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The Beatles Bible 2015 Canon Poll - Results & Discussion
3 August 2015
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Well I get shot in my heart everytime. This time because of some of my favorite covers, Roll Over Beethoven and You Really Got A Hold On Me 🙁

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I bet I Call Your Name  ranks a lot higher in the mamasandthepapasbible.com 2015 Canon Poll.

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StrawberryWalrus said

Well I get shot in my heart everytime. This time because of some of my favorite covers, Roll Over Beethoven and You Really Got A Hold On Me 🙁

YRGAHOM is my favorite cover. I'm sad to see it knocked out so early, but I understand it's not for everybody.

So far, my Top 10 songs are still alive.

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Nothing shocking here. Ob-La could be a little higher maybe, but for the most part these songs should rank much lower.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

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Nothing shocking here. Ob-La could be a little higher maybe, but for the most part these songs should rank much lower.

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A little higher? More like SHOULD BE NUMBER 1! Why is Baby in Black and I'll Follow The Sun so low?

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'Ob-La-Di/Da' is a real love/hate track in the Beatles canon so its no surprise it ends in the middle of the pack, same with most of the others, the same could be argued for 'TLAWR'. 'YRGAHOM' is an early cover and the general rating of early Beatles and covers is to do so to a medium to low marking (i marked it highly but did so with a number of covers); its why all of the covers end up where they go - it doesnt help that even the fans mark them lower because their not original tracks.

So no surprises.

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Annadog40 said

Why is Baby in Black and I'll Follow The Sun so low?

I'm with you on Baby's In Black . John and Paul singing into the same microphone - what's not to love?

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@Ron Nasty  said

So, bar one, we wave goodbye to the covers 

Aren't Please Mister Postman and Twist And Shout remaining? 

Then again it could be my quick skimming but I don't remember PMP being knocked out- well I bloody well hope not, I love that song!

 

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Please Mister Postman is still remaining.

We only have three songs from Beatles For Sale remaining (No Reply , I'm A Loser & Eight Days A Week ), three from Please Please Me (I Saw Her Standing There , Please Please Me & Twist And Shout ), three from With the Beatles (It Won't Be Long , All My Loving & Please Mister Postman ) and two from Yellow Submarine (title track & Hey Bulldog ).

Yet Sgt. Pepper 's, Revolver and Abbey Road are nearly untouched!

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Eh, I love Please Mister Postman a lot, but for it to be in front of Twist And Shout and YRGAHOM is just... alien.

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Expert Textpert said
Nothing shocking here. Ob-La could be a little higher maybe, but for the most part these songs should rank much lower.

Nothing shocking here.  Money (That's What I Want), Roll Over Beethoven and I Call Your Name could be a little higher maybe, but for the most part these songs should rank much lower.

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Oops! Sorry, I missed Please Mister Postman  when scanning the remaining list. So, yep, two covers still in, but for how long?

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georgiewood said
I bet I Call Your Name  ranks a lot higher in the mamasandthepapasbible.com 2015 Canon Poll.

What a bizarre cover...I guess the song is just so John and the mamas & the papas are so not John...

Half of what I say is meaningless...

I feel good in a special way, I'm in love and it's a sunny day

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Dun dun dun dun, Dun dun dun dun!

=129 (259) Think For Yourself
Your Mother Should Know
=124 (260) I Want To Tell You
I'm Down
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Please Mister Postman
Polythene Pam
=122 (261) I Need You
Old Brown Shoe
=119 (262) For You Blue
The Night Before
Octopus's Garden
=117 (263) The Ballad Of John And Yoko
One After 909
=115 (264) From Me To You
Magical Mystery Tour
=113 (265) Birthday
Mother Nature's Son
112 (266) Sexy Sadie
=109 (267) Cry Baby Cry
You Can't Do That
You Won't See Me
108 (268) I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
=106 (269) Good Morning Good Morning
Martha My Dear

 

My opinion

=129 (259) Think For Yourself
Your Mother Should Know - Such too low
=124 (260) I Want To Tell You
I'm Down
Mean Mr Mustard
Please Mister Postman - More cover hate 🙁
Polythene Pam
=122 (261) I Need You
Old Brown Shoe - Should be lower. I can't remember what it sounds like same with For You Blue
=119 (262) For You Blue
The Night Before - What are you and Octopus's Garden doing so low? Such sadness
Octopus's Garden
=117 (263) The Ballad Of John And Yoko - Get up to the top
One After 909
=115 (264) From Me To You - These two could be higher
Magical Mystery Tour
=113 (265) Birthday
Mother Nature's Son - Shold be higher
112 (266) Sexy Sadie
=109 (267) Cry Baby Cry
You Can't Do That
You Won't See Me
108 (268) I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
=106 (269) Good Morning Good Morning - WHY are you so high? This should be at the bottom of the list! I don't get the appeal of this song.
Martha My Dear - You should be higher

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Annadog40 said 

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=106 (269) Martha My Dear - You should be higher

Thank you, Annadog40. heart 

(The rest I could care less about...) 

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Annadog40 said

=109 (267)
You Can't Do That

The first song among my Top 10 to fall.
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Not a huge "Ballad of J and Y" fan, but it WAS a #1 hit. (So was "From Me To You " but I agree that it doesn't belong in the top 100).

All 3 White Album songs at #112-113 I would have put somewhere in the top 100; same for Martha.

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Coming in late but up to the previous two installments, I wasn't surprised by the trend of voting. It is fascinating that given a freely-weighted poll, most voters opted to vote down songs they valued less in a similar way to other styles of poll. So we have many of the earlier efforts and many of the Ringo/George songs down there, as if fictitious room had to be made for the "good" songs. But as we approach the "middle", we are getting some very interesting choices.

I'm surprised by the list of George compositions at this level; my guess is that there has been some reappraisal of their worth, but I agree with many that Long Long Long is in an odd place compared to I'm Happy Just To Dance With You for instance. Old Brown Shoe should be higher, of course. But George is often misunderstood 🙁 I find it difficult to understand why a comedic classic like You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) should be lower than the throwaway You Can't Do That , but I too am often misunderstood 🙁 Octopus's Garden isn't just a fun song, it's also a terrific piece of musicianship. Boo, I say again, boo!

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That means you DO care (at least a little) #yankovic a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

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Silly Girl said (The rest I could care less about...) 

That means you DO care (at least a little) #yankovic a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

??? 

Only to the extent that I'm mildly pleased to see someone likes 'my namesake' song. a-hard-days-night-paul-11 

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