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1. Nowhere Man

This is one of my all-time favorite songs. I love it. Enough said. heartheartheart

2. In My Life

GM’s baroque piano is fantastic, John’s vocal is sublime. Overall a truly amazing song.

3. You Won’t See Me

I’m not even sure why I like this song so much, but it’s so fantastic. The words and the vocal are amazing. 

4. Drive My Car

I love the bass on this song (go, George!) and the lead guitar is phenomenal (go, Paul!). I didn’t really understand the words for a long time, but this song has always been one of my favorites.

5. Wait  

I burn with indignation when I remember that Wait was taken off Rubber Soul in the US. This is such a great and wonderful song. I loooove it.

6. I’m Looking Through You

Guitar: YES. Vocal: YES. Bass: YES. Song: Just overall YES, YES, YES.

7. The Word

I love this song. The bass line is one of my favorites, the guitar is amazing. The message of the song is kind of like an early attempt at All You Need Is Love . Very underrated.

8. Think For Yourself

I love the fuzz bass on this song, and George’s vocal is amazing. And of course he uses so many non-monosyllabic words, which I love. An amazing song in every way.

9. Norwegian Wood

I looked at this song and I thought, “This song is amazing. Why is it so far down on this list?” Then I looked at the songs above it and said “Oh.” I love the use of sitar, and the song is just amazing.

10. Girl

Again, I feel like this song belongs higher up. I love the vocal and the guitar and also everything else.

11. If I Needed Someone

George’s voice is as always beautiful but a bit overshadowed in this song. It’s not as percussively interesting as it could have been, perhaps, but still a fantastic song.

12. Run For Your Life

The words are creepy as hell, but the actual song is awesome. I love everything about it– except the lyrics.

13. Michelle

A bit boring, but a nice tune. Hearing this song always reminds me to do my French homework.

14. What Goes On

A great Ringo number, but a bit too jangly for my taste. Good song though.

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1. Nowhere Man – Username? Lol, talk about relatable and just absolutely satisfying to listen to, if any other song was on the track for it. I would have put In My Life at #1.
2. In My Life
3. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
4. Girl – This song is absolutely amazing… (So is just about every Beatles song, but you should know that by now.) a-hard-days-night-ringo-15
——- Honestly everything above this line is about a 4 way tie for the top spot.
5. I’m Looking Through You
6. You Won’t See Me
7. If I Needed Someone
8. Run For Your Life – Just because I like this song doesn’t mean I’m a psychopath.a-hard-days-night-john-7
9. Drive My Car
10. Think For Yourself
11. Michelle  
12. The Word
13. What Goes On
14. Wait – Not a bad song, and not that I don’t like it, just you know… It be like that sometimes.

Oh boy, this was super tough to rank, and I know it’s only gonna get harder from here… Revolver , next… Oh man…

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That pain would lead to pleasure?
Did she understand it when they said
That a man must break his back
To earn his day of leisure?"

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1. If I Needed Someone

2. The Word

3. Girl

4. Drive My Car

5. Michelle

6. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)

7. Think For Yourself

8. In My Life

9. Nowhere Man

10 You Won’t See Me

11. I’m Looking Through You

12. Wait

13. Run For Your Life

14. What Goes On

The final 3 songs are on the eh side of enjoyable.  What Goes On in particular is actually very nice on it’s own but I kind of hate hearing it right between Michelle and Girl so it’s a skip when I listen to the album.

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Kaniffee said
1. If I Needed Someone

2. The Word

3. Girl

4. Drive My Car

5. Michelle

6. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)

7. Think For Yourself

8. In My Life

9. Nowhere Man

10 You Won’t See Me

11. I’m Looking Through You

12. Wait

13. Run For Your Life

14. What Goes On

The final 3 songs are on the eh side of enjoyable.  What Goes On in particular is actually very nice on it’s own but I kind of hate hearing it right between Michelle and Girl so it’s a skip when I listen to the album.

  

 

Nice to see somebody appreciates Michelle . That song is probably one of the more complex ones lyrically, also a favorite of my mom’s. Michelle honestly would be higher on my list, but it’s just another one of those there’s that one song that’s gonna get ranked lower than I want it to.

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Did she understand it when they said
That a man must break his back
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- John Lennon, "Girl"

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Me with basically all the songs 2-11

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Drive My Car  – The Beatles rarely started off with a substandard opening track, and this a remarkably effective opening to Rubber Soul . Apparently George played bass on this track, but I’m more inclined to believe he may have doubled the bass line on his guitar. 9/10

Norwegian Wood – Lennon’s second best song on the album. Almost perfect, and always leaves me wanting more. 9/10

You Wont See Me – Suffers the unfortunate ignominy of sitting between two of Lennon’s most memorable songs, and is largely forgotten as a result. 7/10

Nowhere Man – I love this song, but it gets docked a point for having the guitar solo in the ‘wrong’ place and sharing the same backing vocals as You Wont See Me. 8/10

Think For Yourself – The Beatles were masters at using the studio/recording techniques to lift their songs, but the fuzz bass on this quickly outstays its welcome. Not of George’s best efforts. 6/10

The Word – A precursor to All You Need Is Love ? The messages are certainly similar, but this is largely forgettable (though McCartney’s bass is particularly strong throughout) 6/10

Michelle – Some people hate this song but I’ve never understood why. C’est une belle chanson. 9/10

What Goes On – Yet another C&W song sung by Ringo during his time with the Beatles. Not as good as ‘Living in Hope’ – 6/10

Girl – Another strong ‘European’ composition – this time by Lennon – though not one I could play endlessly. 8/10

I’m Looking Through You  – There aren’t many McCartney-composed highlights on this album (it is far more weighed towards John) and this sits comfortably between You Wont See Me and Michelle in terms of quality. 8/10

In My Life One of Lennon’s masterpieces. There is nothing I can add to this review that would make it any better. I woudn’t feel short-changed if the album ended here. 10/10

Wait – A largely forgettable 50/50 Lennon & McCartney composition. 7/10

If I Needed Someone – The better of George’s two contributions to the album, even if the best bits are Lennon’s harmonies throughout. 8/10

Run For Your Life – How can the man who wrote In My Life write this too? Misogynistic twaddle. 6/10

Overall – 7.64

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Interesting way you’ve ranked the songs above. Would you mind if I adopt it in a similar fashion?

Also nice ranking you’ve got there. I too do not understand why people do not like “Michelle “, and for a while I thought it was one of the top-tier songs in their career, up there in prominence with “While My Guitar Gently Weeps ” and “All You Need Is Love “.

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Tony Japanese said
Drive My Car  – Apparently George played bass on this track, but I’m more inclined to believe he may have doubled the bass line on his guitar.

  

He doubled Paul’s bassline on his Fender Stratocaster.

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@CakeMaestor Of course you can.

@Dark Overlord That makes more sense. Ian MacDonald updated Revolution in the Head to indicate Harrison had played bass on Drive My Car based on a quote from George in Anthology, but clearly he’s just misunderstood the meaning.

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If Day Tripper and We Can Work It Out were included, Rubber Soul would be even better than it already is. If I had to remove two tracks to accomodate them, I’d probably say Michelle and What Goes On .

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Vera Chuck and Dave said

    1. In My Life
    1. Nowhere Man
    1. You Won’t See Me
    1. If I Needed Someone
    1. I’m Looking Through You
    1. Wait
    1. What Goes On
    1. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
    1. Girl
    1. Michelle
    1. Drive My Car
    1. Think For Yourself
    1. The Word
    1. Run For Your Life (any ranking that doesn’t have this dead last is just wrong)

  

I tend to agree with what you said about Run For Your Life . My list goes something like this:

 

1. Norwegian Wood (easily one of my top five favorite Beatles songs)

2. Nowhere Man

3. Drive My Car

4. Girl

5. I’m Looking Through You

6. In My Life

7. You Won’t See Me

8. Michelle

9. If I Needed Someone

10. Think For Yourself

11. Wait

12. The Word

13. What Goes On

14. Run For Your Life

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Over the years most of the songs just wore out to me, not my favourite album of theirs:

14) What Goes On – yeah, Ringo’s third goddammit country song, and I still don’t like it, I never did, I never will. it’s the same as the two before it, it sounds trashy and it brings absolutely nothing to the table. 0/10

13) Think For Yourself – just… weird melodies, that don’t go together at all. George Harrison trying too hard and achieving close to nothing. 2/10

12) The Word – I like the idea of the lyrics John was going for, but in the end it came out forced and wannabe edgy instead of actually cutting edge. the instrumental is nothing pleasant either. 3/10

11) You Won’t See Me – overrated, I think it’s very simple and by the books, considering how innovative this album is considered to be. what I mean is this song doesn’t have an impact on anything the same way the best tracks on this album do. 4/10

10) Wait – not that impressive, nor creative, nor sonically very compelling, but the execution is decent enough to be a good transitional point on the album after In My Life . 5/10

9) Run For Your Life – I think this one gets a rough time just because the lyrics are said to be misogynistic, but in reality, it is one of the better melodically compelling tracks on the album, and the lyrics are pretty good: the song is singed from the point of view of a character that clearly is violent and insane. it is a totally aware song if you didn’t notice, and it is mostly about Lennon beating himself up, instead of endorsing that kind of behaviour. 5/10

8) Drive My Car – fun, I like the lyrics, even if the instrumental is kind of sketchy. decent opener. 6/10

7) Girl – a very good lyrical moment for John. the bridge kills the momentum, and the drumming is horrible, I don’t know why specifically, but it is, triplets onto a 4/4 time signature on the bridge sounds disgusting, but “when she was told when she was young that pain would lead to pleasure – did she understand them when they said – that a man must break his back to earn his day of leisure? – will she still believe it when he’s dead?” is just a spark of genius. the problem is that the same song contains the lyric “she’s the kind of girl who puts you down when friends are there – you feel a fool”, which is bollocks. it’s a very weird song, in the sense that has parts that are terrible and parts that are excellent. 7/10

6) I’m Looking Through You – lighthearted, with good guitar arrangements and chord progressions. it feels overall connected, even if it doesn’t reinvent the wheel. 7/10

5) Nowhere Man – insightful and iconic, I like it as much as the next guy. 8/10

4) Michelle – very good, one of the “less is more” moments on Rubber Soul . the English/French dichotomy is ingenious, as well as the passion, which is palpable. 8/10

3) If I Needed Someone – underrated. killer hook, killer riff. a very well-earned George spot, and with a beautiful execution. 8/10

2) Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) – to me, the first time a Beatles’ lyric actually impressed me. partially because of its structure, which is sharp as a knife. you can’t take any word out of the song, because it would stop making sense. and it doesn’t lack words either, it is a perfect lyrical moment. and on the other hand, because of the Dylan influence. it sounds to me a little bit like Oxford Town. 5 verses, little to no over-explanation and the mood of the track is very fitting, kind of melancholic, kind of sad. the riff is excellent, the melody that follows it is just as good, and the sitar does nothing but add to the magic of the track. 9/10

1) In My Life – one of John’s biggest masterpieces. a song that knows precisely what it is, with lyrics as sad as they are beautiful. the vocal harmonies behind John’s voice are gorgeous, the baroque solo is endearing, and the last falsetto verse reprise is one of the most beloved moments on the Beatles entire studio career, and rightfully so. In My Life is the first thing I think of when I think of Rubber Soul , it is the perfect amount of everything. 10/10

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I’m playing this at the moment which doesn’t make it any easier to rank as most of the songs are brilliant id different ways.

14. ‘What Goes On ‘ … nice that Ringo got another original to sing and if it had been on ‘Help ‘, it would have been a bit higher.

13. ‘Run For Your Life ‘ … A typical fast early/middle Beatle tune, but not so nice lyrics really.

12. ‘Wait ‘ … this one should have been on ‘Help ‘ too. It is quite catchy and I like Paul’s ‘middle 8’ bit.

11. ‘Michelle ‘ … I feel bad having this one so low as it is a classic, but the other songs are just better.

10. ‘The Word ‘ … this is getting silly! This is a great song and only No.10!

9. ‘I’m Looking Through You ‘ … I really like this one and again, it doesn’t deserve to be a low. Paul’s songs, other than ‘Michelle ‘ on ‘Rubber Soul ‘ aren’t as well known as John’s and maybe even George’s, but they are really good!

8. ‘If I Needed Someone ‘ … another brilliant song, and great to see George’s songwriting progressing so well.

7. ‘You Won’t See Me ‘ … another great song from Paul.

6. ‘Think For Yourself ‘ … great edgy song and wonderful bass playing by Paul.

5. ‘Nowhere Man ‘ … wonderful harmonies and heartfelt lyrics from John.

4. ‘Drive My Car ‘ … Paul’s best song on the album, though I know John helped a bit. Love the twist at the end of the story and the ‘Beep Beep yeahs’!

3. ‘Girl’ … what a song! Brilliant vocals from John, wonderful lyrics and fantastic harmonies.

2. ‘Norwegian Wood ‘ … another classic from John, though Paul had a sizeable input.

1. ‘In My Life ‘ … One of John’s best songs … though Paul claims to have written the music … just a Beatle classic!

If they had put the double ‘A’ side single ‘Day Tripper ‘ / ‘We Can Work It Out ‘ on the album, I think, 2 of the bottom 3 songs could make way. Ringo singing ‘What Goes On ‘ might just save it from the chop! 🙂 That would have made a brilliant album even better!

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lovelyritametermaid said

    1. Nowhere Man
    2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
    3. Girl
    4. Michelle
    5. Drive My Car
    6. You Won’t See Me
    7. Think For Yourself
    8. I’m Looking Through You
    9. The Word
    10. In My Life
    11. Run For Your Life
    12. Wait
    13. If I Needed Someone
    14. What Goes On  

  

I need to redo this at some point– my opinions have slightly changed a-hard-days-night-paul-10

I mean what the hell was I on in December? To rank IML so low?!? paul-mccartney-facepalm_gifpaul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

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1. Norwegian Wood (Incredible song, Lennon is at his very best on this album)

2. Girl

3. If I Needed Someone (First song of George’s that really caught my attention, he is now my favourite Beatle)

4. In My Life

5. Drive My Car

6. I’m Looking Through You

7. Think For Yourself

8. The Word

9. Michelle

10. Nowhere Man   (I have never been the biggest fan of this song, can’t really work out why)

11. What Goes On

12. Wait

13. You Won’t See Me

14. Run For Your Life

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