Top Five Least Favorite Beatles Songs

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Paul McCartney, not on his best-looking day.
It's been more than 50 years since the Beatles formed, and they're still overwhelmingly revered, both internationally and locally. Fab Four tribute act Rain performed two nights in a row to a lively audience at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and Paul McCartney is still big enough of a draw that he's got two Yankee Stadium gigs in July. Even Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame isn't immune to the immenseness of these "pioneering forces in pop music," and a new exhibit about them has opened.

Surely most have fond memories attached to some of the most influential songs ever written, but let us also not forget that all that glitters is not gold. Not even these Liverpool legends were exempt from the fact that sometimes, some more than others, musicians just make bad music.

Conversations about the Beatles, or any band, for that matter, often get to that "favorite song" moment eventually. More often than not, the answers are satisfactory for the catalog of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Every now and again, though, there are choices that are heinous enough to completely unhinge the mind, and leave an acrid taste in my mouth. Here now is a compilation of the five absolute worst, most God-awful songs by the Beatles that others seem to love.



5. "Her Majesty"
So you've listened to Abbey Road all of the way through, as you should every single time you put this record on, and have reached "The End," two minutes and 19 seconds of a monster shredder of a guitar solo followed by a softly sung, insightful line about love and the human condition. A perfect ending to a perfect record -- or so you thought. A moment passes and the majesty of this records sits in, soon interrupted by one of Paul McCartney's trademark silly love songs, garishly tacked onto the end. No cohesion to the rest of the record, no follow-up lyrics to further cement the sentiment just established, just 23 seconds of a forgettable acoustic guitar set to a few lines about being nervous about liking a snotty, dull woman who is also "pretty nice." Thanks for ruining the record.



4. "Yellow Submarine"

As a child, I watched the film "Yellow Submarine" countless times, which would probably make anyone grow up to be a complete nutcase. As I grew older, however, my love for the film's title track dwindled. Featured on what is arguably the Beatles' best record, Revolver, it pales in comparison to the rest of the album -- another extra finger to be gawked at and written by the worst Beatle at that. Good one, Ringo. Talk some more trash about your hometown while you're at it; you're far from winning any more hearts these days.

It was also featured on Beatles Rock Band, and it is the easiest, most boring song to play in the entire game.



3. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
The song is credited as being written by both Lennon and McCartney, but mostly McCartney, which is no surprise. Although not one of his signature silly love songs, it is really nothing more than a silly pop song. On the same record, Paul struck gold by writing "Helter Skelter," a song so good that Charles Manson started a cult and convinced a bunch of strangers to murder one of the most beautiful women in the world. Fuck yeah! If that isn't validation, I don't know what is. There is a disturbing lack of psychedelic murder anthems these days. It's still not too late, Paul.



2. "Glass Onion"
Although I hold John Lennon in highest regard, it's a fact that he produced musical manure even before he started making records with Yoko Ono. A failed attempt to troll all of the hysteria following the "Paul is Dead" hoax, as if that horse hadn't been beaten enough already. The song is nothing more than a catalog of loose references to other, better Beatles songs. John, I am disappointed. 0/10.



1. "Hey Jude"
This monstrosity was birthed from the worst parts of the Beatles. "Hey Jude" is based around the song "Hey Jules," written by this list's MVP, Paul McCartney, written to comfort John Lennon's son during his affair with the woman who broke up the band, Yoko Ono. This festering turd of a song was paired with "Revolution," an excellent, relevant and conscientious song, which perhaps best demonstrates the rift that had formed between McCartney and Lennon. "Hey Jude" is over seven minutes of Paul's wussy whine that ends with an egregious, over-the-top coda in which he shrieks "Juuuuday, Judayjudayjudaaaahhh," which calls this clip of James Brown to mind:




McCartney's insane squealing gibberish would be acceptable only if he were completely coated in sweat, wearing a shirt with the top three buttons undone, and, of course, a ten-gallon hat.
 
The sad reality of this is that it has spent the most time at the number-one spot on the Billboard charts, far longer than any of their other singles. It pains me to see that this is actually acceptable as a favorite Beatles song, that a person could answer back with this and not feel the least bit shameful or embarrassed.


 
I would like it to be known that my favorite is "I Am the Walrus," which I think is a pretty solid one to have. 


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Nina Connor
Nina Connor

These are all like my favorite songs! Hey Jude as the worst? I think there is something wrong with you, and you obviously have something against McCartney. I officially hate the internet.

patricia
patricia

Paul McCartney wrote Yellow Submarine...

Devon
Devon

I agree about Ob-La-Di and Glass Onion, but I actually that Her Majesty adds and interesting bit of surreal finality to Abbey Road, and I think the innocent fun and simplicity of Yellow Submarine is kind of nice on an album that's otherwise pretty serious. And I think Hey Jude is a grand song, even if it is long. About the fact that you commented "f*ck yeah!" in response to a killing... am I wrong in finding that a little morally disturbing?

McCartney
McCartney

McCartney wrote Yellow Submarine. Another fail point for you, sir.

Godengen
Godengen

Ahhhh ha ha ha ha...... Awsome

Mnl_95_
Mnl_95_

if you were truely a beatles fan, you would accept every song of theirs as a true master piece. 

Marcello
Marcello

I'm not sure who you are to be saying what is the "Least Favorite" Beatles song. Every Beatles song is a piece of art and all have backstories to as to why they were written.5. Her Majesty-As stated below was not meant to even be on Abbey Road, but I still think is a fun piece on the album. It sounds wonderful-and at that- Paul recorded it in three takes. It was a tribute to the Queen of England.

4. Yellow Submarine- is a Paul McCartney song. Paul said he thought it would be a great song for Ringo to do. Ringo, the worst Beatle? I don't think any of them were "The Worst". They all made contributions. Ringo is one of the best drummers out there. Also, the boys were all very close with Ringo and it has been said that, "Ringo was the anchor that kept them together.Paul wrote "Yellow Submarine" because he pictured children singing it. This song is a classic that everyone can recognize. It is also just a nice fun song. Great melody-great song that balances out the album.

3. Actually, this is not a song credited to Lennon/McCartney. This is soley a McCartney song. Lennon said, "I might have given him a couple of lyrics, but it's his song". McCartney has 1.00 (all credit) for the whole song. Get your facts straight.What-can The Beatles not have a catchy song or two? I can think of much sillier-none the less they are still great songs- that they did that are not on this list. Looks like you did some great research. It's a catchy fun tune.

2. Glass Onion- was one of Harrisons favorites. John said he wrote this because he was feeling guilty about leaving Paul behind. Personally, I like this song. I like that it shows Lennons imagery he uses in his songs. I love Lennons creativity. He also wrote it because all of the "Paul is dead" silliness. In a poke fun at it sort of way.

1. Hey Jude- Really? Well, this shows your pure ignorance. I really don't even think I need to say much about your choice here. As everyone knows-this is one of The Beatles greatest hits. It is a song of pure hope. That is all I even have to say about that.

Yes.."I am the Walrus" is a fantastic song. Not in any way better than "Hey Jude".

Final thought...before you go running your mouth you need to do your research. This article was very poorly written at that. Don't trash the legends of music. You obviously knew you would get flack for doing an article like this and you are getting the attention you wanted by my reply..but I couldn't let someone run their mouth like this without saying anything. This was a waste of my time and energy and a waste of yours. Point your energy towards writing about something positive in this world. Don't waste your words for negativity. You obviously have a platform use it for good.Peace.

Tbanish
Tbanish

Wow,I think your a little nuts!

Andrew Paul Haddock
Andrew Paul Haddock

You are not a Beatle fan if your listing all the songs you don't like by them, I like every song!

Tony
Tony

You're a clueless dick

Jay V.
Jay V.

The funny thing about journalists who take shots at the Fabs is that if any one of them got a chance to interview any of the remaining Beatles, widows, wives or ex-wives, they'd write a huge BJ article about the boys.  Look at this guy's other articles to see what an exciting life he leads. Comic book store, "Snooze Theatre," "Lou Reed officially not cool anymore." 

"TheBeatlesSuck.com"  was launched in NINETEEN-NINETY SIX.  Yawn.  

John Curtas
John Curtas

Hey Jude is so bad, it almost made me like the Rolling Stones....

DK
DK

Number Nine? Number Nine? Number Nine? Number Nine? Number Nine? Number Nine? Number Nine? Number Nine? Number Nine?

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KCF
KCF

5 Least Favorite Beatle songs:

5.) Happiness is A Warm Gun4.) Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey3.) Her Majesty2.) Lady Madonna1.) Revolution #9

Emily
Emily

I LOVE HIAWG. Love it. It's one of my favorite Beatles moments and that line "when I put my finger on your trigger" is so freaking ambiguous and sexy and I just...it's one of my faves. The rest of your list I can understand, though #2 is great to work out to.

jl
jl

Happiness is a warm gun is not very enjoyable to listen to, but as something to listen to with earphones while laying down it gets more rewarding with each listen.

EGSTHEFM&MM sucks lyrically, but I like the opening and the "take it easy" part.

Her Majesty is Garbage

Lady Madonna is very fun and cool to play on the piano, the song itself is kind of bleh I guess, although it has some nice imagery "Lady Madonna, lying on the bed, listen to the music playing in your head.." "Lady Madonna, baby at your breast, wonder how you manage to feed the rest.."

Revolution #9 i unlikable, I guess that was the point though so from that point of view its a success..

Boop
Boop

I wish you wouldn't proclaim these songs as "The Top Least Favorite Beatles Songs". They are the "Top Least Favorite Beatles Songs" in your opinion.  I'm not disagreeing with your picks - but don't claim these to be the worst.  There are others in my view that stink..."Goodnight", "Please Please Me", "Love Me Do", "Revolution #9. My personal picks - but I'd never be so arrogant to say they are the worst ever because some may love them.

Tessa
Tessa

Awww...poor little fellow, feeling put out because McCartney's current archive re-release program is causing a lot of people to look at his work much more favorably now that it's not overshadowed by the Beatles' break up?  Upset because even the formerly much maligned McCartney II is being seen in a more favorable light and some of the songs as ahead of their time?

Her Majesty was a brilliant way to end the album, the perfect non-sequitar that actually highlighted the importance and depth of the tracks that came before, that makes you realize the catharsis has been reached and it's time to move on.

McCartney's vocals at the end of Hey Jude are brilliant and funny but John Lennon loved this song, he believed it was about himself(which just goes to show how universal the message was and why it's still touching people emotionally over 40 years later). Plenty of male singers would kill to have had Paul's vocal range, 3 and half octaves before falsetto. Even George once admitted that one of the first things that blew him away about Paul was his voice.(And Paul thought George was such an awesome guitar player he worked for weeks, if not months, to soften John up to let him join the band)

Rafael Samano
Rafael Samano

Your an indignant fool who is obviously not a real fan. boom

tarin
tarin

You try too hard, dear. 

Guest
Guest

"Hey Jude"? Seriously? Aside from the fact that it has NO PLACE on this list, you've ranked it WORSE than "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"? That's really something you wanted to do? And "Glass Onion" is actually sort of brilliant, so...if you were trying to be controversial by saying these things, congrats, you've pissed the world off.

FYI, "Revolution 9" is the actual worst.

Rafael Samano
Rafael Samano

I dont like Rev 9 but i still respect it because of its intense editing

Alvinp66
Alvinp66

Reason for the unliking are stupid I agree w/ glsss onion lyrics but it doesnt matter what the lyrics are the bass and drums own that song!

Maggie69
Maggie69

"Don't you know that it's a fool who plays it cool by making his world a little colder?"  You must be FREEZING!

Bigkracker99
Bigkracker99

Ringo didn't write Yellow Submarine, he just sang it.. Paul (mainly) wrote it.  Don't get ur facts from Wikipedia and learn about th music you are critiquing.  Idiot.

Jaime Morán Paredes
Jaime Morán Paredes

You're such a jerk... This note should have been named as 'I hate Paul McCartney' everything you say is garbage... The Beatles are the best and most influential band of all time

F'house Cola
F'house Cola

Gawd, you are so correct, Mr. Burk.  McCartney is so sappy, even his British nickname "Macca" is lame.  Name a Paul single other than "Maybe I'm Amazed" that you'd want to be caught dead with on your iTunes.

Doowop14
Doowop14

Maybe I'm Amazed was never a McCartney single.

Maggie69
Maggie69

Oh DarlingHelen WheelsMonkberry Moon DelightHere There and EverywhereAnd I Love HerMrs VanderbiltBack in the USSRHelter SkelterBirthday

to name but a few

Teck979
Teck979

Paul McCartney wrote Yellow Submarine, not Ringo Starr. Obviously, your knowledge of The Beatles is limited. Mr. Burk, not researching the topics you write about only lessens your credibility.

Sumsun
Sumsun

I <3 u Ryan

All u née is love

Emily
Emily

"Hey Jude" is Paul's best song in the Beatles, along with "For No One" and "Here, There, and Everywhere." It deserves praise, though not THAT much praise.

 The song that makes me sick is "Long and Winding Road." Overrated can't even touch it.

jl
jl

Her Majesty is garbage and embarrassing.

Yellow Submarine WAS NOT written by Ringo, but by Paul.  It was meant as a children's song and is a GREAT one considering its longevity.   Perfect with psychedelic undertones, it's a relic of its era yet it carries a fun happy feel-good message that will be infectious forever.

Ob-La-Di could be considered a children's song, but It was meant as a kind of reggae venture, and as such is a complete failure and embarassement, but it's still incredibly catchy.  Remember that show "life goes on"? about Corky, the kid with down syndrome? that song stayed stuck in my head for years, kids were singing it randomly during my childhood in Switzerland, then when I turned 18 I found out the beatles wrote it.  It's a terrible song but it stayed with me for years somehow, that's the Beatles magic right there.

Glass Onion is great.  A simple groovy tune.  There's also a strange satisfaction of hearing a band reference their own tunes in a song, and of hearing John talk about Paul's songs as if he and the rest of the beatles owned them in equal measure "I told you bout the fool on the hill...I tell you man he livin there STILL!"  That line always get's me, especially when the flutes follow..

The line "look into a glass onion" is also a very cool line and cool way of putting things, english listeners get it immediately, while to Americans it just sounds strange.   Vintage Lennon.

Hey Jude, well I don't like it much either, but it's very nice tune with a nice melody and uplifting message.  John Lennon loved it and thought it was perhaps paul's greatest song, so the author is wrong about calling it a specimen of the 'rift' that had grown between John and Paul.

Emily
Emily

Thank you for your opinion. I am disgusted now by many Beatles fans (and I am one so it's hard for me to say that). Why aren't people allowed to dislike their songs. I dislike some of their songs...these songs i CAN'T STAND:

-Honey Pie-Wild Honey Pie-When I'm 64-Lovely Rita-Maxwell's Silver Hammer-Within You, Without You-Goodnight-Boys-Martha My Dear-Long and Winding Road-When I Get Home

 But I do love things like "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?" and "Oh, Darling!" so sometimes opinions are great because they vary.

ErinHilburn
ErinHilburn

Your entire list is spot on, Emily. I always say the "character songs" are annoying at best. 

Rafael Samano
Rafael Samano

i used to dislike some of these but as ive gotten older theve grown on me

Emily
Emily

Oh, and I forgot I have never liked "Hello, Goodbye." I just don't get it's appeal and it annoys me to no end. I think even the worse songs, however, are catchy at first. :)

Guest
Guest

....Her Majesty is garbage and embarrassing.

Your opinion but embarrassing?To who?

....Ob-La-Di could be considered a children's song, but It was meant as a kind of reggae venture, and as such is a complete failure and embarrassment....Remember that show "life goes on"?...when I turned 18 I found out the beatles wrote it.  It's a terrible song 

Failure, embarrassment, terrible?Again your opinion but not a failure and terrible.

You are obviously still a relatively young person.  Your 'experience' with this White Album track is far far removed from 1968.In this regard you have no reference for it as a 'reggae venture' or even the fun song it is. Somehow you consider catchy bad?

There was nothing like this before and I'm not sure anythings like this since except maybe parodies.  So quite a success.

Just a track that modern 'serious' rockers love to hate. How important of them.

jl
jl

Wow, you're just angry I had anything negative to say about the beatles, my favorite musicians of all time..that's crazy..  Her Majesty is embarrassing to the beatles considering the rest of their catalogue.

I actually had good things to say about Ob La Di, but I guess you're so blinded by beatles Worship that you just saw red because I also have bad things to say about the song. Haha.  As for the reggae influence in the song, the beat is a reggae beat, you can look it up on songfacts, it also mentions it on wikipedia, i've read about it countless other places.  The character Desmond was named after a reggae artist desmond dekker, who quickly covered the song after it was released.

I am a young person, I'm 26, And my experience IS far removed from 1968, which is why my opinion is perhaps a bit more objective? Regardless, my age hasn't kept me from appreciating countless other beatles songs I love.  It didn't keep me from nearly fainting when I shook Paul McCartney's hand on a street in New York.  You're coming off as a snob.

And I'm not much of a serious rocker, the only rock on my ipod is actually just the beatles haha!  I mean I love yellow Submarine (which I mentioned above) is that something 'serious' rockers love?  not at all..  I just think Ob-la-di is a failed regggae/rock fusion, the lyrics and the singing are overly campy too.  Like I said it would make a good children's song, but that doesn't seem to have been the intention.   So it's a FAIL in my book.

you say there was nothing like Ob-la-di before or since??!!  what do you mean exactly?! there haven't been reggae/rock fusions since? or before?!

jl
jl

me?  I'm not starting a hissy fit with anyone I'm just shaming the person above antagonizing me because apparently i'm not old enough to like some beatles songs while disliking others....  I haven't started anything with anyone else so you must be mistaken.

as for the guest above well he/she is desperately trying to make blanket statements about my positions and trying to associate me with certain types of beatle haters when I'm a huge beatles fan, I adore a good 80% of their output.  Ob-La-DI is terrible but I like Honey Pie enough that I taught myself to play it on the piano, I like Yellow Submarine, I even like The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill!

My feelings aren't hurt by your ageism, why would they? being 26 is glorious as you say, I can be a fan of the old stuff while being current with the new, while you are out of touch with the new, while desperately trying to claim the old  as your own..

Rafael Samano
Rafael Samano

i dont care how old you are! all i know is that you are starting a pissy fit with everyone who has a different opinion

Guest
Guest

I enjoyed the story about your initial Ob-La-Di connection. But after that, you just played the common game of piling on that generally started about 15 years ago. When anyone and everyone found a voice on the Internet. And 'silly old songs' became the whine de jour of easy lambasting.

Distraction from the original subject?  Guess I've hurt your feelings?

Well, I'm done here. You can have the last words.So while a somewhat different meaning, as the Man says, ram on.

Emily
Emily

LIKE, LIKE, LIKE!!!

 I love it when a long-time Beatles fan from 1960-something tells me I have nothing legitimate to say about them because I was born in the 70's and therefore I'm too young and didn't experience them the same way...um, really? Because the majority of the record-buying public is probably of an even younger generation...so if the Beatles are a hit on itunes these people still haven't a clue because they weren't born in that time? Good music is good music.

 I refuse to believe that everything the Beatles did smelled of roses. As I mentioned above, I have a list of songs of theirs I consider rubbish. I think it's fun to weigh other people's opinions and why they feel this or that way.

 For example, my BFF thinks "Imagine" is the most sanctimonious piece of pious/self-righteous dribble in existence, and her husband thinks it's the greatest song ever written. They both feel completely different about the song yet respect one another and don't berate each other because one thinks differently. 

It's not healthy to take music that far where we bash one another because someone said something mean about a song we like.

jl
jl

Haha once again, trying to put me down for the crime of being born in 1984, very bad form.

if you feel like my age discredits me from entertaining any kind of negative opinion of a beatles tune, then you must also discredit all of my positive opinions, because they are also held by someone born long after the beatles' day, which is laughable to you apparently.  Thus you are discrediting ANYONE that has ANYTHING good or bad to say about the beatles or any other artist they were never contemporaries of.  Only those who were there when it happened can appreciate it, everyone else is a loser and not entitled to either like or dislike the music, I'm sure the remaining beatles would disagree.  Remember to muzzle yourself next time you feel compelled to opine on an Elvis performance or a composition by Chopin!

it's also bad form for you to use ageism in this case because you are RESORTING to it to counter my rebuttals.  It's a disctraction from the original subject...

Guest
Guest

Huh!Your Ob-La-Di experience starts with a 90s TV show cover. Ah yes, youth is glorious. Pat yourself on the back. But objective???

Sorry to be using ageism against you in this case.  Sometimes it works for you....sometimes not.

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