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Overrated vs. Underrated songs
9 January 2014
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Great idea, emily.  Saves the trouble of trying to find the other one for reference…!

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9 January 2014
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Good Night is very underrated. For a long period I refused to believe that such a tender song could have been written by John! I'd always thought it was on one of these films like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or something like that. It sends shivers down my spine.

One overrated song is (all the George fans are going to hate me now) While My Guitar Gently Weeps, I mean, it's a good song and all, but take out the guitar parts by Clapton (probably the best in the Beatles catalogue) and you're left with just a standard song really. It also drags on slightly.

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9 January 2014
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Atlas said

IveJustSeenAFaceo said
The Long And Winding Road. The best version is the Let It Be version, and that's even no good. Other than that, The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill isn't very good, and I know some people who love it.

How so?

OK, you got me.a-hard-days-night-ringo-10

I see Funny Paper's point that Bungalow Bill isn't really overrated, I treated this as a worst song thread with that one.

BUT, The Long And Winding Road gets a lot of love, and I believe it fits the criteria.

Now, on why I dislike it, it's simply boring. I just can't wait for it to be over so the next song can come on. It drags on so long, even though its not ridiculously long. The lyrics aren't that strong, and it lacks the punch that makes songs like Eleanor Rigby or Get Back interesting, or the sentimentality that works so well for Let It Be and Hey Jude.

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10 January 2014
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I have stated that let it be is overrated. I will explain why I think so. This song is often cited as a masterpiece and/or a emblematic Beatles song and it is easy to see why, with its memorable melody and subject matter. I rate it lower, probably an 8 out of 10, at best.

Why? This is obviously very subjective. The music that l like most is full of subtleties, innuendos, enthusiasm and/or a sense of urgency, qualities that let it be lacks and does not pretend to have. A sentimental, honest song that falls short compared with the Beatles' greatest.

10 January 2014
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As good as I find "Let It Be" to be, to me it's far, far less enjoyable to the ears and to the heart, than are, for example, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da; or Good Morning; or With a Little Help From My Friends; or Back in the U.S.S.R.; or Birthday; or Hello, Goodbye; or Penny Lane; or… so many others.

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20 January 2014
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OK then:

Overrated:

  1. Revolution 9
  2. Ballad of John and Yoko?

Underrated:

  1. Abbey Road Melody (in terms of radio play)
  2. Mr Kite
  3. The majority of Rubber Soul and Revolver ( amongst the general public at least – many don't appreciate the period directly before Sgt. Pepper)

 

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22 January 2014
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I last posted on this thread back in November 2012 and subsequently have some new underrated songs to add to the mix. 

The first of those is Misery – great rhythm and Lennon vocal.

Another fantastic song is All I've Got To Do which I really think is a gem, as is Sure To Fall In Love with its amazing vocal harmonies.

cheers

 

23 January 2014
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Given that The Beatles are pretty much the most popular band of all time, I doubt that there's a such thing as an underrated Beatles song. :P

But, seriously…

I think The Ballad Of John And Yoko is underrated.  Blue Jay Way, as well.  I think Don't Bother Me is underrated, even though George didn't like it.  I think Drive My Car is underrated, even though it's not all that unpopular.  Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (okay, so it's not that unpopular, but it still wasn't released as a single, nor does it get radio airplay).  Flying.  For No One.  Glass Onion.  Happiness Is A Warm Gun.  Helter Skelter (okay, so Paul plays it live and it has been identified more recently as one of the songs that led to the development of heavy metal, but, in 1968, it wasn't a very notable song).  Hey Bulldog.  Hold Me Tight.  I Call Your Name.  I Don't Want To Spoil The Party.  I Need You.  I'll Cry Instead (even though it was released as a single in the U.S.).  I'm A Loser.  I'm So Tired.  It Won't Be Long.  Little Child.  Magical Mystery Tour.  Matchbox.  Mean Mr. Mustard.  Misery.  Money (That's What I Want).  The Night Before.  Not A Second Time.  Oh! Darling.  One After 909.  Rain.  Slow Down.  Tell Me What You See.  Wait.  What You're Doing.  Why Don't We Do It In The Road??.  Yer Blues.

Okay, those are the underrated songs, in my opinion.

It's really typical of me to enjoy the less popular songs, not just of The Beatles, but of nearly every band I like.

By the way, BBC-only songs, Anthology-only songs, and bootleg-only songs are not even considered in the above list.

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3 February 2014
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Overrated:

Long and Winding Road 

Across The Universe

Lady Madonna

Let It Be

Fool on the Hill

 

Underrated:

Hey Bulldog

Happiness is Warm Gun

For No One

She Said, She Said

You Never Give Me Your Money

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3 February 2014
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I Am Not Sgt Pepper said
OK then:

Overrated:

    1. Revolution 9
      1. Ballad of John and Yoko?

      Underrated:

        1. Abbey Road Melody (in terms of radio play)
          1. Mr Kite
            1. The majority of Rubber Soul and Revolver ( amongst the general public at least – many don't appreciate the period directly before Sgt. Pepper)

             

            In terms of radio play, Revolution 9 is probably the least rated song in history. 

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