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Ranking the songs on Sgt Pepper
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I can’t believe i haven’t done this yet:

13. She’s Leaving Home

Genre:

Baroque Pop

This is definitely the worst song on this album and is up there with Good Night , Wild Honey Pie , and Her Majesty when it comes to The Beatles worst songs.

12. Within You Without You

Genre:

Eastern Music

George has written some great songs, While My Guitar Gently Weeps is a great example of this, but as with Love You To , i don’t like it when he goes full sitar, George should stick to guitar.

11. With A Little Help From My Friends

Genre:

Pop Rock

Typically Ringo songs are sub par, this is no exception although Paul did some great bass work here on his Rickenbacker which is definitely the best part about the song.

10. When I’m 64

Genre:

Music Hall

Not a bad song but definitely not my cup of tea.

9. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Genre:

Psychedelic Rock

I like this one, whether it be Paul’s organ, John’s vocals, George’s Fender, or Paul’s excellent Lowery organ part, did i mention that great organ part by Paul and the lyrics are beautiful.

8. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite

Genre:

Psychedelic Carnival Music

If you want a song to play at your amusement park, then if it weren’t copyrighted i’d recommend playing this one.

7. Getting Better

Genre:

Rock

This rocker is sure to make your day, it’s getting better all the time when this song is on.

6. Lovely Rita

Genre:

Pop Rock

The only love song on the album and an interesting one too about Paul falling in love with a traffic warden after she gives him a ticket and you got to love those kazoo sounds that was made with a comb and toilet paper from the EMI restroom, i’m falling in love with this song just thinking about it.

5. Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

Genre:

Rock

The most rock song on this album, this song really gives a punch in a way that no other can. Unlike most other songs that contain various overdubs to obtain it’s great sound, this song only contains John and George on guitar, Paul on bass, Ringo on drums, and all 4 Beatles singing, which i like.

4. Good Morning, Good Morning

Genre:

Psychedelic Rock

An underrated song this is but a classic nonetheless, mixing Fender guitars, bass, drums, tambourine, and a brass section in just the right way that it’ll make you smile.

3. Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Genre:

Psychedelic Rock

I say we ask the question what’s the most important thing about an album, that it has a great powerful high energy opener of course and this does just that with it’s rocking attitude, this song is the start to a masterpiece and even has a French horn break before switching from the verse to the chorus.

2. Fixing A Hole

Genre:

Psychedelic Rock

Nothing quite like a laid back song with a harpsichord and overdriven electric guitars, especially when we’re talking The Beatles, this song is among the best when it comes to The Beatles and few can top it.

Honorable Mentions:

Strawberry Fields Forever

Penny Lane

Only A Northern Song

1. A Day In The Life

Genre:

Psychedelic Rock

What a lovely powerful song that tells a great story, this song is epic, the song is very meaningful and it never gets old, this is the most popular song on the album and it deserves it because this is the best of all, The Beatles saved the best for last this time and they knew what they were doing when they recorded this masterpiece.

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1. A Day In The Life

2. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

3. Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite

4. Within You Without You

5. Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Heart’s Club Band

6. Good Morning Good Morning

7. Getting Better

8. Fixing A Hole

9. She’s Leaving Home

10. When I’m Sixty-Four

11. With A Little Help From My Friends (very overrated song in my opinion)

12. Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Heart’s Club Band (Reprise)

13. Lovely Rita (Bullshit)

8 November 2017
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I must be a good mod. I approved the above post even though my favorite song on the album was trashed. All song-ranking opinions are welcome here.

Glad you joined us, Nick. Enjoy!

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Nick absolutely obliterated the credibility of the song with a single word. 

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Have to agree with Nick. That song has a nice intro and piano solo but overall comes across as annoying and cloying. One of the reasons Sgt Pepper ‘s isn’t nearly as good as it could be.

“While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I’m a naysayer and hatchet man in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I’ll gladly take another - because I choose to live my life in the company of Ghandi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. I love you, Sheriff Truman.”

 

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Completely agree with Ahhh Girl, it would probably be my favourite song on the album, if not very close to favourite. The jangly guitar is just awesome, and the harmonies at the start!

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It is the song on that album that moves me the most (makes me sway, etc.) and gets stuck in my head the most.

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1) Day in the Life (along with Strawberry Fields Forever , the best song they ever wrote in my opinion)

2) Within You,Without You (Brilliant from George)

3) Sgt Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band

4) Good Morning Good Morning

5) Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (love the beginning,still sends shivers down my spine even now, along with the beginning of Strawberry Fields Forever )

6) Mr Kite

7) She’s Leaving Home

8) Fixing A Hole

9) Getting Better

10) Lovely Rita

11) When I’m 64

12) Sgt Pepper (reprise)

13) With A Little Help From My Friends (I always skip it)

 

I also liked the fade out,the stuff at the very end of the album (I heard it as ‘never could be any other way’ but have heard it’s supposed to be ‘we’ll come back as magic supermen’).

I also loved the fact that they put a sound on there that only dogs can hear. That’s pretty cool ahdn_ringo_09

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Father McKenzie said
I also liked the fade out,the stuff at the very end of the album (I heard it as ‘never could be any other way’ but have heard it’s supposed to be ‘we’ll come back as magic supermen’).

Some people say it sounds like ‘we’ll fuck you like supermen’ if reversed. a-hard-days-night-george-4

I also loved the fact that they put a sound on there that only dogs can hear. That’s pretty cool ahdn_ringo_09  

Who can actually hear the tone at the end? I can. 

 

Fun fact: Anyone under the age of 30-40 should be able to hear the tone, actually. 

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@The Hole Got Fixed: Ah right Either way, I think to even have the idea to do something like that was pretty amazing in the first place. I’ll have to go back and listen to it,see if I can hear the tone. Cheers!

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@Father McKenzie, here’s a thread about the Sgt. Pepper inner groove you might like.

https://www.beatlesbible.com/f…..er-groove/

Feel free to repeat your ideas over there If you want to. Perfectly acceptable.

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@AhhhGirl: Thanks for that, I’ll enjoy having a look! a-hard-days-night-george-10 

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QuarryMan said
13. Lovely Rita – the only song I dislike. I love the opening but the rest is filler.

12. Good Morning Good Morning – Love the guitar solo but would have been better as a shorter bonus track.

11. When I’m Sixty Four – Brilliant: witty, well arranged and melodic.

10. Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite ! – Love the fairground thing.

9. Within You Without You – Great orchestra/sitar combo 

8. Fixing A Hole – This one has grown on me a lot. Great guitar solo.

7. Sgt Pepper (reprise)

6. Sgt Pepper

5. She’s Leaving Home – Seems like Ticket To Ride mixed with Eleanor Rigby .

4. Getting Better – Perfect pop.

3. With A Little Help – Just a great singalong.

2. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – love the psychedelia 

1. A Day In The Life – the perfect finale  

Great list

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I’ll give this a go. 

She’s Leaving Home – one of the few Beatles songs I straight up don’t like. 

When I’m Sixty Four – Incredible arrangement and melody, adds a lot of flavor to the album. 

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – Awesome psychedelic scenery and feel. John did better with this type of lyricism on later tracks, but he knocked it out with this one. 

With A Little Help From My Friends – A classic, without question. 

Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band – Really great opener. Extremely tight and clean. Love everything about it, the horns, the guitars, the vocals…

Reprise – Same sentents as the first. I like the reprise more. 

Fixing A Hole – awesome tune, badass guitar solo. Love the chords on this one

Getting Better – Unbelievably catchy, and fantastic incorporation of Indian instruments. 

Within You Without You – George’s sole contribution. Really killer sound, and actually DEEP lyrics. 

Lovely Rita – Another extremely catchy tune, with a nice jingly intro and psychedelic fadeout. 

Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite – mad john. 

Good Morning Good Morning – john is seriously mad. The time changes?!?

A Day In The Life – Never heard a bad word uttered about this song. Has to be #1

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This is tough – after all, what versions do we consider?  Mono?  87 Stereo?  09 Stereo?  17 Stereo?  As a general rule, I’ve always felt many songs on Sgt. Pepper are lacking, but it’s always interesting to see some songs I don’t necessarily love as someone else’s favorite!  Anyway, here are mine, from worst to best.

13. Getting Better – the singular note played over and over throughout the song put this at the bottom of my list

12. She’s Leaving Home – always felt this song is just too lame to be a “Beatles” song, but the faster mono version is slightly more listenable

11. Fixing A Hole – filler, but not a terrible song by any means

10. Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) – always felt Sgt. Pepper and the reprise are just the exposition and conclusion to the meat of the album

9. Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band – perhaps the only “rock” song on this famous “rock” album.  Good track but never found it to be special

8. Within You Without You – one of George’s great songs, but not my personal favorite.  The instrumental version is a bit more listenable to me

7. Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite – this song has dropped a little for me, but I’ll always love the sounds and music in the break

6. When I’m Sixty-Four – “granny shit” to some, but I love it and it makes me smile

5. Lovely Rita – solid song with great lyrics.  Surprised that it’s so low on some rankings!

4. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – I’ve found that I really love the echo-y mono version best

3. With A Little Help From My Friends – one of their great songs that drew me to the Beatles in the first place

2. Good Morning Good Morning – I love the snarkiness in John’s voice.  This track has everything that made the Beatles great.  Love to turn it up for GMGM!

1. A Day In The Life – an original choice I know, but it’s simply one of their best

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Thought I would give this a go…

 

1) A Day In The Life – Simply put.. great song!

2) Getting Better

3) Fixing A Hole

4) Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) – I like the energy more than the main track

5) Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band

6) With A Little Help From My Friends – In my mind, automatically goes with Sgt. Pepper … like We will Rock you/We are the Champions.

7) She’s Leaving Home – Pretty song

8) When I’m Sixty Four

9) Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – I’m in the camp of this song being a bit overrated and a tad boring.

10) Lovely Rita

11) Good Morning, Good Morning

12) Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite – Not a fan

13) Within You, Without You – I know people seem to love this, but I don’t have any fondness for it. Inner light is better to me.

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Listened to this album twice in the past two days. “Best album ever” – not really, but it’s still an amazing achievement. Here’s my ranking at the moment…

12. When I’m Sixty Four – Not my favorite. The arrangement is very good, but the song itself is the epitome of Paul’s “granny crap.” I love most of Paul’s songs, but this one doesn’t do it for me.

11. Fixing A Hole – Relatively boring, but the chorus is wonderful. The lush sounds and vocals really help this one out.

10. Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) – I don’t like this nearly as much as the one at the start of the album, but this one definitely has its purpose in setting up the closer to the album. It’s brilliantly placed to create more emotion going into the final track.

9. She’s Leaving Home – I do love this song, but it’s hard to deny that it feels more like it belongs more in a tragic play than a rock album. Wonderfully composed, too.

8. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! – I absolutely love this song, yet when you have such a good album it’s hard to rank them. It is my favorite carnival song, and Lennon and Martin did a fantastic job in capturing the circus atmosphere.

7. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – Trippy and weird. I love it.

6. A Day In The Life – Yes, I do feel guilty about putting it this low, but this is one song that I’m not the BIGGEST fan of. I do love it and can recognize what an achievement it is, but it’s something I rarely listen to. Maybe that’s because I’m worried that the ending will lose its affect if I get tired of the song…

5. Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band / With A Little Help From My Friends – Ringo’s greatest vocal performance and one of Paul’s greatest rock songs that serves as a magnificent opener to this album. You can’t go wrong there. The two are inseparable, so yes, I might have cheated a bit. Surprisingly, I love this first Sgt. Pepper song much more than the reprise. I suppose I enjoy the emotional effect that it has as an opener.

4. Getting Better – Yes, it is musically simple, but there’s something about it that I just love. Somehow, it appeals to me as being the most fun song on the album. Paul can make the worst ideas into brilliant songs.

3. Lovely Rita – Best meter maid song ever written. Vocals are 11/10.

2. Good Morning Good Morning – This has SEVERELY gone up on my estimation. I used to not care much for it, but after a few re-listens I can tell you that I absolutely love this song. John’s voice is amazingly produced, the guitar work is amazing, and Ringo’s cymbol crashes are to die for.

1. Within You Without You – This just recently became my favorite. Listening to it is such a journey and is one of George’s best achievements. I love the heavy Indian influence, and I wish we got more of it out of George during this time.

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@Killerviolin, cheers to your vote of GMGM in 2nd place.  Isn’t it such a great song??  I know I’m late to the party, but I’ve seriously got Sgt. Pepper on my mind right now.  I (finally) just ordered by Sgt. Pepper 50th Anniversary box set last night so I may revise my listing from earlier today a little bit, after I give it a few listens!  I’m eager to hear how Lucy sounds in the 2017 stereo mix – does it have that psychedelic touch that was always missing from every stereo version?  What tempo does She’s Leaving Home have?  So many questions!!  I just had to have it before the White Album 50th Anniv. drops, which I will be pre-ordering on day one!

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So, I’m going to be ranking the songs from worst to best, but I’ll let you all know that I don’t feel that the songs that are lower on the list are bad songs. The entire Sergeant Pepper’s album is magnificent, and all of the songs are fantastic. I just feel that some of these songs are better than others…

13. Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) – This song is a different approach to how the Beatles originally recorded the song (which I like much more), but it does give a burst of energy going into A Day In The Life . All in all, its a repeat of a song.

12. She’s Leaving Home – A great song, but it just doesn’t seem like it fits with the rest of the album.

11. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite – I was never a fan of the fairground theme, but it is impossible to deny Emerick’s technical expertise on the effects. I also appreciated the diverse word choice of the lyrics (even it was almost copied word for word off of a poster).

10. Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – An explosion of enthusiasm that kicks off the album well.

9. Fixing A Hole – I really do enjoy this song, especially Paul’s voice at “where it will go”. Overall a great psychedelic sound.

8. Good Morning Good Morning – The sound effects were superb on this album. John’s sarcastic tone as he drawls on about everyday life is interesting. And the animal noises at the end were a nice touch, although I don’t hear how it sounds as if it’s arranged like the food chain like John said. 

7. When I’m Sixty-Four – Paul’s tribute to his father’s love of 1920’s dancehall music is a favorite of mine. Paul’s voice sounds so young; it’s incredible to believe he wrote it at age 15.

6. Getting Better – A nice reference to the Beatle’s world tour in 1964. It’s also interesting to hear Paul (“A little better all the time”) and John’s (“Can’t get no worse”) personalities juxtaposing each other.

5. With A Little Help From My Friends – Ringo’s voice is so endearing. Just as we can not get along without our friends, Ringo could not get by without John, Paul, and George.

4. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – This song is so trippy, and John’s voice sets the mood of the song, as well as transports you to the world of cellophane flowers and newspaper taxis.

3. Within You Without You – A truly underrated George song. His interest in Eastern Philosophy is apparent in this tune, as well as many of his songs from that time.

2. Lovely Rita – One of my favorite songs by the Beatles. Paul’s deadpan voice only helps to bring out the humor in this song, which makes it even better. John and George’s backing vocals are heavenly.

1. A Day In The Life – Where can I even start with this one? It is the crowning jewel of their career and could have easily been a good way to end their time if they had decided to end after Sergeant Pepper’s.  From the first few strums of the guitar to the crescendo of the orchestra, we were all mesmerized. John’s ability to make a song out of everyday stories astounds me. Paul’s verse provides a good snap back to reality before we return to the etheral, dream-like state of John’s soft voice.

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@glazball I think you’ll like the 50th anniversary remix. I know I certainly do. I won’t spoil what it’s like, but you’re in for a treat and a good time when it comes.

I’m also very excited for the White Album one. Perhaps it will make me like the album even more! What I’m hoping for most, however, is some stuff from the Let it Be sessions and the rooftop concert either in 2019 or 2020.

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