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Ranking all 30 songs from The White Album
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1. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (at this very moment, love it so much)

2. Helter Skelter

3. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (originally ranked No.1 but somehow I decide to downplay it a little bit)

4. Back In The USSR

5. Dear Prudence

6. Julia

7. Yer Blues

8. I Will

9. Martha My Dear

10. I’m So Tired

11. Piggies

12. Mother Nature’s Son

13. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill

14. Blackbird

15. Glass Onion

16. Sexy Sadie

17. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

18. Don’t Pass Me By

19. Revolution 1 (I wish it were the single version…)

20. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey

21. Birthday

22. Good Night

23. Savoy Truffle

24. Cry Baby Cry

25. Long, Long, Long

26. Honey Pie

27. Revolution 9

28. Rocky Raccoon

29. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road

30. Wild Honey Pie

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Great list, but I’m upset that Long, Long, Long is so low ahdn_paul_02

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Getbackintheussr said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Also Blackbird

  

Paul is blessed to have both Blackbird and Yesterday , two simple songs but oh so poignant and memorable. 

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1) Sexy Sadie

2) While My Guitar Gently Weeps

3) Dear Prudence

4) Back in USSR

5) Happiness Is A Warm Gun

6) Yer Blues

7) Everybody’s got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey

8) Glass Onion

9) Mother Nature’s Son

10) Savoy Truffle

11) Cry Baby Cry

12) Helter Skelter

13) Julia

14) Martha My Dear

15) I Will

16) Blackbird

17) I’m So Tired

18) Revolution 1

19) Ob La Di Ob La Da

20) Birthday

21 Long Long Long

22) Rocky Racoon

23) Piggies

24) Honey Pie

25) Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?

26) The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill

27) Don’t Pass Me By

28) Wild Honey Pie

29) Goodnight

30) Revolution 9

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A beautiful mess, I like to call this album. This is gonna be a long one so strap in and roll up for the m- Wrong album. Right, my bad.

1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
2. Dear Prudence
3. Blackbird  
4. Martha My Dear
5. Back In The USSR
6. Blackbird – Absolutely love this song, first song I heard from this album. (I lied, I have heard Birthday over a million times, before I started listening.)
7. Mother Nature’s Son
8. Revolution 1  
9. Sexy Sadie  
10. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
11. I’m So Tired
12. Helter Skelter
13. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
14. I Will – Really out of place song among the album, but I still love it. So I don’t really care.
15. Glass Onion
16.  Yer Blues
17. Rocky Raccoon – I actually love this song, because it’s an inspiration for one of my favorite characters ever. Also a fun little tune.
18. Long, Long, Long
19. Cry Baby Cry
20. Good Night – Say what you want to me I don’t care. If I fall asleep listening to a song, sounds good to me. a-hard-days-night-ringo-15
21. Savoy Truffle  
22. Birthday – Have heard it over a million times, didn’t know it was by the Beatles till I got into their music. That actually surprised me. I love this song but it’s overplayed.
23. Julia
24. Piggies  
25. Honey Pie
26. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – I don’t hate this song, but there’s too many good songs on this album, I have to rank some of them low based on my personal preference, doesn’t mean I won’t jam out and sing it out loud like a loser everywhere I go. ahdn_george_08
27.  Don’t Pass Me By
28. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill  
29. Revolution 9
30. Wild Honey Pie – I don’t dislike this song, but don’t care for it… Whatever, the bloody hell it is. No offense to anybody who likes it. 

Can’t believe I managed to finish this list. I’m impressed with myself, more than anything. 

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^Nice ranking you got there. I Will is scandalously low but otherwise you’ve got some very nice placements there john-lennon-salute_gif

I’ll get around to ranking this album one of these days, but for now I’ll just say that I Will and WMGGW are my favorites and Revolution 9 /Wild Honey Pie /Bungalow Bill are my least favorites.

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50yearslate said
^Nice ranking you got there. I Will is scandalously low but otherwise you’ve got some very nice placements there john-lennon-salute_gif

I’ll get around to ranking this album one of these days, but for now I’ll just say that I Will and WMGGW are my favorites and Revolution 9 /Wild Honey Pie /Bungalow Bill are my least favorites.

  

I would rank “I Will ” a little higher tbh if I redid my list, which I might do. I was zooming through on this one since there were so many songs lol.

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When i rank an album I compare each song individually to each of the rest. It can take hours. Of course this means I have little patience to rank albums so i’ve only done about 5 ahdn_paul_01

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50yearslate said
When i rank an album I compare each song individually to each of the rest. It can take hours. Of course this means I have little patience to rank albums so i’ve only done about 5 ahdn_paul_01

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I think for me, I felt like getting these all down and then reviewing them over like just get it all out and then take a look at it and re-evaluate it to see any changes I would want to make that’s just how I handle a lot of things that are long. Kind of like a jigsaw puzzle.a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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You must really love Blackbird alot to place it at both 3 and 6.a-hard-days-night-george-10

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When i rank an album I compare each song individually to each of the rest. It can take hours. Of course this means I have little patience to rank albums so i’ve only done about 5 ahdn_paul_01

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I recently used something that allowed me to rank all beatles songs.  It was pretty time consuming, but when I did it I was able to just take the Yellow Submarine songs out and do that ranking based on how I had them ranked overall.  Worked pretty wellpaul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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You must really love Blackbird alot to place it at both 3 and 6.a-hard-days-night-george-10

Or really hate Why Don’t We Do It in the Road to leave it out and not notice. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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Kaniffee said
You must really love Blackbird alot to place it at both 3 and 6.a-hard-days-night-george-10

50yearslate said

When i rank an album I compare each song individually to each of the rest. It can take hours. Of course this means I have little patience to rank albums so i’ve only done about 5 ahdn_paul_01

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I recently used something that allowed me to rank all beatles songs.  It was pretty time consuming, but when I did it I was able to just take the Yellow Submarine songs out and do that ranking based on how I had them ranked overall.  Worked pretty wellpaul-mccartney-thumb_gif

  

That’s my method too, for the 5 or so albums I’ve ranked. I think WTB was the only album once done on its own so far.

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Kaniffee said
You must really love Blackbird alot to place it at both 3 and 6.a-hard-days-night-george-10

  Yeah, I completely forgot about “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road” I’ve gotta redo my list now because some song spots will change lmao.

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Redid my list since I forgot a song, and didn’t feel nice about some of the placements I did before.

1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps 
2. Dear Prudence 
3. Blackbird – Absolutely love this song, first song I heard from this album. (I lied, I have heard Birthday  over a million times, before I started listening.)
4. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
5.  Martha My Dear
6. I Will – I love it.
7. Mother Nature’s Son 
8. Revolution 1  
9. Sexy Sadie  
10. Back In The USSR
11.  Rocky Raccoon – I actually love this song, because it’s an inspiration for one of my favorite characters ever. Also a fun little tune.
12. Helter Skelter 
13. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey 
14. I’m So Tired
15. Glass Onion 
16.  Yer Blues 
17. Good Night – Say what you want to me I don’t care. If I fall asleep listening to a song, sounds good to me. a-hard-days-night-ringo-15
18. Long, Long, Long 
19. Cry Baby Cry 
20. Savoy Truffle  
21. Birthday – Have heard it over a million times, didn’t know it was by the Beatles till I got into their music. That actually surprised me. I love this song but it’s overplayed.
22. Julia 
23. Piggies  
24. Honey Pie 
25. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – I don’t hate this song, but there’s too many good songs on this album, I have to rank some of them low based on my personal preference, doesn’t mean I won’t jam out and sing it out loud like a loser everywhere I go. ahdn_george_08
26.  Don’t Pass Me By 
27. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road 
28. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill  
29. Revolution 9 
30. Wild Honey Pie – I don’t dislike this song, but don’t care for it… Whatever, the bloody hell it is. No offense to anybody who likes it. 

Hopefully I figured out how to count songs on an album. My ADHD kicks in a little too hard sometimes lol. a-hard-days-night-paul-3

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Great list, as always. Though I am rather disappointed that “Happiness Is A Warm Gun ” is ranked so low.

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Great list, as always. Though I am rather disappointed that “Happiness Is A Warm Gun ” is ranked so low.

  

Before I made this list I hadn’t listen to Happiness Is A Warm Gun personally, I rated high mostly because other people usually rank it high on the list. Although I have heard a full playthrough of the song, and I might actually raise it up on my list.

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30) Don’t Pass Me By – worst songs by The Beatles. I think Ringo wasn’t a good composer. he only made two songs, and this one wasn’t even the good one. 0/10

29) Revolution 9 – well, it’s just a John play-around, and it definitely adds personality to the album and shows how envelope pushing he was in experimenting with new sounds. still I always skip it, so… 1/10

28) Wild Honey Pie – it’s a filler, a non-song. I find it funny and a… light interlude, that I don’t mind, but still, not very good. 1/10

27) Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – I know there are outsiders that really like this song. I’m sadly not one of them. I like its anthem value, like a sing along, but I wouldn’t listen to it on my own, ever. 2/10

28) Piggies – I think Harrison at his worst. the song is worth something on its socio-political commentary I guess, but, if the music under your message is garbage, your music is garbage. 2/10

25) Long, Long, Long – I listened to it a couple of minutes ago so I could write this, and I don’t remember a single thing about it. it’s dragged out, anti-climatic, and boring, it really lives up to its title. but the melody is not dreadful and I don’t think there is something horrible to remember about it. I like its dreamy aesthetic, but, it’s just, not memorable. 3/10

24) The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill – I don’t understand the hate for this one. I think it’s fun, and memorable. but not a bright spot on such a big album. the verses are interestingly melodic, and I like them. is the chorus that tears it for me. corny as hell, and not bonding with the verses at all. 4/10

23) Why Don’t We Do It in the Road? – another interlude. and a better one that Wild Honey Pie at that. I think it’s funny, catchy, and not trying to be anything that it isn’t, stupid. but a bit too stupid, and unnecessary. 4/10

22) Julia – conceptually, I think it works to perfection. John wanted to do a song that was: A) melancholic B) sad C) simple D) about his mother. and he did it. Julia adds to the versatility of the album, and it’s straight forward. but that’s about it. I think melodically it is still lacking. 4/10

21) I Will – at first I liked this track but listening to it over and over again, there’s just something about the arrangement that makes it sound like not as good as it could’ve been. if it was any longer, taking into account its simplicity, I would like it less, but I like the fact that as simple as it is. other than that is not really a highlight for me. 5/10

20) While My Guitar Gently Weeps – I know I’m gonna get butchered for this but hell, I think it’s not that big of a deal. I think this track has a lot of wasted potential. I listened recently to an alternative version of this song with strings on YouTube, and I thought it was better, and way more beautiful than the White Album version. the White Album version, I think, it’s rough, and unpolished, and though I’m a big Cream fan, I find Eric Clapton’s feature to be not outstanding. the chord progression on the verse I think works great, but when it goes to major on the chorus, it really loses me. which is a pity because I see everyone enjoying this song while I feel nothing listening to it. nothing. 5/10

19) Birthday – another no-brainer. well, I like it, to some degree. especially that part that goes “Yes we’re going to a party party – yes we’re going to a party party”. but I really dislike that part that goes “I would like you to dance, birthday – take a cha-cha-cha-chance, birthday”. so it’s a tie. 5/10

18) Helter Skelter – I’m a big fan of metal. I’m also a big fan of the idea that the Beatles invented metal with this song. other than that, I don’t care too much for it. the build up is great, and the vocal harmonies are also nice, but the vibe is overblown, and it goes on for too long. 6/10

17) Revolution 1 – I like it just as much as the single version, I don’t think there is a better one. then again, Revolution isn’t one of my favourites either. so no harm done, I’d sit through it. 6/10

16) Mother Nature’s Son – it sounds like a Blackbird reprise. and a good one at that. I’ve always thought that the White Album would’ve been better with less filler. and Mother Nature’s Son is a very good song. but it does sound like filler because it’s just yet another acoustic song by Paul McCartney . but, lately I find myself listening to it more than other songs on this album. 6/10

15) Glass Onion – lyrically, one of the best moments on the album. I think the referencing to other songs makes for one of Lennon’s brightest and most influential ideas on his catalogue. the music behind it is fine and well tuned, the riff is nice and I like every member’s little contribution to this track. yet, it’s not as good if you put it along with some of The Beatles’ best material. 6/10

14) Good Night – it’s difficult to rank this one. I think that, outside the album, it doesn’t work as anything. but it is an incredibly good idea conceptually coming after Revolution 9 and at the end. and picking Ringo as the voice that sings the lullaby while the rest of the Beatles turn the lights off I think is beautiful and ties up really well. but, you know, it has to be listened at the end of the album, otherwise, what’s the point? 6/10

13) Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey – I would say is the best one of the filler songs. or at least it feels that way to me. I think John could do better at writing. other than that, is a solid rock song, and unlike Helter Skelter , it knows it doesn’t need to be 4 minutes long. 6/10

12) Rocky Raccoon – this actually I started being on the fence with, but with time it grew on me. I think it’s fun and Paul really seems to have fun. it sounds like the type of song that John Lennon would’ve hated, so it kind of doesn’t get me as much, but… the chorus is well put together, and the melody is original, I guess. 7/10

11) Martha My Dear – when major chords start pumping the song after a kind of slow piano start, I get hyped. I like it because Paul is very romantic and it’s endearing. but also, not a highlight. 7/10

10) Savoy Truffle – this is a slow song, that sounds like the most Beatlesque song The Beatles ever did. it sounds like a song a fan of The Beatles would compose in an attempt to sound like The Beatles… and nailing it. it sounds good, and the start punches up the listener with a lyric so insane and with such an original and beatlesque delivery that it’s scary: “CREEEMEEE tangerine… and montelimar!” yeah, that’s the good stuff. 8/10

9) Back in the U.S.S.R. – creative as it can be, a hell of an opener, and an even better parody. it’s just hilarious to me that The Beatles were so uncompromising that they sang about the Soviet Union as if it was an old fun pop tune. I think it’s an idea sharp as a knife, and very cutting edge. yes, I like Back in the U.S.S.R. a lot, now that I think about it. 8/10

8) Sexy Sadie – grossly underrated. the chord progression is stellar. the lyrics feel inspired. the runtime is just right. I love to listen to it as what it’s TRYING to be. yet, and yes, there’s a “yet”, it feels as it was not taken into account as much, because the production feels a little rushed and rough on the ears. now if George Martin and John Lennon had taken more time to develop the sound of this song further, I think it could’ve been one of the best songs on the album. 8/10

7) Yer Blues – a good, intentionally rough, jamming session. I love it. Yer Blues shows the chameleon qualities the band had whenever they felt like it. they could be lovers, they could be fighters, they could be oldies, they could be youngsters, and, in this case, they could be rockers. I think the version that John recorded with Richards, Clapton and Mitchells is better than the one on the White Album , as much as anything on the White Album . yet, the album version is good, believe me, I like it, I like it a lot. just, not quite as good. 8/10

6) Honey Pie – yeah, I know, I know, “you’re gay”, whatever, screw you. not every fav track has to be an epic rock anthem or a moody love song. Honey Pie is funny as hell, very well produced, and proud of itself. I like it because it doesn’t sell itself as a god saving track that ends up disappointing (as is the case of While My Guitar Gently Weeps ). I’m a fan of old vocal jazz and swing of the 20s and 30s. and even thought Honey Pie feels like a joke song, it has me from the beginning slow part to the uplift latter bit, with an unashamed prick lyric such as “Honey Pie , you are making me crazy – I’m in love but I’m lazy”. haha, I love it. 9/10

5) Blackbird – is short, is simple, and it’s gorgeous in any way shape or form. if you don’t like this track, then do everybody a favor and like it. that’s all I will say. 9/10

4) Cry Baby Cry – a fantastic pseudo-closer. one of the most beautiful melodies John ever displayed, the recording is solid, and the instrumentation is creative. the lyrics are simplistic yet touching and cinematic, and the pacing is beautiful. one of the absolute best spots on the album. if it wasn’t for this song it would be less easy to listen to the album all the way through. 10/10

3) Happiness Is A Warm Gun – now this is what I’m talking about. the sweet stuff. Happiness Is A Warm Gun probably is one of the most inspired anthems the band ever put out. the lyrics on the first 40 seconds are sharp as hell: “She’s well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet hand like a lizard on a window pane – the man in the crowd with the multicolored mirrors on his hobnail boots”. that was written by a 27 year old. then the riff on the middle part is such a good riff I can’t even describe it, “I need a fix ’cause I’m going dooOooOown”, jesus christ. and the ending minute chorus is a change in pace, but still as good as it can be. 10/10

2) I’m So Tired – I think the reason why this song isn’t everybody’s favourite is because they don’t listen to it all the way through. the first 20 seconds are not that special. but if you listen to the vocal riffs after it, and the lyrics, and the melody, and just how everything closes up at the ending in a perfect ensemble, you’d understand that I couldn’t put this any lower than the top 10 spot. to me, it is one of their best songs. when the bass drum pumps up when John says “You’d say I’m putting you on – but it’s no joke, it’s doing me harm”, the delivery of that line, kills me every time and bring me back to life with a “You know I’d give you everything I’ve got for a little peace of mind!”. damn, it’s so good. maybe I’m overreacting but I can’t hide the love I hold for this song above the rest. 10/10

1) Dear Prudence – this song is so many things at the same time. it starts of slow, very pretty, and it turns into a soft-hard song, still very pretty, and then the vocal harmonies, singing “look around -round -round -round -round”, very very pretty, and then the slow drumming, very so very very pretty. Dear Prudence is pretty in a lot of ways, even more so to me than Blackbird . I love it, in many ways. I love the place it has as the follow up to the opening track, and its progression is so well thought out it makes me wonder if this track is really that great, or I’m just imagining sounds that are not really there. 10/10

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