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Overrated vs. Underrated songs
7 June 2017
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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.

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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 this song is a bit disappointing. 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 Help isn'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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Thread revival time!!!a-hard-days-night-john-3a-hard-days-night-john-3a-hard-days-night-john-3a-hard-days-night-john-3 'Cause as you know I'm no stranger to controversyahdn_john_08_gif

This are my top 10 overrated/underrated Beatles songs. Some of them you know 'cause we've fought over them in different threads, some of them just came to me right now. I don't know, it's complete madness!! Keep in mind I am ranking them in a particular order. Not from favourite to least favourite or otherwise, no. I'm raking them for the difference gap. As much as my opinions differ from the rest, that's higher on the list. Cool? Let's go!

EDIT: Next post has made me realize I haven't explain what overrated/underrated means to me. Well, in my case, I think I base most of my opinions on the consensus I've read in this very forum and Beatles' comment sections on YouTube. It's easy to say "Yesterday " is overrated but it is so easy, that the song has actually been heading downwards in the forum polls. That's why I'm not including it, because people have already spotted that it can be overrated. My picks are the ones that I haven't seen praised as much or I have seen praised too much, amongst you guys. Yeah, Let It Be might be called the best song of all time by normies, but true Beatles fans have generally agreed that it is not that big of a deal, and I wanna go deeper. I wanna touch on songs that maybe haven't even been discussed yet, basing it totally on my personal opinion against general opinion.

Overrated:

10) I Will

I've always felt it's underwritten. And overproduced. It combines an already hit or miss melody with bits of instrumentation that don't improve it but make it harder to like. And even in its very short runtime, it manages to screw up its simple quality with annoying "dum-dum"s in the right channel, not to mention that weird key change up the guitar makes before the ending. To me the love it receives is not justified. There are much better acoustic songs even in the White Album itself, at least three of them I would say, two of them by McCartney himself.

9) You're Going To Lose That Girl

Not a bad song, and certainly not the worst on Help ! But man, the hype it's got is monumental. To me is just boilerplate early Beatles, pairing up in quality with other no-brainers like Another Girl and The Night Before . I don't find anything that separates it from the bunch. Someone once pointed out the particular part on the song were Ringo's bongoes. After hearing that, I find it even more annoying. Those bongoes are accute and distracting. It is unfocused, unarriving. There's a guitar lick that comes out of nowhere, as well as a vocal modulation. It's a mess, and everyone puts it aside as if it were special but to me it isn't. To me it sounds like the equivalent of someone telling you I Need You is one of her/his favourite Beatles songs. Not that you can't like it, but... really?

8) Revolution

It's good. But it is often cited as one of their top songs ever, by both fans and critics. I think it most certainly isn't the case. I like the saturated guitars and its up-beat pace but it's not diverse or ground-breaking enough to be a top contender. The melodies bound it to its simplicity, and the instrumental bridge is utterly uninteresting. It's got editing mistakes all over and a certain feel of indecision, that probably is the reason Revolution 1 exists as well. I don't know, to me it is merely a footnote on the Beatles catalogue, not a highlight.

7) Help !

One of their best songs? Take it easy. It could be improved in many fronts. First off, lyrics and the instrumental are completely oblivious of each other. It would be nice if, just like in Yesterday , at least the tone of the song matched the emotions being displayed. Help ! if anything is just a reminder of how much the band still had to learn about songwriting, and how the music couldn't just be pulled out of nowhere to get it over with. Help ! is a decent early track, but in essence a songwriting failure. I would nominate Nowhere Man as a much better expression of John's loneliness at the time, as it fits the lonesome lyrics more.

6) Long, Long, Long

A song that's absolutely useless, and only an attempt of Harrison to make a slow-burner. He fails. In the end it comes off forced and boring and never goes anywhere interesting. With how much he proved to be a fantastic songwriter down the line, Long, Long, Long not being considered one of the worst tracks off the White Album by many is a mystery to me, considering how little personality it has, and how, just like I Will , is overproduced to compensate for the songwriting gap, yet it still shows, through its weaknesses, how powerful the song is not.

5) Helter Skelter

I think this song means more in general when I read about it and don't actually listen to it. It's absolutely stunning how ahead of time Paul was on this one, virtually creating the hardest rock song until that point just out of pure competitive instinct. He was a genius. But when I actually rate it as a song, it's just not that good. The songwriting and harmonic tone falls down once the song reaches its climax, and the overblown editing doesn't let me enjoy anything else but the fact it is overblown, and for four minutes it's just too long. Melodically it has a lot of dead-ends. I get how significant it is, and it deserves that title. But as an actual song? I don't think so. In many cases the original product that spawns imitators is usually the best. Well, to me, Helter Skelter is one of those rare cases were the imitators completely surpassed the initial influence. In this case heavy metal.

4) Within You Without You

I think it's not original at all. George had already broken that mole in Revolver with Love You To , which was a much more stimulating (and shorter) song. Within You Without You just seems like a five-minute reprise of that, with George smugly reminding you he's so unique because he can make Indian music. But it's just… boring. One of the best qualities of the Beatles was their way of mixing their influences with a style of their own, and converting rock and roll, opera, jazz, Indian, Japanese, acoustic, orchestral music, etc. into pop pieces. Blue Jay Way was a fantastic mix of Indian music with dark rock and roll. Within You Without You is Harrison just not having the tools to actually create something new, and he just throws generic Indian music into an album that isn't supposed to have it.

3) A Hard Day's Night

I don’t know why this one was picked to be the highlight, the title, and the selling point of both the album and the film. It's got energy, it's a cute dancer, but it's just messy. It's one of those songs were I can't tell the chords being played in the guitar, because I think they didn't knew that very well either and had a hard time covering it upahdn_paul_02But yet it keeps appearing in all of this top Beatles songs lists, and I don't get it. I don't blame the advertising department for picking it as a marketable title, given the refrain is mildly ear-grabbing, but I am amazed hearing Beatles fans, you know, people who have heard all of their albums and songs, saying this is actually a high point in their songwriting career, because to me it absolutely isn't. Every performance on the song from the lazy singing to that stupid annoying cowbell screams "generic".

2) The Word

This is such a fake-edgy song. After the "bigger than Jesus" incident I think John could've come up with a better response. Not that the lyrics aren't creative enough to be admired on their commentary on dogma, but the musical aspect of it is just so thrown together. It suffers from John's obsession with vocal harmonies, George's obsession with acute guitar chords and Ringo's obsession for the maracas. It's a mess, and everybody loves it, when always for me it seemed to ruin the pace of Rubber Soul . A prove that writing high on weed is a bad idea if you don't have good melodies pre-arranged. It has a pace scattered like breadcrumbs, a repetitive chorus and a non-ending.

1) While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Classic Jules. The ultimate "I don't know what everyone likes about it" song for me. Considering this top ten, this is probably one of the best one of these. But the love this track continues to receive escapes my comprehension more than the others. I, even now, never shy from an opportunity to ask again: why is it so good? The writing and production are fine at best. At worst, the songwriting is pretentious and non-sensical, the refrains don't sound good, it is one of those songs in which I believe every phrase either lacks or surplus syllables as well as the phrases making absolutely no sense and expressing nothing but vague feelings of uncertainty, narrated in a condescending way. I still don't know what "I don't know why you were inverted, no one alerted you" means. And I don’t care, it just sounds awful. The chord progression in the verse I like enough so that when the bridge hits it completely ruins it. The major chord progression is a big red hot mistake. The production is only worst. With annoying bright piano chords and watery melted guitars. Aesthetically, it sounds like one of those cheese sandwiches you overcook on the microwave for so long the cheese has gone sideways and all over the place and you can't hold it with your hands anymore. There's just no instrumental subtelty, it's on-your-nose, it's unfocused. Eric Clapton features in the track, and he is completely useless. With everything he made prior with Cream, I to this day am amazed at how low-key and boilerplate his performance is on the track. I've listened to the acoustic version of the song, which only makes me shake my head at it even more, because it actually could've been good. Instead I'm stuck with a song that sounds cheap and unfinished, not to mention it never goes anywhere, but instead keeps circling around nothing for almost five minutes. Top ten Beatles song? There's just no way.

 

Underrated:

10) Baby, You're a Rich Man

Not that the song gets any hate, because I understand many really like it. But to me it goes beyond that. This should've been their biggest sing-along as far as I'm concerned. I would pick it over Carry That Weight , All You Need Is Love , Hey Jude and Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da any day. It is melody perfection. A lot of people get hung up over the "baby, you're a rich man, baby, you're a rich man, baby, you're a rich man" part and ignore the "how does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?" part and the "you keep all your money in a big brown bag inside the zoo!, what a thing to do!" part. It's loaded with memorable, quality material. And the instrumental only fits it perfectly, not to mention how it doesn't sound like anything the Beatles did before or after it. I personally don't see why it shouldn't crack some top tens for many people. It does mine. And it's sad to see it even slightly overlooked.

9) Honey Pie

This is more of a contextual pick. I would understand why many wouldn't choose to put it above many songs on the White Album as it is essentially anything but rock, but I personally find it very original. Off Paul's granny catalogue, this is probably the most well-produced. I also love the way Paul just doesn't care and does it anyway, even referencing it in the song when he says "I like it like that... I like this kinda-hot kinda music", like he takes shit from nobody (John) on liking old 1930s vocal jazz. I always think of something like The Great Gatsby whenever I hear it; old-school vibes. The strings are dubbed in a radio-manner that's sweet as sugar. It isn't overlong, it isn't overproduced, it isn't pretentious, it's simple and charming. The lyrics I think are more varied that what Paul usually did, and I think the vibe of the track completely fits it. It is about a man that loves a woman that is far away, but his unwillingness to reach her is bigger than his love for her, so he asks her to instead come to him. He's not very romantic, but he is honest, and he could use some loving. I find that very human, and therefore refreshing. And the instrumental is also "lazy" in that flawed, charming kind of way. I completely get anyone not liking the vocal jazz vibe overall. But considering what the track is trying to achieve vs. what it ends up achieveing, I think it completely nails it.

8) Baby It's You

Maybe people put it at their bottom spots because these are covers, but I personally think Please Please Me has the best bunch they ever did. Baby It's You features a great backing instrumental to John's passionate delivery. I love the way the track progressess: if you listen from 0:13 up to 0:47 you get a classic rockabilly ballad build-up and I think it's extremely charming. When John says "'cause baby… it's you" I personally love the way it is performed. And the shouts of "don't want nobody, nobody!" are just as great. Maybe the "sha-la-la"s are a little corny, but I really don't understand why this song always ends up on the bottom forum polls. It's way better than that.

7) You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)

How come everybody seems to enjoy the tiny bits of banter presented on the re-releases' extras but nobody enjoys this song? This is pure Beatles comedy. "Good evening and welcome to Slaggers". When I heard that, I laughed my ass off, because it's so classic John, and it's nice to hear him really having fun with it. I would pick it to replace Revolution 9 on the White Album , as it is completely bananas and out of place and I really love it. As far as the progression, is actually quite interesting. A single melody and refrain, presented in 3 different ways. On one hand, the intro is extremely futuristic, and I mean even in a creepy way. Why does it sound so much like 90s R&B? Well, anyway… That part is absolutely great, Paul's shouted lyrics are excellent. The middle piano section is very groovy and funny, with caveman drumming recembling the early James Bond intros. That weird part before the ending can be kind of off-putting maybe, but it's fitting with the vibe of the song. And the ending melodies with Ringo's classic hi-hat strumming and John's ad-libs is pure comedy heaven. I get it if you're a very serious person. But if you enjoy either Monty Python or Frank Zappa, there's just no way this song doesn't appeal to you. Listen to it again, please, I guarantee you it is better than what you remember.

6) All I've Got To Do

I thought I wouldn't have to explain this one. But surprisingly enough it ranked very low on the forum poll as I was shocked when I saw it on the bottom half at the #166th position. I expect everyone to correct this mistake whenever the next poll comes alongahdn_george_01As for the song, is my favourite off With the Jules Beatles. I love its simplicity, John's laid-back vocals and the instrumental's preservation of smoothness, having few places were the drums and guitars get more pumped up. "You just gotta call on me!". As I always say, the build-up and the pay-off. A great songwriting point in their early career, and it shouldn't be ignored by people in their considering of the best songs. Unconceivable.

5) Cry Baby Cry

This one is also one of my favourite songs. Not at first, being honest, but with time it grew on me faster and bigger than probably any other Beatles song ever. As I say, we all have one. We all have that one song we absolutely love and everybody else just merely glimpses at. I put it here because nobody hates on it, everybody always admit it's fairly pretty. But the gap between what other people think of it and what I think of it is wider than others. I absolutely love it with all my heart. What is the secret? Well, it's the chord progression, it's the lyrics. I could hear John telling me stories for hours and hours and never get bored. Hearing about the King, the Queen, their kids, and the Duchess of Kirkcaldy, etc. just has a neo-melancholic vibe to it that I can never shake off. The way instruments pile up along with those sweet vocal harmonies is absolutely fantastic. The acoustic guitar with the accordion. I don't know, I find it completely original and I feel people should give it a chance to become a top contender at least in their White Album rankings.

4) Anna (Go to Him)

I understand this one has its fans, but I don't know, I've always felt it never received the praise it deserved. I believe it is one of John's best vocal performances in the entire Beatles cannon. He completely kills it, along with those fantastic vocal harmonies by the boys. Not only it is my favourite song on Please Please Me , but probably my favourite cover by them, tied maybe just with Twist And Shout only because Twist And Shout is very different from the original song. In all fairness Anna (Go to Him) was a fantastic song already, but John Lennon fit the bill so tight, I believe.

3) Flying

Flying is no masterpiece. But then again most songs aren't. I always defend it because it's different. Around the Pepper era, most of what the Beatles made was extremely original, and I think Magical Mystery Tour is a fantastic example of that. Everybody always shits on Flying and I don't know why. It is everything the Beatles are good for, diversity. It fulfills a function, it's like an interlude inside of a psychedelic record, and it completely delivers on that front. I can't do anything but stand for this song because if people hate it, they hate on variability and experimentation. It's not only their first instrumental, but also a chill vibe that they never quite recaptured. The acoustic passages at the beginning are extremely satisfying, along with those "la-la-la"s that are housewarming, welcoming and kind of funny in a way (at least they always seemed to me). I don't consider it to be one of their best songs, but in hindsight, it sounds too particular to be one of their worst, which is what most would have you believed.

2) Ask Me Why

When I first listened to this song the first thing I thought is that most likely everybody loved it. Ask Me Why is classic Beatles. They were imitating their favourite artists as well as developing a style of their own. It is dated, I'll admit, but it is another example that the Beatles were more than on pair with their contemporaries, and were completely able to write mellow, heart-felt corny ballads instead of only rock and roll dancers, which is the reason the Rolling Stones were never at their level. Ask Me Why sounds like the type of song that in an alternate dimension I would be putting on my "most overrated songs" instead, but given everybody overhates it, I feel that I have to make it justice. Because it doesn't sound like something I would adore otherwise. This placing is basically me saying to you, "you should love this, why don't you love this?, this is everything you love". There are many things to love on it. I love those unashamedly corny backing harmonies. I love the laid-back, tongue-in-cheek vibe of the song. I love the very charismatic touches of Spanish music. I love the guitar lick, which is absolutely intoxicating. It is the perfect "sing in the shower" song. I don't see what makes it so much worse than the rest of the songs on Please Please Me . If you ask me, it's actually one of the best.

1) Dig A Pony

I would compare it to a song like I'm Only Sleeping in the sense that I think I could pull apart 3 different melodies off of it and make three different songs one for each melody and they would be three amazing songs still. But instead, they're all in one song and make it even greater. The recording of the song might be a little rushed, but the compositional aspect of the song I believe is completely on point. "I… I… I… Dig A Pony ". I love the way it goes up and then it goes down, it's a classic Lennon progression, not unlike I'm So Tired or Happiness Is A Warm Gun . It is not the groundbreaking masterpiece many songs claim to be, but man if it isn't absolutely good-sounding. People complain about non-sensical lyrics? Coming from John Lennon ? The lyrics are hilarious. "I roll a stoney, 'cause you can imitate anyone you know", that is genius. Dig A Pony is a miss-treated should've-been-classic, that always gets a bad rep from everybody and I don't have the slightest idea why. Whenever people break it down for me, I always feel like they are talking about a different song. The guitar riffs are great, the chorus is catchy and the progression of the song, including that amazing guitar solo, are ear-grabbing. I listen to it frequently and it is hands down the most underrated Beatles song.

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I wonder does 'overrated' relate to what is commonly heard on radio, so these songs are the ones that radio producers think are the best?

In that case, songs like 'Let It Be ', 'Come Together ' and 'Penny Lane ' could be deemed to be overrated, even though they are really good songs, just over played. Of course, they were also singles. 

Actually, my knowledge of what was deemed to be the best Beatles songs was formed by buying the 'Red' and 'Blue' compilation double albums in the 1970's. I had only bought a handful of re-released singles before buying them and before buying any 'proper' albums.

So these were the best songs!? Well, yes and no! Rubber Soul was over represented (7 songs, half the album, although they were all brilliant songs) and Revolver was under represented (only the ER/YS single) on The 'Red' album. So does that mean that the Rubber Soul songs are overrated? It definitely means that the Revolver songs are underrated, at least by the compiler of the album (Allen Klein?) at that time.

On the 'Blue' album, the 'White Album ' is seriously under represented, so are all those songs like 'Dear Prudence ' and 'Happiness Is A Warm Gun ' underrated?

One thing that buying the 'Red' and 'Blue' albums before buying the original albums did sadly, was reduce the enjoyment of the original albums somewhat! For example, I only had 7 'new' songs on 'Rubber Soul ' to listen to and it took me ages to think of these as being up to the standard of the 7 songs which were on the 'Red' Album. 

Other compilation albums I bought in the 1970s were 'Rock 'N' Roll Music' and 'Love Songs'. I actually heard 'Taxman ' and 'Got To Get You Into My Life ' on 'Rock 'N' Roll Music'; and 'Here There And Everywhere ' and 'For No One ' on 'Love Songs' before I bought 'Revolver '. 

So songs I think should have been on these early compilations, as being some of their best songs, but weren't and thus are underrated, I think would include ...

''Don't Bother Me ', 'No Reply ', 'I've Just Seen A Face ', 'Think For Yourself ', 'Rain ', 'She Said She Said ', I'm Only Sleeping ', 'Tomorrow Never Knows ', 'Within You Without You ', 'Dear Prudence ', 'Happiness Is A Warm Gun ', 'I Me Mine ' and anything from the 'Abbey Road ' medley!

If you say, how can 'Rain ' or 'Dear Prudence ' be underrated, they are brilliant songs? Yes they are, but we are Beatles fans and know them. Ask music fans from the general public about them and I'd imagine most wouldn't have heard of these songs, but would have heard of 'When I'm 64' or 'All My Loving '!

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