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Ranking The Beatles' official studio albums
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First of all, I have to agree with you on Because . At the time I began listening to the Beatles (ok, it's actually only two months ago...) this was one of my favourites but soon, especially after having discovered more, it occurred a bit empty to me. The same counts for Sun King though I have to admit I didn't like this one too much from the beginning. It's interesting that you think Golden Slumbers sounds similar to yesterday to you. I have never heard any kind of resemblance but as I listened to these songs again it struck me, the melodies are really similar. But since I like both it doesn't disturb me too mucha-hard-days-night-john-6.  Concerning I Want You (She's so heavy) it depends on my mood. When I'm full of energy or nervous I sometimes find it a bit too long as well. But this moment when the storm at the end of this song ends and the sun comes out is just magic, the best transition the Beatles have ever made in my opinion. And this leads my to Here Comes The Sun . I totally agree it's such a beautiful song and though it's a really simple melody I love the guitar as well. 

On the other song of George, however, I disagree. looking at the I don't know part it has a lot of energy for a moment, like an outburst of feelings and then it gets back to the soft part again. But still, even in this soft part, there are so many feelings involved! And the guitar solo is just great. Maxwells silver hammer is 

Maxwell's Silver Hammer has truly great lyrics, that's out of question, but for this particular reason, I also appreciate Her Majesty . After every serious message in a Beatles song, there is something to laugh about afterwards - a great idea. I don't remember the lyrics of Polythene Pam anymore but this needs fixing, I'm actually really excited now, what they are about...

After all, I think Abbey Road is a great album and one that is very fluent. But even though the medley is the album's peak of fluent transitions it not one of my favourite tracks anyway, not even on the album because it rather astonishes me for its virtuosity but I somehow don't get touched by this particular music. Maybe you feel the same, I don't know. 

But thanks for answering anyway!apple01

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1) The Beatles (aka White Album )

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12) Yellow Submarine  

P.S. MMT is an EP

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Where's 2-11, this isn't best and worst Beatles album, this is ranking all The Beatles albums. Also, if you're going to discredit Magical Mystery Tour for being an EP, you should also discredit Yellow Submarine for being a split album, as The Beatles don't appear at all on side B (although some claim that George played tambura on Sea Of Time , I believe that it was a session musician and not George, although I cannot confirm this, maybe @Ron Nasty can) and on top of that, it recycles the opening track, similar to how Queen used Seven Seas Of Rhye to close both their first and second albums, but at least with Queen they used two different versions whereas with Yellow Submarine , they just copy and pasted the Revolver version onto the beginning of the album, they could've at least an alternate take or the version with the spoken intro, but that's past the point.

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The U.S. Magical Mystery Tour LP is definitely considered album canon at this point even though side 2 is all singles... the fact that none of those singles appear on Past Masters is "proof" enough of that...

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1. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - As a full album experience it's my favorite at this moment. I don't really understand the criticism again it.

2. Revolver - Some of their best and most innovative songs. The album that got me into the Beatles.

3. The White Album - Sometimes I regard this as their best, it certainly has some of my favourite songs and it's a very mature album. Certain tracks do pull it down though.

4. Abbey Road - I don't like it as much now as I used to but it's still undeniably amazing. Some of the songs don't have as much substance in my opinion as the albums above.

5. Rubber Soul - This has grown on me overtime. It's such an energetic record. Any album with 'In My Life ' on it is going to be incredible.

6. Magical Mystery Tour - I love how wacky this album is, part of me feels that it's slightly disjointed however with it being effectively a compliation.

7. Help ! - I had this over Rubber Soul at one point but I listen to it less these days. It doesn't grab my attention as much as the albums ranked ahead above it.

8. Let It Be - Whilst I can't listen to The Long And Winding Road , the rest of the album is pretty flawless. It just has less 'amazing' songs in my opinion. 

9. A Hard Day's Night - Side one is incredible but I don't care too much for side 2. If it matched side 1 then this album would be higher. 

10. Please Please Me - I'd argue this album is fairly underrated. It has a primal energy to it and has a great flow throughout. I'd still generally rather listen to the albums ranked higher then this though.

11.With the Beatles - This and Please Please Me are pretty interchangeable. I tend to find the songs more forgettable on this album though, aside from the classics.

12.Beatles For Sale - For me their most forgettable album, although it's by no means terrible. It doesn't really add much to their discography in my opinion. 

13. Yellow Submarine - Bought it on cd a few months ago and haven't even listened to side 2 yet (I probably should!). Side 1 isn't patrticularly great either, however I do love It's All Too Much and Hey Bulldog .

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Pablo Ramon said
The U.S. Magical Mystery Tour LP is definitely considered album canon at this point even though side 2 is all singles... the fact that none of those singles appear on Past Masters is "proof" enough of that...  

I go by UK releases, so like this:

Please Please Me

With The Beatles

A Hard Day's Night

Beatles For Sale

Help !

Rubber Soul

Revolver

Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Magical Mystery Tour (EP)

Yellow Submarine (I go by the film's release date, not the album's, as I only count tracks 2-6 when considering this album)

The Beatles

Abbey Road

Let It Be

Sometimes I'll add in Long Tall Sally , Past Masters , or Mono Masters (which is essentially Past Masters but replaces The Ballad Of John And Yoko , Old Brown Shoe , and Let It Be (single version) with 4 of the 5 original Yellow Submarine tracks) or I might go by the cancelled Yellow Submarine EP or I'll place Magical Mystery Tour after Let It Be and refer to it as Magical Mystery Tour 76', here's an alternate discography.

Please Please Me

With The Beatles

A Hard Day's Night

Beatles For Sale

Help !

Rubber Soul

Revolver

Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Beatles

Abbey Road

Let It Be

Magical Mystery Tour 76'

Mono Masters

The one thing you can't do is putting the US MMT in with the UK discography and place it inbetween Sgt. Pepper and the White Album because the US MMT wasn't released in the UK until 1976.

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HMBeatlesfan said
 if you're going to discredit Magical Mystery Tour for being an EP, you should also discredit Yellow Submarine for being a split album

You can't discredit a Beatles album for any reason. Might as well discredit the Let It Be LP, since it was a load of rubbish (as Lennon put it) and gave it to Phil Spector to complete. brian-epstein

Seriously the title of this thread say's it all. a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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I don't think you understood what I was saying, I was saying that Yellow Submarine isn't a Beatles album but rather a split album, here's a couple of examples of split albums:

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.....rica_Sucks!!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.....et_(album)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.....Void_Split

Would you consider any of these albums studio albums because I sure wouldn't.

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You keep saying All You Need Is Love was originally on Yellow Submarine ... it was on MMT before that.

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Since The Beatles are from the UK, we should follow the UK discography, and when we do, you will notice that Yellow Submarine is All You Need Is Love 's first UK appearance outside of a single release, similar to how Bad Boy 's first UK appearance was on A Collection Of Beatles Oldies, as Capitol's Magical Mystery Tour wasn't released in the UK until 1976.

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Yeah, I guess so, but MMT is now widely regarded as a studio LP too.

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To be fair, Yellow Submarine isn't technically a Beatles album but rather a Beatles/George Martin split album, so you could still consider those tracks non-album tracks.

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I'm not sure if I've already answered this one but ah well my list has probably changed. I'mm not including Submarine or Magical because I count them as EPs not albums.

1. Sgt Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band - It's not perfect (swap out Lovely Rita for All You Need Is Love released shortly after and maybe get rid of Fixing A Hole ) but it's such an experience, conceptually and otherwise, that it's easily the best album ever made.

2. Revolver - This one comes and goes in my preference but the variety is stunning and executed in a much more concise way than the White Album . From punk (Taxman ), Indian (Love You To ), Classical (Eleanor Rigby ) to rockers like And Your Bird Can Sing it's surprising and elegant at every turn. I would rank it the fourth best ever after Pepper, Plastic Ono Band and The Dark Side Of The Moon.

3. The White Album - Basically Revolver mark 2. I love how uneven and messy it is. They had just defined what an album could be with Sgt Pepper and then they did the only thing that made sense - they tore it all down in a glorious mess. The sheer variety is breathtaking.

4. Abbey Road - If it was a little more to the point it would easily be their best. If you got rid of MSH, OG and shunted HCTS and Because onto side 1 before IWY (SSH), leaving side 2 to the medley it would be perfect. They reached their creative peak with Revolver /Pepper but here they were on top of their game as musicians, and it shows with all the great guitar and drum work.

5. Rubber Soul , this used to be my favourite, but I've lately realized how badly RFYL and WGO suck. Still, songs like Nowhere Man , In My Life and Norwegian Wood are perfection. This album is like a warm hug, it's their most relaxing for sure.

6. Let It Be - Ridiculously underrated. Phil Spector's production gets over the top at times and it's uneven but between Two Of Us , Get Back , Let It Be , The Long And Winding Road , Across The Universe and I've Got A Feeling it's actually a great album.

This is the point where I don't know the albums as well.

7. A Hard Day's Night - It's focused and to the point, and all Lennon-McCartney which is never a bad thing.

8. Please Please Me - So many great sing-a-longs, and I really love Anna (Go To Him).

9. Help ! - It has some bad songs, but Yesterday and Ticket To Ride are so great I can't help but love it.

10. Beatles For Sale - Possibly the worst album name I've ever heard, but No Reply and Eight Days A Week are both brilliant, the former surprisingly heavy and the second highlighting their growing creativity.

11. With The Beatles - To put it simply, it's boring. None of the songs grab me all that much.

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1. Rubber Soul

- Made during their creative peak, where they made more songs. Also influenced folk-rock, so it is no doubt the best Beatles LP (in my opinion), and made great use of acoustic guitar, so it is also very relaxing to listen to.

2. Abbey Road

- The medley, two #1 songs (Come Together , Something ), and an 8-minute progressive rock track (I Want You (She's So Heavy))

3. Revolver

- The LP where they began to experiment with the studio, and introduced psychedelic rock to everyone. Also, Tomorrow Never Knows and I'm Only Sleeping (the Beatles' first use of tape loops) are in the album.

4. The White Album

- Great overall, but if only they replaced Revolution #9 with the unreleased 12-Bar Original... Oh, and most of the songs here were written in India, during their "transcendental meditation" period.

5. Sgt. Pepper 's

- Pretty much the same explanation with @QuarryMan, but I can't take much of the psychedelia (like the crescendo in A Day In The Life )

6. Help !

- Great tracks, and I liked Ticket To Ride , I Just Seen A Face, and Tell Me What You See .

7. With The Beatles

- Made when Beatlemania was at its peak, and although much of this album are covers, it still has great instrumentation.

8. Please Please Me

- Great singalongs, and most of the content here was played live (at least in the BBC) 

9. A Hard Day's Night

- All Lennon-McCartney love songs, and I'd say for the least, not bad.

10. Beatles For Sale

- A big fraction of this album were all covers, but I loved the "Bob Dylan-esque" theme in this LP.

11. Let It Be

- I didn't like Phil Spector's work here (I prefer the ''Naked" version) but some of the content, like Don't Let Me Down and Two Of Us are underrated.

12. Magical Mystery Tour  

- Even though I didn't listen to this album a/a, I didn't like some of the content, and 6 tracks were already singles.

13. Yellow Submarine

- 2 tracks were already used in previous LP's (Yellow Submarine in "Revolver " and "All You Need Is Love " in MMT) and a HALF of the album were just orchestral instrumentations.

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4. The White Album

- Great overall, but if only they replaced Revolution #9 with the unreleased 12-Bar Original... 

I see so many people saying that REV9 should have been removed but I don't see why. It certainly adds to the random, eclectic feel of the album and fits very well. Same reason I think Wild Honey Pie belongs on there too.

Though they could have improved the album a lot with the 12 bar original and other songs like single Hey Jude /Revolution and the acoustic version of While My Guitar. I would swap them for songs like Piggies and I Will .

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Why would they switch out Revolution 9 for 12 Bar Original, that song was 3 years old at the time The Beatles was released. If anything, I say swap out Revolution 9 and Good Night for Revolution and Hey Jude , Good Night is my least favorite Beatles song and I personally think that Hey Jude would've been a better closer.

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I agree with @Dark Overlord 

The Beatles moved way past 12-Bar original. With all the other songs written during the White Album period they probably never even thought to pull it back out. 

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@Dark Overlord said:

If anything, I say swap out Revolution 9 and Good Night for Revolution and Hey Jude.

But how about Revolution 1 ?

Anyway I kind of agree on the 12-Bar Original being 3 years old and not being able to be put on the album, but still (my opinion, please don't criticize me) I personally dislike Revolution 9 , so I thought it should be replaced.

You were right about Hey Jude being on the album instead of Good Night , as they *kind of* say the say message and to the same receiver (Julian Lennon) and it kinda scares me; a lullaby being played after an avant-garde piece.

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