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What album songs or B-sides would have been hits if released as a single?
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15 April 2013
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Linde
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Yeah I think so too, or at least it should have been an A side of SOME single.

8 February 2014
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Ob la di Ob la da has hit single written all over it.  Actually, as I'm sure many of you know, a group called Marmalade recorded it and had a number 1 hit with it.

 

8 February 2014
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All right, this was THE BEATLES. Anything they released automatically became a hit. They could have released Revolution 9/What's The New Mary Jane and people would have bought it. And even not being so crazy, most of their songs could have been hits after 1964

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8 February 2014
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This Boy

 

9 February 2014
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OneCoolCat said
This Boy

 

I'm not so sure. I love the song, I think it's lovely and the harmonies are fantastic, but the success of its A-side goes to show that the teenagers listening to the Beatles by this point wanted something more fiery I think. Not to say it wouldn't have sold, but I think it suits being a B just fine. After Please Please Me, I think releasing this would've been seen as ''going back'' slightly.

 

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I think what would have been very interesting, especially in 1969/1970, would have been to release You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) as an A side with something purposely "weak" as the B side (like an edited version of Revolution 9) , so DJs couldn't create an alternate A side by playing the B side.

Imagine DJs having to say, "So OK folks, here's the new single by the Beatles - this one is different  - let us know what you think!" and then playing YKMNLUTN

You have to wonder how high or low on the charts it would have gone.

 

 

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B-Sides get no love from a casual fans. Some of my favorite songs from 1963 were all B-sides. If This Boy was backed with another song, then it would've been a hit. 

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12 February 2014
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I think Across The Universe would have made a good single.

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BBCSessions1963 said
B-Sides get no love from a casual fans. Some of my favorite songs from 1963 were all B-sides. If This Boy was backed with another song, then it would've been a hit. 

Oh, don't get me wrong, I adore This Boy. It's beautiful. I think it's the first song of theirs that I really liked, actually. I just don't think it would've done so well in the charts. I dunno, maybe I'm wrong.

 

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12 February 2014
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It Wont Be Long

All My Loving (was in Canada, of course)

Any Time At All

Things We Said Today

I'm A Loser

You're Gonna Lose that Girl

I've Just Seen A Face

In My Life

Drive My Car

In My Life

You Wont See Me

Taxman

Got to Get You Into Life (It was in 70s, and a hit)

And Your Bird Can Sing

Rain

Lucy in Sky

Back in USSR

Ob-Bla-Di

Birthday

Revolution

Dont Let Me Down

 

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tulane said
I think Across The Universe would have made a good single.

Do you mean the Past Masters version. What would be the B-side. Perhaps, "Only A Northern Song."

 

I suggest, "Glass Onion," / "Rocky Raccoon." 

19 February 2014
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ptybeatle said
Hi this is the biggest panamanian (pty, code for Panama) beatle fan saying hello, I consider that "Rain", the B-side of "Paperback Writer", would have made a good and chart topper single.

That's what I was thinking. a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

Linde said
Here Comes The Sun, It Won't Be Long, maybe even No Reply, Drive My Car, Michelle (for a long time I thought DMC and Michelle both were singles!),  Saw her standing there..

Oh and of course Revolution 9. Obviously.

Of course... It would've been but was probably too long for a single... a-hard-days-night-john-6

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So what are some singles you wished they released that they didn't?

I've got a few:

I Saw Her Standing There / Twist And Shout - imagine this as their debut single!
I'll Be Back / Any Time At All
No Reply / Every Little Thing 
The Night Before / You're Going To Lose That Girl
If I Needed Someone / Drive My Car
Taxman / She Said She Said
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds / Fixing A Hole
Hey Bulldog / Across The Universe
Helter Skelter / Yer Blues
Two of Us / One After 909
Here Comes The Sun / You Never Give Me Your Money

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Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da/Piggies

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Linde said
Here Comes The Sun, It Won't Be Long, maybe even No Reply, Drive My Car, Michelle (for a long time I thought DMC and Michelle both were singles!),  Saw her standing there..

Oh and of course Revolution 9. Obviously.

Of course... It would've been but was probably too long for a single... a-hard-days-night-john-6

It could work if it is both the A and B side

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As there was already a similar thread on songs that would have should or could have been singles i've merged them together. Hope thats ok.

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Good stuff …….except for Piggies and Savoy Truffle….. George's representation is about right without these two. 

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Von Bontee said
Ha ha yeah, the very thought of hearing "Walrus" on the radio in '67 - I can imagine all those teenagers fiddling with their transistor-dials, trying in vain to get better reception when that shortwave-static/"King Lear" bit begins!

I read your post... and I can't stop laughing!

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