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epicSocialism4tw
02-11-2009, 01:43 PM
Which do you think are the best Beatles song (subjective criteria of course) and your favorite Beatles song? I know that for many, these questions are just about impossible to answer, but give it a shot anyhow.

Astonishingly, The Beatles seem to transcend every generation. Just about everyone "discovers" The Beatles at one point in their life. I was in 8th gradewhen I discovered The Beatles and heard Helter Skelter for the first time at a friends house. I couldnt believe that it was a Beatles song and that it was written in the mid 60's. It sounded edgier than much of the rock music that I was into.

I think that the best Beatles song (if I had to pick one) is "A Day In the Life"

My favorite Beatles song (if I had to pick one): "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey"

Garcia Bronco
02-11-2009, 01:49 PM
Blackbird is one I enjoy.

MileHighMagic
02-11-2009, 01:52 PM
"Hey Jude"

Only because it reminds me of someone and fun drunken nights.

no-pseudo-fan
02-11-2009, 02:00 PM
Come Together

Pick Six
02-11-2009, 02:02 PM
"Let it Be" is a philosophy by which I live. The melody is simple, but memorable, and the message is important for people. When something truly does not matter in the grand scheme of things, let it be. Don't dwell over what you can't control.

I know that's really a Paul McCartney song, so my favorite BEATLES song would be "I Saw Her Standing There". It's just a fun song...

Malcontent
02-11-2009, 02:03 PM
"The Long and Winding Road"

Fusionfrontman
02-11-2009, 02:09 PM
Two of us and Something.


And George's solo in Let it be is freaking sweet

crawdad
02-11-2009, 02:11 PM
Rocky Racoon and all of the "White" album

Dr. Broncenstein
02-11-2009, 02:16 PM
Happiness is a Warm Gun

Dear Prudence

Hey Bulldog

rugbythug
02-11-2009, 02:17 PM
Let's Get Naked- Tommie Lee

crawdad
02-11-2009, 02:19 PM
The Weight

socalorado
02-11-2009, 02:24 PM
1 Strawberry fields

2 Glass onion

3 Ticket to ride

cutthemdown
02-11-2009, 02:30 PM
Wow so many I will pick one no one has yet.

Dr Robert- Revolver

It has sort of a corny bridge but of course Beatles could always pull that off couldn't they.

I love the harmonies on the top end of the verses.

cutthemdown
02-11-2009, 02:32 PM
The Weight

That's The Band, unless the Beatles did it also and I'm not aware, or there is a Beatles song named the same that I don't know. That is possible not trying to submarine you just wondering what song you are speaking of.

BroncoBuff
02-11-2009, 02:35 PM
The Weight
Carry That Weight ('The Weight' is a great song by The Band), and I agree ... the medley on Side 2 of Abbey Road:

You Never Give Me Your Money, into
Mean Mister Mustard, into
Polythene Pam,
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,
Golden Slumbers,
Carry That Weight and finally
The End.

Mostly John Lennon songs.

Paul McCartney's autobiography "Many Years From Now" is a great read, he goes song by song from Day 1 until the breakup, and details everything: http://www.amazon.com/Paul-McCartney-Many-Years-Now/dp/0805052496

Los Broncos
02-11-2009, 02:37 PM
Lady Madonna which Sublime kinda redid with What I Got.

Tombstone RJ
02-11-2009, 02:40 PM
The entire Revolver album. Pure genius.

I know, I cheat.

cutthemdown
02-11-2009, 02:41 PM
Carry That Weight ('The Weight' is a great song by The Band), and I agree ... the medley on Side 2 of Abbey Road:

You Never Give Me Your Money, into
Mean Mister Mustard, into
Polythene Pam,
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,
Golden Slumbers,
Carry That Weight and finally
The End.

Mostly John Lennon songs.

Paul McCartney's autobiography "Many Years From Now" is a great read, he goes song by song from Day 1 until the breakup, and details everything: http://www.amazon.com/Paul-McCartney-Many-Years-Now/dp/0805052496

The Band was just a great group with a high level of musicianship. Love the band.

Anyone who hasn't seen THE LAST WALTZ.................go rent it. Unless you hate that type of music.

cutthemdown
02-11-2009, 02:41 PM
and no it's not a bunch of waltzes lol

SonOfLe-loLang
02-11-2009, 02:44 PM
love Happiness is a Warm Gun

BroncoBuff
02-11-2009, 02:46 PM
The Band was just a great group with a high level of musicianship. Love the band.

Anyone who hasn't seen THE LAST WALTZ.................go rent it. Unless you hate that type of music.
Totally agree ... love me some Levon.

There's a great "Behind The Music" about them ... scratch that, I'm thinking of "Classic Albums - The Band's 'The Band.'"

http://blogcritics.org/archives/2004/06/14/011438.php

That BBC British TV series "Classic Albums" which airs on VH1 ... it's a great GREAT series ... Nirvana's "Nevermind" was an incredible episode, as was "Who's Next." Probably the best music documentary program ever. See the episode "The Band," it's an unforgettable hour.

bowtown
02-11-2009, 02:48 PM
"In My Life," not even close.


Also, The Kinks were better than the Beattles and Rolling Stones combined. There, I said it.

socalorado
02-11-2009, 02:53 PM
The entire Revolver album. Pure genius.

I know, I cheat.

No, your not cheating. Its one big perfect song.
Of course its really just nothing compared to "Smell The Glove"

Northman
02-11-2009, 02:54 PM
My Favorite is "Help". Simple, but catchy.

Best? Not sure. But probably "Eleanor Rigby".

Denver Crush
02-11-2009, 02:58 PM
Come Together
The Walrus
While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Tombstone RJ
02-11-2009, 03:00 PM
Come Together
The Walrus
While My Guitar Gently Weeps

That is just some georgy porgy.

cutthemdown
02-11-2009, 03:15 PM
"In My Life," not even close.


Also, The Kinks were better than the Beattles and Rolling Stones combined. There, I said it.

It's hard to say better really. I don't think Stones or Kinks musicianship was higher. Maybe you just like the songs better.

BroncoBuff
02-11-2009, 03:20 PM
Best Beatles Song: A Day in the Life

Favorite Beatles Song: Long and Winding Road. I'm really a John Lennon guy, but LWR has an anthematic fullness that speaks to me.

OrangeRising
02-11-2009, 03:21 PM
I always thought 'I Am The Walrus' is one of the most complex, driving, lyrically confusing masterpieces of all rock music. Just unbelievable energy to that song. My favorite will always be Yesterday, but these guys made awe inspiring stuff all the way through the relatively few years they actually recorded. It just never gets old.

bowtown
02-11-2009, 03:25 PM
It's hard to say better really. I don't think Stones or Kinks musicianship was higher. Maybe you just like the songs better.

Yes, and I can appreciate the influence the Beattles had. I think Ray Davies was a better lyric writter than the others, but mostly it does have to do with me just liking what they did a lot more.

cutthemdown
02-11-2009, 03:53 PM
Yes, and I can appreciate the influence the Beattles had. I think Ray Davies was a better lyric writter than the others, but mostly it does have to do with me just liking what they did a lot more.

I'd have to say as a sax player there are more Stones songs then either Beatles or Kinks so I love me some Stones!!. Ernie Watts played on a bunch of Stones stuff to it's all good.

I actually like John Lennons solo stuff better then Beatles.

cutthemdown
02-11-2009, 03:54 PM
The Weight

Check out Aretha Franklins version of this song. My word that lady can sign!!!!

She puts pretty much all others to shame.

PaintballCLE
02-11-2009, 03:58 PM
1. You've got to hide your love away
2. Everybody.....monkey
3. In my life
4. Dear prudence
5. please please me

Hogan11
02-11-2009, 04:16 PM
Personal fave - It's a tie between "All I've Got To Do" & "She Said She Said"
Best - Very hard to say, I'd give the nod to "Tomorrow Never Knows"

Rock Chalk
02-11-2009, 04:22 PM
Im not too big on the Beatles but they, like most bands, have a few songs I dig. I understand their pop culture and stuff, I just dont get all the hype. Most of their music is just "OK" to me and some of it downright sucks. Yesterday is a kick ass song though, I will say that. Its probably their only song in my top 50 all time and it might be in my top 10.

Jason in LA
02-11-2009, 04:26 PM
Come Together.

I like the second half of Hey Jude a lot. When they say Hey Jude over and over. The first half is alright.

Rohirrim
02-11-2009, 04:42 PM
I've always loved that bridge on Another Girl. I guess my faves are when the Beatles are doing their signature 4/4 rocking you can clap to, like Sgt. Peppers..., Bulldog, Glass Onion, Baby, You're a Rich Man, Walrus, Dear Prudence, Drive My Car, Getting Better, the Abbey Roads Medley. If I really had to pick one song?... Couldn't do it.

Finger Roll
02-11-2009, 04:43 PM
my ten favorite

revolution no.2
Day Tripper
Here Comes the Sun
Fool on the Hill
Baby you're a rich man
Across the Universe
You got to hide your love away
And your bird can sing
Let it Be
Don't Let me Down

loborugger
02-11-2009, 05:05 PM
Eleanor Rigby or Get Back. Cant decide.

BroncoBuff
02-11-2009, 05:11 PM
I'm surprised ... I realize there are tons of Beatles songs and everybody has their favorite ... but for "Best Song" - objective ranking of theior best song - there's just one vote for "A Day in the Life"? And that vote was me ... ???

It won some music critics poll for best Beatles song: http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Rec/rec.music.beatles/2007-06/msg04628.html



I just noticed if you scroll down that link, A Day in the Life was also voted Best Beatles Song by an All Star Panel Of Singers, Songwriters, Actors, Film Directors And Various Media Personalities, whatever that is.

BroncoBuff
02-11-2009, 05:22 PM
A Day in the Life finished 4th in this London Daily Telegraph poll ... Hey Jude #1.

The Fab Four - the top ten

Neil McCormick
Last Updated: 8:52PM BST 09 Apr 2003

Three weeks ago, in a column inspired by Paul McCartney's world tour (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2003/04/07/bmap07.xml) and the release of the Beatles' Anthology on DVD, I asked readers to name their favourite Beatles song (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2003/03/20/bmbeat20.xml), with a view to creating a Telegraph top ten. If it has taken me a while to tally the votes, this is because they arrived not only by the designated internet voting site but also in a host of very nice letters and personal e-mails detailing some of your own Beatle obsessions, and even, on one memorable occasion, in the form of a bellowed declaration from a passing driver, who wound down his window to yell "Strawberry Fields!" at me before disappearing down the street. I am prepared to include his vote on the likelihood that he was, indeed, a Telegraph reader and not just a deranged fan given to shouting out song titles at complete strangers.

What struck me about this poll was the astonishing diversity of choices. Of more than 1,300 votes cast, 135 songs were nominated. This constitutes about 80 per cent of the Beatles' original output, reflecting the incredible standard of their work, with almost every song a favourite for someone.

The quality of many of the tracks that didn't make it into the top ten (such as All You Need is Love, Norwegian Wood, Something, Ticket to Ride, Across the Universe, Tomorrow Never Knows, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, She Loves You, Here, There and Everywhere, I Saw Her Standing There) would put almost every other recording artist's personal best to shame.

In time honoured fashion, I am going to count down the results in reverse order.

10 The Long and Winding Road
A simple, plaintive, quietly emotional, ultimately redemptive song about the travails of life and love from the tail end of the Beatles' career. Like the best of McCartney's work, it marries the emotions of lyrics and melody to create something universal in its appeal.

9 Octopus's Garden
Fortunately, I can take a joke. My dismissive comments in my original article about Ringo's rather pedestrian singalong ditty prompted a show of support from some of the drummer's fans. There was even a vote from a certain ringo@aol.com. Ringo's triumph was bad for George, however, who was edged out with the 11th-placed song, the chiming Here Comes the Sun.

8 Penny Lane
A mad, exuberant, utterly delightful record permeated with McCartney's inherent optimism, it conjures up a golden era of an imaginary England, old Albion tinged with psychedelia. The lyrics poetically evoke childhood memories of a district in Liverpool with comical, surreal twists, while the bouncing music-hall melody is inventively arranged (featuring the most famous trumpet solo in pop) and packed with illustrative sound effects.

7 Let It Be
McCartney again, at his most heartfelt. Incredibly, it was composed the same day as The Long and Winding Road. A big, gospel ballad full of yearning, driven home by a singalong chorus, Let It Be perfectly communicates a message of hope, love and acceptance.

6 Eleanor Rigby
McCartney is rarely considered the critic's favourite Beatle, generally overshadowed by his more experimental, sharper-edged and emotionally raw partner, Lennon. But, when it comes to songs with melodies that immediately etch a place in the mind and lyrics that drive home direct, emotional messages, Macca's musical gifts come to the fore, which is why, I think, his are the songs that really stick in the mind. (Have you ever tried singing Lennon's I Am the Walrus in the shower?) This melancholic narrative about loneliness and mortality, however, comes from a period when it really was Lennon and McCartney, working (as Paul has said) "eyeball to eyeball", marrying both their talents to astonishing effect. John is said to have de-sentimentalised McCartney's original concept (which would have had a happy ending) and added the "Aahh, look at all the lonely people" hook. The result is a bitterly gorgeous masterpiece, propelled by an evocative string quartet.

5 Yesterday
Now this really is all McCartney's own work. A simple, perfect, elegiac ballad rich with melodic and lyrical yearning for a past that can never be recovered, it was written when Paul was all of 21 years old. From 1964, this is the earliest recording to make it into your top ten, suggesting Telegraph readers favour the emotional maturity of the Beatles' later work over the rock-and-roll exuberance of their early recordings.

4 A Day in the Life
Perhaps the songwriting partnership's finest moment. Marrying two unfinished pieces together (Lennon's ethereal, floating verse with McCartney's jolly, pumping mid-section), the result is a strange, compelling work that seems to evoke the mystery of existence. Lennon's aching vocal, the weary sadness of the melody, strange lyrics that suggest the singer is struggling to break free from the limitations of everyday perception, all lend the song an epic gravitas inspirationally contrasted with McCartney's sudden burst of everyday optimism. The inspired orchestration was largely McCartney and producer George Martin's idea, an attempt to give voice to Lennon's desire to make it "sound like the end of the world". An utterly transcendent recording.

3 Strawberry Fields Forever
As a double A-side with Penny Lane, this would get my vote as the greatest single ever released. Lennon's surreal evocation of childhood drips with unquantifiable melancholia, a kind of nostalgia for lost innocence. His voice floats over a bizarre landscape of sound, intertwining echoed piano, slowed-down cello, shimmering Mellotron, snaky Indian instrumentation and sudden bursts of dramatic percussion from Ringo, all weirdly blended together by mixing two takes in different tempos and keys. Magical.

2 In My Life
For such a groundbreaking group, nostalgia formed an integral element of their creative inspiration. It is perhaps not surprising that so many of these backward looking songs strike such a chord with Beatles fans today. In My Life is among the greatest, with Lennon's thoughtful lyric balancing the appeal of past and present in a perfectly weighted love song. The flowing melody was the combined work of the songwriting partners. An oddly understated but powerfully effective song that resonates down the years.

1 Hey Jude
Attracting, by some distance, the largest vote, Hey Jude is pop music at its finest, once again largely the work of McCartney. (Lennon described it as the best song his partner had ever written.) An affecting, uplifting ballad about friendship, it sweeps listeners away in an irresistible singalong coda, full of glorious "Nah, nah, nahs". An unusually ragged recording for the Beatles, the song's got heart and soul in abundance, and that, it seems, is what really counts.

BroncoBuff
02-11-2009, 05:34 PM
I'm not trying to prove a point, because there's no "right answer" obviously, but it seems like every poll I find has A Day in the Life #1 (except the London newspaper poll #4).

The amazing part of this song being #1 again and again is that there are SO MANY GREAT SONGS by these guys. Anyway:

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/5833/36035965dq7.png

Here, There and Everywhere: The 100 Best Beatles Songs (2004)
by Stephen J. Spignesi and Michael Lewis

100) Helter Skelter
99) Birthday
98) Love Me Do
97) Within You Without You
96) The Ballad Of John And Yoko
95) It's All Too Much
94) Another Girl
93) Rain
92) It Won't Be Long
91) Good Day Sunshine
90) Long, Long, Long
89) I Want You (She's So Heavy)
88) Get Back
87) I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
86) I'm So Tired
85) Savoy Truffle
84) I Saw Her Standing There
83) Don't Let Me Down
82) Dear Prudence
81) Back In The USSR
80) Girl
79) She's Leaving Home
78) Can't Buy Me Love
77) Michelle
76) Hello, Goodbye
75) It's Only Love
74) Real Love
73) Doctor Robert
72) Hey Bulldog
71) Please Please Me
70) Lovely Rita
69) Fixing A Hole
68) No Reply
67) You're Going To Lose That Girl
66) I'm A Loser
65) Good Morning, Good Morning
64) Drive My Car
63) Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
62) Mother Nature's Son
61) Baby You're A Rich Man
60) All My Loving
59) She Said She Said
58) With A Little Help From My Friends
57) I'm Only Sleeping
56) Glass Onion
55) I Should Have Known Better
54) If I Needed Someone
53) For No One
52) Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
51) Julia
50) You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
49) A Hard Day's Night
48) And I Love Her
47) I Need You
46) If I Fell
45) Taxman
44) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
43) This Boy
42) Norwegian Wood
41) Lady Madonna
40) Across The Universe
39) Tomorrow Never Knows
38) We Can Work It Out
37) Sexy Sadie
36) The Abbey Road Medley
[NOTE: I believe #36 encompasses everything from "You Never Give Me Your Money" through the end of AR]
35) Getting Better
34) I'll Be Back
33) Come Together
32) Day Tripper
31) Eight Days A Week
30) I Will
29) Ticket To Ride
28) Something
27) Eleanor Rigby
26) Help!
25) Free As A Bird
24) Happiness Is A Warm Gun
23) Paperback Writer
22) And Your Bird Can Sing
21) The Long And Winding Road
20) I Want To Hold Your Hand
19) I Feel Fine
18) Martha My Dear
17) Blackbird
16) Here, There And Everywhere
15) She Loves You
14) Here Comes The Sun
13) Nowhere Man
12) Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
11) I Am The Walrus
10) While My Guitar Gently Weeps
9) Revolution
8) Penny Lane
7) In My Life
6) Hey Jude
5) All You Need Is Love
4) Yesterday
3) Let It Be
2) Strawberry Fields Forever
1) A Day In The Life

http://www.amazon.com/Here-There-Everywhere-Beatles-Songs/dp/1579123694
http://pub37.bravenet.com/forum/3172289350/show/642918

B-Love
02-11-2009, 05:50 PM
Drive My Car at #64. Ouch.

It depends on what part of the Beatles you are longing for, but when I just think of a great Pop Song, "Drive My Car" may be my favorite pop song of all time.

64th best Beatles Song?? No way.

BroncoBuff
02-11-2009, 06:14 PM
Drive My Car at #64. Ouch.

It depends on what part of the Beatles you are longing for, but when I just think of a great Pop Song, "Drive My Car" may be my favorite pop song of all time.

64th best Beatles Song?? No way.

Isn't it strange? But at least Roh listed it above. What more do you need?

The point is that there are SO MANY GREAT SONGS. What are you gonna do?

epicSocialism4tw
02-11-2009, 06:17 PM
By the way, Magical Mystery Tour is a vastly underrated album. You put that one in virtually anybody else's catalogue and its the bell cow.

cutthemdown
02-11-2009, 06:26 PM
What would Lennon say about trying to rate the songs?....

Probably Rubbish!!!!!!!!!

cutthemdown
02-11-2009, 06:27 PM
Still though the point stands so many great songs almost impossible to pick the best one.

Miss I.
02-11-2009, 06:44 PM
I know it isn' their song, but I am always amused by their rendition of Twist and Shout, but that may be my love of all that is Ferris Bueller coming out.

My real favorite is Yesterday...

Missouribronc
02-11-2009, 06:49 PM
Wow...a too complicated question to ask, imo.

Lately my favorite is "I've got a Feeling."

But probably, if I step back and think about it, "Hey Jude," or "Let it Be" are probably the best songs they wrote. Some of their rockers, like "Get Back" or "Come Together", or even "Helter Skelter" or "Back in the U.S.S.R." are classics too.

"Two of Us," the opening song on Let It Be is a favorite of mine. A fitting end to the career, written by McCartney and Lennon.

Missouribronc
02-11-2009, 06:50 PM
Come to think of it...now that I saw Miss Independent's post...Yesterday might be the most enduring song.

broncosteven
02-11-2009, 08:07 PM
John - Tomorrow never knows
Paul - Yesterday
George - While my guitar gently weeps
Ringo- N/A

This may change if asked again tomorrow.

Bronx33
02-11-2009, 08:12 PM
revolution

bombay
02-11-2009, 08:14 PM
In My Life

broncosteven
02-11-2009, 08:20 PM
The entire Revolver album. Pure genius.

I know, I cheat.

I concur, Dr Robert, She Said, Your Bird can sing, I'm only sleeping, got to get you in my life, tomorrow never knows! This gets a spin and has a perm home in my car.

broncosteven
02-11-2009, 08:35 PM
I always liked their chord selection, lots of well placed Dominant Min7th's, chord substitutions, inverted bass note selection.

The fact that they honed their skill in Liverpool and Germany really kept their core skills intact their whole careers. They were so tight yet at the verge of breaking apart which makes great Rock. Lots of vibe.

I wish I could have heard the Beatles Cavern concert, and been present when Beethoven played the Pathetique for the 1st time.

Spider
02-11-2009, 08:54 PM
;D i tell you how bull headed I am , i didnt like the Beatles cause they wasnt American .......To this day I cant stand Mike Tyson , but i wanted him to beat the piss out of Lewis .....

PaintballCLE
02-11-2009, 08:57 PM
I think we should do favorite albums instead!
My top 10 in order! (ps....my license plates used to be Penny Ln) lol

1. White album
2. Sgt. Pepper
3. Rubber soul
4. MMT
5. Help
6. Abbey road
7. Hard days night
8. Please please me
9. Revolver
10. Let it be

azbroncfan
02-11-2009, 09:50 PM
I think that the best Beatles song (if I had to pick one) is "A Day In the Life"

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I didn't think it was possible to agree with you on anything but that would be my pick though.

My favorite is probably Rocky Raccoon though.

watermock
02-12-2009, 02:55 AM
Revolution

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watermock
02-12-2009, 03:01 AM
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watermock
02-12-2009, 03:31 AM
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DeuceOfClub
02-12-2009, 04:26 AM
I know this is not their BEST song, but this one always, always make me feel better:

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lex
02-12-2009, 07:23 AM
What year is it?

Hogan11
02-12-2009, 08:33 AM
I think we should do favorite albums instead!
My top 10 in order! (ps....my license plates used to be Penny Ln) lol

1. White album
2. Sgt. Pepper
3. Rubber soul
4. MMT
5. Help
6. Abbey road
7. Hard days night
8. Please please me
9. Revolver
10. Let it be


I'll play

1. The White Album
2. Magical Mystery Tour
3. Help! (UK Version, without all the movie orchesteration)
4. Revolver
5. Abbey Road
6. With The Bealtes
7. Let It Be..Naked (Without Phil Spector's Wall of Sound bullshat)
8. Yellow Submarine Songtrack
9. Sgt. Pepper (Yeah I know the historical impact and all of that, just never thought the whole album was very strong nor has it aged very well..MMT houses it and it's a compilation, so...)
10. Hard Days Night

I was never much of a fan of Rubber Soul.

Hogan11
02-12-2009, 08:34 AM
Least liked Beatles tune? Across The Universe, complete with the choir in the background....yeech.

Rohirrim
02-12-2009, 08:40 AM
Least liked Beatle song? Blue Jay Way. It's like the march of the crypt-keeper, or something.

Hogan11
02-12-2009, 08:43 AM
Least liked Beatle song? Blue Jay Way. It's like the march of the crypt-keeper, or something.

The psychedelic backward tapes really make that a creepy song.

Dr. Robert is another waste, as is any song that features a sitar, but I'm sure Revolution #9 will get the most votes for that........it always does.