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

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

  1. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Overrated song - "Carnival of Light"...just on the basis that it's been elevated to this holy-grail status, with nobody really having a concrete idea of what it is. Obviously they didn't agree it was a big thing.
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  2. Morton LaBongo

    Morton LaBongo Forum Resident

    Manchester NH
    Worst - Mr. Moonlight. I just can't come around to this one no matter how many times I listen. I like the organ though.
    Best - Strawberry Fields. Great lyrics, music and production.
    Overrated - Twist and Shout. Inevitably when the DJ played an "oldies" song at a school dance, it would be this. Got so sick of hearing it.
    Underrated - Cry Baby Cry. Again, like SFF, a song with great words, music and well-produced. LOVE the piano in this. A truly unusual and kind of spooky Beatles number. Lennon's voice sounds melancholy and menacing at the same time, incredibly.

    Worst - Yellow Sub original. I'm not knocking the George Martin tunes, but they could have been put on their own LP. This should have been a double EP like MMT, or maybe half original and half a compilation with other songs featured in the movie (Eleanor Rigby, Nowhere Man, etc). Yellow Sub Songtrack fixed it. I do like the crazy White Album review on the British version, that guy gave an amazing review of the album.
    Best - Revolver. Take the UK version, add the Paperback Writer/Rain single, and you pretty much have the best Beatles album ever made in my opinion.
    Overrated - With The Beatles. I'm sorry, this is tough! Great album but it seems like The Fabs are still trying to find their voice on this. About half the songs are covers, and they sound alright, but they had some strong songwriting of their own by now.
    Underrated - Beatles For Sale - In my perception this was was virtually unheard of (in the US) outside of record collector/Beatle nerd circles until the release of the CD in the 1980s. Wow, what a mind-blower! Mr. Moonlight is weak but this is more than made up for by the very strong original material (No Reply, Eight Days a Week, Baby's in Black). Some of their best covers, particularly Rock and Roll Music. I'll Follow the Sun showed the folkier, acoustic path they would travel with Help and Rubber Soul. Lennon's Dylan-esque efforts (i.e. I'm A Loser) were making the band stronger, in my opinion. McCartney's songwriting gets stronger here as well.
  3. ribonucleic

    ribonucleic Forum Resident

    SLC UT
    I don't know why everyone bags on "Mr. Moonlight". Obviously, it's not one of their masterpieces. But you could make a full-length album of Beatles songs that are worse.
  4. ToneLa

    ToneLa Forum Resident

    Will it? I'm 34, I know oodles of examples of women (and men!) leaving a partner for another (that's even without cheating)

    Not something I would like to sing, mind. Not a nice concept!
  5. stevenson66g

    stevenson66g Paul sang the Ahhhs

    Worst - Long And Winding Road
    Best - Strawberry Fields Forever
    Overrated - Let It Be
    Underrated - Taxman

    Worst - Let It Be
    Best - Revolver
    Overrated - Sgt. Pepper
    Underrated - With The Beatles
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  6. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love

    Best song: I am the Walrus
    Worst song: Baby You're a Rich Man
    Overrated song: Hey Jude
    Underrated song: Happiness is a Warm Gun

    Best album: White Album
    Worst album: Sgt. Pepper
    Overrated: Rubber Soul
    Underrated: Help!
  7. California Couple

    California Couple local joker

    Newport Beach
    You mean this album?

    side A
    Love Me Do – overrated
    Maxwell’s Silver Hammer - overrated
    Octopus’s Garden – overrated
    Don’t Pass Me Buy – overrated
    Honey Pie – overrated
    Piggies – overrated

    side B
    All Together Now – overrated
    Your Mother Should Know – overrated
    Doctor Robert – overrated
    One After 909 – overrated
    What You’re Doing - overrated
    What Goes On – overrated
  8. Duke Fame

    Duke Fame Forum Resident

    Tampa, FL
    Worst - Wild Honey Pie
    Best - A Day in the Life
    Overrated - Hey Jude
    Underrated - Hey Bulldog

    Worst - Beatles for Sale
    Best - Revolver
    Overrated - White Album
    Underrated - Hard Days Night
  9. Minstrel Boy

    Minstrel Boy Forum Resident

    Worst - Maxwell's Silver Hammer
    Best - Across The Universe
    Overrated - Hey Jude
    Underrated - It's All Too Much

    Worst - Let It Be
    Best - Rubber Soul
    Overrated - White Album
    Underrated - Magical Mystery Tour
  10. Songs:
    Worst - Only a Northern Song (Only Beatles written song I don't dislike)
    Best - A Day In the Life (Best song of all time by anyone ever)
    Overrated - Nowhere Man (It's still amazing, though. And I loved it when I first heard it.)
    Underrated - I'm Only Sleeping

    Worst - A Hard Day's Night (Yellow Submarine has two of the worst Beatles songs on it, but the soundtrack and everything else is still phenomenal. Close second, though.)
    Best - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (I've listened to it too many times for me to really enjoy it anymore, although I'm sure that will come back, but I still maintain that this is the best of the best.)
    Overrated - A Hard Day's Night (I was going to say Revolver, but I actually do understand why people like it so much. At one point I did too for AHDN, but not anymore.)
    Underrated - Beatles For Sale (I think it's more that I used to hate this album and therefore didn't listen to it much that I like it now because it sounds way fresher than the rest.)
  11. Diamond Star Halo

    Diamond Star Halo Forum Resident

    Worst- Bungalow Bill
    Best- Let It Be
    Overrated- Hey Jude
    Underrated- Hey Bulldog

    Worst- Please Please Me
    Best- White Album
    Overrated- A Hard Days Night
    Underrated- With the Beatles
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  12. mr. steak

    mr. steak Forum Resident

    tempe az
    Worst - What Goes On
    Best - Strawberry Fields Forever
    Overrated - Get Back
    Underrated - All Too Much

    Worst - Let It Be
    Best - Revolver
    Overrated - Sgt. Pepper
    Underrated - With The Beatles
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  13. angelo73

    angelo73 ⟴⎼ꃥ⎼⟴

    Michigan, USA
    To be fair, I can't think of anything they did in terms of "worst". a relative term yes; unfortunately for me, the word carries a connotation.
    at any rate:


    BEST (as in my current fav.)

    Commonwealth (" Yyyesss ?! " )
    this falls into the same category with
    You Know My Name
    (not a serious song)

    *if the above are both 'no-count' for for any reason, then I'll say:
    Love Me Do.


    Revolution #9


    ( I'm completely stumped !)
    Yellow Submarine (?)


    [[ Albums ]]

    BEST (as in my current fav.)
    Revolver easiest pick by far !

    'Least'-BEST (not a fav.)
    Let it Be*

    there are others I am just as unlikely to be playing (in my current phase), but
    I dislike the way this album was put together, even though there are a number of examples of high-calibre songwriting here.

    Sgt Pepper


    The Beatles ('WhiteAlbum')

    Note* all selections subject to change without notice ;)
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  14. Smokin Chains

    Smokin Chains Forum Resident

    Nashua, NH

    Worst (not counting cover songs): When I Get Home. Sounds almost like someone trying to do the Beatles thing but failing.

    Best: I guess if I could only listen to one Beatle song over and over again, I'd pick Strawberry Fields Forever. But there are so many great songs!

    Overrated: Old Brown Shoe. Clunky, never liked this one.

    Underrated: Baby, You're A Rich Man. That bass line is killer.
  15. KayNicole

    KayNicole Well-Known Member

    Michigan, USA
    I think Beatles for Sale is such an underrated album and is by far my favorite (however, Please Please Me is a close second!). I love every song on that album, though some of them are covers! I think it is a unique style for the Beatles, and brings them back to their 1950's rock 'n roll roots! :D
  16. Keith V

    Keith V Forum Resident

    Jersey City, NJ
    Worst: Don’t Let Me Down
    Best - Dr. Robert (it's my favorite. Probably not their best. A Day in the Life is probably their best.)
    Overrated - All My Loving
    Underrated - Magical Mystery Tour

    Worst - With the Beatles (it needs some singles like Meet the Beatles and Second Album).
    Best - Revolver (and I love Yesterday and Today too).
    Overrated - The White Album (still great though)
    Underrated - Let it Be (proper Spector version)
  17. bvb1123

    bvb1123 Rock and Roll Martian

    Cincinnati Ohio
    Worst: Wild Honey Pie
    Best: A Day In The Life
    Overrated: Hey Jude
    Underrated: If I Needed Someone

    Albums (UK)
    Worst: With The Beatles
    Best: Revolver
    Overrated: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    Underrated: Beatles For Sale
  18. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

  19. Hillel abramov

    Hillel abramov Forum resident

    Tel Aviv
    Worst song, The Long And Winding Road.
    Best song, A day in the life.
    Overrated song, let it be
    Underrated song, Ain't she sweet.
  20. Folknik

    Folknik Forum Resident

    Worst - What's the New Mary Jane
    Best - Eleanor Rigby
    Overrated - Get Back
    Underrated - Revolution 9 (or if "Rev. 9" not a song, "Piggies")

    Worst - With the Beatles
    Best - Revolver
    Overrated - Let It Be
    Underrated - Yellow Submarine
  21. maccafan

    maccafan Forum Resident

    It's just amazing how taste vary!

    Worst - Piggies
    Best - There are so many, I'll just pick one - I Saw Her Standing There
    Overrated - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    Underrated - Everybody's Got Something To Hide - Always wished they had performed this hot rocker live on the rooftop!

    Worst - Sgt Pepper, Magical Mystery, Yellow Sub
    Best - The new Live At The Hollywood Bowl - Actual proof that they were a fantastic hard rockin live band!
    Overrated - Sgt Pepper
    Underrated - The new Live At The Hollywood Bowl
  22. Culpa

    Culpa Forum Resident

    Philadelphia, PA
    Best - I’ll Cry Instead / White Album
    Worst - The Inner Light / Beatles VI
    Overrated - In My Life / Revolver
    Underrated - I Will / Let It Be
  23. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    Man, they really had a lot of good overrated songs. :winkgrin:
  24. Drifter

    Drifter AD survivor

    Vancouver, BC, CA
    Shouldn't that actually be classified as "Overrated"?
  25. Theslipperman

    Theslipperman Active Member

    Isle of sky
    Worst: I know it’s sacrilege to some but I really can’t stand Penny Lane.

    Best: Don’t let me down (ask me again in an hour and it’ll be something else : )

    Overrated: Lucy in the sky (this go could in the worst section to be honest...terrible melody, cheesy lyrics, even Macca’s bass can’t save this one)

    Underrated: Revolution number 9 (for a band as popular as The Beatles to knock this one out is pretty crazy - I don’t love it but you can’t deny their chutzpah)

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