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34 minutes ago, bentley said:

That's actually a bit harsh. Once people started coming up with top 25 lists at all, some #######s were going to leave no-brainers off it.

maybe that is where we most disagree

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Maybe I should wait until I'm drunk and sappy, but I want to thank deeply and sincerely the people who participated in this thread.  Actually all of them, because even the ones who irritated me earlie

The Background: I don’t remember exactly when or why I decided to do this, but it’s been rumbling around in my head for a while to put the Beatles song into an order of personal preference.  When

1.  In My Life (Rubber Soul, 1965) Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube There are only two songs I’ve ever heard that I thought were perfect in their composition and recording, by which I mean

10 minutes ago, Officer Pete Malloy said:

I wish you weren’t such a liar.

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6 minutes ago, Getzlaf15 said:

112 now.

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WORST. ONSLAUGHT. EVER

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15 hours ago, krista4 said:

Let's just get this over with.

113.  Rocky Raccoon (White Album, 1968)

Beatles version:  Spotify YouTube

I like that Paul tried to do a cowboy song.  It's charming.  Love the harmonica.  Beautiful vocal.  Sweet little encapsulated story, even though I find some of the lyrics grating and forced:  Her name was Magill, and she called herself Lil, but everyone knew her as Nancy.  But I dock this song a full 50 slots solely because I HATE the fake drawl at the beginning.  Somewhere earlier in the thread @Uruk-Hai pointed out that Paul and John needed to edit themselves better sometimes.  I think Paul just needed a best friend to tell him not to do this ####, and during the White Album years John was not that best friend, nor was anyone else.  I can't fully express how much I love/hate this song, with probably more mixed feelings about it than any other in their repertoire.    

Mr. krista does not have mixed feelings:  "I hate that he can’t resist to throw in a jaunty piano part.  The fake cowboy drawl is ludicrous.  It’s as bad as an American singing in an affected British accent.  I hate that it seems C/W/blues/folk – these are American forms, and it seems like he’s making fun of it.  He’s not, but it seems smug.  It really really bothers me.  You don’t fully understand this #### so leave it the #### alone.  It’s like Willie Nelson trying to play the Sex Pistols – Willie, leave it alone.  It’s not your jam.  Or Miles Davis playing…well, Miles Davis probably could."

Suggested covers:  Eddie Vedder & Jack Johnson  This version, lacking a fake cowboy accent, would be ranked much, much higher on my list.  Lena Horne (thanks to @Eephus for this one).  FFA's own Nipsey.

 

 

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1 minute ago, rockaction said:

Oh, great. Now the thread is both drunk and performing karaoke per request on a Friday night. 

LOLZ. I can hear ya. I can hear ya, Ringo!   

Sing me a song from the  60s!

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1 minute ago, Ilov80s said:

Sing me a song from the  60s!

It was taken yonder yore and we watched it in our dreams/but we knew 'twould be forsaken if it wasn't in the seams (In our seams!)/We all live in a Yellow Submarine...yellow submarine...yellow submarine

 

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2 hours ago, bentley said:

Once you started posting stats, people were going to do #### like leave In My Life off just to be contrary.

I don't think that's the case at all - at least, not with me (& I doubt most of the others, too). I don't have In My Life on my list. Great song, but I just don't like it as much as those I picked. A Day In The Life didn't make the cut, either. And I have one song WAY up there that krista's already featured.

We're talking about a group of 120 or so of the greatest records ever made. People were already hollering "too low!" before we got to #150. I doesn't surprise me that we have so much variance - though it does surprise me that we got there so quickly. 

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4 minutes ago, Uruk-Hai said:

I don't think that's the case at all - at least, not with me (& I doubt most of the others, too). I don't have In My Life on my list. Great song, but I just don't like it as much as those I picked. A Day In The Life didn't make the cut, either. And I have one song WAY up there that krista's already featured.

We're talking about a group of 120 or so of the greatest records ever made. People were already hollering "too low!" before we got to #150. I doesn't surprise me that we have so much variance - though it does surprise me that we got there so quickly. 

THANK YOU.

Also and in addition:  THANK YOU.

 

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7 hours ago, Ilov80s said:

Imagine a very good Beatles song is on the radio and just when the chorus is about to hit I change the station and that station also has a Beatles song on! 

Why the hell were you changing the station in the first place?

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8 hours ago, krista4 said:

Neil Young is a great idea.  Stones might be good for me personally because, except for maybe 25-30 songs, I don’t much get the appeal.  Probably need someone to give me a good guided tour rather than some “Satisfaction is the best evah!!!1111one” stuff.

I totally agree about the Stones.   They have some great songs but i consider them to be quite overrated as a band.   Mick Jagger's voice annoys me after just a few songs.  Let's stick with the Beatles.  

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14 hours ago, zamboni said:

Interestingly enough it's hard to tell on the actual album cover whether the period is actually there . Must have been something Paul took to his grave.

The back cover shows it clearly.

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9 hours ago, krista4 said:

I do think Dylan is a good choice for someone (not me) to do something like this.

The problem with that is he’s still putting out new music so if you did his entire song list it would be likely close to 10x this.

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I know this won't match with how K4 said her Top Ten would break down by album, but here's my guess:

Medley

Ticket To Ride (my official guess for #1)

In My Life

I'm So Tired (my dark horse for #1)

She Loves You

Blackbird

Taxman

Strawberry Fields Forever

Here Comes The Sun

Don't Let Me Down

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15 minutes ago, krista4 said:

:hangover:

It won't help much now (Sambuca would though!), but I thought your response in the "how many homes have you live in?" thread was the funniest thing I've read on this board in a long time.

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9 hours ago, Uruk-Hai said:

I don't think that's the case at all - at least, not with me (& I doubt most of the others, too). I don't have In My Life on my list. Great song, but I just don't like it as much as those I picked. A Day In The Life didn't make the cut, either. And I have one song WAY up there that krista's already featured.

We're talking about a group of 120 or so of the greatest records ever made. People were already hollering "too low!" before we got to #150. I doesn't surprise me that we have so much variance - though it does surprise me that we got there so quickly. 

The first 4 or 5 lists that came in had a lot of the perceived faves, but they also had a ton of different songs on the lists.   That's why I wanted to do 25 song lists instead of ten.

There's also vastly different levels as to the way we all listen to music.   I wasn't expecting Tim to leave a standard list. He's way more into music than most of us. As are many others.

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52 minutes ago, heckmanm said:

List sent to Getz. I didn't agonize over it too much but I don't think I had any wild outliers.

You added two songs that no one had selected before.

One of them is rather shocking.  I had to triple check to make sure I had to add it and could not believe it wasn't on a prior list.

19 lists now :thumbup:

@wikkidpissah   would really like to get one from you if you could.

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107.  No Reply (Beatles for Sale, 1964)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

My write-ups are going to be lacking in energy today.  This is a great song.  I don't know why it's not in the top half, except that other songs are instead.

I'll try to do better on the next write-up. Maybe I"ll edit these later.

Mr. krista:  "You creepy stalker.  Take a hint, man."

Suggested covers:  The Flames - the song is just ok, but that album cover is mint.  Gary Holton & Casino Steel - again not a good song, but in this case worth watching for the video.  Hey, the lyrics say "telephone," so let's show a phone!  There's a reference to looking through a window, so let's have him at a window!  I didn't stick around to see how they acted out "I nearly died."

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19 minutes ago, Getzlaf15 said:

You added two songs that no one had selected before.

One of them is rather shocking.  I had to triple check to make sure I had to add it and could not believe it wasn't on a prior list.

19 lists now :thumbup:

@wikkidpissah   would really like to get one from you if you could.

not much of a list guy. kristapix™ or my own?

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5 minutes ago, krista4 said:

107.  No Reply (Beatles for Sale, 1964)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

My write-ups are going to be lacking in energy today.  This is a great song.  I don't know why it's not in the top half, except that other songs are instead.

I'll try to do better on the next write-up. Maybe I"ll edit these later.

Mr. krista:  "You creepy stalker.  Take a hint, man."

Suggested covers:  The Flames - the song is just ok, but that album cover is mint.  Gary Holton & Casino Steel - again not a good song, but in this case worth watching for the video.  Hey, the lyrics say "telephone," so let's show a phone!  There's a reference to looking through a window, so let's have him at a window!  I didn't stick around to see how they acted out "I nearly died."

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Gracious. That bad?

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Ok, a stab at krista's top 10:

Yesterday

In My Life

Run For Your Life

Taxman

And Your Bird Can Sing

With a Little Help From My Friends

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

medley

Let It Be

Strawberry Fields Forever

 

(note:   I'm irrationally submitting a top-10 list that doesn't include the song I said would be her #1 song......)

 

 

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106.  Baby You're a Rich Man (single, 1967)

Beatles version:  Spotify  YouTube

This is another Beatles song I love, but apparently a little less than 100 or so others.

I should take a nap.

Mr. krista:  "I like it. It’s vaguely Harrison-influenced. I like his falsetto.  Seems way ahead of its time.  You could see Happy Mondays or some of those factory bands playing a song like that."

Suggested cover:  I dunno, sleepy.

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7 minutes ago, Alex P Keaton said:

Ok, a stab at krista's top 10:

Yesterday

In My Life

Run For Your Life

Taxman

And Your Bird Can Sing

With a Little Help From My Friends

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

medley

Let It Be

Strawberry Fields Forever

 

(note:   I'm irrationally submitting a top-10 list that doesn't include the song I said would be her #1 song......)

 

 

Just covering your bases!

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