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Ranking of all tunes on Abbey Road
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This is a tough album to rank.  I won't even touch The Medley ; that's another topic.

  1. Something -- One of the most beautiful Beatles song I've heard.
  2. Come Together -- One of the strongest album openers they've had.
  3. Octopus's Garden -- I love this one.  Very unique.
  4. Here Comes The Sun
  5. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
  6. Oh! Darling
  7. Because -- I feel bad ranking this low.  It's really good.
  8. Maxwell's Silver Hammer -- Should have been cut from the album.
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  1. You Never Give Me Your Money - One of my favourite Beatles songs.
  2. Something
  3. Because
  4. Come Together
  5. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
  6. Sun King
  7. Octopus's Garden
  8. Here Comes The Sun
  9. Carry That Weight
  10. Golden Slumbers
  11. The End
  12. Oh! Darling
  13. I Want You (She's So Heavy) - This used to be my favourite song on Abbey Road. Now I think it's a little too repetitive. I still love it though.
  14. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
  15. Mean Mr Mustard
  16. Her Majesty - Nice little tune.
  17. Polythene Pam - Works perfectly in the medley. Other than that, it's not a very special track, I think.

This was so hard. If I counted all of the medley as one song it would definitely top the list.

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Here Comes The Sun

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Something

Come Together

Oh Darling!

Octopus Garden

Her Majesty

Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Skelter said 

This was so hard. If I counted all of the medley as one song it would definitely top the list.

I agree. No one song is better than the medley. I'm talking about all music from all time.

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17. Her Majesty - The obvious choice, mostly becasue it's a short little ditty but I do like it coming in after The End.

16. Carry That Weight - Another short one, I do like it's position in the medley though and I like that it goes back to the melody from You Never Give Me Your Money.

15. Maxwell's Silver Hammer - Paul sure does know how to tell a story in song but this song is more like Rocky Raccoon then Eleanor Rigby.

14. Sun King - One of the most relaxing songs in the medley. It is well placed and is a good segue into the next song.

13. The End - I love the drums, the guitar solos, the piano, the harmony vocals and in my opnion the best way for a band to end their career.

12. Oh! Darling - I can take or leave this song but I do like it when Paul starts screaming.

11. Golden Slumbers - I nice beautiful song from Paul. Hehas always been good at those.

10. Polythene Pam - A fun silly song that luckily doesn't go to long but it is an enjoyable listen.

9. Mean Mr Mustard - I like the groove of this song and that it is connected to Polythene Pam.

8. Because - The harmony vocals on this song are beyond amazing.

7. Octopus's Garden - Probably the best song Ringo wrote as a Beatle and probably my highest ranked Ringo song.

6. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window - This is one of the highlights of the medley for me and one of Paul's best tunes on this album.

5. Come Together - This is a really funky tune. I love the bass line and the lyrics.

4. You Never Give Me Your Money - I love this track. It is a little rock opera and one of my favourite Paul songs.

3. Here Comes The Sun - I don;t think I would be out of line in saying that George did a really good job on Abbey Road and this song is proof of that. 

2. I Want You (She's So Heavy) - This song seems to get mixed reactions. I love that it is repetitive and that there is a long ending and it eventually cuts off. I thought there was an issue with my CD before I found out that it was supposed to end like that. I love Paul's bass playing on this track as well as the guitar work as well.

1. Something - Probably my favourite Beatle George songs and one of the greatest love songs of all time. I especially love the bass and guitars on this song.

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1. The Medley

2. Something

3. Here Comes The Sun

4. I Want You (She's So Heavy)

5. Come Together

6. Because

7. Oh! Darling

8. Octopus's Garden

9. Maxwell's Silver Hammer

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QuarryMan said
1. The Medley

2. Something

3. Here Comes The Sun

4. I Want You (She's So Heavy)

5. Come Together

6. Because

7. Oh! Darling

8. Octopus's Garden

9. Maxwell's Silver Hammer  

Almost completely agree with you, QuarryMan! The only difference in my ranking would have been a swap of Something and Here Comes The Sun

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It looks like it's time:

17. Her Majesty

16. Here Comes The Sun

15. Golden Slumbers

14. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

13. Sun King

12. Octopus's Garden

11. Carry That Weight

10. The End

9. Oh Darling

8. Mean Mr. Mustard

7. Because

6. You Never Give Me Your Money

5. Polythene Pam

4. Something

3. I Want You (She's So Heavy)

2. Maxwell's Silver Hammer

1. Come Together

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Dark Overlord said
It looks like it's time:

17. Her Majesty

16. Here Comes The Sun

15. Golden Slumbers

14. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

13. Sun King

12. Octopus's Garden

11. Carry That Weight

10. The End

9. Oh Darling

8. Mean Mr. Mustard

7. Because

6. You Never Give Me Your Money

5. Polythene Pam

4. Something

3. I Want You (She's So Heavy)

2. Maxwell's Silver Hammer

1. Come Together  

Wow! You have unusual tastes in Abbey Road. Am I to take it you dislike Here Comes The Sun and Golden Slumbers or do you have the 'I don't dislike anything' thing that I have with the White Album?

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Martha said

Almost completely agree with you, QuarryMan! The only difference in my ranking would have been a swap of Something and Here Comes The Sun.   

I do tend to have quite conventional views on these things. I guess I prefer Something since I'm a guitarist myself and that solo is simply gorgeous. I'm a big George fan, though I'm only just breaking the surface with his solo stuff at the moment.

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Her Majesty is the only bad track on this album, the main reason I placed Here Comes The Sun so low is because it's overplayed.

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Her Majesty is the only bad track on this album, the main reason I placed Here Comes The Sun so low is because it's overplayed.  

Does it being overplayed make it any worse a track? And I think you're being too harsh on Her Majesty, it's only a half minute tongue in cheek ditty.

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First of all, that's exactly why I am going hard on Her Majesty, who makes a song that's 23 seconds long, Paul could've easily extended the song to make it a minute longer, it's way too short to be a good song.

As for whether or not overplaying songs makes them worse, there are 3 types of overplayed songs:

Type A:

Songs that are played frequently but you don't get tired of hearing them, here are 10 examples:

1. Come Together, The Beatles, Abbey Road, 1969, Classic Rock

2. Hotel California, The Eagles, Hotel California, 1976, Classic Rock

3. Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin, Zoso, 1971, Hard Rock

4. We Will Rock You, Queen, News Of The World, 1977, Classic Rock

5. Hey Jude, The Beatles, 1968, Classic Rock

6. Killer Queen, Queen, Sheer Heart Attack, 1974, Glam Rock

7. Back In Black, AC/DC, Back In Black, 1980, Hard Rock

8. Carry On Wayward Son, Kansas, Leftoverture, 1976, Progressive Rock

9. More Than A Feeling, Boston, Boston, 1976, Hard Rock

10. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973, Classic Rock

Type B:

If you hear them too often, they start to suck but if you take a break from listening to them and them listen to them, they're good:

1. Bennie And The Jets, Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973, Classic Rock

2. Here Comes The Sun, The Beatles, Abbey Road, 1969, Classic Rock

3. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen, A Night At The Opera, 1975, Glam Rock

4. Enter Sandman, Metallica, Metallica, 1991, Heavy Metal

5. Yesterday, The Beatles, Help!, 1965, Pop Rock

6. Layla, Derek And The Dominoes, Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970, Classic Rock

7. Welcome To The Jungle, Guns N' Roses, Appetite For Destruction, 1987, Hard Rock

8. Money, Pink Floyd, The Dark Side Of The Moon, 1973, Progressive Rock

9. Iron Man, Black Sabbath, Paranoid, 1970, Heavy Metal

10. Crazy Train, Ozzy Osbourne, Blizzard Of Ozz, 1980, Heavy Metal

Type C:

These songs have been so overplayed, they absolutely suck:

1. Don't Stop Beleivin', Journey, Escape, 1981, Classic Rock

2. You're My Best Friend, Queen, A Night At The Opera, 1975, Glam Rock

3. Jump, Van Halen, 1984, 1984, Synth Rock

4. Every Breath You Take, The Police, Synchroncity, 1983, Pop Rock

5. Only The Good Die Young, Billy Joel, The Stranger, 1977, Classic Rock

6. Take It Easy, The Eagles, The Eagles, 1972, Classic Rock

7. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, Green Day, American Idiot, 2004, Pop Punk

8. Just The Way You Are, Billy Joel, The Stranger, 1977, Pop Rock

9. Sharp Dressed Man, ZZ Top, Eliminator, 1983, Classic Rock

10. Bring Me To Life, Evanescence, Fallen, 2003, Nu Metal

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Dark Overlord said  

5. Only The Good Die Young, Billy Joel, The Stranger, 1977, Classic Rock
 

Interesting, I have an opposite view of Only the Good Die Young. It's one of my all time favorite non Beatles songs and I've probably listened to it more than most songs in existence. It never gets old. To each their own, though.

 

Back on topic: this is my favorite album. I love every song and the difference between 16 and 1 is very small.

 

17. Her Majesty- I love it, but I do agree with Dark Overlord that FOR ME, it needs to be longer to be ranked above any of the others on here.

16. Sun King

15. Octopus' Garden

14. I Want You (She's So Heavy)

13. Polythene Pam

12. Mean Mr. Mustard

11. Maxwell's Silver Hammer

10. Carry That Weight

9. Come Together

8. Because

7. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

6. You Never Give Me Your Money

5. Here Comes The Sun

4. The End

3. Oh! Darling

2. Something

1. Golden Slumbers

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Very difficult album to rank since it's very consistent and all the songs are great. It's still only my fifth favourite Beatles album though.

My ranking for today:

17. Her Majesty - I feel guilty for even ranking it since it's such a short song. It's a lovely 23 second ditty though.

16. Octopus's Garden - The best song that Ringo wrote with the Beatles, I think it gets less interesting the more you hear it though. Still great.

15. Maxwell's Silver Hammer - I didn't use to like the song but i've come to love it now. It ties with When I'm Sixty-Four as Pauls best 'granny music' song. 

14. Oh! Darling - Probably Paul's best vocal performance on record. It's a difficult song to fault to be honest.

13. Mean Mr Mustard - It's very hard to rank the songs in the medley so one had to come last. I think John's criticism of the song could have skewed my enjoyment of it. 

12. Polythene Pam - This is pretty much tied with MMM. I love the energy and rhythm of the song.

11. Sun King - Love how atmospheric the song is with the crickets and everything. It's a very unique Beatles track. The gibberish section is awesome. 

10. You Never Give Me Your Money - Very cool song with lots of changes. Not sure what else to say about it. 

9. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window - The how the song starts and the instrumentation is awesome. 

8. Carry That Weight - Great sing along song. The Never Give Me Your Money and guitar solo bit gives me goosebumps.

7. Golden Slumbers - Beautiful track from Paul which provides a welcome break in the medley. The lyrics fit perfectly to the bow out theme of the album.

6. Here Comes The Sun - You can't criticize the song, it's up there with George's best. Would probably come higher if it was less overplayed. We are comparing masterpieces now...

5. The End - Brilliant song to finish the album (discounting Her Majesty). Everything about it is pure awesomeness.

4. I Want You (She's So Heavy) - Love this song, it just shifts brilliantly from section to section. I sometimes skip it because of its length though. Otherwise it could have been higher.

3. Something - What more can be said about this song? I think it's probably a tad overrated when it comes to listing the best Beatles songs though.

2. Because - Must be one of the most underrated Beatles songs. The harmonies are stunning throughout. 

1. Come Together - Amazing groove and lyrics from John. For today this is Number 1. 

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