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The Beatles Bible 2018 Canon Poll - Results & Discussion
11 March 2018
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Sorry for the delay

=101 (181*, 7.24) Octopus's Garden
=101 (181*, 7.24) Mean Mister Mustard
=101 (181*, 7.24) You Won't See Me
=95 (182*, 7.28) I Will
=95 (182*, 7.28) Good Morning Good Morning
=95 (182*, 7.28) I've Just Seen A Face
=95 (182*, 7.28) And I Love Her
=95 (182*, 7.28) I'm Down
=95 (182*, 7.28) We Can Work It Out
=91 (183*, 7.32) The Ballad Of John And Yoko
=91 (183*, 7.32) Eight Days A Week
=91 (183*, 7.32) Birthday
=91 (183*, 7.32) Hello Goodbye

 

Not much to comment on here, except that I feel like all of these bar one or two should be at least a bit higher. Disappointed Mean Mister Mustard isn't higher, likewise with And I Love Her , but I'm very surprised at some of the very popular tracks (HG, B, 8DAW, TBOJAY, WCWIO, OG) being only in the top 45% of songs... Hello Goodbye just squeaked through with the most tens (5), and there were 35 tens given all up. I still can't get over the fact that so many of these should be higher, then I look at an average score of 7.24, 7.28 or 7.32 and I think 'wow, that's a pretty good score...' More surprises coming next round!

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Surprised to see I’m Down ranked among all of these other great songs. Its the only outstanding track to me. 

"The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles!"

-Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues

"We could ride and surf together while our love would grow"

-Brian Wilson, Surfer Girl

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So many fantastic songs in that batch but it is to be expected at this point of the poll. 

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Don’t you seriously love We Can Work It Out ?  I mean, really. Admit it. Until I saw it here in this position, I didn’t remember or realize that it was the toppermost of the poppermost. But it is

 

OK, maybe it’s just me. But it is really, really strong. 

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About We Can Work It Out well... the only thing i like of this song are the promo films.

Anyway, happy to see If I Needed Someone and I Want To Tell You are not are not in the list yet

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I ended up thanking your post only because of your second paragraph! We Can Work It Out is awesome, not only because of its promo. The strings...a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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The Hole Got Fixed said
I ended up thanking your post only because of your second paragraph! We Can Work It Out is awesome, not only because of its promo. The strings...a-hard-days-night-paul-7  

What strings?

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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Guitar strings

I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did'.
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meanmistermustard said

What strings?  

The instrument that all my life I thought were a group of cellos...paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

I really need to do some research before I go around saying things that are fake news.

Harmonium, dammit!!! Even more reason to like it.

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Yup the Harmonium part is great, specially in the promos where you can see John goofing around being just himself : )

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The instrument that all my life I thought were a group of cellos...paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

I really need to do some research before I go around saying things that are fake news.

Harmonium, dammit!!! Even more reason to like it.  

Sometimes we need to make erroneous comments so that mmm and RN can correct them and elevate their self-esteem. It is just that kind of thoughtful consideration that makes the Forum such a palliative experience. 

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And I Love Her is just the most incredible song. I love it. Plus it reminds me of a special person in my life,but I won't bore you with all that a-hard-days-night-george-10

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More surprises:

90 (184*, 7.36) Within You Without You
=88 (185*, 7.4) Yer Blues
=88 (185*, 7.4) Polythene Pam
87 (186*, 7.44) Please Please Me
=83 (187*, 7.48) This Boy
=83 (187*, 7.48) No Reply
=83 (187*, 7.48) I'm Looking Through You
=83 (187*, 7.48) Savoy Truffle
82 (188*, 7.52) Long, Long, Long
=78 (189*, 7.56) I Want You (She's So Heavy)
=78 (189*, 7.56) Yesterday
=78 (189*, 7.56) Don't Let Me Down
=78 (189*, 7.56) If I Needed Someone

 

Some swill in this collection in my (very unpopular) opinion. Yer Blues , This Boy and Yesterday so high? And blue-meanieblue-meanieblue-meanieI Want You (She's So Heavy) is in the top 100!!! Conversely, some utterly exquisite songs in Savoy Truffle , If I Needed Someone , and I'm Looking Through You

Three of the songs I pinpointed as being swill were the three with the highest number of 10s: Yer Blues got 7, IWYSSH got 8, and surprise surprise, Yesterday got 9. 60 tens were given across these songs!!

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Some swill in this collection in my (very unpopular) opinion. Yer Blues ...so high? 

Swill?!?! It's in my top 10.

Three of the songs I pinpointed as being swill were the three with the highest number of 10s: Yer Blues got 7

Swill, she says. Harrumph! a-hard-days-night-paul-11

It's good to know at least 6 others have good taste. a-hard-days-night-john-1

The songs you tagged as exquisite truly are. a-hard-days-night-paul-7 If I were to be stuck on a desert island with only this latest group of songs to listen to, I may think twice about being rescued.

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I agree with you on I Want You (She's So Heavy), that song's so long and boring, it uses only 14 words and the outro just goes on forever and just stops out of nowhere instead of having a proper ending or fade out, you'd think it'd be lower on the list. As for Yer Blues , i love that song and am very curious as to why you don't.

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I am shocked! Yesterday should be at a much lower number, top twenty at least. What is this world coming to?! 

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I agree with you on I Want You (She's So Heavy), that song's so long and boring, it uses only 14 words and the outro just goes on forever and just stops out of nowhere instead of having a proper ending or fade out, you'd think it'd be lower on the list. As for Yer Blues , i love that song and am very curious as to why you don't.  

Many find it difficult to find anything about 'IWY(SOH)' to like. I think it's a fantastic piece of music; John saying so much in the minimal lyrics, feel and musicianship of the song. I find it to be a major leap in the obsessional side of John which we learned of in the earlier numbers 'Run For Your Life ', 'No Reply ' and 'You Can't Do That'.

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@Zig said

Swill, she says. Harrumph! a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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I don't like Yer Blues because it sounds... cramped, and like they're putting in too much energy. The song needed less energy (and a better edit for the outro) to do it justice, if that makes sense. 

Also, 12-bar blues is great, but gets boring to listen to if it isn't executed perfectly. 

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I thought the Beatles Bible would give better treatment to Don't Let Me Down . Tremendous song that is greatly appreciated by Beatles fans.

This is another great batch of songs. All so good. Those who are confused by Yesterday 's position, do you not know that it is one of the most beloved songs of all time.

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Probably the best batch of songs in one go in my opinion. I love I Want You (She's So Heavy) and I would probably put it in my top ten Beatles songs.

I also have a lot of love for Savoy Truffle , Long Long Long, If I Needed Someone , Please Please Me , Yer Blues and No Reply . I am also a supporter of Yesterday .

We really are getting close if these fantastic songs are making an appearance. 

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