The Ten Worst Beatles Songs Of All Time

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Rolling Stone is about to release a special issue counting down the magazine's choices for the 100 best Beatles songs of all time, and previewed the list by posting the Top 10 on rollingstone.com. Maybe it's just that Rocks Off doesn't have quite the encyclopedic knowledge of the Fab Four as the RS staff, but 100 songs seems excessive to us.

Although we would hardly be the first to shout John, Paul, George and Ringo's praises from the mountaintop, most of the people here at Rocks Off - although not quite everyone - count themselves about as big of a Beatles fan as they come. Short of blowing rent money on a bunch of live bootlegs from the Cavern Club or Reeperbahn or trolling eBay for a matching set of Yellow Submarine coffee mugs, that is.

Still, the Beatles weren't perfect. Any band has its share of bum notes and filler tracks, and like so many other things, the Fabs were first among equals here as well. We suspect Paul McCartney or Ringo would agree, and we'd be glad to pick their brains for their lists of songs they wish they could take back if they'd care to ring us up.

Until then, here are Rocks Off's choices for the worst Beatles songs of all time, in alphabetical order.


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"Back In the USSR" (The Beatles)

This would have fit better on Beatles album in the '80s, provided they reunited by that decade. It just oozes that period in that decade when the Stones were wearing neon. It could have been an awful single, not unlike Macca's "Spies Like Us" built for the Cold War era.

It doesn't fit on the White Album one bit and it disrupts the flow of the album. At best it should have been a throwaway B-side. This song, along with "Ob-La-Di," makes us mourn for two songs were never heard that were thrown on the cutting room to make room for these, these "things." Like "What's the New Mary Jane," for one. Craig Hlavaty


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"Birthday" (The Beatles)

Da-da-da-da-da-da! Arrgh. If we want to cue up some thrashy riffage and ur-metal howling from the White Album, we'll take "Helter Skelter" or "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me and My Monkey," thanks. One too many bad covers and morning radio celebrity-birthday beds has ruined "Birthday" for us. Chris Gray


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"Drive My Car" (Rubber Soul)

They couldn't leave the car songs to the other dredges of bands floating around at the time, could they? Then the beep-beep-beeps come in and we wanna crack our copy of Rubber Soul in half. We understand that the album was a stepping stone to Revolver and everything after, but this is torture. C.H.


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"Fixing a Hole" (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)

This is the worst of all Beatles songs to get stuck in your head. When Rocks Off was little, around eight or so, we knew this. We had got a cassette copy of Sgt. Pepper and we used to fast forward through this one each time. It sounds like a parody of the Beatles. C.H.




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cladd100
cladd100

Back in the USSR is superb, showcasing Macca's versatile gifts, nailing the Beach Boys sound on the bridge. It was originally meant as a parody about the Soviet Union with its foreboding, frightening reputation. Later, Paul played it in Moscow and it brought the house down. It can be taken as both a parody/goof AND a tribute, which is was later.

jgg87_
jgg87_

Is this list supposed to be some sort of bad joke? I can think of 10 Beatles songs that are MUCH worse than those on the list without having to make much effort. Not to say half of the list is comprised by some of their greatest tracks.

Who the f*** came up with this crap?

texshelters
texshelters

Terrible List. There are so many worse Beatles songs. You see to just be want to irk fans and be controversial. PTxS 

Craig
Craig

All these are good except revolution#9

Zack Nabors
Zack Nabors

The day I see "Strawberry Fields Forever " on a "Worst Beatles songs" list is the day I weep for  humanity. Awful list.

Jonathan DeFranco
Jonathan DeFranco

This list is all over the place.  I can mildly agree with "Birthday" and "She Loves You" and "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da" but on the other hand "Drive My Car" "Back in the USSR" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" are absolute classics!

Lindsey Otts
Lindsey Otts

I love all but one of these songs.I must have a terrible taste in Beatles, because every "worst" list is full of my favorites. Granted the "best" lists are too, but still.

Harry
Harry

The only one here I personally agree with, is Revolution 9 because it's annoying as hell to listen to. To be honest, I don't think there is any 'worst Beatles song', there's just some that aren't as well-written or aren't as good to listen to, like Hey Bulldog or Blue Jay Way. And what is this crap about Elton John covering Strawberry Fields Forever? I too am an Elton fan, and I'm sure I would've came across it somewhere, no? As for the rest - Back in the USSR is one of the best songs, definitely a fan favourite. Fixing a Hole - not their finest work, but definitely doesn't deserve a place in the 'worst Beatles songs'. She Loves You - probably one of my favourites, either you have something against McCartney, or you have a serious lack in music taste and knowledge. I respect your opinion, but me, and I'm pretty sure everyone else here, strongly disagrees with you.

Pompokopoop
Pompokopoop

10. You're gonna lose that girl9.  Ticket to ride8. Baby your a rich man7. Good day sunshine6. Piggies5.The continuing story of bungalow bill4. Flying3. All together now2. Honey Pie1.Revolution 9

Zack Cash
Zack Cash

Why the HELL didn't you say: "Why don't we do it in the road"?

Michael Smith
Michael Smith

 Strawberry Fields Forever is one of The Beatles' best songs. I cannot fathom why anybody would put it on a worst of list. I also love She Loves You.

Your Mother's Vagina
Your Mother's Vagina

Fuck You!!!!  STRAWBERRY FIELDS AND PAPERBACK WRITER ARE FUCKING GENIUS!!!!!

Devon
Devon

Dude, Strawberry Fields Forever is like one of the best songs of all time. Maybe you personally don't like it, but come on...

Indskate72
Indskate72

youre not a real beatles fan you faggot

kakakajsd
kakakajsd

This list is a joke.

Oh and here are some more AWFUL beatles songs:a day in the lifein my lifeyesterday

fucking idiot.

Txshayes
Txshayes

I could say this writer is an idiot (and be right). But instead I will say I’m not sure if these are the Beatles 10 worst song but I an sure the Beatles 10 worst are still pretty good.

myrandakaye<3
myrandakaye<3

i love strawberry fields forever!! that should be in ten best!!

J.A.
J.A.

These guys SUCKS!These are not beatlefans.Sounds to me beatlehaters.I'm thinking this list was made by beatlehaters.

Collin
Collin

When I saw the first couple songs, I was like "Oh wow, this reminds me of my list of favorite Beatles songs," I mean come on, "Back in the USSR" is a great shot at the Beach Boys, "Birthday" is so catchy not to love, and "Obla-Di, Obla Da," serously what's with all the hate on that song. "Drive My Car" is another great one, and seriously "Strawberry Fields?" I mean, it's not their best song, but definitely not their worst. I agree with Revolution 9, but where's "Becuase" "Within You Without You" or "Bungalow Bill?"

Fuque Yaou
Fuque Yaou

Take this hammer, and give it to the captain.I said, take this hammer, and give it to the captain.Take this hammer, and give it to the captain, tell him I'm gone. Tell him I'm gone.

For I don't like, those chains and shackles.I don't like those chains and shackles.I don't like those chains and shackles for They hurt my legs, they hurt my leg.

So....

If he ask you why I'm leavingIf he ask you why I'm leavingIf he ask you why I'm leavingJust tell him I'm gone

you tell 'im I'm gone.

bleh.
bleh.

NO!I DISSAGREE WITH EVERYTHING except revolution 9.ugh.

Revollver
Revollver

I'm sorry but sometimes, some peoples top 10 list opinions do not need to be heard.

She loves you is one of the most brilliant compositions.

Tom
Tom

This article must have been written by somebody deaf. 'Paperback writer???' what are you nuts, that's one of the greatest intro to a song ever written. The only one I'd agree with is Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da and I that played at a Macca concert recently and 50 000 people went nuts for it. Whomever came up with this list has no idea what they're talking about ... I'd like to see their record collection. idiot!

diggernick
diggernick

Whoever came up with this list must be smoking crack! Even though it's not my personal favorite, 'She Loves You' is regarded by many to be the greatest example of a Pop/Rock record ever produced - bar none! The old addage was "If it ain't happenning in the first 10 nseconds, it ain't happenning." Well, that record HAS that element in spades!

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is a stupid blog! If the songs are so bad then why the hell are some of them on The Beatles Rock band? Dumbass...

Neko Law
Neko Law

Jesus, guys. That was a huge pile of suck.

jen
jen

Haha. My 1st concert was the Beatles. I knew you guys were full-of-it when I read that you didn't hear OBD till it was a TV theme song. You also show a distinct lack of respect for McCartney (who made an ass of himself recently with the Hussein-worship, but could still write songs.) Grow up and get a little musical history and credibility under your belts before you set yourselves up as experts. You guys aren't paid for his juvenile drivel, are you?

Fran
Fran

BULL. SHIT.

saras
saras

what the fuck with this lists ??you listed all-best song ! none off beatles' stuffs could be the worst at all..

When I'm Sixty-Nine
When I'm Sixty-Nine

"Helter Skelter" should lead the list, for obvious reasons.

But "Strawberry F" and "Paperback Writer"??? (You are right in that the bass on the latter does indeed rock.)

That said, I was a Stones girl, not a Beatles girl.

Dave
Dave

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Well that was a piece of crap. You have no business writing music articles.

Anonymous
Anonymous

we just got trolled, hard. there goes that 3 minutes of my life.

Anse
Anse

What a stupid column. God this rag gets more juvenile every single day. Would it kill you guys to at least attempt something serious once in a while? Between this bullshit and Connelly's mortally stupid Hairballs stories, it's as if you are trying to keep people from reading the Press. The only thing you guys have going for you is your investigative stories, which are often stellar, but this is pathetic. If Houston is such a bad-ass city for music lovers these days, you ought to be able to fill your pages with something besides this drivel.

Neal Down and Ben Dover
Neal Down and Ben Dover

Thanks for wasting 5 minutes of my life guys. Now go back to listening to your Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears CD's.

JPGR
JPGR

Another attention grabbing list. If the word "Worst" was crossed out to read, "Best", I doubt there would be nary a ripple. Instead some snot-nosed punk gets readers at the expense of some great Beatles songs. How about including this piece on the list of "The Ten Worst Articles Of All Time"?

JRNelsonSr
JRNelsonSr

The Beatles have fallen out of favor over the years with increasingly younger listeners, and the writers betrayed the fact that they weren't anywhere near the first wave when they thought "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" was written as the theme from "Life Goes On". Ignorance of key facts such as the correct lineup of the group and the song Elton really covered (with Lennon's assistance FYI) also separate the commentors from the source, if only because it's so common for people who weren't there to look back as if the world didn't exist before they were born (i.e. giving Lennon a copy of an album that wasn't released until several months after the imagined handover).

Unfortunately, guys, it's that very ignorance that disqualifies you from making these comments. Even if you weren't there (and I wasn't fan-wise: I was born about a month before "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was released here), you at least have to view the material in context. While it's common for people before they get a few years under the belt and the thick hair and thin waistline start to trade places to be impressed wit their ability to lob insults and show off their knowledge of vulgar words (Hi, DJ Andrew! Caught you reading this!), it comes across more as a bratist rant and less as meaningful critique - ranking the nine worst Beethoven symphonies loses something when it becomes apparent that the listener's biggest problem is that the composer didn't score any guitar shredding into the charts. Of course, I'd be very interested in watching what Iggy Stooge would physically do to these guys if they were in the same room: that could make the existence of this list worth all the while.

Anton
Anton

Great title for the article - catches your attention. Perhaps that was the intent. Some of the songs listed are certainly not on the top of my list, and some have been overplayed to death, but the worst?? Well, maybe 9. And have to wonder if "Dig It" (the part we got) really qualifies as a song. I think of it more as the intro to "Let it Be."

In sum, Beatles = great, and the lesser bits just work to support the greater ones.

tomasz.
tomasz.

Revolution 9 kicks the ass of most of history's most overrated band's supposedly *good* songs.

johnny
johnny

She Loves You???? who the hell is Eddie Murphy?? Shrek's ass?

frid-fra
frid-fra

what the hell!!! the only bad song is revolution 9, the other songs aare great!!! this is a big waste of time!!!! >_<

Joe Connor
Joe Connor

Obviously the writer here hasn't a clue as to what constitutes a bad Beatles song. Everyone with a grain of salt for a brain knows that "Mr. Moonlight" is at the top of the list for the worst. One cloud derive their list just by listing the bulk of songs on "Beatles for Sale". 'nuff said.

Anne
Anne

F*ck u :D

Michael Veegee
Michael Veegee

The author got it only right one time the:

Revolution 9 (White Album)

Most of the songs mentioned in the article are good ones if not great. It is difficult to name the worst Beatles songs for they are all almost good and catchy. However the other appropriate bad songs I find in the original 14 album releases of the Beatles are:

It's All Too Much (Yellow Submarine Album)The Inner Light (Past Masters Album)You Know My Name (Look Up the Number) (Past Masters Album)Dig It (Let It Be Album)Flying (Magical Mystery Tour Album)Maggie Mae (Let It Be Album)

That's it, all seven songs out of hundreds they recorded for official release. This is the reason they are the greatest musical artist ever. They have the fewest lemons in musical history.

Adam
Adam

Whoever wrote this is an idiot. Wish I had the last 5 minutes of my life back. This read is a waste of time.

texshelters
texshelters

I give Revolution #9 credit for being risky, experimental and ahead of it's time even if it isn't "musical" in the way most Beatles songs are. PTxS 

curtis70663
curtis70663

@Zack Nabors Indeed! They're just trying to stir up trouble. Idiots.


I love your humanity comment. I'd put Strawberry in my top 5 BEST list.


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