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Best Beatles Song
6 May 2019
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Hmm... this is a tough question. Is there one Beatles song that's better than all of the rest?

 

If I had to choose 1, it would be The End . It shows each of their individual talents, with John, Paul, and George riffing off each other, and Ringo's drum solo. Plus, the piano bit at the end with their last message (paul-mccartney)  to their fans...

Great question!

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When I see this topic pop up, I am reminded of the conversations we have had through the years about best song vs favorite song. Anyhoo...

We already had this thread so I moved the 3 posts from today that were in another thread to this thread.

If you feel the urge to express more opinions in the "best" category, take a look at these threads: https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....;include=2

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6 May 2019
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My favorite Beatles song changes everyday. I'd say right now it's probably I Am The Walrus or Got To Get You Into My Life

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I wouldn't call my favourite (The Word ) their best... so I'd say And Your Bird Can Sing is their best song. Great guitar playing melodic, harmonies, short... Great piece of Bach-inspired music.

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To me, there's really no such thing as the Beatles' 'best' song. There's no one song that's better than all the others. 

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50yearslate said
To me, there's really no such thing as the Beatles' 'best' song. There's no one song that's better than all the others.   

Well, I agree, but...

Hey Bulldog is clearly the best a-hard-days-night-george-10

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Beatlebug said

50yearslate said

To me, there's really no such thing as the Beatles' 'best' song. There's no one song that's better than all the others.   

Well, I agree, but...

Hey Bulldog is clearly the best a-hard-days-night-george-10

  

Well you know I can't argue with that a-hard-days-night-george-10

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ˆ I should almost quote you just so I could use the a-hard-days-night-george-10 smiley and continue the pattern. a-hard-days-night-george-10

I can't pick one as their "best." I love Across The Universe , but a lot of that is personal experience rather the song itself (even though it is amazing and clearly should be everyone's favorite).

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Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane

 

To me they are the same song.  They have to go together. In that order.

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They're so different though...

Trying to choose one over the other would be extremely awful as they're both masterpieces. But I think SFF is a better song-- just barely.

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c64wood said
Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane

 

To me they are the same song.  They have to go together. In that order.

Warning: SF91's famous Strawberry Fields Forever rant ahead. Proceeding is not advisable if you really like Penny Lane .

Not another one! (I can't tell you how many people I've gotten into arguments with over this). SFF is clearly so many times better it's impossible to count. I don't know how people can even put it in the same category as Penny Lane . Penny Lane is happy (that's the main reason I don't like it that much); SFF is not. Penny Lane is very nice and nostalgic, but SFF is actually interesting and has depth and makes you think. Those are the three main things I look for in a song. Penny Lane , at best, has only one of them. 

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Hey!

1. There is nothing wrong with happiness.

2. The nostalgia is one of the best parts of the song. Penny Lane without nostalgia = still a pretty good song. Penny Lane with nostalgia = about as good as it gets.

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I'd say Penny Lane has all of those things, but that SFF is still better. For me, they work perfectly side by side. They're like yin and yang.

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16 May 2019
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The Hole Got Fixed said
I wouldn't call my favourite (The Word ) their best... so I'd say And Your Bird Can Sing is their best song. Great guitar playing melodic, harmonies, short... Great piece of Bach-inspired music.

  

Not a bad choice at all. For a 2 minute song it really packs in a lot. 

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I really hate that Penny Lane always has to be compared to Strawberry Fields Forever (and usually to say that it's not as good). 

Can't it just be a really amazing song?  I feel like it's amazingness is constantly undercut by having to live in Strawberry Fields Forever 's shadow.

Considering how different these 2 songs are, which one is actually "better" is completely subjective.

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1. There is nothing wrong with happiness.

I completely agree with this point, and would like to add that Penny Lane isn't even completely happy.  The verses shift to parallel minor midway which definitely adds a bit of melancholy to the song, enough that I wouldn't consider this song to be just happy.

Is there a favorite Beatles song thread?  I'd much rather contribute my favorite song there, than try to figure out which one is the "best" beyond the obvious answer of A Day In The Life (which is not even close to being my favorite)

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I mean, they were released on the same single, so they are pretty much bound to be compared to one another. Plus, they have the similar subject matter of both being about their creator's childhood. 

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Okay but how often are Something and Come Together compared? or Day Tripper and We Can Work It Out compared?  They are a bit, but nowhere near the level of Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane . Some comparison is natural, but I think it's gotten totally overkill with these 2.

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Well, because neither of those two symbols represent nearly as iconic or momentous a moment in their musical progression as SFF/PL, and because neither represent the different musical personalities of Lennon and McCartney quite as well. 

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Kaniffee said
I really hate that Penny Lane always has to be compared to Strawberry Fields Forever (and usually to say that it's not as good). 

I'm not seeing these comparisons really at all...  it's most often coined as a "Double A-Side"...  that would imply that both are so good (I share this notion personally) that one can't decide which is better...  they both are paired alongside each other on the 'Magical Mystery Tour ' album and flow quite nicely together...  it's a nice slice of life during Swinging London where one may venture off to some strawberry fields to watch the flowers grow so incredibly high while others may want to go shop for a new groovy outfit in the city...  each belongs amongst their upper echelon of works, in my opinion...:-) 

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