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Top 10 Beatles Guitar Songs
28 July 2017
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So this thread is for you to rank Beatles songs on how good their guitar work is. I'm not specifically talking about solos, just great guitar playing throughout.

For me (in no particular order):

Dig A Pony

I Want You (She's So Heavy) 

Everybody's Got Something To Hide

Get Back

And Your Bird Can Sing  

Taxman

If I Needed Someone

Something  

The End  

You Never Give Me Your Money

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28 July 2017
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Good idea, i'll do mine in no particular order, so i'll remove the numbers. Also, because this is a list regarding guitar songs, i'll list who played what guitar as well as the guitar model unless if i'm unsure. By the way, i don't count bass as a guitar.

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps

George on Gibson J-200 rhythm guitar, John on Epiphone Casino rhythm guitar, Eric on Gibson Les Paul lead guitar, and either George or Paul doubling the bass with an electric guitar

Blackbird

Paul on Martin D-28

And Your Bird Can Sing

Paul and George on Epiphone Casino harmonized lead guitar and John on Rickenbacker 325 rhythm guitar

Nowhere Man

John and George on Gibson J-160E rhythm guitar, George on Fender Stratocaster lead guitar, and John and George on Fender Stratocaster guitar solo

The End

3 way guitar duel features Paul on Epiphone Casino lead guitar, George on lead guitar, and John on Epiphone Casino lead guitar, George is also on rhythm guitar

Revolution

John on Epiphone Casino rhythm guitar, George on Fender Stratocaster lead guitar, and John on Epiphone Casino guitar solo

Flying

George on Fender Stratocaster rhythm guitar, George on amplified Gibson J-160E lead guitar, and Paul on Epiphone Casino lead guitar

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

John on Epiphone Casino and George on Gibson Les Paul

Dear Prudence

John on Epiphone Casino rhythm guitar and George on Gibson SG lead guitar

Day Tripper

John on Rickenbacker 325 rhythm guitar and George on Fender Stratocaster lead guitar

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28 July 2017
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Does John play the guitar solo in I Want You? 

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28 July 2017
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John plays the main solo whereas George plays the intro solo, since both of them switch between rhythm and lead throughout the song, i refuse to acknowledge either of them as rhythm or lead guitarists.

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31 July 2017
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The Beatles have lots of guitar songs so it's very difficult to choose 10. These sprung to mind though:

While My Guitar Gently Weeps : Great solos from Clapton.

The End : The triple dualling guitar solos.

And Your Bird Can Sing : Harmonised lead guitar riff. 

Taxman : Great riff and guitar solo from Paul.

If I Needed Someone : Lovely jangly arpeggio sound from George throughout. 

Revolution : Raw rock and roll riffing throughout. 

Yer Blues : Intricate blues riffing. I like The Dirty Mac version with Clapton's guitar solo.

I Want You (She's So Heavy): Heavy riff and a nice solo from John.

Helter Skelter : Manic and heavy guitar playing for its time, also a cool solo.

I Feel Fine : Probably their best riff and the guitar feedback at the intro is awesome. 

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Dear Prudence ( The slightly out of tune guitar counter melody is so beautiful)

The End ( The triple guitar solo is awesome)

I'm Only Sleeping (The backwards solo is one of my favourite guitar solos ever and the crunchy guitar sound makes the song something special)

Something (such a beautiful solo)

And Your Bird Can Sing ( One of the most joyful guitar solos I can think of)

While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Eric Clapton plays like a weeping angel)

Taxman ( I love the riff)

Here Comes The Sun ( How can a guitar sound that lovely?)

Mother Nature's Son ( A perfect example of what a great guitarist Paul was)

It's Only Love (the rhythm guitar sound is so full and clear)

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31 July 2017
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Come on, no one has mentioned Blackbird ? That one's iconic.

Other than that, I think y'all have covered all the bases.

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31 July 2017
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I was personally hoping more people would mention Dig A Pony , the guitar work in that is great.

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31 July 2017
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Dig A Pony is a great guitar song, i just didn't have room for it. Also, i'm surprised me and Silly Girl were the only ones who mentioned Blackbird .

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31 July 2017
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In no real order, and much of this list could change 

1. She Said She Said - the complex interlocking parts, the weird time signature changes, the varying tones...a tour de force

2. Good Morning Good Morning

3. If I Needed Someone - I love how they take the basic Byrds folk-rock lick and make it more harmonically ambiguous 

4. And Your Bird Can Sing

5. Sun King

6. She's so heavy - It's so heavy!

7. Revolution - amazing overdrive tone plus a nice John freakout at the end

8. Dear Prudence  

9. The End

10. ME and my monkey - I like to think of this as the most Beefheartian Beatles track, for what that's worth 

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31 July 2017
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31 July 2017
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I listened to Abbey Road yesterday and I realized how great the Carry That Weight solo is. 

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31 July 2017
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sir walter raleigh said
I listened to Abbey Road yesterday and I realized how great the Carry That Weight solo is.   

Those thirty seconds always give me goosebumps.. the YNGMYM reprise on brass, the edge of your seat guitar solo and then back into the verse. 

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I wouldn't consider Carry That Weight a guitar song though, the only sections to even include guitar is George's solo and the outro riff which was supposedly done by Paul, although i think it was George who did it.

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Good point. I hesitated to include Something (in hindsight, I'd probably swap it for Blackbird ) for that reason, but I figured the fantastic descending chord sequence made it truly a guitar song.

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I personally think there's a few that when I think of Beatles and Guitars, these pop to mind.

 

  • Everyone's got something to hide except me and my monkey - Just a pure guitar song
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The small but prominent guitar solos change the piece dramatically 
  • And Your Bird Can Sing - The whole song is basically one long guitar solo
  • Ticket To Ride - Again, it only has a few, repetitive guitar solos but they're extremely recognisable and, well, fundamental to the piece
  • Taxman - Paul's guitar solo is a thing of wonder
  • Something - Guitar solos don't need to be loud and fast to be great
  • Day Tripper - Need I say more? a-hard-days-night-paul-11
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