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Are there any Beatles albums without a bad song?
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I was chatting to Ellie about whether there's a Beatles album which doesn't contain any bad songs. You know, the ones you always skip or at best tolerate.

I don't always skip songs but there is at least one track from each album that I 'tolerate'. So, my answer is no. Mind you, I don't feel there are any really 'bad' songs, it's just that I like some less than others. It's funny, though - I still sing those tolerable songs at the top of my lungs whenever possible.

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Maybe it's just that there was never a perfect Beatles album, merely a bunch of incredibly brilliant ones.

Well said. I find this to be true about all of my favorite albums, regardless of the artist. I inevitably find myself thinking "if only song 'X' was on album Y, it would be perfect!"

 

 

 

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After reading through all the posts to this thread, I noticed something:  Many of the songs I really like, other people don't (like Golden Slumbers).  The longs I like least, others list as one of their faves (Helter Skelter comes to mind).  That has made me realize that if we all got together, we'd think all the album starting with Rubber Soul were perfect (conversly, our 'least faves'  would be enough to disqualify every album, sometimes pretty severely).  Just something interesting I noticed...

Also I didn't MMT, despite the fact that it's got two of my very fave songs, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields (I sung it at karaoke last night, first time I've done karaoke in 22 years!) and was pretty decent - several people I didn't know clapped or gave me some sort of 'thumbs up' signal at the pub).  Yes, the highest notes I was a half step flat, and there were two low notes I was sharp on, and one verse I sang the first line early and had to wait a couple seconds between it and the next line.  But I'm getting redundant....

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27 February 2014 - 3.26pm

To answer the thread title, yes. Apart from Beatles For Sale (with the ghastly Mr. Moonlight), all of them a-hard-days-night-george-3

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All of them have no bad songs in my opinion so ha!a-hard-days-night-paul-11

Bur for real, my least favorite song is Piggies, which I still think is ok in Beatles standards. So even though The Beatles is my second favorite album of theirs, its the one that doesn't have a perfect line-up.a-hard-days-night-george-9

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@Starr Shine? Your Piggies are being put down!

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@Starr Shine? Your Piggies are being put down!

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Time to prove them wrong!!

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Matt Busby said

Strawberry Fields (I sung it at karaoke last night, first time I've done karaoke in 22 years!) and was pretty decent - several people I didn't know clapped or gave me some sort of 'thumbs up' signal at the pub).  Yes, the highest notes I was a half step flat, and there were two low notes I was sharp on, and one verse I sang the first line early and had to wait a couple seconds between it and the next line.  But I'm getting redundant....

OMG, I sank "SFF" at Karaoke too, and it was very close to 22 years ago as well! Myself and the roomate of my coworker/drinking buddy. 'Twas near Xmas 1991, I was wearing a Christmas stocking on my head for a hat (we were drunk).

We were not great.

Anyways, I personally think the total number of downright BAD Beatles songs is less than a dozen. Though there are certainly ones that are less than great but are elevated by spirited performances (like "Birthday"). And of course a couple that are certifiably "good" but don't personally appeal to me ("Martha My Dear", "Long & Winding Road"). And even some that I consider good/others consider bad (Maxwell!)

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11 April 2014 - 9.38pm

To answer the topic of this thread, I really don't think any Beatles albums have "bad" songs. I mean honestly, some of The Beatles worst songs would be my favorites if they were done by some of my other favorite bands. The Beatles just set the bar so high, it's a lot like we take them for granted. I originally didn't like Revolution #9, but it's growing on me.

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23 April 2014 - 2.25am

Joe--what a great question!

Like you, Let It Be is far from my favorite album, but it's pretty close.  Let it be...Naked is even closer.  I'm not a fan of One After 909, so that's the only complication for me. 

Revolver is my favorite album, and there was a time when I was younger I could have offered this album without hesitation.  But nowadays I've had my fill with Yellow Submarine.  And depending upon my mood, I can do without  Doctor Robert.    

Which brings me to the more general point that there are certainly moods that make me happy to hear all the songs on certain albums, the good and not so good alike.  But consistently, yeah, it seems that every album has some weak link.  But what that weak link is varies throughout my life.  For reasons I don't remember I used to detest Drive My Car.  But....why?  What was wrong with me???   

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Joe--what a great question!

Like you, Let It Be is far from my favorite album, but it's pretty close.  Let it be...Naked is even closer.  I'm not a fan of One After 909, so that's the only complication for me. 
Revolver is my favorite album, and there was a time when I was younger I could have offered this album without hesitation.  But nowadays I've had my fill with Yellow Submarine.  And depending upon my mood, I can do without  Doctor Robert.    

Which brings me to the more general point that there are certainly moods that make me happy to hear all the songs on certain albums, the good and not so good alike.  But consistently, yeah, it seems that every album has some weak link.  But what that weak link is varies throughout my life.  For reasons I don't remember I used to detest Drive My Car.  But....why?  What was wrong with me???   

Isn't this a bit of a contradiction? 

Revolver is also my favorite album.

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23 April 2014 - 10.21am

IveJustSeenAFaceo said

Michael B said
Joe--what a great question!

Like you, Let It Be is far from my favorite album, but it's pretty close.  Let it be...Naked is even closer.  I'm not a fan of One After 909, so that's the only complication for me. 
Revolver is my favorite album, and there was a time when I was younger I could have offered this album without hesitation.  But nowadays I've had my fill with Yellow Submarine.  And depending upon my mood, I can do without  Doctor Robert.    

Which brings me to the more general point that there are certainly moods that make me happy to hear all the songs on certain albums, the good and not so good alike.  But consistently, yeah, it seems that every album has some weak link.  But what that weak link is varies throughout my life.  For reasons I don't remember I used to detest Drive My Car.  But....why?  What was wrong with me???   

Isn't this a bit of a contradiction? 

Revolver is also my favorite album.

You used to hate Drive My Car?paul-mccartneypaul-mccartneypaul-mccartneypaul-mccartney

Drive My Car isn't that great there are better songs

 

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23 April 2014 - 5.03pm

IveJustSeenAFaceo said

Michael B said
Joe--what a great question!

Like you, Let It Be is far from my favorite album, but it's pretty close.  Let it be...Naked is even closer.  I'm not a fan of One After 909, so that's the only complication for me. 
Revolver is my favorite album, and there was a time when I was younger I could have offered this album without hesitation.  But nowadays I've had my fill with Yellow Submarine.  And depending upon my mood, I can do without  Doctor Robert.    

Which brings me to the more general point that there are certainly moods that make me happy to hear all the songs on certain albums, the good and not so good alike.  But consistently, yeah, it seems that every album has some weak link.  But what that weak link is varies throughout my life.  For reasons I don't remember I used to detest Drive My Car.  But....why?  What was wrong with me???   

Isn't this a bit of a contradiction? 

Revolver is also my favorite album.

You used to hate Drive My Car?paul-mccartneypaul-mccartneypaul-mccartneypaul-mccartney

It turns out I have a penchant for contradictions. Yep.  What I was getting at is the whether I think an album is perfect--that is, absent any bad songs--depends on my mood.   

I used to hate Drive My Car.  Here's why?  I was an ignorant and bad person.  (Either in this life, or my past lives, or both.)  I may still be ignorant and bad, but at least in this one particular I've been shown the light!  

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@Starr Shine? Yeah, but Drive My Car is so likable

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
@Starr Shine? Yeah, but Drive My Car is so likable

Not as much as Piggies

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Annadog40 said

IveJustSeenAFaceo said
@Starr Shine? Yeah, but Drive My Car is so likable

Not as much as Piggies

Far more than Piggies. Piggies takes a bit of time to get around to (if you ever do). Drive My Car might be the Beatles' easiest listen. If I want to be happy, it's always either that or Jet

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Hi Joe, Great site.

i have to respectfully disagree about I'll Cry Instead, my favorite track on AHDN,  which in my opinion is one of 5 Beatles albums without a clunker. MMT only has Flying, and that isn't too bad either. Rubber Soul and Revolver are perfect. I have always loved Run For Your Life. Sgt Pepper arguably doesn't have a bad track, although She's Leaving Home , 64 and Lovely Rita aren't that strong. Unfortunately, the otherwise great Beatles For Sale is marred by the awful Mr. Moonlight. Maxwell kills Abbey Rd, and Rev 9 should have been a B side and Sour Milk Sea should definitely have made the cut for the White Album. I kinda like Wild Honey Pie and Bungalow Bill. Help is killed by the unnecessary and annoying Dizzy Miss Lizzy. Let it Be ain't too bad, but Dig A Pony, Long and Winding Rd and One After 909 are weakest. Absolutely love Dig It and Maggie May, inspired finds by Spector.

Overall, I really believe the Beatles were remarkable in their consistency. I even like If You've Got Your Troubles. They hardly released a bad track over their entire career, something I can say about noone else. Once they went solo, all hell boke loose. Red Rose Speedway anyone?

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I love the "With The Beatles" LP, but groan when I hear "Till There Was You", but it ain't exactly a bad song, just sounds outdated to me!paul-mccartney

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27 April 2015 - 1.08am

Several Beatles albums have fillers in my opinion, but only a couple of them; compare that with many other bands that record two or three good songs and the rest is trash and you will know why they still rock after fifty years.

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One bad song on a Beatles album is easy to tolerate.  Having grown up in the 60s, most albums of that era had the hit single, and then a lot of garbage (I kindly point your attention to The Strawberry Alarm Clock for reference).  It was The Beatles that made other groups step up their game... eventually.

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