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Solo Beatles songs that would be considered among their best if released by The Beatles

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by beatlesfan9091, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. Harry Hotspur

    Harry Hotspur Forum Resident

    London England
    Legendary British DJ Annie Nightingale, who knew the Fabs well, chose Instant Karma to represent J, P, G and R output when she appeared on Desert Island Discs recently, apologising to P, G and R in the process. Seemed an odd choice to me, to go for this one. Never a huge fan myself, partly because of what I perceive to be a plodding drum sound.
  2. klaatuhf

    klaatuhf Forum Resident

    Sydney, Australia
    Yet another Beatles thread that has been done to death many times before. Looks like originality in the Beatles camp is long dead... shame.
  3. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Senior Member


  4. idreamofpikas

    idreamofpikas Forum Resident

    I agree with 5 of them, Mind Games being the odd man out. I don't think it would be anything great in the Beatles catalogue. John's Jealous Guy and Working Class Hero would be better options than it.
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  5. belardd

    belardd Senior Member

    Fort Worth TX
    Back Seat of My Car
    All Things Must Pass
    It Don't Come Easy
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  6. Lewisboogie

    Lewisboogie Forum Resident

    Your Love is Forever
    Stuck Inside a Cloud
    Handle With Care
    Summer’s Day Song
    One of these Days
    Sing the Changes

    So many more...
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  7. ralph7109

    ralph7109 Forum Resident

    Franklin, TN
    It would have been the best post-Beatle-break-up Beatle song and top 5 all-time Beatle song, but not the only solo-Beatle song worthy of being a post-break-up-Beatle song :sigh:.
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  8. Zeroninety

    Zeroninety Forum Resident

    #9 Dream
    Dear Boy
  9. Like your post, I suppose..
  10. breakingglass

    breakingglass Forum Resident


    You’re right. Mind Games was a stretch. The other five would fit comfortably among Beatles’ greats.
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  11. Hot Ptah

    Hot Ptah Forum Resident

    Kansas City, MO
    Beware of Darkness
    It Don’t Come Easy
    Maybe I’m Amazed
    Instant Karma
    Jealous Guy
    Gimme Some Truth
    Oh My Love
    Jealous Guy
    #9 Dream
    My Sweet Lord
    What is Life
    All Things Must Pass
    No More Lonely Nights
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  12. abzach

    abzach Forum Resident

    Warm and Beautiful
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  13. SteveRes

    SteveRes Forum Resident

    Jealous Guy
    My Love
    My Sweet Lord
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  14. hlennarz

    hlennarz Forum Resident

    I realised my typo but thought it would provide some hilarity. :D
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  15. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    ...oh, c'mon!
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  16. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo Music gives me Eargasms

    Imagine the Beatles opening a concert with Venus & Mars/Rock Show??? My sweet lord, that would be awesome. It don't come easy!
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  17. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    Allow me to try and put some perspective on this:hide:.....We have to remember that not each and every BEATLES song was categorically "great" either. Most were good to excellent, some *were* truly "great for all time* and we could also put together a list (albeit a pretty short one) of ones that would have to be categorized "ok" to "fair". While I agree that a very small percentage of post-Beatle tracks can be truly called "great" I think there are quite a few excellent ones that would fare quite well on "Beatle" albums (falling into the "good to excellent" group....more than just Maybe I'm Amazed (although I agree, it would fall into the "great" category with ease). What we have to remember is that many of the great Beatle songs, were indeed great due to their time period of having been recorded and the music going on around them. While some songs are timeless, others aren't.
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  18. biilyedwards

    biilyedwards Todd Browning's freak

    Lennon's One Day at a Time would've been massive, he would be told to pitch his voice down a bit, Paul's harmonies instead of Yoko's, the saxaphone...
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  19. Baldo

    Baldo Forum Resident

    Butte, Montana
    "Maybe I'm Amazed"
    "It Don't Come Easy"
    "What is Life"
    "Wah Wah"
    "Beware of Darkness"
    "Jealous Guy"
    "Let it Down"
    "Coming Up"
    "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)"
    "Let Me Roll It"
    "Live and Let Die"
    "Junior's Farm"
    "Crackerbox Palace" (it would've been a hit that many would dislike, much like "Yellow Submarine")

    In MY opinion, of course.

    Personally, I don't know if "My Sweet Lord" would've worked as a Beatles song. Same for "Imagine", "Instant Karma", "Power to the People", "God", etc.
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  20. bewareofchairs

    bewareofchairs Forum Resident

    This seems like kind of a trick question because there are solo songs which could've been massive with input from the other Beatles but didn't have quite the same impact without them, and there are solo songs which are brilliant on their own but may have lost something in The Beatles.
  21. Chuckee

    Chuckee Forum Resident

    Upstate, NY, USA
    I don't think it's Yoko on background vocals, vocal group Something Different was listed.
  22. Crawdad

    Crawdad Detroit Rock Citizen

    The five best songs from Band On the Run are as good as the five Paul sang tunes from Revolver
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  23. I kinda sorta maybe know what ya mean...
    But here's what I truly believe : had ' Maybe I'm Amazed ' been released as a single it would have been a huge Number # 1 smash.
    At about that same time ' The Long and Winding Road ' was released as a single and it got to #1.
    ' Maybe I'm Amazed ' would have trounced it. And then Paul would have been competing against himself which he probably would have enjoyed.
  24. schnitzerphilip

    schnitzerphilip "Modern Dad" Unlocked Award

    NJ USA
    Fair enough, but you just know a Beatles song when you hear it, and the majority of the songs mentioned from Plastic Ono Band and All Things Must Pass are very personal songs that more than likely never get made as a Beatles product. Instant Karma, God, My Sweet Lord, these were just not Beatle-like themes. A great love song is a great love song. Maybe I'm Amazed is a great love song.
  25. schnitzerphilip

    schnitzerphilip "Modern Dad" Unlocked Award

    NJ USA
    Agreed, and I would have loved to have hear George and John's harmonies instead of Paul and Linda's, the version on McCartney is just so unfinished. Live version of Maybe I'm Amazed is stellar, though. That's the winner of the Greatest Beatles Solo Song Performed Live thread if/when that happens.

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