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Ranking the songs on Sgt Pepper
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PurplishRain said

2. Lovely Rita

  

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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

  

Actually not that different to how I feel now, though I'm not sure why I put the reprise so high. 

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Please noote that I love all songs on the album, just some more than the others. I don't mean to offend anybody.

My personal ranking for the album:

13) Good Morning Good Morning - On any other Beatles album, this would be one of the middle-tier songs. However, on "Sgt. Peppers", it is the closest thing to filler (apologies to fans of this song). This may sound harsh, but it sounds like if you mix "Revolution 9 " and "Savoy Truffle " together with a discount "Good Day Sunshine " title. Despite my harsh words, I want to clarify I do like the song, just not as much as the other songs on the album. The guitar solo, though.

12) When I'm Sixty Four - Apologies to fans of Paul's granny rockers, but I'm not a big fan of it. I don't even think it's the best of the bunch (that would go to, in my opinion, to "Good Day Sunshine "). It's a good song, don't get me wrong, but on "Sgt. Peppers" is pretty filler-ish. I do love the clarinets and the piano, though.

11) Within You Without You - Now this is most likely my personal bias, but I much prefer "Love You To ". That's about it. Sorry to fans of this song.

10) Fixing A Hole - Again, my personal bias, but this song seems inconsequential against the two monsters that are "Getting Better " and "She's Leaving Home ". Despite all that, this song has probably one of the best technicalities in the entire album (and that's impressive, given that the whole album is one of the Beatles most technical). Everything from the guitar, bass, vocals and drums sounds light and airy, fitting the theme. In my opinion, one of Martin's and Emerick's best in the entire album.

9) Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) - Like "Within You Without You ", I prefer another song, this time being the original title track. Again, I must apologize to fans of this song. Could perhaps be because I am waiting for "A Day In The Life ".

8) Getting Better - The coda is pretty good. Love the initial riff too. Nothing I can really say much other than this.

7) Lovely Rita - The opening is pretty good, and keeps the dreamy mood throughout the entire song. Sonically, sound like a throwback to "Visions of Johanna" by Bob Dylan, but if you amplified LSD ratio to a thousand.

6) With A Little Help From My Friends - Ringo is singing with his friends. I can die in peace now.

5) She's Leaving Home - Time to flee from the mob outside my house. In all seriousness I love every aspect of the song, especially the harp and the harmonization of the vocals. Lyrically, it's one of the first songs to deal with teenage rebellion, by portraying a very real story of a girl leaving home, and it's very good. One of Paul's finest work.

4) Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band - One of the best opening tracks period. Nothing I say is able to praise it enough. From the now iconic opening riff that starts the song, the amazing vocal performances by John, Paul and George, and the technical aspects brought by Martin and Emerick, almost everything about this song screams “masterpiece”.

3) Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - I don't think this song is overrated in the very least. Everything is top notch, especially the bass lines, which is one of Paul's best. Lyrically it is one of the must druggy and psychedelic, which is great. Martin and Emerick does fantastic technical jobs with everything in the song, the most prominent being the vocal lines. This is most definitely one of John’s best.

2) For the Benefit of Mr. Kite – I am yet to hear anything remotely whimsical and spectacular that comes close to this song, with the only exception being the score on “Dumbo”. This song encapsulates the songwriting prowess of the Lennon-McCartney partnership, with how they manage to turn a simple circus poster into a three-stanza, carnival inspired masterpiece. Kudos should be given to Emerick for delivering one of my favourite instrumentals in any song. I also think that the drum fills and bass lines are very underrated here as well, as they manage to glue all parts of the song together, which in any case, would’ve gone haywire without it. To conclude, you can smell the sawdust on the floor when you listen to this song.

1) A Day In The Life – Nothing much I can say that’s already been said. I will say that the 30-second-long bridge between McCartney’s stanza and John’s final stanza is the most bone-chilling 30 seconds of my life. The final chord at the end will go down in history as one of music’s most famous final chords. Truly marvellous.

That’s my personal ranking for this marvelous album. Don’t hesitate to argue with me on why “Within You Without You ” is a million-times better than “Love You To ”.

Once again, apologies if this it rather long-winded.

 

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A lovely list, @CakeMaestor ! I enjoy how you comment on each song—except WYWYa-hard-days-night-paul-7 It’s much deeper and more refined than Love You To , which sounds more like a semi-finished piece. (Of course, we can agree to disagree)

My ranking:

1. A Day In The Life

2. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

3. Within You Without You

4. With A Little Help From My Friends  

(the following rankings change a lot)

5. Sgt. Pepper

6. She’s Leaving Home

7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite

8. Getting Better

9. Good Morning Good Morning

10. Sgt. Pepper Reprise

11. Fixing A Hole

12. When I’m 64 (I’m not a fan of Paul’s “granny songs”)

13. Lovely Rita

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Thanks for your feedback. Generally I've met people who are either a big fan or don't care much for "Within You Without You ", I fall into the latter category. Perhaps I just prefer the faster tempo of "Love You To ", or perhaps I'm incredibly bias towards "Revolver ". Despite that, I do think that this is George's sitar prowess at it's most polished. Ravi Shankar teached George well. 

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1. A Day In The Life - Putting any other song at 1 would be wrong of me.

2. Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite

3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

4. With A Little Help From My Friends

5. Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band

6. Getting Better

7. When I'm Sixty-Four (Yes I'm one of those people who likes Paul's granny songs, deal with it. a-hard-days-night-paul-11)

8. She's Leaving Home

9. Lovely Rita

10. Fixing A Hole

11. Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) - Good way to end off the album, and lead into the encore like setup of "A Day In The Life "

12. Good Morning Good Morning

13. Within You Without You - No offense to anybody, really. It's just one of those songs that I don't listen to as much as the rest.

This was incredibly hard for me to make. I really like just about all the songs on this album. Good Morning Good Morning . I don't like repetitive songs, except when they're catchy. Love Me Do , and She Loves You are the songs I can think of that fit that description.

This is still the greatest album in my opinion. I may have my favorite albums, but this is by far the greatest in my opinion. Just an absolute masterpiece, and the concept Paul was going for was completely out of this world. When the album ends off with A Day In The Life , it just absolutely gives it a bang. I really love when bands save their best for last, and end off great albums with a bang. I don't like it when they put songs like Dizzy Miss Lizzy at the end of an album basically almost implying that nothing has been learned as it just feels like a reject song from Beatles For Sale . Don't mean to be that harsh, but honestly that's how it feels lol.

Had fun ranking this album, it's truly a masterpiece.

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Come to think of it, what I said about "Within You Without You " also applies to "Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite " as well. You will find people who either love it or don't care much for it.

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So many people have said it's overrated, by this point is the most underrated album ever.

13) Within You Without You - out of the three fully Indian songs George made, this one was the worst. and in my opinion, it cuts the album like a knife in the middle and horribly ruins the otherwise flawless progression. not only do I not like it, but the fact it is on Sgt. Pepper make it less enjoyable. and I prefer Love You To way more. 2/10

12) When I'm Sixty-Four - I can appreciate Paul was trying to make something different, but the horns, the drumming, the piano, the melody, make it corny and obnoxious. I can defend Pau McCartney's cheesiness on a lot of songs, but this one is way over the line. I feel John on this one. 4/10

11) Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! - extremely original, and it gives the album way more aesthetic along with the tracks before it. still, the melody isn't all that great, and the middle break, even if it's original, it is not that entertaining. the lyrics are ok. 6/10

10) Sgt. Pepper ’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) - I don't know, maybe it is because I love the title track so much, that this one just doesn't hit me as much. still, I love the fact that there's a reprise in the first place, it is very fitting. 6/10

9) Good Morning Good Morning - I'm not gonna say it's genius, but it is certainly over-hated. It's not that bad, it has an excellent verse melody, the pacing is good, it is fun and catch, and it really feels Sgt. Pepper like. I just don't like the chorus, I would've prefer better lyrics and maybe better production. 6/10

8) Fixing A Hole - I love how laid back it is. I think it really fits the Sgt. Pepper circus aesthetic and the melody is memorable. solid. 7/10

7) Getting Better - as the title says, it got better. at first it wasn't one of my favourites, but it is actually pretty good. the melodies are interesting, the vocal performances are fantastic, the lyrics are consistent, and it overall feels like a silent classic. 7/10

6) With A Little Help From My Friends - the fact that Ringo sings I think is what makes it so special. the vocal harmonies are better than ever, the instrumentation is consistent and it mostly sets up the whole aesthetic of the album. to me one of the most Pepper-ish songs. 8/10

5) Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - a revolutionary track. being honest, I don't feel the verses as much, the chorus is the real beautiful part. but it is the combination that makes it so important. the variations between sounds and melodies make it one of the oddest songs up to that year in the history of music. I can't imagine people in 1967 listening to it for the first time. for that along it can't go lower than a an 8/10

4) Lovely Rita - grandiloquent, with fantastic melodies. catchy as hell, interesting, short and simple, multi-instrumented. it has little and big details that really define it, and overall it holds up mostly due to the energy displayed on the recording. 8/10

3) Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band - one of the best album openers of all time. Paul's vocals are hypnotizing, the chord progression and riffs are fantastic, and the whole hard rock vibe hypes me a lot when I listen to it. I can't describe how I feel when this track starts playing. you know an album is worth a look when it starts with so much attitude and power. 9/10

2) She's Leaving Home - hauntingly sad and charming. the orchestral arrangements are godlike, and the lyrics are Paul's most inspired since Eleanor Rigby . I can't say enough good things about such a fantastic song. 9/10

1) A Day In The Life - a classic in every sense of the world. it is very hard to find a better song in the entire Beatles catalogue. often considered the best Beatles song ever, and it probably is. I don't know if it would be my personal choice but dude, it is the best closer of an album ever made. really sad and trippy, with excellently terrifying transitions and lyrics to make any Pink Floyd member shake. to me, A Day In The Life is like a Stairway to Heaven, or a Bohemian Rhapsody: I don't know if it is my personal preference from the band, but it is the song that will turn any person into a Beatles fan, nobody dislikes it a bit and despite our differences we all agree that we love this song. unbelievable. 10/10

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Ah, I see that "Lovely Rita " is getting the love it rightfully deserves a-hard-days-night-george-10

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Ah, I see that "Lovely Rita " is getting the love it rightfully deserves a-hard-days-night-george-10

  

my fave Paul bassline possibly!

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It's interesting that some people like the reprise more than the title track.

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It's interesting that some people like the reprise more than the title track.

  

all about that beat

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Vera Chuck and Dave said

    1. Lovely Rita
    2. With A Little Help From My Friends
    3. She's Leaving Home
    4. A Day In The Life (I know, I know)
    5. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    6. Getting Better
    7. Good Morning Good Morning
    8. Within You Without You
    9. Fixing A Hole
    10. Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
    11. Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    12. Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!
    13. When I'm Sixty-Four

Interesting that your screen name would come from your least favorite song on the album

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Dingle Lad said

Vera Chuck and Dave said

        1. Lovely Rita
        1. With A Little Help From My Friends
        1. She's Leaving Home
        1. A Day In The Life (I know, I know)
        1. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
        1. Getting Better
        1. Good Morning Good Morning
        1. Within You Without You
        1. Fixing A Hole
        1. Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
        1. Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band
        1. Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!
        1. When I'm Sixty-Four

Interesting that your screen name would come from your least favorite song on the album

  

funny isn't it? idk, that line always stood out for me and it wasn't taken 

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This is a copy paste:

I've been working on this for a couple of days. I decided to go on a task of continuing and updating the work of that AvecPaix guy (not gonna @tt him cause I think he's long gone) and I averaged every post in the thread to create a decent ranking of the tracks off every album. In this case Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band. I clarify my process and rules below.

1 - A Day In The Life (354 points)

2 - Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band (250 points)

3 - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (241 points)

4 - With A Little Help From My Friends (236 points)

5 - Getting Better (207 points)

6 - Within You Without You (204 points)

7 - Fixing A Hole / Lovely Rita (tied at 178 points)

8 - Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (175 points)

9 - Good Morning Good Morning (172 points)

10 - She's Leaving Home (159 points)

11 - Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (122 points)

12 - When I'm Sixty-Four (95 points)

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Averaging process and rules:

A pretty classic averaging system; it goes basically by giving the maximum amount of points to the top track on every post (in this case 12) and as the list progresses into the "worst" tracks each track gets one point less. The last track gets no points. For this to apply the post must have the 13 Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band songs ranked.

IMPORTANT: if you think one of your rankings might have one of these ambiguous qualities that might disqualify it and you want to be counted in the averaging DON'T edit it; post it again with more detail, otherwise I won't be able to subtract the points and add them again and it won't be counted anyway.a-hard-days-night-paul-11

Particular cases:

-NO. 1- Sometimes if there is a track missing but there's a written clarification, it can be counted. In the case of Abbey Road , for instance, some people don't count Her Majesty . In that case I count the post and give no points to Her Majesty only if there is a written statement of why its missing. If one track is missing and the post doesn't have any written clarification then it is considered a mistake and therefore disqualified.

-NO. 2- The tracklist considered is taken out of the Wikipedia/RYM/Discogs "official" tracklists. This means those who rank the Abbey Road Medley as a whole don't get counted unless they clarify by writing that the tracks separately also rank that way, same with any variation of the sort.

-NO. 3- If a person implies to a previous post that "that would exactly be [their] ranking" and don't post any ranking themselves, then the points of the first person will be added a second time in behalf of the second person.

-NO. 4- Only one person each ranking. If you posted several times your changes, only the last one will be counted (unless it has any mistakes, missing tracks, etc., in that case then the last one that has no issues will be the one counted).

-NO. 5- The rankings are considered given the numbers apply to them, "1" universally represents the top spot. Unless there is a written statement that clarifies it's the other way around, this is the way it will be counted.

-NO. 6- If there are no numbers on the ranking and no written clarification it could go either way. At first I used to think the ones at the top were the number 1 spot but in some cases it just isn't that way. So I decided I'll just grab the worst rated track up to that point and I see if it falls on the top half or the bottom half. If it falls on the top half I'll consider the bottom half the top spot and if it falls on the bottom half then I'll consider the top half the top spot. It might be unfair at times as it might reverse someones' ranking if they are unlucky by voting positively a previously negatively voted track, but in the grand scheme of things I think it was mostly accurate. In case that the number of tracks is odd (A Hard Day's Night , Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour , Yellow Submarine 's Side B & Abbey Road ) and the worst rated track falls in precisely the middle spot then I just take the second to worst rated and judge as to where that one falls.

-NO. 7- If there are "ties" in someone's ranking their ranking can still be counted but it won't represent exactly the ties in the overall averaging. If there is still a list-like format then I go from the bottom to the top adding points just like usual, so tied tracks can get different scores but just differing in one single point or two (unless you tie like 5 tracks together), but I think it's more fair than not letting those people participate at all. It might seem unfair but if the tied tracks were to get the same points, it would increasingly leave an averaging gap between those songs so it's mathematically better to just stick to the original adding process.

-NO. 8- If there are two tracks that are "tied" then I will just give more points to the one that is named first, regardless of descriptions, just to keep the whole thing going. Unless there's a specific written clarification of why one of the tracks is better or more of a favourite, then I'll just give more points to the one named first.

-NO. 9- However, if there's a tie between three tracks (or more) then that post will no longer be counted unless the list has a specific ranking format in which case see item "-NO. 7-".

-NO. 10- I guess that if someone doesn't want to be counted in the averaging he can ask me not to count him in but I hope nobody does that so we get his opinion tooahdn_john_08_gif

All of these rules are up to debate if someone disagrees with part of the judgement. I'm sure we can reach an agreement if they are considered questionable.

IMPORTANT: if you think one of your rankings might have one of these ambiguous qualities that might disqualify it and you want to be counted in the averaging DON'T edit it; post it again with more detail, otherwise I won't be able to subtract the points and add them again and it won't be counted anyway.a-hard-days-night-paul-11

Some more stuff:

I'll try to update it as new rankings are posted. If in enough time this proves effective then I'll ask moderators to pin these posts to the top of the thread and become OFFICIALgeorge-martin Once in a while I'll revisit the entire thread to be sure in case someone edited their previous rankings (but that might be just once in a while (unless someone wants to do it for me in which case send it to my inbox and I'll update this post)). [BTW if there is already a thread or post about this stuff then tell me right away so I can erase this and not look like a foola-hard-days-night-paul-8]

Also in time we could use this information to add some more statistics (just to give it flavourahdn_george_05). Someone can request them to me and I'll see how to add them.

Also here's a playlist with the results from worst to best in case you want to see how effective it proves in practice (I'll try edit these as well):

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13) When I'm Sixty-Four - It's catchy, but it's the weakest of all. The lyrics are pretty silly, to be honest.

12) Within You Without You - I like it a lot, but it is very long and repetitive. I think it cuts with the rhythm of the album.

11) Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! - A great John composition, it's good but not like the rest.

10) Getting Better - I feel that the chorus of the song is very repetitive and always tires me. It's still a good song.

9) Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The first song I heard from the album. Despite being good, it is a bit repetitive. I love Macca's voice, it reminds me a lot of Long Tall Sally or I'm Down .

8) Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) - Short but amazing. The band began to experiment more with distortion that would be more frequent in the White Album . And it worked.

7) Lovely Rita - Another catchy, psychedelic, and experimental song. I love it.

6) Fixing A Hole - I used to love this song, but as time went by I started to appreciate the other songs much more. The lyrics are excellent and the instrumentation is magnificent.

5) Good Morning Good Morning - Excellent song, I don't know why it's so hated. Paul's solo and Ringo's drumming are fab. It's also a catchy song, like the others on the album.

4) She's Leaving Home - It's almost perfect and very underrated. The voices fit perfectly with the atmosphere of the song.

3) With A Little Help From My Friends - Everything is fine in this song. From the lyrics to the instrumentation. The fact that Ringo's singing makes it so much more special.

2) Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - I just want to say that I love the song. It's perfect.

1) A Day In The Life - The definitive song. The greatest of all time. Everything is perfect, it is a very elaborate and perfected song at unimaginable levels. I have never heard a song structured in such an excellent way.

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