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Ranking the songs on Revolver
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Before I start off this one... This has to be one of the hardest rankings to ever make for a list. Jeez, I have put tons of effort into analyzing these songs, and stressed myself out over it... paul-mccartney So without further a do. Lets start it off. john-lennon-salute_gif

1. Eleanor Rigby  
2. For No One
3. And Your Bird Can Sing
4. Here, There And Everywhere
5. Got To Get You Into My Life
6. Yellow Submarine
7. I'm Only Sleeping
8. Taxman
9. I Want To Tell You - Underrated, and I actually really like this song, this is the problem you run into with great albums like Revolver .
10. She Said She Said
11. Tomorrow Never Knows - So I'll be honest, I don't want to rank this song so low, it's still a revolutionary song and is still timeless as ever.
12.  Good Day Sunshine
13.  Love You To
14. Doctor Robert - I occassionally find myself listening to it, but at the same time out of all the songs on the track... It's the one I find the hardest to get into. 

I actually felt myself, having a panic attack trying to rank this album, because like... It's actually difficult, Rubber Soul was tough, but this was even tougher... 

Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band should be a little easier... (Probably not.) mccartney-shrug_01_gif

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knowhereman said
 

5. Got To Get You Into My Life


  

Oh thank goodness I'm not the only one who doesn't think it's filler. This song touches on a genre that the Beatles never really explored in their career: Soul. Paul's vocal performance is splendid and the catchy brass and horn sequence is marvelous as well. In fact, the fade out section in this song is probably one of my favorites in music.  

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5. Got To Get You Into My Life

 

  

Oh thank goodness I'm not the only one who doesn't think it's filler. This song touches on a genre that the Beatles never really explored in their career: Soul. Paul's vocal performance is splendid and the catchy brass and horn sequence is marvelous as well. In fact, the fade out section in this song is probably one of my favorites in music.  

  

For me personally, I think. A lot of Beatles songs don't sound like filler to me as I think most of them serve their purpose on the album they're released on. There is very rare occasions where I might consider something as filler just because it doesn't really fit in with the rest of the album, but that may not always be true. The problem is, people hold the Beatles to a high standard music and when standards aren't meant labels are set on it, and that's where I think the whole mindset of "filler" comes from. It comes from something that feels like it's just thrown onto an album without any context of the other sound material surrounding it. 

 

Got To Get You Into My Life , is definitely not filler. It fits right a long a and serves its purpose among the album. Paul's literally talking about a drug addiction like he's talking about a girl. Which is what I thought at first. The song is so good at conveying different contexts that can fit with any situation about you needing something in your life, and that I believe is what makes the song, really good.

 

If you want me to be completely honest, the only song I really have felt like was filler for an album was Dizzy Miss Lizzy from the Help ! album. I love the Help album to death but that song doesn't really fit in with any of the other songs on there. It just seems like it was thrown on to the track list. Not that I don't like it, Dizzy Miss Lizzy is a good song but it kind of feels unneccessary and a bit counterproductive that we end off such a revolutionary album with a song that's basically downgrading back to Beatles For Sale .

Not that, that's a bad thing, but people want to hear different and unique ideas and the way you finish off an album can make an album all the more special, which I guess the Beatles still hadn't learned till their later albums. (Starting with this one, although tbf, the track listing  for this album is super, super solid.) When they end off the album with a bang with great songs and appropriate send offs for finishing album. It makes you feel like you just finished a long adventure and you feel like a completely different person now that it's complete. That's the magic of the Beatles.

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Did she understand it when they said
That a man must break his back
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knowhereman said

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knowhereman said

 

5. Got To Get You Into My Life

 

  

Oh thank goodness I'm not the only one who doesn't think it's filler. This song touches on a genre that the Beatles never really explored in their career: Soul. Paul's vocal performance is splendid and the catchy brass and horn sequence is marvelous as well. In fact, the fade out section in this song is probably one of my favorites in music.  

  

Got To Get You Into My Life , is definitely not filler. It fits right a long a and serves its purpose among the album. Paul's literally talking about a drug addiction like he's talking about a girl. Which is what I thought at first. The song is so good at conveying different contexts that can fit with any situation about you needing something in your life, and that I believe is what makes the song, really good.

 

  

Couldn't have said it better than myself. I also think it's a very good transition to "Tommorow Never Knows", which to many people is one of the highlights of the album.

Also, given that "Revolver " is my favorite album, ranking these songs are even harder for me to do. I might post my own song rankings for the album as well.

Anyway, cheers that we both enjoy the same song and hold it in high regard.

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I too love Got To Get You Into My Life .

I'm fairly sure a number of members here love GTGYIML too - it's very hard to not like!

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CakeMaestor said

knowhereman said

CakeMaestor said

knowhereman said

 

5. Got To Get You Into My Life

 

  

Oh thank goodness I'm not the only one who doesn't think it's filler. This song touches on a genre that the Beatles never really explored in their career: Soul. Paul's vocal performance is splendid and the catchy brass and horn sequence is marvelous as well. In fact, the fade out section in this song is probably one of my favorites in music.  

  

Got To Get You Into My Life , is definitely not filler. It fits right a long a and serves its purpose among the album. Paul's literally talking about a drug addiction like he's talking about a girl. Which is what I thought at first. The song is so good at conveying different contexts that can fit with any situation about you needing something in your life, and that I believe is what makes the song, really good.

 

  

Couldn't have said it better than myself. I also think it's a very good transition to "Tommorow Never Knows", which to many people is one of the highlights of the album.

Also, given that "Revolver " is my favorite album, ranking these songs are even harder for me to do. I might post my own song rankings for the album as well.

Anyway, cheers that we both enjoy the same song and hold it in high regard.

  

Oh man trust me, ranking the songs on this album felt like absolute torture. I was stuck wondering what I was gonna do for the list because really if I could, I probably would have ranked a lot more songs higher. Eleanor Rigby is one of those songs I think would probably go down my list in the future because you know... I'd atleast heard it a million times. 

 

Got To Get You Into My Life , is just a relatable song for me and probably for a lot of other people. We all want something so bad that we just die for it. Regardless, what it is. 

Musically, the horns part (amazing) and near the end where the organ part, is hitting the G chord and letting off briefly towards the end. It conveys that feeling of insanity and longing that Paul is trying to speak through the music. Just listen to how hard it sounds like that chord is being hit. You can feel the tension and then that brief moment when it stops you feel the release and then it starts back again. That is powerful imo.

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I too love Got To Get You Into My Life .

I'm fairly sure a number of members here love GTGYIML too - it's very hard to not like!

  

Love it too. The ending particularly is euphoric, and Paul’s voice has the right mix of excitement and longing.

Currently the Revolver song I’m focused on is I Want To Tell You .

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CakeMaestor said

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5. Got To Get You Into My Life

  

Oh thank goodness I'm not the only one who doesn't think it's filler. This song touches on a genre that the Beatles never really explored in their career: Soul. Paul's vocal performance is splendid and the catchy brass and horn sequence is marvelous as well. In fact, the fade out section in this song is probably one of my favorites in music.  

  

Ohmigod! No! GTGYIML is masterful. 

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This is an extremely painful and nerve-racking song ranking to do, the two reasons being it’s my favorite album and an extremely solid album throughout.

My personal ranking:

14) I Want To Tell You – Early on and I can already feel the need to run away from the angry George fans. Let me say early on that the only reason I put this at the bottom is simply because one of them needs to be at the bottom. And (I sincerely mean it) am sorry to say, but I’ve always found this song the less experimental of the bunch, and is also the least interesting to me. That being this said, I love this George song, especially the main riff and the keys, and the lyrics are solid as well. Perhaps I will appreciate this song more in the future, but now is not the time.

13) Doctor Robert – My stance on this song is similar to “I Want To Tell You ”, but it’s slightly higher because I am not waiting in anticipation for “Got To Get You Into My Life ”. Got to love the drug references.

12) Good Day Sunshine – I’m sure some of you are thinking I’ve gone nuts for placing this song above “I Want To Tell You ”, but in all sincerity I think this is the best out of Paul’s granny rockers. Out of all the songs on the album, I think this has the catchiest piano lines (not that are many on this album, though). That being said, I think this song benefits most from the placement on the album, sandwiched between the two hard-rockers on this song, “She Said She Said ” and “And Your Bird Can Sing ”.

11) Yellow Submarine – Let’s be honest, no one takes this song seriously, but that is its charm. Everything from Ringo’s vocals, the rhythm guitar and the overdubs is kooky, but done so in the right way. A lot of people dismiss this song as filler, while that can be understandable to a certain extent, but could you imagine ‘Revolver ” without it?

10) For No One – Before anybody plans to silence me forever, let me say I love this song. Lyrically it is a great piece that talks about the pain of losing a lover, although I personally don’t think it’s as great as people make it out to be. Sonically it plays out a mellow yet somehow scathing tune, and Paul’s vocals makes the irony all the stronger. It’s pretty low on the list because I just prefer all the other songs, personally.

9) And Your Bird Can Sing – Despite John’s perception towards the song, I think we can all agree this is a marvelous song. Not a lot of people think of “Revolver ” as a precursor album towards hard rock, but the discography on the album begs to differ. This song is a prime example. Both John and George deliver extremely well in this song on the lead and rhythm guitar, and the vocal performance here is probably one of John’s more underrated. However, it does have a lack of Ringo, which might (or not) have made it better, but that’s my opinion.

8) Tommorow Never Knows – Gentlemen, put down your pitchforks please. Let me just say that this is a great song and the best possible closure for such a great album. Sonically it’s decades ahead of its time, and such experimentation with overdubs and track looping will never come close for the next few decades or so. Despite all that, it’s lower on the list because as a person, it can feel a bit clustered after a few repeated listens. Either that or I’m not listening to this song properly, which is under the influence of acid.

7) I’m Only Sleeping – In my opinion, one of the more underrated tracks during the Beatles acid years (1965 -1967). The technical elements of this song is something to be in awe of, with Martin and Emerick utilizing every aspect of their studio wizardry to turn a simple song about wanting to sleep into a psychedelic masterpiece (about wanting to sleep). The guitars on this album is the part that shines the most, playing chords and notes that makes you feel on the edge of consciousness ever since the first listen. A spectacular and unique song in not just “Revolver ”, but throughout their Beatles entire catalogue.

6) Here, There And Everywhere – Now I’ve probably ticked off fans of all four Beatles, a new record. All jokes aside, I adore this song, and anybody who doesn’t is probably mental (or have a valid reason, no offense to those who don’t particularly love it). Paul’s vocals on this song is one of (if not is) his best in his career, and lyrically it is also the same. Even the most amateur guitarist will be in awe on how perfect the chord progression of this song is. At this point, it’s almost impossible to think of playing this song in a different key or chord progression and expecting it to come halfway close to the original. That being said, it’s lower on the list simply because of my pure bias (as the entire ranking is).      

5) Love You To – According to George himself, this is his first polished song on the sitar, and I have to agree. Among George’s sitar trilogy (my referent to “Norwegian Wood ”, “Love You To ” and “Within You Without You ”), this is my favorite out of the bunch. Sonically it incorporates George’s sitar skills and adapting into a song that very much has elements of a blues song (the song is in A-B-A-B), and it works wonderfully. Not sure who to credit whom, but I really enjoy the table being played in the background as well as the table drone during the song as well. Though not as polished as “Within You Without You ”, I must say that “Love You To ” is a great addition to “Revolver ”.

4) Got To Get You Into My Life – My stance on this song can be seen above, and no I don’t think it’s filler.

3) Eleanor Rigby – Before any one kidnaps me and keeps me as a hostage at gunpoint, let me say that I adore this song, and this was the song that got me hooked to this album in the first place. It deserves every credit it gets, from the lyrics to the instrumentation as well as the impact the song has on pop music and society in general. Despite being ( no doubt) one of Paul’s best, it’s lower on the list because of pure bias, and the two next two songs are some of my favorite Beatles songs and songs in general.

2) Taxman – I mean what I said on “And Your Bird Can Sing ”. Everything about this song screams hard rock. From the thundering riff provided by George (one of his best), to the funky yet scathing bass lines provided by Paul (also one of his best), the screaming guitar solo provided by Paul (in my opinion, Paul’s best guitar solo throughout his career) and Ringo’s supremely underrated drumming (in my humble opinion of course). I consider this a milestone song in the sub-genre of hard rock, and one of the greatest album openers of all time, up there with “Sgt. Pepper ’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “So What” and “Like a Rolling Stone”.

1) She Said She Said – The only problem I can think of this song is that Paul does not play in this song, other than that it’s perfect. Arguably the hardest song on the album (which is quite a feat given this is the Beatles at their hardest yet), this song is also the perfect album closer to Side One for this album. Both John and George deliver one of the greatest dual guitar performances in their career, with Martin and Emerick warping their songs and making it sounds drug-fueled. However, I believe the most credit should go to Ringo, for his drumming sounds both thunderous yet somehow mellow at the same time, and his fills still amaze me at how heavy it is for a year like 1966. Truly a spectacular song, and it’s a shame that not a lot of people outside the Beatles fanbase recognize and appreciate the song.

Apologies once again if it very long-winded.

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A lot of people might consider Yellow Submarine as filler but, boy oh boy, when Ringo sings it in his concerts it's a stellar moment. Everyone sings it at the top of their lungs.

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“But if I seem to act unkind, it’s only me it’s not my mind.” 

Love that line. I interpret it to mean the body is numb and the actions aren’t necessarily personal or intended. 

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^I agree but I seem to recall that George later said he should have switched it because it’s really the mind that confuses things? Something like that? 

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^I agree but I seem to recall that George later said he should have switched it because it’s really the mind that confuses things? Something like that? 

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Interesting, thanks for that. 

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CakeMaestor said about 'She Said She Said ........

 

1) She Said She Said – The only problem I can think of this song is that Paul does not play in this song, other than that it’s perfect. Arguably the hardest song on the album (which is quite a feat given this is the Beatles at their hardest yet), this song is also the perfect album closer to Side One for this album. Both John and George deliver one of the greatest dual guitar performances in their career, with Martin and Emerick warping their songs and making it sounds drug-fueled. However, I believe the most credit should go to Ringo, for his drumming sounds both thunderous yet somehow mellow at the same time, and his fills still amaze me at how heavy it is for a year like 1966. Truly a spectacular song, and it’s a shame that not a lot of people outside the Beatles fanbase recognize and appreciate the song.

 

Great comments......

Looking back I recall liking this song so much at the time singing it out in the echoes of my secondary school corridors.. 53 years later I can appreciate it even more.

A few things...... all the lead guitar is George......John's 'fuzzed-up Hammond organ sounds like another guitar. I assume the power chords and rhythm guitar are mostly John.

Fate conspired here....A deadline to meet without their prime-mover!

After Paul stormed off John stepped up and really led...... He banged away remorselessly at this last minute demand for another song; getting in done in a day of relentless working on its rhythmic complexities. I get the feeling that not being in a position of being able to lean on Paul brought the best out of John that day and showed that when up against it the lazy leader could still deliver for himself what he heard in his head.

George stepped up too.....being relied on here as more of an equal he contributed all those wonderful guitar lines and a powerful bass that while not in Paul's parish got the heavy job done. Showing perhaps naturally that when the intimidating 'big two' were in the room he was under utilised.

I agree Ringo is outstanding and handles all the songs complex time signatures with aplomb. Perhaps one of his best ever performances. 

All-in-all this version of The Threetles' delivers in adversity.......That fact alone makes 'She Said She Said ' even more memorable to this old and farty version of Wigwam than it was to the spotty 14 year old who was merely lucky enough to be born amidst it all.....and just loved the song to bits. 

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I always wondered why exactly Paul walked out for that song.  Most discussion of the song glosses over it.

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I've seen a couple of biographers speculate that Paul felt isolated by the song's origins in a group LSD trip which he hadn't shared, but that never sounded particularly plausible to me.

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