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Favorite song on Rubber Soul?
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Drake 42681
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10 August 2012 - 11.34pm

new list oh and just so you all know i love every single song on the whole album (the only one where i actually do)

14) The Word

13) What Goes On

12) Think For Yourself

11) Michelle

10) Drive My Car

9) Girl

8) Run For Your Life

7) Wait

6) If I Needed Someone

5) I'm Looking Through You

4) Norwegian Wood

3) You Won't See Me

2) Nowhere Man

1) In My Life

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Elmore James
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12 August 2012 - 3.29am

In My Life.

 

As if there was any room for debate. 

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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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12 August 2012 - 4.58am

I've taken more of an interest in "The Word" since realizing that it's Lennon's first preachy song ("Too Many People preaching practices" ... ?) and also the precursor to "All You Need Is Love"

I also like the bouncy opening.

I'd rank it above "What Goes On?"

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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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12 August 2012 - 5.01am

P.S.

Elmore James said, [In My Life] "Hands down one of the all time greatest songs, by John, the Beatles, or in music history."

 

According to McC. in "Many Years From Now," it was he (McC) who wrote the melody.

If that's true, then this is indeed one of the best Lennon-McCartney songs.

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vonbontee
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12 August 2012 - 6.15am

Elmore James said

In My Life.

 

As if there was any room for debate. 

Hands down one of the all time greatest songs, by John, the Beatles, or in music history.apple01

I think there's plenty of room for debate, as this thread proves!

(It's "Norwegian Wood." Or maybe "The Word." Or "In My Life." Or...)

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robert
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12 August 2012 - 12.26pm

See below, as a poll of songwriters a few years back named In My Life as the greatest pop song ever written. Just a data point to consider.

 
"This was voted the best song of all time by a panel of songwriters in a 2000 Mojo magazine poll. The panelists included McCartney, Brian Wilson, Lamont Dozier, and Carole King."

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Paul Richard Winston Harrison
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12 August 2012 - 4.19pm

1. In my life

2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has flown)

3. Drive My Car

4. I'm lookig through you

5. Run For Your Life

6. Wait

7. Nowhere Man

8. Girl

9. You Won't See Me

10. Think For Yourself

12. The Word

13. If I Needed Someone

14. What goes on

Ben Ramon
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12 August 2012 - 6.48pm

Into the Sky with Diamonds said
P.S.

Elmore James said, [In My Life] "Hands down one of the all time greatest songs, by John, the Beatles, or in music history."

 

According to McC. in "Many Years From Now," it was he (McC) who wrote the melody.

If that's true, then this is indeed one of the best Lennon-McCartney songs.

I've always been kind of skeptical about that. I can imagine the melody being more McCartneyish, but I think more people would have said if they knew he'd written the ENTIRE musical content.

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12 August 2012 - 8.38pm

The lyrics to IML are highly disputed, John was clear in saying it was his song - maybe a little McCartney help but nothing significant (i dont have the quote in front of me). They are fantastic regardless of who wrote it.

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Ben Ramon
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12 August 2012 - 9.29pm

meanmistermustard said
The lyrics to IML are highly disputed, John was clear in saying it was his song - maybe a little McCartney help but nothing significant (i dont have the quote in front of me). They are fantastic regardless of who wrote it.

But Paul has come out and said he wrote the entire melody on the piano in John's house, using John's lyrics as a framework, taking inspiration from Motown songs and Smokey Robinson apparently. Seems quite a large dispute to make, I would imagine someone would remember who authored such key bits in the song. Maybe Paul's thinking of another song or mistaken entirely.

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12 August 2012 - 9.56pm

Still a huge fan of "Think For Yourself" and "The Word" (my favoite song on the album) as an awesome combo. If the silence between the 2 songs is removed, the sound is sublime. From fuzzy bass to crisp clean piano...I get goose bumps just thinking about it.

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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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12 August 2012 - 10.26pm

meanmistermustard said
The lyrics to IML are highly disputed, John was clear in saying it was his song - maybe a little McCartney help but nothing significant (i dont have the quote in front of me).

 

Not sure it's the lyrics that are disputed. McCartney himself doesn't lay claim to them (does he?) - just the melody.

(From memory, I think it was in the Playboy interview that Lennon had said that McC helped with the middle eight or something to that effect - except that the song has no middle eight.)

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StrawberryFields
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12 August 2012 - 10.55pm

Yeah, as far as I know, the lyrics aren't disputed. They are based on a poem written by John. In contrary, the melody is highly disputed. Paul said that it's entirely his, while John stated that Paul just helped him with the middle eight - as Into the Sky with Diamonds said just before.

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12 August 2012 - 11.41pm

Yip. A case of very bad memory - apologies. Its the melody not the lyrics Paul has said he was involved with.

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13 August 2012 - 3.58am

Favorite song on 'Rubber Soul' Is Norwegian Wood" , for me It is one of the greatest Beatles songs.

 

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13 August 2012 - 7.35pm

I love Rubber Soul, almost as much as Revolver. I think it was George who said that the two of them could have been the same album, in two parts. Cracking songs on Rubber Soul though.

 

Too hard to pick a favourite but my top three would be "In my life", "Nowhere Man" and "Norweigan wood".

Not a bad song on the album, awesome stuff.

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14 August 2012 - 5.44pm

Into the Sky with Diamonds said

meanmistermustard said
(From memory, I think it was in the Playboy interview that Lennon had said that McC helped with the middle eight or something to that effect - except that the song has no middle eight.)

My guess is that John thinks of the span from "All these places have their moments" through the "In my life, I've loved them all" as the middle eight.

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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JET!
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15 August 2012 - 7.31am

Rubber Soul is without a doubt one of my favourite albums ever. It's the perfect album to me because I love every. single. song. Not unlike Revolver.

But my favourite track would have to be Norwegian Wood. I'm a sucker for a good story being told, and I just imagine John setting some girl's house on fire. The instrumentation is really interesting and different, and there's something about the way John enunciates the words... It's a song I can listen to over and over and over and never get sick of it.

I also love I'm Looking Through You - shamelessly catchy melody and great to sing along to. The lyrics are so easy to relate to. And it's also really fun to play on guitar. I like how the chords change so quickly, and the keyboard in it is just too funky. Yes, I just said funky.

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23 August 2012 - 9.02am

Okay, so shall I just say that putting any beatles song at the bottom of a list feels oh so painfully wrong? a-hard-days-night-ringo-5
1. In My Life (John just did so well with this one. a-hard-days-night-john-1 And Paul's aiding with the middle 8 did wonders. a-hard-days-night-paul-7)
2. I'm Looking Through You
3. Norweigian Wood (The sitar tune was undeniably lovely. heart)
4. Drive My Car (Oh Paul, your bass playing never ceases to amaze. a-hard-days-night-paul-11)
5. You Won't See Me (complete toss up between this and #6)
6. If I Needed Someone
7. The Word
8. Run For Your Life (I love the tune, and rhythm. But the meaning is shameful. John Lennon stated it was his least favorite beatles song. a-hard-days-night-john-2)
9. Nowhere Man :)
10. Think For Yourself (so funky a-hard-days-night-george-9)
11. Girl
12. Michelle (lovely bass. Though a tad repetitive.)
13. What Goes On
14. Wait

Real music is made by real people with real instruments. So, sorry Bieber, you didn't "pass the audition".

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23 August 2012 - 9.13am

JET! said

Rubber Soul is without a doubt one of my favourite albums ever. It's the perfect album to me because I love every. single. song. Not unlike Revolver.

But my favourite track would have to be Norwegian Wood. I'm a sucker for a good story being told, and I just imagine John setting some girl's house on fire. The instrumentation is really interesting and different, and there's something about the way John enunciates the words... It's a song I can listen to over and over and over and never get sick of it.

I also love I'm Looking Through You - shamelessly catchy melody and great to sing along to. The lyrics are so easy to relate to. And it's also really fun to play on guitar. I like how the chords change so quickly, and the keyboard in it is just too funky. Yes, I just said funky.

DUDE. I completely agree with you on everything, 100%. Even though Norweigian Wood is a bit farther down on my list, that is one of the few songs I'll never get tired of. And oh yes, watching the wonderful Lennon light things on fire would be a sight.
a-hard-days-night-john-3 ... And I did happen to use the term "funky" on my list as well. So that's groovy. :p

Real music is made by real people with real instruments. So, sorry Bieber, you didn't "pass the audition".

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