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Ranking all 30 songs from The White Album
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Wow, I want to rank all 30 but can't be bothered to put in the effort. Dear Prudence > Honey Pie .

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So I ranked the two discs of the White Album separately to save me from the extra stress of ranking all thirty:

Disc 1

  1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps  
  2. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
  3. Julia
  4. Back In The USSR
  5. Blackbird
  6. I Will
  7. Martha My Dear
  8. Dear Prudence
  9. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill  
  10. I’m So Tired
  11. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?
  12. Glass Onion
  13. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
  14. Don’t Pass Me By 
  15. Rocky Raccoon
  16. Piggies
  17. Wild Honey Pie

 

 Disc 2

  1. Helter Skelter  
  2. Birthday  
  3. Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
  4. Sexy Sadie  
  5. Mother Nature’s Son
  6. Honey Pie
  7. Long, Long, Long
  8. Revolution 1
  9. Savoy Truffle
  10. Cry Baby Cry
  11. Good Night
  12. Yer Blues  
  13. Revolution 9

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It's so difficult for me to rank this album. It is the first Beatles album I ever bought and owned, and it has a special place in my life. Sure there are songs that I like more than others, but I feel I couldn't do without any of them. Collectively, they all help make the album what it is. This is my ranking, based on how I feel today. I say that as my favorites are always changing, however, the ones in my top 10 pretty much always all stay in my top 10. Typically, when longer periods of time have gone by without hearing a song, I get more in the mood for it and might rank it higher.

 

1. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey

2. Happiness Is A Warm Gun

3. Piggies

4. Helter Skelter

5. Why Don't We Do It In The Road?

6. Glass Onion

7. Savoy Truffle

8. Back in the U.S.S.R.

9. I'm So Tired

10. Wild Honey Pie

11. Dear Prudence

12. Yer Blues

13. Martha My Dear

14. Don't Pass Me By

15. Long, Long, Long

16. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill

17. Revolution 1

18. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

19. Birthday

20. Sexy Sadie

21. Revolution 9

22. Rocky Raccoon

23. Julia

24. I Will

25. Blackbird

26. Mother Nature's Son

27. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

28. Honey Pie

29. Cry Baby Cry

30. Good Night

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Christ, this was hard. Had to rank each side on its own in order to do this.

  1. Dear Prudence
  2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  3. I'm So Tired
  4. Martha My Dear
  5. Helter Skelter
  6. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
  7. Long, Long, Long
  8. Back In The U.S.S.R.
  9. Julia
  10. Glass Onion
  11. Yer Blues
  12. I Will
  13. Cry Baby Cry
  14. Don't Pass Me By
  15. Blackbird
  16. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  17. Revolution 9 (I wanted to rank this higher, I really did)
  18. Wild Honey Pie (a lot of people rag on this one, but I just think it's too short to really hate on that much)
  19. Birthday
  20. Sexy Sadie
  21. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
  22. Savoy Truffle
  23. Revolution 1
  24. Mother Nature's Son
  25. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  26. Piggies
  27. Rocky Raccoon
  28. Good Night
  29. Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
  30. Honey Pie

I may have to go back and rerank this at some point, not even sure of it now.

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In my opinion there are no bad songs on this album. I enjoy the snippets of songs and a joy is that the album is so varied. I may have to be in the mood to listen to some of the songs. However, I tend to listen to a whole side, rather than just cherry pick my favourite songs. If I was burning a compilation CD, it is highly unlikely that I would record 'Rocky Raccoon ' or 'Goodnight' for example, they are ok to listen to in the context of the album. 

This might prove very difficult, but here goes! In reverse order ...

30. Rocky Raccoon - I don't dislike this song. I have just played it and quite liked it, but maybe that is because I don't play it often. Anyway, something has to be last. 

29. Honey Pie - A catchy song, but I'm not a big fan of Paul's 20s style songs. This is quite good though and better than 'Your Mother Should Know ', but there are better songs on the album. I much prefer Freddie Mercury /  Queen's 'Seaside Rendezvous' and 'Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy'.

28. Don't Pass Me By - This is a catchy song and a good first effort form Ringo, but the lyrics are awful and I don't like the fiddle. It is a shame that one of the others didn't help him to pull it together and get him to change some of the lyrics. 

27. Good Night - I actually like this one and it is a good song to finish the album after the noise and violence of 'Revolution 9 '. However, again Ringo was let down by the others. The sound of the orchestra and the choir is awful and makes it really hard to listen to. However, there is actually quite a nice song in there, once you get past the awful orchestration. A real blot on George Martin's reputation, this one, unless he was following orders from John? The other versions, with just a guitar or piano accompaniment are really lovely and surely would have been a much nicer way to end the album!

26. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey - A decent rock song but it doesn't really flow and is maybe a bit one dimensional ... I like the ending though!

25. Mother Nature's Son - I know I should like this one more than I do. It is a nice song, but it has never really grabbed me.

24. Julia - I feel bad having this so low, as it is such a personal, heartfelt song, but I have to be in the mood for it. Again, it is a nice song.

23. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill - Catchy, but as pointless as 'Rocky Raccoon ', I feel. Still a nice song, with a bit of a story ... I quite like Yoko's bit in it.

22. Why Don't We Do It In The Road - I love this, just wish it was longer! Paul's screaming voice is great!

21. Wild Honey Pie - Love this one too. I don't understand why most people don't like it. It has a great rhythm and is a great little snippet of a tune. 

20. Glass Onion - Great tune but just not fussed on all the Beatle references in the lyrics.

19. Piggies - I really like this one, but the weakest of George's songs on the album.

18. Martha My Dear - A bit like 'Mother Nature's Son ', it is a nice song, but just not a favourite.

17. Cry Baby Cry - Another story song, but better than 'Bungalow Bill' ... love the snippet of 'Can You Take me Back' at the end and then ...

16. Revolution 9 just love this! Love all the little bits and sayings ... 'take this brother, may it serve you well!'

15. Long Long Long - A beautiful song. George writes so many brilliant 'middle 8' sections to his songs!

14. Blackbird - Classic McCartney solo acoustic song. Would prefer that the sound effects weren't used.

13. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - Brilliant catchy song but can see how playing it over and over would drive the others mad!

12. I Will - I love this song. There is a great version of Paul live singing this solo with an acoustic guitar! Just beautiful!

11. Yer Blues - Great bluesy rocker! Love the playing and the the lyrics.

10. Savoy Truffle - I never really liked this one until fairly recently ... though it was just a filler and lame lyrics about a box of chocolates. But now, I love it! The music is amazing, you can feel the pain in the cavities, with the screeching jagged guitar and the blaring of the horns!

9. Helter Skelter - This is a brilliant noisy rock song! 

8. Sexy Sadie - Just one of John's best songs and written about the Maharishi. The musicianship is great!

7. Birthday - Another favourite, which I know a lot of people don't like. I just think Paul's vocals are brilliant and I love the little John bit in the middle.

6. Revolution 1 - I have been playing this a lot recently, as I have played Side 4 a lot. I used to think it was just a sub-standard version of the single version, but I play this more now and really like it.

5. I'm So Tired - brilliant song,. brilliant lyrics!

4. Back In The USSR - great catchy Rock 'N' Roll song to open the album. I bought this as a single in UK in 1976, I think. I loved it then, and I love it now!

3. Happiness Is A Warm Gun - classic song. Just love it!

2. Dear Prudence - I thought this was my favourite song on the album, until I voted against it in the 'bracket contest' and voted for ...

1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - This is a sublime song, from Paul's piano intro, to George's singing and Eric Clapton's guitar solos. 

The Top 4 have been my Top 4 for ages now and do interchange a bit, depending on my mood! 

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@TheQuietOne I am shocked by your placing of Dear Prudence a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

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11 isn't so bad for the White Album . I'm glad to see that Sexy Sadie cracked the top five.

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The fact that "I Will " is 18th is a crime, but I am very pleased with "Julia " being #5

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11 isn't so bad for the White Album . I'm glad to see that Sexy Sadie cracked the top five.

  

I love the White Album so much I’d feel bad ranking Revolution 9 last. a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

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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 The Beatles. I clarify my process and rules below.

1 - Happiness Is A Warm Gun (656 points)

2 - Dear Prudence (588 points)

3 - While My Guitar Gently Weeps (583 points)

4 - Helter Skelter (517 points)

5 - I'm So Tired (511 points)

6 - Back in the U.S.S.R. (486 points)

7 - Blackbird (479 points)

8 - Yer Blues (447 points)

9 - Sexy Sadie (430 points)

10 - Martha My Dear (402 points)

11 - Glass Onion (381 points)

12 - Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (377 points)

13 - I Will / Revolution 1 (tied at 369 points)

14 - Savoy Truffle (345 points)

15 - Cry Baby Cry (343 points)

16 - Birthday (339 points)

17 - Long, Long, Long (335 points)

18 - Julia (333 points)

19 - Mother Nature's Son (314 points)

20 - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (250 points)

21 - Honey Pie (230 points)

22 - Rocky Raccoon (226 points)

23 - The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (222 points)

24 - Piggies (216 points)

25 - Don't Pass Me By (160 points)

26 - Why Don't We Do It in the Road? (152 points)

27 - Revolution 9 (147 points)

28 - Good Night (141 points)

29 - Wild Honey Pie (101 points)

brought to you by some of the most renowned and important Beatles critics in the worlda-hard-days-night-john-6:

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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 29) 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 30 The Beatles 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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I've been listening to the White Album on repeat for the past week to really get my opinions straight again. I felt this needed a re-do because I have changed my mind on some songs.

30) Don't Pass Me By - There's no way I'm changing my mind on this song ever. It's garbage. 0/10

29) Wild Honey Pie - Still not amusing, I'm not into it at all, it just sounds ugly. Probably it was intended to sound that way, but if it's not gonna serve a purpose then why do it? 2/10

28) Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - Ob-Erproduced, Ob-Erplayed, Ob-Errated. 2/10

27) Long, Long, Long - Still can't remember what it sounds like. 3/10

26) Piggies - I don't know, maybe it's the baroque piano, or the pig sounds, it's just not good. I'll say the same thing I said originally, and quoting Fantano: 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. Pretty much. 3/10

25) I Will - It keeps getting lower and lower on my list. I think it's boring, and the lyrics are sketchy, and whenever I listen to it I feel like I'm John, underwhelmed by Paul's corniness. He can do better. 4/10

24) Why Don't We Do It in the Road? - I have a very personal connection to this song. I got a friend into the Beatles some time ago and he really started liking them, until he listened to the White Album , and then on, it was just this song. He absolutely loved how stupid it was. He's a smoking buddy of mine, so whenever we were tripping he would put this and we would just sang our lungs out. It was all ironically, of course. The song is essentially bad, but giving it a lower spot just would be a lie. I kind of enjoy it. 4/10

23) Birthday - I feel basically the same, and with time it just impresses me less. 5/10

22) Revolution 9 - Okay, I kind of get it now. Without this song the album wouldn't be half as interesting and ear-catching. It is too long, I'll say that, but at least at what it's trying to do, I can acknowledge it is a journey through barriers of sound. Some people say it's scary, but since I've listened to it so many times, now it just seems more like a wonder. Even when I'm high, it doesn't scare me the least bit, it's actually more interesting. But hold your horses, it still isn't a song, and it certainly isn't pleasant to listen to. 5/10

21) While My Guitar Gently Weeps - More like While My Production Gently Ruins My Song. 5/10

20) The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill - I'll give it to you, it is kind of fun. I still don't like the chorus, and I like the verses. It isn't certainly a high point but hey, it isn't nearly the worst either. 5/10

19) Revolution 1 - It's fine. 6/10

18) Helter Skelter - I just never liked the melody. I really appreciate the labor it has done for hard rock to evolve into metal so quickly during the 70s, but in and of itself, it's too long to keep my interest. 6/10

17) Mother Nature's Son - Like Blackbird , but more artificial and bland. It is a standard Paul acoustic song and at times I can enjoy it. 6/10

16) Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey - Out of John's electric material on the album, this might be the worst, but it's decent. 6/10

15) Good Night - It fulfills its function. It may not be the greatest on its own but I wouldn't like it any other way. 7/10

14) Rocky Raccoon - I like how the song evolves and it ultimately builds into this jumpy rhythm. The lyrics are fun and creative, Paul seems to be chill. And when Paul chill, me chill. 7/10

13) Julia - I have a wildly different view of this song after many listens. It's just hitting me different. I still think the instrumental is very one-note. But Lennon's vocals are a real treat. At some points it is kind of boring, but there are points were I get chills, I'll have to say my favourite part is the when I cannot sing my heart line. Aaah, so lovely! 7/10

12) Martha My Dear - It's great, it's iconic, it's classic Paul. 8/10

11) Blackbird - Time doesn't treat this one as well. It is still bloody beautiful, but others are taking over my top spots. 8/10

10) Back in the U.S.S.R. - *headbumps aggressively* 8/10

9) Honey Pie - Yes, it might not be a top song in my list like it used to. I was probably trying to overcompensate all the indifference it received by other people. I do like it a lot more than most, but I'll admit it is maybe not the one I should be choosing for my top five. 8/10

8) Glass Onion - The groove keeps grabbing my attention more and more. It's short, sweet and simple, and the lyrics are groundbreaking. 8/10

7) Savoy Truffle - CREEEEEEEEEEMEEEE. 8/10

6) Sexy Sadie - Two words: chord progression. 9/10

5) Yer Blues - Every time I just get more and more excited when I listen to it. It's hard as hell. 9/10

4) I'm So Tired - Sad that this has gone down in my ranking, because I think it's underrated. John is not only phenomenal, but Paul makes the song with his rockstar backing vocals. It creates sensations of frustration and realization that few songs give me. 10/10

3) Happiness Is A Warm Gun - I still can't decide which is my favourite part. She's well acquainted, I need a fix, Mother Superior or bang, bang, shoot, shoot. Every piece of this put-together masterpiece is a gem. 10/10

2) Cry Baby Cry - Every time the verses just get more and more beautiful. Everybody disregarding it so much gives me so much pain. I mean, just listen to it, what is wrong with you? This should be top Beatles rated song, John is on fire, every instrument falls on top the other with so much elegance but still a sense of cohesion hard as stone. I am absolutely fascinated by this song and I can't say enough good things about it. 10/10

1) Dear Prudence - Look, I love Let It Be , I love Hey Jude , I love Strawberry Fields Forever . But this bloody song should be as beloved, if not more. The amount of people that ignore it is astounding. If I don't think about it too much, it's probably the best song I've ever heard. 10/10

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Thanks @Jules always enjoy reading your reviews. Just finished listening to every second of the Super Deluxe release and particularly loved the Sessions CDs. The stripped down version of Martha is so wonderful. Paul's vocal actually creates a feeling of happiness like deep meditation. 

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Jules said

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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 The Beatles. I clarify my process and rules below.

1 - Happiness Is A Warm Gun (656 points)

2 - Dear Prudence (588 points)

3 - While My Guitar Gently Weeps (583 points)

4 - Helter Skelter (517 points)

5 - I'm So Tired (511 points)

6 - Back in the U.S.S.R. (486 points)

7 - Blackbird (479 points)

8 - Yer Blues (447 points)

9 - Sexy Sadie (430 points)

10 - Martha My Dear (402 points)

11 - Glass Onion (381 points)

12 - Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (377 points)

13 - I Will / Revolution 1 (tied at 369 points)

Interestingly, if a single album of 14 songs was released, based on the average position of each song so far, the album would include the songs above. Of the 14 songs, 8 would be written by John, 5 by Paul and only 1 by George! 

On my earlier rating of the album, in the Top 14, 6 were by John, 6 were by Paul and 2 by George although that was just a coincidence.

I think it would have been very hard to decide which songs to include and which to leave out!

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alittlebitolder said

Interestingly, if a single album of 14 songs was released, based on the average position of each song so far, the album would include the songs above. Of the 14 songs, 8 would be written by John, 5 by Paul and only 1 by George! 
On my earlier rating of the album, in the Top 14, 6 were by John, 6 were by Paul and 2 by George although that was just a coincidence.

I think it would have been very hard to decide which songs to include and which to leave out!

When I made mine it had 8 John tracks and 3 by Paul. I think it would be easier deciding which Paul songs to include and harder to decide which John songs to leave out. If you were to made the single White Album out of the top 2 George tracks, the top 5 Paul tracks and top 6 John tracks (+1 from Ringo) this is what it would look like:

1) Back in the U.S.S.R.

2) Dear Prudence

3) Glass Onion

4) While My Guitar Gently Weeps

5) Happiness Is A Warm Gun

6) Martha My Dear

7) I'm So Tired

8) Blackbird

9) Don’t Pass Me By

10) I Will

11) Yer Blues

12) Sexy Sadie

13) Helter Skelter

14) Savoy Truffle

Maybe that's the closest thing you could reach to a "consensus".

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