Worst/Best/Overrated/Underrated Beatles songs/albums?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by LadyGrinningSoul, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. LadyGrinningSoul

    LadyGrinningSoul Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Songs:
    Worst - When I'm Sixty-Four
    Best - Strawberry Fields Forever
    Overrated - Hey Jude
    Underrated - I Want You (She's So Heavy)

    Albums:
    Worst - Please Please Me
    Best - Abbey Road
    Overrated - Revolver
    Underrated - Let It Be/Magical Mystery Tour
     
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  2. Mickey2

    Mickey2 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bronx, NY, USA
    Songs:
    Worst - Revolution #9 (if that doesn't qualify as a "song", then You Know My Name; if that doesn't qualify as a "serious" song attempt, then maybe Don't Pass Me By)
    Best - Yesterday
    Overrated - A Day In The Life
    Underrated - Wait

    Albums:
    Worst - Let It Be
    Best - Abbey Road
    Overrated - White Album
    Underrated - The Beatles' Second Album (US)
     
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  3. gryff

    gryff Active Member

    Songs:
    Worst : Thank You Girl
    Best : A Day In The Life
    Overrated: Michelle
    Underrated: And Your Bird Can Sing

    Albums (UK):
    Worst : Yellow Submarine (or Let It Be)
    Best : Abbey Road
    Overrated: White Album
    Underrated: A Hard Days Night
     
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  4. Alcoholic

    Alcoholic Forum Resident

    Location:
    U.S.A.
    Songs:
    Worst - Please Please Me
    Best - Please Please Me
    Overrated - Please Please Me
    Underrated - Please Please Me

    Albums:
    Worst - Please Please Me
    Best - Please Please Me
    Overrated - Please Please Me
    Underrated - Please Please Me
     
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  5. Robber Soul

    Robber Soul Forum Resident

    SONGS:
    Worst: Honey Don't
    Best - A Day In The Life
    Overrated - Hey Jude
    Underrated - I'll Get You

    ALBUMS:
    Worst - Yellow Submarine
    Best - The White Album
    Overrated - Sgt. Pepper
    Underrated - Let It Be
     
  6. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Worst: Let it Be
    Underrated: Let it Be Naked

    Naked restores the simple dignity of the songs. Thanks, Paul.
     
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  7. 389 Tripower

    389 Tripower Forum Resident

    Location:
    Moline, IL USA
    Agreed!! "OHH Yeah!!"..... "OHH Yeah!!"
     
  8. grandegi

    grandegi Blind test maniac

    Location:
    Rome, Italy
    SONGS:
    Worst - Mr. Moonlight
    Best - Strawberry Fields Forever
    Overrated - Nowhere Man
    Underrated - Getting Better

    ALBUMS:
    Worst - Yellow Submarine
    Best - Abbey Road
    Overrated - Revolver
    Underrated - Beatles For Sale
     
  9. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident

    Location:
    USA
    Beatles For Sale is highly under-rated as an album. In fact, it's one of my favorites in their catalog.
     
  10. irong

    irong Forum Resident

    Location:
    Quebec, Canada
    Songs:
    Best: SFF
    Worst: Act Naturally
    Overrated: I Feel Fine
    Underrated: You Won't See Me

    Albums:
    Best: Revolver
    Worst: With The Beatles (I consider Yellow Submarine is a Beatles EP with a George Martin EP on side B)
    Overrated : Abbey Road :hide:
    Underrated: Let it Be (I guess Beatles for Sale is not underrated anymore)
     
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  11. Frittenköter

    Frittenköter Forum Resident

    Location:
    Germany
    Songs:
    Worst - What's The New Mary Jane
    Best - Eleanor Rigby
    Overrated - I Feel Fine
    Underrated - You Won't See Me

    Albums:
    Worst - Help
    Best - Revolver
    Overrated - Sgt. Pepper
    Underrated - Magical Mystery Tour
     
  12. stunner2020

    stunner2020 Forum Resident

    Location:
    UK
    Songs:
    Worst - "Revolution 9"
    Best - "Happiness Is A Warm Gun"
    Overrated - "Penny Lane"
    Underrated - "Oh Darling"

    Albums:
    Worst - Yellow Submarine
    Best - The Beatles
    Overrated - Rubber Soul
    Underrated - Help
     
  13. Digital-G

    Digital-G Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dayton, OH
    Songs:
    Worst - Besame Mucho
    Best - Love of the Loved
    Overrated - Some Other Guy
    Underrated - Cry For a Shadow

    Albums:
    Worst - Tony Sheridan and the Beatles
    Best - Introducing the Beatles (VJ) or Yellow Matter Custard
    Overrated - Live in Italy
    Underrated - Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 1 (Yellow Dog)

    ;)
     
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  14. Pastle

    Pastle Forum Resident

    SONGS:
    Worst: What Goes On
    Best - A Day In The Life
    Overrated - Hey Jude
    Underrated -Ask Me Why

    ALBUMS:
    Worst - Beatles VI (U.S)
    Best - Abbey Road
    Overrated - Sgt. Pepper
    Underrated - MMT
     
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  15. JofpGallagher

    JofpGallagher New Member

    Location:
    Baden (Ontario)
    Songs:
    Worst - Yellow Submarine
    Best - In My Life
    Overrated - Yellow Submarine => The song is actually awful
    Underrated - Blackbird

    Albums:
    Worst - Wow, this was harder than I thought. "Beatles for Sale"?
    Best - Rubber Soul
    Overrated - No...No...No!!!
    Underrated - Help
     
  16. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Forum Resident

    Underrated Beatles albums:
    Please Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night
    Overrated Beatles albums : Sgt. Pepper, The White Album, Abbey Road (and I like all three of these, they just aren't my idea of them at their best)
    Best albums: (not counting the great Meet The Beatles and The Beatles' Second Album, the latter of which is my favorite)
    my votes for best albums are
    With The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Please Please Me, Revolver (UK version)
    Worst: Let It Be. Some great songs but just a few and overall it's a mess. Some parts of it are better than the sum.
    Best songs? Personal subjective favorites: Anytime At All, Eight Days A Week
    Worst: well Revolution 9, but that ain't a song. Yellow Submarine is impossible for me to listen to, I loved it as a kid, no more thank you.
    there's some others...

    Help and Beatles For Sale are also underrated albums, they have some real gems on them...

    Edit: I don't count Yellow Submarine as an album - Magical Mystery Tour yes (and that has some clunkers for sure), but not Yellow Submarine; it's 4 songs to me...
     
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  17. Hokeyboy

    Hokeyboy Nudnik of Dinobots

    Rather than just list mine, I thought I'd try to explain why:

    SONGS:

    Worst - Not A Second Time
    Any one of a dozen cover tunes could easily take this slot (I'm not a fan of rockabilly -- Honey Don't makes me cringe; and don't get me started on filler like Matchbox, Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey, or Everybody's Tring to Be My Baby) but I wanted to go with an original here, and Not A Second Time is probably my least favorite Beatles original. I find it to be rather limp and uninspired, and I can't really find anything positive to say about it.

    Best - A Day In The Life
    This will change tomorrow -- it could easily have been For No One, Nowhere Man, Norwegian Wood, And I Love Her, Long Long Long... who knows. I don't have a favorite. Why A Day In The Life then? Why not? It's brilliant, it's both Lennon and McCartney at their most iconic, it closes Sgt. Pepper beautifully, and it's a haunting, beautiful, stunning piece.

    Overrated - The Long And Winding Road
    I just never liked this song. Spector's over-production utterly destroyed this tune, but even the stripped down version seems trite and overwrought. Big hit though.

    Underrated - It's All Too Much
    Most everything from Yellow Submarine seems to be pooh-pooh'ed, but I implore you: DO NOT POOH-POOH! I always loved this of George's contributions to the soundtrack. It's a trippy, melodic, triumphant piece of happiness.

    ALBUMS:

    Worst - With The Beatles
    OK Yellow Submarine is the real answer, but I'm not counting that one because in my mind it's not a "real" Beatles album, but a movie soundtrack with a few Beatles tunes on it. Yes I know it's an "official" album. Poop. Well anyway, my choice is With The Beatles, which is still a fine album, don't get me wrong. Some of the covers work, some of them don't, and there sure are a lot of them. The remaining original songs range from the great ("Hold Me Tight", "All My Loving", "All I've Got To Do") to the OK ("It Won't Be Long", "I Wanna Be Your Man") to the forgettable ("Little Child", "Not A Second Time"). Beatles For Sale (see below) seems to get crapped on more than WTB, and it's an infinitely better album IMO.

    Best - Revolver
    I'm going after the low-hanging fruit here, but so what... It's REVOLVER. The most perfect pop record ever made. Don't believe me? I'LL BREAK YOU WITH MY BARE HANDS!!!!! :rant:

    Overrated - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    Yup. It's still an excellent, influential, brilliant album, but it also has three big filler songs that don't work for me ("Fixing A Hole", "She's Leaving Home", "For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite"). Everything on Side 2 except for the brilliance of the "Within You Without You" opening (talk about underrated!) and the "Sgt. Pepper Reprise/A Day In The Life" ending is fine and enjoyable but hardly earth-shattering. The album is totally peaks and valleys. It has magnificent highs -- I mean MAGNIFICENT -- but the middling lows can't be ignored.

    Underrated - Beatles For Sale
    The redheaded stepchild of the Beatles catalog has so many great songs (and admittedly, a few duds) that I wonder why so many people smirk down at it. Any record that contains gems like "No Reply", "I'm A Loser", "Baby's In Black", "I'll Follow The Sun", "Eight Days A Week", "Words Of Love", "Every Little Thing", "Rock and Roll Music", "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party", and "What You're Doing" will get endless play on my turntable.

    Yes yes, I'll cop to "Mr. Moonlight", "Kansas City", "Honey Don't", and "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" being... not good. Even terrible at parts. But the good so outweighs the bad here. I need to pee.
     
  18. JerolW

    JerolW Forum Resident

    Worst = None.
    Best = All of them.
    (Sorry, had to do it)


    jerol
     
  19. Favre508

    Favre508 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ohio
    Songs:
    Worst- Revolution 9
    Best- Something
    Overrated- Hey Jude
    Underrated- Norweigen Wood

    Albums:
    Worst- With the Beatles
    Best- Abbey Road
    Overrated- White Album
    Underrated- Magical Mystery Tour

     
  20. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly 1964-73 rock's best decade

    Songs:
    Worst: Revolution #9 (or What Goes On if Rev 9 isn't a song)
    Best: Strawberry Fields Forever (stunning and original)
    Over-rated: Yer Blues (Beatles version is mediocre at best)
    Under-rated: Octopus Garden (it is a good song period, not just a good "Ringo" song)
    Albums:
    Worst: YELLOW SUBMARINE (easy choice here
    Best: REVOLVER (the greatest album by anyone!)
    Over-rated: THE WHITE ALBUM (too many weak songs to be considered as one of their best)
    Under-rated: MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR: (Lots of excellent songs)
     
  21. kaztor

    kaztor Forum Resident

    Songs:
    Worst: Obladi.
    Best: So many great songs.
    Overrated: No idea.
    Underrated: Hey Bulldog

    Albums:
    Worst: Sgt. Pepper
    Best: Revolver
    Overrated: See Worst.
    Underrated: Beatles For Sale.
     
  22. Chew

    Chew Casual Stalker

    "Wait" has always been one of my TOP Beatles songs.
     
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  23. cublowell

    cublowell Forum Resident

    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Songs:
    Worst - Your Mother Should Know
    Best: I Am the Walrus
    Overrated - We Can Work It Out
    Underrated - I Don't Want to Spoil the Party

    Albums:
    Worst - Capitol Help!
    Best - UK Revolver
    Overrated - White Album
    Underrated - Beatles For Sale
     
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  24. John54

    John54 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto
    Songs:
    Worst - Get Back
    Best - Nowhere Man
    Overrated - Hey Jude
    Underrated - I'm Happy Just to Dance With You

    Albums:
    Don't ask me, I only listen to songs ...
     
  25. skydropco

    skydropco Forum Resident

    Songs:
    Worst - Maxwell's Silver Hammer
    Best - All You Kidding?
    Overrated - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    Underrated - You're Gonna Lose That Girl

    Albums:
    Worst - Let It Be
    Best - Revolver
    Overrated - Abbey Road
    Underrated - Please Please Me
     

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