Beatles Song Countdown: 180-176

180: I Need You

Album: Help!
Writer: Harrison
Singer: Harrison

Verdict: Harrison tries really hard here. His guitar playing is a nice change of pace with the suspended chords and whatnot, and he would improve upon this later with If I Needed Someone. The cowbell in the the second verse really throws me off. 

179: It Won’t Be Long

Album: With the Beatles
Writer: Lennon
Singer: Lennon

Verdict: A fun intro to The Beatles’ fourth album, but much like She Loves You, all the fun is in the chorus. Lots of yeah-yeahs and scaling guitar riffs. But it’s like Lennon didn’t know yet how to write an interesting verse.

178: Roll Over Beethoven

Album: With the Beatles
Writer: Chuck Berry
Singer: Harrison

Verdict: I really enjoy Chuck Berry’s version. This one, not so much. I think Paul or even John could have pulled this off better. Harrison just doesn’t have the energy or something. I want to rock it out but it’s practically approaching ballad territory.

177: Any Time At All

Album: A Hard Day’s Night
Writer: Lennon
Singer: Lennon/McCartney

Verdict: Nearly identical in style to It Won’t Be Long. No wonder I have them ranked so close. I like this one a little better as Paul does a great job hitting those high notes, giving me the warm fuzzies.

176: Only A Northern Song

Album: Yellow Submarine
Writer: Harrison
Singer: Harrison

Verdict: Man, not a good day for Harrison. A bitter song referencing a music publishing company that exploited the hell out of Harrison. That’s all well and good, but the audience sort of become one at that point. John Fogerty did the same thing more than once when he would rip Fantasy Records owner Saul Zaents in his songs and I didn’t care for it then either. I enjoy the music itself; the organ, trumpet, and glockenspiel complement each other. But you can’t really sing along to it.

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2 thoughts on “Beatles Song Countdown: 180-176

  1. I have a soft place in my heart for It Won’t Be Long. The guitar riff is cool and I once saw a rockabilly band just rip into this song.

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