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rank the songs on rubber soul
7 December 2018
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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...

I don't want to deal with this stress!!!paul-mccartney

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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?"

- John Lennon, "Girl"

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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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"Was she told when she was young
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?"

- 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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