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I really really like almost every song on here, which made it hard to rank the lower ones. There's just so many good songs on this album.

 

1. In My Life - beautiful lyrically and musically. When John sings those "for people and things" & "with lovers and friends" lines like he's winding down or relaxing, I think that's brilliant! Love how the lead guitar has a mellower bassy sound quality and it's contrasted by the brighter piano sound.

2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) - This is just one of the catchiest songs of the 20th century and that might not even be the best thing about it.

3. Nowhere Man - Thought provoking & introspective. Amazing harmonies. Good leadwork by George. Love the ding at the end of the solo. Love how Ringo's drum rolls add a touch of suspense at points.

4. Wait - Cool rhythms, catchyness dripping all over the place, and a great little rockin' bit with Paul vocals. Just wish the percussion was a bit stronger in the mix, to make the beat pop a bit more.

5. The Word - love the rhythms in this one and the dynamics between the emptyish parts versus the rockin' part that feels a bit more filled in.

6. If I Needed Someone - One of the most unique lyrical subjects, and a beautiful song.

7. Girl - cool song. Especially like how John sings the word "girl" while exhaling.

8. Drive My Car - the bass riff, the piano part in the chorus, & lines like "but I found a driver and that's a start", make this awesome

9. You Won't See Me - This is just a cool & fun song. The accents in the rhythm's groove, the backing vocals and harmonies, Paul's lead vocals, the catchy melodies, and the piano being so prominent. 

10. Think For Yourself - Perfect song to listen to when you're dealing with idiots all day. Good lyrics, and also that lovely fuzzy crunchy bass and the way parts of the vocal melody seem to slide. Awesome stuff.

11. I'm Looking Through You - Fun and slightly cheesy music to me, with some serious lyrics. I wish they'd left the handclaps in like the version on Anthology 2.

12. Michelle - I hate ranking this one so low, because it's still an awesome song. I have to rank it a bit low though 'cause it mostly feels a bit cliche to me. Love the French bit, like QuarryMan said.

13. Run For Your Life - Really like this song musically, but.... those lyrics spoil it for me.

14. What Goes On - Honestly, this song sounds to me like they're bored. When Ringo sings "what goes on...", it sounds like he's just plain bored out of his mind and going through the motions. Sorry to all you guys who love this one, but I just don't get it. Maybe it's 'cause I'm not into country, I don't know.

 

 & in case you're curious, 31 people (including me) have ranked the songs so far & I put the rankings all into a spreadsheet. I didn't count QuarryMan's 1st ranking since I think it's safe to assume the 2nd one supersedes it. So far, through this post, the average ranking for each song looks like this --

  3.16 - In My Life (11 #1 votes)
  3.77 - Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (6 #1 votes)
  4.37 - Nowhere Man (4 #1 votes)
  6.11 - Girl (1 #1 vote)
  6.58 - I'm Looking Through You (2 #1 votes)
  6.77 - If I Needed Someone (3 #1 votes)
  6.97 - Drive My Car (1 #1 vote)
  7.47 - Think For Yourself (1 #1 vote)
  7.80 - You Won't See Me (1 last place vote)
  8.31 - The Word (4 last place votes & 1 #1 vote)
  9.82 - Michelle (4 last place votes)
10.30 - Wait (5 last place votes)
10.97 - Run For Your Life (5 last place votes)
11.80 - What Goes On (10 last place votes, & 1 #1 vote)

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Well,for  me,it  looks  so

!.Norwegian  wood

2.In  my  life 

3.Girl

4.Nowhere  man

5.Run  for  your  life

6.You  won't  see  me

7.Think  for  yourself

8.If  i  needed  someone

9.The  word

10.Drive my  car

11 Michelle

12.I'm  looking  through  you

13.Wait

14.What  goes  on

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@StrawberryWalrus, i adore 'What Goes On', its my favourite Ringo track, so delighted its at the top of someone's list instead of being shoved at the bottom.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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meanmistermustard said
@StrawberryWalrus, i adore 'What Goes On', its my favourite Ringo track, so delighted its at the top of someone's list instead of being shoved at the bottom.

It must be my fav Ringo track too, with Octopus Garden coming  to a very close 2nd place. Rubber Soul is one of my personal favorites too, but this song just blows them all off with sincere and simple Ringo perfomance.

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meanmistermustard said

@StrawberryWalrus, i adore 'What Goes On', its my favourite Ringo track, so delighted its at the top of someone's list instead of being shoved at the bottom.

Conversely, my favorite track on the album (it's in my Beatles top 5) was "shoved at the bottom" by the previous two posters. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

Ah well, one man's treasure...

All in all, a great album - hard to argue with any ranking of tracks on this one.a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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For me the worst track on the album is 'Nowhere Man', have never got what others hear in it which makes it get a decent rating.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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meanmistermustard said
For me the worst track on the album is 'Nowhere Man', have never got what others hear in it which makes it get a decent rating.

It's the little "PLLLIIINGGGG!" at the end of the solo. That's totally it ahdn_ringo_09

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Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit” (“Perhaps one day it will be a pleasure to look back on even this”; Virgil, The Aeneid, Book 1, line 203, where Aeneas says this to his men after the shipwreck that put them on the shores of Africa)

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I wouldn't want to be in any of your Adidas when @Ahhh Girl sees where you placed her song. This is the real deal:

  1.  Girl
  2. In My Life
  3.  Norwegian Wood
  4. If I Needed Someone
  5. Drive My Car
  6. Michelle
  7. You Won't See Me
  8. Run For Your Life
  9. I'm Looking Through You
  10. Nowhere Man
  11. Wait
  12. What Goes On
  13. Think For Yourself
  14. The Word

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Aw, I won't hold it against anyone if Girl isn't their top song. I won't take it personally

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Not until her bloodless coup is successful and she wrests full control of the site.  Then you non-believers will be quaking in your Adidas.a-hard-days-night-paul-4

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To be honest I have great difficulty ranking this album, close as it is to perfect. But...

  1. Drive My Car Perfect starting song, this is proper riff-based and holy cow those harmonies.
  2. The Word Fantastic bounce from the bass and those guitar stabs. Just gorgeous singing. You are forbidden from unhappy!
  3. Think For Yourself This is a stunning song for an early George. Great backup vocals and zippy fuzz bass! Paul seems to have grown an extra octave from this period, he does some of the best singing of his life from here on.
  4. Nowhere Man It's brilliant. Suddenly John is writing poetry in his songs.
  5. In My Life And then John does it again. I'm reminded of All I've Got To Do where Ringo holds it together, its much trickier than it sounds.
  6. Norwegian Wood The sitar makes its famous entrance. John still channelling Dylan. Unusual 3/4 time signature but its not a waltz!
  7. Girl The metre of this song reminds me of I'm Only Sleeping, another big acoustic number.
  8. I'm Looking Through You It's a simple song but Paul puts his rave voice into it and it's a proper breakup song rather than a lovey one like Michelle
  9. If I Needed Someone Ok it isn't the greatest lyric on the planet, but its hella cruisey and fits that whole Byrdsy thing they had going with his other song.
  10. What Goes On This is the nice country song on the album. Sung by that nice Ringo.
  11. Michelle The tune is pretty but Paul didn't work too hard on the lyrics in contrast to John and it stands out.
  12. You Won't See Me I have to say Anne Murray did it better. The ideas are there, the execution just doesn't come off and becomes a trudge in the "Time after time..." sections.
  13. Run For Your Life I just hate the lyrics, and I wish the music wasn't that good.
  14. Wait This is filler.

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