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Overrated vs. Underrated songs
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6 January 2013
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I Want To Tell You is my fave George song on Revolver. Have never stood how some people can berate the song.

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Hmmm...I think I've already posted a few tracks on this thread anyways (Me and my Monkey, the Anthology duo etc), but one song I've been listening to a lot lately is "I Need You". I get the impression it's fairly popular, but equally is often shoved aside when some of their 'heavyweight' songs are listed. Help as a whole I think is a fine album.

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6 January 2013
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I think thatI Need You, like a lot of songs on Help!, is often overlooked, because people get so caught up with Yesterday, Help, Ticket To Ride and all the songs in the film, that the Harrison songs and the less well-known Lennon/McCartneys get overlooked (I've Just Seen A Face, anyone?)

Let it Be is overrated, and I Want To Tell You is underrated. I seem to be the only person I know who likes the song

Let It Be overrated?! Really? I think its incredible, one of the best Beatles songs, probably one of the best songs there's ever been ever...but I'll accept that it is overplayed. Like, its shoved on during any vaguely sad moment (I remember they played it over the closing credits of last year's Wimbledon final, I was like, "Seriously?")

I like I Want To Tell You, especially the percussion and the tempo changes. Its more dramatic than Taxman and Love You To.

 

 

 

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I love I Want To Tell You. The piano bit used to annoy me but it's okay now.

Help is a great album, it has really grown on me and is now one of my favourite albums. I have to say Yesterday is actually one of my least favourite songs on it. Highly overrated too.

7 January 2013
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Linde said
I love I Want To Tell You. The piano bit used to annoy me but it's okay now.

Help is a great album, it has really grown on me and is now one of my favourite albums. I have to say Yesterday is actually one of my least favourite songs on it. Highly overrated too.

The piano chord used for the bit is specifically meant to annoy.

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Alissa said
Oh, I know, I know, I didn't mean by any means the song sucked, I honestly can't say that any Beatles song sucks, and I highly doubt I ever will. What do people think about Ob La Di, Ob La Da? It seems to be another that a lot of people think are overrated/worse than people think, but I actually really like it. Especially the Anthology version, I like it better, anyone feel the same?

I Love Ob La Di Ob La Da, and I totaly feel the same.

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I still like the released version of Ob La Di better. It's funny, considering how much John hated that song - or just GREW to hate it after too many takes - but his piano is absolutely crucial to that track's drive, wth that ska backbeat.

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Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da is among my top ten favorite Beatles songs.  I don't know where I'd place it from 1 to 10, but it's certainly there somewhere -- but not #1.  The Beatles put out so much high quality stuff, I think it's impossible to have just one #1: I'd have to crowd several songs into the #1 slot -- like packing clowns into a tiny car.  Penny Lane would be one of them; but Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da would probably be around #5 or so.

 

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In the Underrated Category

I'll Be Back - Will always be one of my favourites - for some reason it conjures images of the Beatles performing in Spain...perhaps in Sombereros (Mexican) - I have no idea why but it is a beautiful song.

Wait - I never really hear anything about this song. I know it was thrown together quickly and put on the album. Was the song that struck me the most on Rubber Soul.

I Need You - i just love that smooth harmony from Paul & John (I think both) "ahhh-ooooh" just about when George sings "Please come on back to me...". Hard to explain...its the little things.

And your Bird Can Sing - Even if it is rated highly, it can never be rated highly enough and is no.1 on revolver in my opinion. Conjures images of the Monty Python Dead Parrot scetch.

A lot of Beatles songs just conjure up all sorts of imagery in my head and colours, smells etc.

 

 

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Does anyone agree that I'm Only Sleeping is underrated?  The McCartney songs are so strong on Revolver that I think I'm Only Sleeping is overlooked.

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I saw some post on here about underrated songs and I was (and still am) thinking about if the beatles have any songs that are a bit overrated compared to some of their other songs

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The Long And Winding Road. The best version is the Let It Be version, and that's even no good. Other than that, The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill isn't very good, and I know some people who love it.

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9 January 2014
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Most overrated Beatles song is LET IT BE.

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FLFIORE said
Most overrated Beatles song is LET IT BE.

How so?

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With a category like this, you have two "vectors" so to speak -- 1) overratedness, and 2) the implied inferiority of the song.

I.e., a song is not legitimately called "overrated" if it's already deemed to be a great song, right?

Now, with these two vectors, everything depends on where they fit on a spectrum -- how overrated are they? and how inferior are they supposed to be?

These two vectors, of course, tend to refer to subjective opinion.  However, overratedness can be quantifiable, in terms of how popular a song has been.

Anyway, I'd say "Let It Be" qualifies -- it has been a tremendously popular song, and yet one could say its quality does not seem to match the high degree of popularity it has garnered.  I mean, it's a nice song in its own way, with some touching moments; but it doesn't seem to deserve quite the high rating it has attracted.  This intersection of vectors seems particularly acute with this song.

Another one suggested above -- "The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill" -- may not quite fit this formula, because I don't get the sense it has been all that popular: i.e., it has not been rated highly enough to warrant deeming it overrated.  If anything, one could make a case for it being underrated.

One I would cite is "She Loves You".  Not saying it's not a good song; but maybe it's not quite as good as its accolades in the day.

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
The Long And Winding Road. The best version is the Let It Be version, and that's even no good. Other than that, The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill isn't very good, and I know some people who love it.

How so?

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I don't really agree on Let it be. While it's simple, it is a really great song. I don't think it's overrated at all. I've never heard anyone say it was the best song they've written for example.

 

I do agree on She Loves You. It's not THAT great.

 

I always find questions like this really hard though. I mean, how do you decide if a song isn't as good as the big mass says it is?

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True.  It makes me think of a fairy tale where everyone is arguing about which desserts are the best, objectively.

My favorite songs on a given album usually tend to be ones that are not that popular. 

On the other hand, I usually agree with the critics and the people about the various "one hit wonders" -- that their one hit is really their best song (e.g., Janis Ian's "At Seventeen", or "Green Eyed Lady" by Sugarload, or "Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan; or "Midnight at the Oasis" by Maria Muldaur; etc.).

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FYI I've merged the recently created 'underrated Beatles songs' thread with this one, as there's not much point having two threads on practically the same thing.

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You can continue the discussion here :)

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