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Overrated vs. Underrated songs
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It's funny they chose that to hate about the song, I love the sound of a Hammond organ and to hear it on a Beatles song is like mixing Cocoa Pebbles and ice cream, pure goodness.

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For me, the tune doesn't sound very good. I fact I think it is just a poorly written song. I was relieved when I learned that it is a cover. I hear it as boring filler, and I rarely think that about a Beatles song.

Edit: We are talking about Mr. Moonlight for those on a new page.

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Honey Don't is really underrated. It's such a sweet song and one of Ringo's best vocals in a Beatles song in my opinion. His voice sounds really charming and when he doesn't sing but makes noises like 'Ah Ah' or 'Mmm' it comes across absolutely natural and in no way forced.

The breaks in which the guitar stops and one only hears vocals and percussion is also really cool.

Oh, and the 'Rock on George' bit is always melting my heart for some reason.beatlemaniacs_02_gif

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15 Most overrated songs:

-Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (pseudo-psychedelic filler)

 

I think I've changed my mind about this one... The song was certainly great when I listened to it under "different circumstances"  a-hard-days-night-john-6

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Hello folks, this is my first post. Teenager who got hipped to the Beatles last year and it's become an obsession that hopefully lasts a lifetime. Anywho,

 

Overrated:

Let it be (phenomenal song, but gets old fast)

Love Me Do (seriously guys, come on, the harmonica is the only reason I don't skip this one)

All My Loving (it's great, but not nearly as amazing as it is received as.)

Can't Buy Me Love (illogical lyric at times and rather mundane)

Glass Onion (It's not THAT great)

A Hard Day's Night (OK, yes, it's great and innovative, and the opening chord is iconic. It's in my top 20. But it simply isn't as remarkable as some make it out to be.)

Come Together (overplayed, great song though)

Drive My Car (I love it but apparently not as much as everyone else)

Underrated:

Across The Universe (this is a top 10. Hands down.)

Within You Without You (Best lyrics ever written by any 4 Beatles. Just absolutely otherworldly. The most underrated song of all time)

Tomorrow Never Knows (Not in my top 10 but is in a lot of critics- an absolutely phenomenal and transcending composition. Should have opened Revolver)

Here, There, and Everywhere (come on guys, this song just does something to all of us.. it is so pure and beautiful.)

I'm Only Sleeping (I'm guilty of forgetting this sometimes, it's amazing)

Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Considering the White Album tension, it is remarkable that this was able to be put together so beautifully.)

Oh! Darling (One of Paul's greatest vocals ever)

Misery (phenomenal)

And, last, and sure to get heat for this one:

 

Revolution 9. (It is unlike anything before or after it. More than just a collection of sounds. It can give me an image of what it will be like when it happens, just as John wanted. Perfect on the White Album.)

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Actually, you'd be surprised how many people actually like Revolution 9. I like the song from a curiosity point of view, it's a very fascinating song with all of it's weird sound effects, mostly consisting of tape loops of stock footage from EMI's vaults but there's also original vocals from John, George, and Yoko, that intro conversation between George Martin and Alistair Taylor, and some reversed guitar around the 2 minute mark, most likely played by George, definitely not my least favorite track by The Beatles. Hell, it's not even my least favorite track on The Beatles.

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Overrated: Help

Honestly I don't think much of this song at all. It's one of the earliest Beatles songs I remember but when I really think about it, it's  just not that good a song. 

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LikeASir said
Good Night is very underrated. For a long period I refused to believe that such a tender song could have been written by John! I'd always thought it was on one of these films like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or something like that. It sends shivers down my spine.

One overrated song is (all the George fans are going to hate me now) While My Guitar Gently Weeps, I mean, it's a good song and all, but take out the guitar parts by Clapton (probably the best in the Beatles catalogue) and you're left with just a standard song really. It also drags on slightly.  

Sorry, @LikeASir  i never understand posts like this: "take out the guitar parts". Thats like saying, 'hey, Star Wars is a great film but take out the Jedi and you're left with just a standard movie". We're not rating the songs without key elements of their composition, we're rating them as they are on the record. 

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While not agreeing in any way, I see the point @LikeASir is making, @QuarryMan, and it's a legitimate style over substance argument. Nothing wrong about that, apart from him being wrong about its lack of substance, just as you are wrong that Helpisn't a great song.

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@Ron Nasty I respectfully disagree. It's completely pointless to criticise something if it was in a condition it's not, if that makes sense. You could say 'the backing music to the guitar solo is average' though.

As for Help!, I just don't see anything special about it. In the same way Run For Your Life was done better in You Can't Do That, Help! was done better in Nowhere Man. It's not that I don't like the song, it's just not outstanding and contains nothing in it's composition or lyrics that keep me coming back to it.

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Underrated: I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
Overrated: I Want To Hold Your Hand  

I agree -- with the caveat (how do you say "caveat" in German?) that the German version of the latter, Komm gib mir deine Hand, is truly inspired and superior to the English version (I had a mild argument on another thread long ago with those who maintained that the sound engineering and instrumentation and even the playing of guitars were the same on both English and German versions, whereas I hear distinct differences).

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I agree -- with the caveat (how do you say "caveat" in German?) that the German version of the latter, Komm gib mir deine Hand, is truly inspired and superior to the English version (I had a mild argument on another thread long ago with those who maintained that the sound engineering and instrumentation and even the playing of guitars were the same on both English and German versions, whereas I hear distinct differences).  

On KGMDH, the backing track is the same. The only reason why it sounds different is because it has been EQ'd differently, and the mix made in a hurry for the Beatles (recording in Paris) was exactly that: made in a hurry. 

SLD is a different backing track...

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Hello folks, this is my first post. Teenager who got hipped to the Beatles last year and it's become an obsession that hopefully lasts a lifetime. Anywho,

 

Overrated:

A Hard Day's Night (OK, yes, it's great and innovative, and the opening chord is iconic. It's in my top 20. But it simply isn't as remarkable as some make it out to be.)

Underrated:

Tomorrow Never Knows (Not in my top 10 but is in a lot of critics- an absolutely phenomenal and transcending composition. Should have opened Revolver)

Revolution 9. (It is unlike anything before or after it. More than just a collection of sounds. It can give me an image of what it will be like when it happens, just as John wanted. Perfect on the White Album.)  

My only complain with the great A Hard Day's Night is that i don't like the most the mixing-production of the LP version. I think the take 1 is the FAR better one, and the way it should have been recorded IMO. So, thanks to the guys for giving us that version in the Anthology.

As for Tomorrow Never Knows: no! one of the basic rules of an LP: the epics always close the albums.

And glad to not be alone about Revolution 9. Yep, i like it, and do NOT skip it, ever. It received so much unjustified bashing...Still, John went mad crazy when he suggested it as a potential single lol

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There is no way on that 30 track album that 'Revolution 9' was filler. As a piece of music, it's one of the most interesting the Beatles ever released and, as Ron said, take 20 has to be heard to be appreciated. Why Apple didn't have the brains and guts to include it on 'Anthology 3' was, on first look, a massive oversight, however, they would have no doubt edited it down to 3 minutes and 12 seconds in case any casual listener dared to get irked.

If the sales and response of the 50th 'Pepper' release spark life into Apple's creativity and they do release something similar for 'The White Album', 'Revolution' take 20 has to be one of the first outtakes included, released in full. 

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Ooh. Tricky.

 

Overrated:

 

  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - It's an alright song, just very repetitive and a bit boring to be fair.
  • Yellow Submarine - It's a fun song, But you can tell it's aimed towards a younger audience and as an "adult" listener, It's not 100% appealing
  • Love Me Do - As a debut single it's good, but generally, there's nothing special about it.
  • Day Tripper - A cool sweet guitar riff, but otherwise I don't think it's anything fancy
  • Come Together - It's good when you first hear it, but then it gets a bit boring to listen to.

 

Underrated:

 

  • For No One - A lovely piece, the horn solo and general melancholy about it is great!
  • If I Needed Someone - A lot of George's songs were underrated, in fact, just about all of them were before 1967. I love this one to bits, it's fabulous!
  • The night before - All of my family love this one, but a lot of people don;t, and I struggle to understand why. It's an awesome song!
  • I'll Be Back - A great Hard Days night one, while it is a bit repetitive, It is vastly underrated
  • Lovely Rita - While it isn't as underrated as some of the others, it still has a lot of hate, and I don't know why. It's very different, and very catchy! Not to mention George Martin's Piano solo. Oooooh it's good!
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