Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Beatles Top 100 Songs: 90-81


90. "Cry Baby Cry" The White Album (1968)
It's a slower song, but I really like how it never slows down fully, but continues a kind of driving rhythm till the end.
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89. "The Ballad of John and Yoko" (1969)
The Beatles' final #1 hit and it represents how comfortable and versatile Lennon had become as a singer/songwriter at this late stage. It's got a sound very different from his other work, including an almost country and western tone, but still comes off as rock and roll. 
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88. "Dig a Pony" Let it Be (1969)
Unlike the previous song, this one represents Lennon's ability to wrap a well-made song around lots of nonsense lyrics that somehow come under the main injunction, "All I Want is You". Why is it here and this high? I like listening to it and singing along to it, as well as the guitar work.
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87. "I Should Have Known Better" A Hard Day's Night (1964)
A great song and the first one off of the A Hard Day's Night album. Few people utilize the harmonica well in songs anymore, but The Beatles pull it off extremely well here. Listen for the neat little guitar plucking solo towards the end of the song, it always puts a smile on my face.
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86. "Lovely Rita" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
Very similar to "Fixing a Hole" on the same album (it's no surprise that McCartney wrote both), I find this a more enjoyable listen. I especially like the saloon like piano pieces. If you are interested in hearing how this contributes to the 'Paul is Dead' conspiracy then check out the wikipedia page. 
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85. "Mother Nature's Son" The White Album (1968)
I rather like the folksy aspect of this song and the high pitched "Doo doo doo....." part is really impossible not to join in on.
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84. "Wait" Rubber Soul (1965)
In a way it reminds me of the drive in "Tax Man", but this one is a bit more diverse than that one. It's got a lot of tempo changes and instruments going on, but it's a lot of fun. Coming from a church background I'm always a little suspicious of tambourines, The Beatles make good use of it here though.
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83. "I Am the Walrus" Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
This song is the epitome of the tension I feel in many of Lennon's later songs, incredible composition combined with lyrics that literally make no sense. I love the sounds here, but the lyrics are just too ridiculous to give it a pass. It's no surprise that Lennon combined three different songs into one here (how could he expect to maintain lyrical coherency?). A typical entry into the love to listen and sing even if it doesn't make any sense genre.
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82. "The Fool on the Hill" Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
A somewhat average Beatles song is made better a good vocal performance and what I think is a flute. The featured flute gives the whole song a whimsical feel, but relaxed and grounded feel to it that matches the lyrics well.

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81. "Tell Me Why" A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Going back to the moptop days, this has almost everything that some of the more well-known uptempo hits had, it just doesn't rank better because there were so many great uptempo songs from that period. If you were to lose all those though, this one would still fill in nicely. Would have been a hit for any other band at the time.
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