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Um... everything? With its scrappy instrumental, poor production values, unimaginative throwaway lyrics, boring melody, grating vocals and general 'we knew it was bad so we gave it to ringo' vibe it stands out on the warm, lush Rubber Soul like an sore, ugly thumb . @The Hole Got Fixed 

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Birthday is another shocker. That's another one that always gets skipped

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What Goes On was the primary reason that Rubber Soul was my favorite album as a kid. It and Nowhere Man are part of the distinct and unique blend of Beach Boys-ian harmony and old school rockabilly. 

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Ok, What Goes On has a boring melody. But it's in 3 part harmony, it's got some very fun guitar work, and it's perfectly suited to a-hard-days-night-ringo-10. And it benefits from being placed after actually worst song on Rubber Soul, Michelle.a-hard-days-night-george-10

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I think I'll go album by album and list my least favorite song for each album. As a note, I've decided not to count Wild Honey Pie, Her Majesty, Dig It, or Maggie Mae because they are too short to be considered a proper song and I'm also not counting anything that isn't part of the 13 album canon nor am I counting the B side of Yellow Submarine.

Please Please Me

Love Me Do (too simple)

With The Beatles

Devil In Her Heart (bland)

A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day's Night (overrated and annoying)

Beatles For Sale

Every Little Thing (someone had to go)

Help!

You Like Me Too Much (bland)

Rubber Soul

You Won't See Me (all songs on this album are great but someone had to go)

Revolver

Love You To (not a bad song but I don't like George's Indian music)

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Within You Without You (George's Indian music)

Magical Mystery Tour

Blue Jay Way (George's Indian music)

Yellow Submarine

Only A Northern Song (good song but someone had to go)

The Beatles

Good Night (no musical contribution from John, Paul, or George, no conventional rock instruments, Ringo vocal, gentle lullaby on a rock album, poor choice to close the album, the list goes on)

Abbey Road

Here Comes The Sun (not bad but overplayed)

Let It Be

The Long And Winding Road (someone had to go)

Past Masters

The Inner Light (George's Indian music)

And the loser is

Good Night

Overall, Good Night isn't that bad of a song on it's own but when you put into consideration that it's a Beatles song, then it becomes the worst Beatles song in their canon.

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"Got To Get You Into My Life" is my least favourite song, but it's ok too

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@Dark Overlord, John had no musical contribution to Good Nighta-hard-days-night-john-7He wrote the song. 

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Father McKenzie said
Birthday is another shocker. That's another one that always gets skipped  

I don't hate Birthday as the guitar riffs are great, especially the middle break. But the lyrics are awful and that kind of spoils the song for me. That's a problem with many Beatles songs for me: I love the instrumental but hate the lyrics, an example being Drive My Car.

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Ok, What Goes On has a boring melody. But it's in 3 part harmony, it's got some very fun guitar work, and it's perfectly suited to a-hard-days-night-ringo-10. And it benefits from being placed after actually worst song on Rubber Soul, Michelle.a-hard-days-night-george-10  

Michelle? What's wrong with that? It has a great guitar intro that I'm assuming Paul played due to its similarities with Mother Nature's Son and Blackbird, and the mini solo (that uses the minor and major third without it sounding bad) is awesome, evoking a sort of smokey, vaguely pot smelling atmosphere a-hard-days-night-george-10 as it winds on and on. The lyrics aren't Paul's best, but the idea of a love struck couple blocked by a language barrier is an intriguing one, and Paul certainly puts it across in a charming way. For me, Michelle perfectly sums up the atmosphere that Rubber Soul conjures up, and is as essential to the album's character as Nowhere Man or In My Life. WGO or RFYL on the other hand could be easily replaced by Day Tripper and We Can Work It Out and still have the LP retain its feel. 

As for What Goes On, 3 part harmony is great when it sounds warm and lush like Nowhere Man or This Boy but on What Goes On, it just sounds grating. The guitar work sounds like the audio equivalent of a stumbling old man about to fall over and the fact it's perfectly suited to Ringo's below (Beatle) average vocal ability says it all really. The only thing that 'Goes On' is me, going on to the next track, Girl. Plus, when you compare the melody to those on Nowhere Man, Norwegian Wood, In My Life, or basically any other track here, it's blown out of the water.

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If I go with DO's album by album approach:

Please Please Me:

Ask Me Why - My cycle with this song is that I forget that it exists, then come back to it and remember why I forgot.

With The Beatles:

I Wanna Be Your Man - Another mediocre Ringo song that doesn't really have any saving grace or characteristic that makes it worth my time.

A Hard Day's Night:

Honestly I don't actively dislike anything on here, it's all pretty good.

Beatles For Sale:

Not familiar enough with this LP to give a least favourite, someone remind me about this in a couple weeks.

Help!:

Dizzy Miss Lizzy - While I'm not a fan of the boring The Night Before or Another Girl, this one takes the cake for the terrible guitar performance and unimaginative cover.

Rubber Soul:

What Goes On - Need I say more? The absolute worst 'proper' Beatles song.

Revolver:

Doctor Robert - This one is actually a reasonably good song that has grown on me, showing how good Revolver is.

Sgt Pepper:

Lovely Rita - Bland and cloying. Some good elements but overall a very weak track.

The White Album:

Rocky Raccoon - There were several options for this one but I decided on this cut which has a nice enough guitar part and melody but again awful lyrics.

Abbey Road:

Everything here's pretty good but I'll go with Maxwell's Silver Hammer as it's another example of irritating lyrics against great music.

Let It Be:

One After 909 - Close call between this and For You Blue (the non songs aside) but this got it as although it's fun it's really nothing special at all.

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sir walter raleigh said
@Dark Overlord, John had no musical contribution to Good Nighta-hard-days-night-john-7He wrote the song.   

I meant that John Paul and George aren't present on the final recording, I should've said it better.

QuarryMan said
I don't hate Birthday as the guitar riffs are great, especially the middle break. But the lyrics are awful and that kind of spoils the song for me. That's a problem with many Beatles songs for me: I love the instrumental but hate the lyrics, another example being Drive My Car.

I agree that the lyrics to Birthday aren't that great but are they really so bad that they deter from the song. Usually when I hear a Beatles song with horrible lyrics such as I Want You (She's So Heavy) I just shift my focus to the instrumental track.

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@QuarryMan I quite like the lyrics to Drive My Car, I think they're very clever (and much better than Paul's original thought of 'I can buy you golden rings/ I can buy you anything/ Baby I love you'). ahdn_paul_01

I do agree with what you said about Michelle, though; I was intrigued by the very same myself when I first discovered it. And I've never liked What Goes On -- I often skip it, and I don't skip songs lightly. a-hard-days-night-paul-5

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I forgot to add Octopus's Garden here.......a-hard-days-night-ringo-13paul-mccartney

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Dark Overlord said

I meant that John Paul and George aren't present on the final recording, I should've said it better.

QuarryMan said
I don't hate Birthday as the guitar riffs are great, especially the middle break. But the lyrics are awful and that kind of spoils the song for me. That's a problem with many Beatles songs for me: I love the instrumental but hate the lyrics, another example being Drive My Car.

I agree that the lyrics to Birthday aren't that great but are they really so bad that they deter from the song. Usually when I hear a Beatles song with horrible lyrics such as I Want You (She's So Heavy) I just shift my focus to the instrumental track.  

They don't ruin the song, but I'd much rather have great lyrics and a great instrumental, which they were clearly capable of. What's wrong with the I Want You lyrics? They're extremely simple but that's kind of the point of the song - John takes a few short ideas and phrases and strings them together into an eight minute masterpiece. Amazing how they could make so much from so little. 

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Father McKenzie said
I forgot to add Octopus's Garden here.......a-hard-days-night-ringo-13paul-mccartney  

But George's guitar solo is amazing!

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My problem with the I Want You (She's So Heavy) lyrics is that they are meaningless simple and go nowhere all he says is i want you, i want you so bad, it's driving me mad, and she's so heavy the entire vocals consist of 4 short phrases and a couple of yeahs, they mind as well have made it an instrumental.

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Dark Overlord said
My problem with the I Want You (She's So Heavy) lyrics is that they are meaningless simple and go nowhere all he says is i want you, i want you so bad, it's driving me mad, and she's so heavy the entire vocals consist of 4 short phrases and a couple of yeahs, they mind as well have made it an instrumental.  

That's one thing I love about that song and the same riff playing over and over again until it abruptly stops and then Here Comes The Sun starts playing. I love that moment of the album. 

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Dark Overlord said
My problem with the I Want You (She's So Heavy) lyrics is that they are meaningless simple and go nowhere all he says is i want you, i want you so bad, it's driving me mad, and she's so heavy the entire vocals consist of 4 short phrases and a couple of yeahs, they mind as well have made it an instrumental.  

Which leads to one of the greatest quotes ever by John.

"When you're drowning, you don't say, 'I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me.' You just scream.

He wanted Yoko, he said it, and that was enough. Why spend all day trying to find extra words. In fact, you could argue that 'Dig A Pony' is John saying a whole pile of meaningless nonsense just to get around to saying 

"All I want is you.

Everything has got to be just like you want it to"

and many moan about that song.

So basically John was screwed either way.

I love the everything about 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)' and I really like 'Dig A Pony' . 

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Well said @meanmistermustard. I also like both of those songs. 

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People complain about songs they think don't have enough lyrics, @Starr Shine?, and they complain about songs they think have too many lyrics, and lyrics that they think don't make sense. That's what I'd imagine @meanmistermustard meant.

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