Beatles Song Countdown: 80-76

80: Here, There, and Everywhere

Album: Revolver
Writer: McCartney
Singer: McCartney

Verdict: Man do the critics love this song. It’s one of Paul’s favorite songs. It’s one of John’s favorite songs. Mojo ranked it the 4th best song in the history of ever. I guess I get it. It’s a super sweet song in a similar vein to Something. But the rhythm just throws me at times, and I just think Paul uses the same high notes too often. 

79: Getting Better

Album: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Writer: Lennon/McCartney
Singer: McCartney

Verdict: An interesting song what with Paul writing the optimistic parts and John writing the negative parts. A shockingly honest bit by John, basically admitting that he used to beat the shit out of Cynthia. Similar to the song above in that Paul utilizes a lot of high-pitched monotone notes.

78: If I Needed Someone

Album: Revolver
Writer: Harrison
Singer: Harrison

Verdict: George’s song, but not really. Paul and John take over many of the verses using their superior singing abilities reaching for high notes George can’t make. That said, it’s a nice contrast here. My favorite part is when George goes low to sing, “But you see now I’m too much in love.”

77: Lovely Rita

Album: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Writer: McCartney
Singer: McCartney

Verdict: In the computer game Under A Killing Moon, there’s a main thoroughfare where most of the game takes place. If you try to interact with the otherwise “just-scenery” parking meters, the main character (a womanizer) jokes that he’d like to hang around to meet lovely Rita. Anyway, this is based on Paul receiving a ticket from a meter maid and he decided to turn it into a song. While I’m not a big fan of the crazy sound effects made by the comb, tissue paper kazoos, and the slide guitar, I totally dig the song’s rhythm and its premise.

76: Get Back

Album: Past Masters, Volume II
Writer: McCartney
Singer: McCartney

Verdict: What makes this significantly better than the album version is the false ending on “Oooo!” followed by “Get back Loretta, your momma’s waiting for you, wearing her high-heel shoes, and her low-neck sweater. Get back home Loretta.” The song just deserves a fade-out. I can barely listen to the album version knowing I’m missing out on this one.

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