UK single release: We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper

On the same day that their sixth UK LP, Rubber Soul, was released, The Beatles issued a double a-side single, We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper.

Day Tripper single - United KingdomJohn Lennon had wanted Day Tripper to be The Beatles' next single, but was overruled by the other band members, plus George Martin and Brian Epstein. As a compromise, the single was marketed as the first double a-side.

We Can Work It Out proved to be the more popular choice with the public, both through sales requests and radio airplay.

The Beatles' fastest-selling single since Can't Buy Me Love. It entered the charts on 9 December 1965, and seven days later reached number one - where it remained for five weeks. In all it spent 12 weeks on the UK singles charts.

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One response on “UK single release: We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper

  1. Dan L

    I’ve always thought that John was right when he insisted on Day Tripper as the A-side, and everyone else wrong in giving primacy to We Can Work It Out. The latter was a fine song, no doubt, but Day Tripper was a smash — grabbing you from the opening riff and holding you tight throughout the song!

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