senses in the middle third.

I advise you to duck and cover soon.

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93.  Run for Your Life (Rubber Soul, 1965)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

I have never paid any attention to these lyrics before. The thing that amazes me the most is how much has changed in our world, especially these last few years. Applying today's standards and the Beatles would be banned from the airwaves for a song like this.

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18 minutes ago, krista4 said:

I advise you to duck and cover soon.

Yeah.  I had a pretty good idea you were going to obliterate my top-25 once we got in the 50-75 range.

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1 hour ago, Rustoleum said:

He’s not singing Georgia there?

I mean, are we joking about how similar it sounds to “JoJo” or are we saying Paul deliberately sang it that way to sneak in a joke? I want to lean towards the fist part, but  since we’re getting into “Paul got a bad manicure the day before xxx was recorded, which clearly effected the bass track” stuff in here, I don’t know what to think anymore, (except that this song is 30 spots too low....😉)

Hmmmm...yes you are right. That’s what I get for following the bouncing ball.

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1 hour ago, Atomic Punk said:

93.  Run for Your Life (Rubber Soul, 1965)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

I have never paid any attention to these lyrics before. The thing that amazes me the most is how much has changed in our world, especially these last few years. Applying today's standards and the Beatles would be banned from the airwaves for a song like this.

Have you listened to rap music recently?

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67.  I'll Cry Instead (A Hard Day's Night, 1964)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

I'm not much of a country music fan, but I love the C&W feel of this and especially George's first-rate Carl Perkins riffs.  He starts off as expected but by ~0:30 it's like he's wandering around playing a different song than everyone else.  It's completely charming and adds loads of texture and interest to the song.  Also a big fan of John's vocal and how he cycles through every emotion, with the bridge leading (one could say "bridging") from lyrics about anger, insecurity, and retaliation into a more confident, even over-compensating, final verse:

And when you do you'd better hide all the girls
I'm gonna break their hearts all round the world
Yes, I'm gonna break them in two
And show you what your lovin' man can do
Until then I'll cry instead

For all the faux strength of the narrator at this point, though, with that last line he can't help but end back where he started.  The emotional rollercoaster ride is complete.

Mr. krista:  "Good rockabilly number.  Is everyone else stuck on a train or something?  I’d like to have to heard it with harmonies because I like how it runs through verse verse bridge verse."

Suggested cover:  Joe Cocker, with Jimmy Page on guitar

 

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22 minutes ago, Dr. Octopus said:

Hmmmm...yes you are right. That’s what I get for following the bouncing ball.

My fault.  I didn't make my point clearly.

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That last one slipped through the cracks in some re-arranging.  Love the song, but would actually place more like #80.  Oh well.

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7 minutes ago, krista4 said:

67.  I'll Cry Instead (A Hard Day's Night, 1964)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

I'm not much of a country music fan, but I love the C&W feel of this and especially George's first-rate Carl Perkins riffs.  He starts off as expected but by ~0:30 it's like he's wandering around playing a different song than everyone else.  It's completely charming and adds loads of texture and interest to the song.  Also a big fan of John's vocal and how he cycles through every emotion, with the bridge leading (one could say "bridging") from lyrics about anger, insecurity, and retaliation into a more confident, even over-compensating, final verse:

And when you do you'd better hide all the girls
I'm gonna break their hearts all round the world
Yes, I'm gonna break them in two
And show you what your lovin' man can do
Until then I'll cry instead

For all the faux strength of the narrator at this point, though, with that last line he can't help but end back where he started.  The emotional rollercoaster ride is complete.

Mr. krista:  "Good rockabilly number.  Is everyone else stuck on a train or something?  I’d like to have to heard it with harmonies because I like how it runs through verse verse bridge verse."

Suggested cover:  Joe Cocker, with Jimmy Page on guitar

 

George’s favorite type of music https://goo.gl/images/hz4g1L

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9 minutes ago, OrtonToOlsen said:

George’s favorite type of music https://goo.gl/images/hz4g1L

He likes "friendly" girls.  RAWR.

5'11" and 142 lbs?  No wonder he always looked about to keel over.

I need these cards, by the way.

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On 2/8/2019 at 5:19 PM, krista4 said:

Speaking of the White Album (well, Bobby was earlier), just as I boldly predicted that "Penny Lane" and a song not yet posted would cause the most "OMG it's too low!!!1111" consternation, I'll equally boldly predict that I have two songs from the White Album that will cause the most "OMG it's too high!!!1111" outrage.  So there.

Can’t wait.  I have some favorites on there. 

 

I still cant believe you’re doing this. Kudos. 

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What an enjoyable way to spend a lazy Sunday morning with the temp below -30 Celsius and nowhere to go. Mrs. Punk and I continue to thank you for the effort and the ongoing discussion about your choices.

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Hey Krista, I have 66 songs left.  Those last two I think were it.   It is possible I might have missed one, so not guaranteeing this.

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