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Ranking the songs on Revolver
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Maybe it’s the easiest to sing along to…

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TangerineTrees said
I agree with you @QuarryMan about Yellow Submarine not being their best known song (that honor probably goes to Here Comes The Sun or maybe Let it Be). However, I have heard Yellow Submarine being sung in everywhere from preschools to nursing homes to football games.

It is very well known, that’s for sure. I’d say LIB is the default best known Beatles song answer.

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Okay, since Revolver is probably the album I listen to the most (though Pepper is still my favorite), it’s about time I try my hand at this:

1. Tomorrow Never Knows –I don’t know what the hell “Dalai Lama on a mountaintop” was supposed to mean, but by George (Martin) it sounds good!

2. Eleanor Rigby –used to be my favorite, still love the atmosphere on this song

3. For No One –I see this in many ways as the precursor to She’s Leaving Home . Love the French horn part too

4. And Your Bird Can Sing –the guitar in this song is definitely some of my favorite in the whole Beatles catalogue

5. I’m Only Sleeping –I feel you, John. I feel you.

6. She Said She Said –again, it’s the guitar on this track that I love best

7. Yellow Submarine –Hey, I’d be up for living in that yellow submarine!

8. Taxman –it too me an embarrassingly long time to pick up on all the little political references in this song, but they make it such an interesting song

9. Got To Get You Into My Life –darn, if pot makes you that happy, I want some! (jk, where I live everyone smokes that stuff, and I frankly can’t stand the smell)

10. Love You To –definitely a precursor to Within You Without You . I like the latter more, but this is still a great song

11. I Want To Tell You –I feel you, George. I feel you.

12. Doctor Robert –never really got into this song, but I don’t dislike it.

13. Good Day Sunshine –I always felt like this song was kind of stupid, but in a charming way, you know?

14. Here, There, and Everywhere–yeah, I just can’t get into this song. Too happy without feeling particularly sentimental. Not as bad song though, overall.

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Okay, upon listening to Revolver just now, I’ve decided to place Eleanor Rigby lower on my ranking–maybe around the #4 or 5 spot. I feel bad, because I’ve known and loved that song for my whole life, but I just like those other ones more. 

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  1. Eleanor Rigby (2:07)
  2. Here, There And Everywhere (2:25)
  3. For No One (2:01)
  4. Tomorrow Never Knows (2:57)
  5. Yellow Submarine (2:40)
  6. Got To Get You Into My Life (2:30)
  7. Taxman (2:39)
  8. Good Day Sunshine (2:09)
  9. Doctor Robert (2:15)
  10. And Your Bird Can Sing (2:01)
  11. I Want To Tell You (2:29)
  12. She Said She Said (2:37)
  13. I’m Only Sleeping (3:01)
  14. Love You To (3:01)

    I’d say nearly all rank in the upper half of Beatlesongs. There’s not a weak track on the album.

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Probably within my 5 favourites albums of all time. I can’t express how much I love it as a whole, so I might as well say why I love it track for track.

14) Got To Get You Into My Life – always been my least favourite. but it still contains great wind arrangements and it’s catchy as hell, it’s just that I think it could’ve been better. 6/10

13) Yellow Submarine – not quite as bad as some people say. it has been beaten to death, and I think it’s the movie’s fault, because everyone saw it as a kid. but the track is actually cool, with Ringo singing. my favourite quality about it is John’s ad libs, weird voices and cranky humour, which cracks me up a lot. great song, with a killer chorus. 6/10

12) Good Day Sunshine – I need to laugh, bo-bo-bo-bom… and when tHE SUN IS OUT…!! 6/10

11) For No One – great piano man song by Paul. with insightful lyrics, great minimalistic instrumentation and iconic melodies. 7/10

10) Love You To – taking into account the three songs George Harrison did on Indian style with the Beatles, this one is easily the best, by a large margin, with edgy lyrics such as “I’ll make love to you – if you want me to”. I mean, this was 1966, people! 7/10

9) Doctor Robert – fantastic guitar work. a decent bridge, and a head-banging melody. 7/10

8) And Your Bird Can Sing – passive yet memorable. a great transition point in the album, with some of their best studio production, along with guitar riffs that make my skin hurt as to how pleasant they are. 7/10

7) I’m Only Sleeping – just one f*cking memorable melody after another. I feel like I’m listening to a part of John’s soul when I listen to this. 7/10

6) Taxman – fantastic opener. George’s outbreak as a songwriter to me. great topic for a song, and a hell of a rock tune. 8/10

5) Eleanor Rigby – a classic in every sense of the word. when I first heard it it was surely a ten out of ten, but with time I’ve grown to appreciate other tracks a little more. still, some of the bands most creative musical arrangements. kudos to George Martin as well. 9/10

4) I Want To Tell You – George was just on fire during this album. the riff is amazing, the vocal harmonies compliment the melody so well, and it all composes into some of the album’s most heavenly moments. 9/10

3) Here, There And Everywhere – absolutely mind-blowing. it melts my heart. a Paul song that was so good, even John Lennon liked it. fantastic song, with amazing chord progressions that I’ve never even heard mimicked yet. outstanding is an understatement. unparalleled harmony & melody. Brian Wilson probably was crying when heard it. 9/10

2) Tomorrow Never Knows – for the love of God , could you make a better closer? such an envelope-pushing song. interesting, scary, confusing, stimulating. the production, the vocals, the drums, it’s just unbelievable. one of their most “out there” songs. if anyone wanted to fight the argument that Revolver was a bad album, Tomorrow Never Knows would be the musical equivalent of an unbeatable final boss. 10/10

1) She Said She Said – the very definition of underrated. to me, this should’ve been top 10 Beatles song on every list, but somehow people seem to go past by it. still to this day I listen to it regularly. short but complex, and more impressive with every second that passes. probably the most Revolver -ish song on Revolver , and that’s why it’s the best. with lyrics as haunting as “she said – I know what it’s like to be dead – I know what it is to be sad – and she’s making me feel like I’ve never been born”. with signature changes between 4/4 and 3/4, and melodies, guitar riffs and drum fills that melt into an increasingly impressive whole. I can’t love this track enough. it gives more quality legitimacy to this already amazing album. one of my favourite songs of all time. 10/10

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This is difficult as Revolver is probably my favourite album …

14. Dr. Robert (not a bad song, but probably the weakest on the album)

13. Got To Get You Into My Life (again, not a bad song, but the standard is very high! Love George’s little guitar solo!)

12. Good Day Sunshine (I really like this one, but just think the other’s are better)

11. Yellow Submarine (One of the best ‘Ringo’ songs and catchy singalong song!)

10. Love You Too (can’t believe this is so low … brilliant song! Maybe the best of George’s Indian trilogy, but then I say the same when I listen to the others!)

9. I Want To Tell You (love the discordant piano … I assume that was Paul?)

8. And Your Bird Can Sing (Great song and George’s and Paul’s dual guitar solo is amazing!)

7. Taxman (only so low as the Top 6 include 6 of the greatest songs, by anyone, ever!)

6. Here, There And Everywhere (it is nearly impossible putting these ones in order! One of Paul’s best ever songs!)

5. I’m Only Sleeping (Just brilliant! Love the vocals from John and the backwards guitar!)

4. Tomorrow Never Knows (So ahead of its’ time. Genius from John but a lot of work from Paul and George Martin to bring it to life!)

3. Eleanor Rigby (just a brilliant song! Paul on top form! No other pop groups were close to this at the time!)

2. She Said, She Said ( Brilliant song, brilliant sound! The singing, the guitars, the drums!)

1. For No One (a current favourite of mine. How is it even possible to write such a brilliant song, especially at such a young age?!)

So, such a brilliant album with no filler and even the weaker tracks are good. If ‘Paperback Writer ‘ and ‘Rain ‘ were added to the album, in place of ‘Dr. Robert’ and ‘Got To Get You Into My Life ‘, the album would be even stronger and ‘GTGYIML’ would have made a good catchy No. 1 single!

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Thought I’d give this another go.

14. Good Day Sunshine – Sorry, fans of this song, but the more time passes, the less I like this song. To me it just sounds bland and cloying. Cool piano solo, though.

13. Doctor Robert – Not a bad song by any means, and I find the subject matter interesting, but it does seem like a low point when the standard is so high.

12. Yellow Submarine – For a children’s novelty song, this is an 11/10 children’s novelty song. It’s not all that serious, but it’s still very good at what it does.

11. I Want To Tell You – Bluesy, piano based musing on the nature of our minds, which ironically gives me a headache. Still a well-constructed piece of work.

10. Taxman – I think this one could’ve benefited from being a bit groovier and more upbeat, but the guitar solo is some of the best playing on a Beatles album.

9. Got To Get You Into My Life – A wonderful, Motown inspired song with a warm, rich arrangement. 

8. Love You To – I’d probably agree with @alittlebitolder that this is the best of George’s Indian-inspired offerings. It’s so groovy and weirdly melodic. 

7. And Your Bird Can Sing – Some of the most original guitar playing they ever did, a forerunner to all the harmonised guitar-theatrics we would see in the 70s and 80s.

6. Here, There And Everywhere – Pet Sounds-esque balladry done Beatles style.

5. She Said She Said – A monstrous drum performance by Ringo, swirling guitars and some of John’s darkest lyrics make this the perfect psychedelic rock song. 

4. For No One – Paul’s craftsmanship at its best; I love how the lyric painfully documents the fading of a relationship, backed by that nostalgic French horn solo. 

3. Eleanor Rigby – One of their most stark, cutting instrumentals combined with lyricism that manages to be evocative whilst also concise. 

2. Tomorrow Never Knows – One of the most revolutionary songs in popular music, a true psychedelic journey somehow condensed into three minutes. 

1. I’m Only Sleeping – I’ve said it elsewhere, but this is one of those Beatles songs that could’ve been recorded in probably any decade from the 50s till now and been seen as totally contemporary, and also be totally loved by everyone who heard it. 

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Like Led Zeppelin album rankings, I agree with all rankings of Revolver because nearly every song is flawless, there’s no wrong top 6. ahdn_paul_01

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Having enjoyed doing ‘Revolver ‘, I’m doing this, tho won’t be doing [m]any more. 

 

And Your Bird Can Sing – This could be the ultimate guitar track (the instrumental backing track taken from ‘Rock Band’ is out there and has to be heard to really appreciate it). Add on all the vocals and it’s impossible to articulate how incredible ‘AYBCS’ is. So why bother.

Here, There And Everywhere – The perfect love song, it really is. Not much else to add as what is there to be said that would be adequate or required. I could listen to George and John’s isolated harmonies for hours and be in a state of bliss. I also have to note take 7 which has an incredible vulnerability to it, Paul’s vocal when he sings “changing my life”…

For No One – An instant classic. You cannot ever be bored or not taken in by this and can easily listen to it on repeat numerous times. Simply beautiful yet so haunting as Paul documents a relationship that has died on one side whilst the other wonders what happened. The french horn might be the greatest single addition to any [Beatles] song ever. 

Tomorrow Never Knows – For years this would have been my #1 but has slipped. It’s light years ahead of anything going on in music in 1966 and leaves me floored every time I hear it. So much is going that it’s impossible to comprehend it all.

Love You To – Very easily could be in my top 5 George songs ever. ‘NW’ was a nice gentle safe intro into a weird sounding instrument, ‘LYT’ was a complete fuck it, give them the whole fucking thing. I’ve always viewed the intro as a hesitation as George wonders briefly if the world is ready as he fiddles around building himself up but then decides he going there so fuck it, if you’re in then you’re in and if not then tough (which kind of summed up the Beatles entire career). And you’re off and there is no stopping. Finally. Every single George fan exploded when first hearing “I’ll make to you if you want me to”. If you though the floors when the Beatles played live were wet…

I Want To Tell You – Being someone who has anxieties, is deeply introverted, and brutally honest a lot of the time, I very much relate to the lyrics. Love the intro and how the band return to the verse after the chorus

She Said She Said – Outstanding. The energy that pulsates thru this is insane (Ringo’s crashes). If anyone ever says the Beatles were either weird (yeah, I know they are singing about conversations about death and never being born) or a boyband play them this (as I may have walked off in exasperation as they never were).

Got To Get You Into My Life – The horns are wrong yet work so well. Impossible not to love. Take 5 is ridiculously good.

Yellow Submarine – It is an incredibly simply fun kids comedy song that I cannot figure out why it is detested by so many (Ringo singing?). Ringo does a great job, the effects are fantastic (i love the mixes where they are way up in the mix) and I will be as eternally obsessed with John’s responses as I was when I first heard them on my father’s ’20 Greatest Hits’ cassette we played when on holiday. And a shout out to the ditched spoken intro first heard on the ‘Real Love ‘ CD single which is a blast

Good Day Sunshine – Such a fun, bouncy, bright, happy song which fits the song immaculately. The solo is brilliant. John’s bizarre echoing of “she feels good” is always a highlight.

Eleanor Rigby – For years I deplored this and finally I figured out why; the mixes suck. They were utter crap until it was finally fixed on ‘1+’ in 2015. So it goes here. 

Taxman – Sit and go thru this song with me bit-by-bit and I’ll be thinking it’s exceptional, play me it and I will think it’s great. Put it to me outside of those and I really don’t care. And I don’t know why.

I’m Only Sleeping – Folk love this so much, I don’t. Great upon listening yet I have never had any inclination of needing to hear it. It’s not a low point simply a point.

Doctor Robert – On a balance of honesty, this has to come last. Paul’s harmonies are great and John calling Robert ‘Bob’ but there isn’t much else to it. Same as ‘IOS’ point-wise.

 

Pleasing to see my top six consists of two each from Paul, John and George, tho George would make me laugh when he realised he was #’s 5 & 6.

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Having enjoyed doing ‘Revolver ‘, I’m doing this, tho won’t be doing [m]any more. 

  

Erm, don’t you mean having enjoyed doing ‘Rubber Soul ‘?

 

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Having enjoyed doing ‘Revolver ‘, I’m doing this, tho won’t be doing [m]any more. 

  

Erm, don’t you mean having enjoyed doing ‘Rubber Soul ‘?

 

Not a lot I disagree with on your ranking.a-hard-days-night-george-4

  

Probably, I think it’s been established over the years I write a lot of rubbish which not even I read.

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Before starting I want to say that all the songs are good (and I like them to a greater or lesser extent) and it was difficult to rank them.

1. Here, There And Everywhere In my opinion the best love song of the band. Is perfect.

2. Tomorrow Never Knows It’s way ahead of his time and of any other song on their records. I always wondered what people would think when they heard the song the first time… It was 1966!

3. Taxman Excellent song by George, but Paul stands out a lot more with the solos and the bass line.

4. I’m Only Sleeping Another psychedelic song that I love. Not much more to say about this. When they started experimenting, they were fab.

5. She Said She Said John had the talent to make excellent songs on any subject. like a newspaper, a circus poster, and in this case, a conversation with another person while they were high.

6. Eleanor Rigby I really like it, especially the instrumental arrangements.

7. Love You To It took me a long time to appreciate George’s songs with Indian themes. Very good song.

8. For No One We have to be grateful to Jane for inspiring such great songs.

9. And Your Bird Can Sing Everything is fine in this song, but I think it should last longer.

10. I Want To Tell You The piano is mesmerizing and the lyrics represent me in various situations.

11. Yellow Submarine It’s good, but it’s not of my type.

12. Got To Get You Into My Life It’s a very good song, but I prefer the anthology version.

13. Doctor Robert Not much to say about this song, it’s good but not better than the others.

14. Good Day Sunshine The weakest song on the album. not bad, but it’s not my favorite.

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Here it is. Revolver is probably my favourite album rivaled only by the White Album . I love the structure, same old 14 rather short pieces like a typical pop album, yet still the singular songs push all the boundaries there are. With all their diversity there is an overarching theme, a generally rougher yet very psychedelic Sound, different from the folk-vibes on Rubber Soul and the more baroque music on Sgt. Pepper .

While the Beatles were known to evolve and progress with each record, Revolver was still a leap. It starts with a decelerated count-in, interrupted by coughing which breaks into the opening number, a slow-burn hard-rocker where George Harrison with his Liverpool accent (he seems to renounce that standard singing english most musicians have) disses the british politic cynically. Next a melancholic string ballad by McCartney, meditating on loneliness with an ecclesiastic touch. Then Lennon, dreamlike, slightly distorted, surreal. Then that long intro, endorsing anticipation what may come, and it is the foreign sound of india. By now, the mind has been blown four times, but after that, the album soewhat finds its rhythm, the single tunes seem not that outlandish anymore, you’re sucked too deeply into that strange flow, before it bursts out one last time with Tomorrow Never Knows .

Brilliant. And not one of the fourteen tracks is bad, which makes this ranking very hard.

14. Doctor Robert – One song needs to sit at the bottom. I’ve never been a huge fan of it, it’s a track that really fits on Revolver but is too repetitive for my taste both vocally and lyrically. Lots of repetitions of the song title. The small bridge (well, well, well) is great, the verses not so much. Just not my favourite.

13. Good Day Sunshine – Super catchy verses and instrumentation, but I’m not that big a fan of the refrain, once again it’s mostly the title.

12. Got To Get You Into My Life – Good, but not exactly a favourite of mine either. It’s great how the title “explodes” with the brass section. The verses drag a little bit.

11. I Want To Tell You – This is probably the “least evolved” song on the album. Compared to e.g. If I Needed Someone it could easily have been on Rubber Soul . Good track, not more and not less.

10. And Your Bird Can Sing – Basically combines the catchy pop qualities and the hard, psychedelic guitar sounds of the two previous songs (She Said and Sunshine). Good, not my favourite.

9. Yellow Submarine – I hope @Jules isn’t disappointed since it doesn’t rank that high, but yeah, I don’t understand why it is last for so many people. It fits Revolver perfectly, we had all kind of unique and slightly weird tunes already, so why not have a weird childrens song next? While being a funny, catchy tune, it embodies the dreamlike qualities of Revolver as well with Ringos laid-back vocals, the relaxed rhythm and the nautic sound effects. I totally wouldn’t want to miss Yellow Submarine on Revolver .

8. She Said She Said – This is a great song, although I’m surprised how high it ranks for many people. I might prefer the similar Rain slightly. But Ringos drumming is excellent, the general metallic-psychedelic rock sound is pure Revolver .

7. For No One – Wonderful song, very beautiful. Maybe one Little thing is missing, but I can’t put my finger on it. Still very sweet though.

6. I’m Only Sleeping – Wonderful melody, great vocals that evoke the dreamlike, psychedelic feeling of the song along with the distorted guitar and the general rhythm.

5. Taxman – In its context probably my favourite Beatles album opener. Listen to that damn intro with the count-in, then that hard-rocking, metallic sound of the guitars, while still being a more slow and smooth track. The rebellious lyrics do the rest and Georges singing is awesome, as I said, not that typical pop singing where regional accents almost disappear, it sounds more Liverpudlian to me. Revolver couldn’t have been established in a better way.

4. Eleanor Rigby – Not my favourite Paul or Beatles song, but in the tier right behind it. How can someone do something so melancholic and mature at the age of what, 23? There is an astonishing sadness and longing in here.

3. Here, There And Everywhere – Masterful. So soft it melts away, but not in a cheesy way. And the lyrical structure, where the three words are repeated over and over again as opening-lines but only come together to form the title at the very end.

2. Love You To – Different things for different people – I’ll never get the obsession with the Abbey Road side 2 but have all of Georges sitar/indian styled tracks among my favourites. Compared to let’s say The Inner Light , this one is somewhat darker and gruffer, and the unusually long intro builds the anticipation. I love it.

1. Tomorrow Never Knows – 54 years later and it still sounds like it came from the future of another planet. Lennon was totally nuts in a genius way, but it’s the group effort – Pauls tape loop, Georges tambura and Ringos eclectic drumming – that gives it the finishing touches. I never grow tired of this song. Never has distorted chaos sounded so harmonic and wonderful. One of the greatest pieces of music ever.

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9. Yellow Submarine – I hope @Jules isn’t disappointed since it doesn’t rank that high, but yeah, I don’t understand why it is last for so many people.

Clearly you haven’t read my ranking.

You’re a great poster, MMD! I hope you posted more often. You can come to All Together Now whenever you want and talk music & other stuff if you like.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Nice review @Monkberry Moon Delight . I appreciate how you express your empathy for each song on the album. apple01In the 60s, Tomorrow Never Knows matched up perfectly with my teenage psyche. I would blast it in the morning in lieu of coffee.

 

@Jules thanks for compiling the forum album rankings. The results are interesting and in a way it brings the opinions of forum members old and new all together now! apple01 Creating ranking lists usually gives me high anxiety, but under this context I might give it a try (for posterity purposes a-hard-days-night-george-10).

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