Easily one of the best albums of ever, “Revolver” was arguably when the Beatles transcended simple pop rock and became the greatest band of all time. There are so many classics on this unbelievable record, but how would I rank them all?
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14 – Good Day Sunshine
The only song on the album I’m not too fond of, “Good Day Sunshine” never really resonated with me. It kind of sounds like a tame, childish version of a Beatles song, and that whimsical tone lets the track down for me.
13 – Love You To
Harrison’s first forray into Indian music on a Beatles album, and I think he does a much better job on later tracks like “Within You Without You” and “The Inner Light”.
The song itself is fine, albeit a bit boring and underwhelming when you know how good Harrison’s Indian-inspired songs can be.
12 – For No One
A lot of Beatles fans hold this song in high regard, but to me it sounds too much like a filler track. Don’t get me wrong, this is an extremely solid filler track that is a joy to listen to, it’s just not my cup of tea.
11 – Doctor Robert
I like this song a lot, but I couldn’t bring myself to put it anywhere above “good”. It’s a great tune and a highlight of the album, but admittedly it doesn’t add very much to the record.
10 – Yellow Submarine
Possibly my most controversial placement in this list, but “Yellow Submarine” has always been a bit too childish for me.
Ringo does a great job on vocals (this is probably THE Ringo song for most people) and the general arrangement is great, but I’ve heard this song so many times that it’s a bit overplayed and feels too silly for a Beatles track.
9 – I Want To Tell You
An underrated Harrison track, “I Want To Tell You” has perfect harmonies that fits the Beatles style to a tee. Also, the piano comping away in the background gives the song a great groove that propels it forwards and makes it an instantly memorable track on an already stacked album.
8 – She Said She Said
Lennon’s psychedelic rock at it’s best, “She Said She Said” feels like a definitive song for this album. I know Lennon never liked his own vocals very much, but they’re fantastically trippy here.
7 – And Your Bird Can Sing
One of the best pure rock songs on the album, this song about material possessions is ironically one of the most valuable on the record. Apparently this was a dig at The Rolling Stones, but that was never confirmed.
6 – I’m Only Sleeping
Once again, Lennon comes up with the psychedelic goods.
I used to think this was just another filler track (you could say I “slept” on this one … I’m so sorry) but over time it’s really grown on me. It has those Beatles harmonies that I’ve come to love, and it’s the first track on the album that indicates all is not what it seems.
5 – Got To Get You Into My Life
McCartney’s “ode to pot” as he calls it, this is such a feel good song that perfectly contrasts the final track on the album. I especially like the woodwind and brass arrangement, it gives it a triumphant feel that really hammers home the message (but don’t do drugs kids).
4 – Here, There And Everywhere
There are a lot of famous musicians that consider this to be one of the band’s best, and even Lennon really liked it (that’s special considering it was a McCartney track).
I’ll always remember how “Friends” used an arrangement of this as a wedding march, and I have to say it’s a truly beautiful song to walk down the aisle to if anyone needs to pick a track.
3 – Tomorrow Never Knows
Nothing can quite prepare you for this one.
The Beatles were sucked in to the world of drugs (especially LSD, weed and acid), and Lennon started to experiment with his psychedelic sounds. What he created is one of the best closing tracks ever, and one of the most influential tracks of all time.
2 – Eleanor Rigby
One of the most beautiful songs of all time, we have George Martin to thank for his exquisite arrangement of strings.
Take nothing away from McCartney, though, as this is truly one of the best songs he ever wrote, and it is deservedly one of the band’s most iconic tracks ever.
1 – Taxman
I was just looking thought the Beatles’ songs on Spotify and YouTube, and this song is seriously underrated on those platforms! I thought this was one of their most famous songs, but maybe I was wrong.
Straight off the bat, McCartney’s bassline is one of the best of all time, and it’s actually McCartney again who lays down the killer guitar solos. Take nothing away from George Harrison – this album was really when he started to shine as a songwriter, and this track is proof of his incredible ability. Easily one of their best songs, and definitely one of the best songs of all time.
Aaaaaand that’s my ranking. I know I’m in the middle of my Doctor Who series, but I’d thought I’d do a bonus list today. Check out some of my latest blog posts below:
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