50: You Won’t See Me
Album: Rubber Soul
Verdict: A rare song for Paul where he sings in a lower key. A fairly simple “Ugh, my girlfriend sucks,” song, but I love the vocalizations, especially John’s harmony. My favorite line is “Time after time you refuse to even listen,” but that’s not surprising for me. I tend to enjoy when a singer stays on each note slightly longer than the rhythm would suggest.
49: I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Album: Abbey Road
Verdict: A lyrically absent song that thrives on the music and John’s mastering of primal voices and screams to make music. His guitar work is really good. On some albums this would feel out of place, but it fits nicely in Abbey Road.
48: Got To Get You Into My Life
Verdict: Paul’s ode to marijuana, though I like it better as a love song, so I just pretend it’s about a woman. Paul’s voice is amazing here. When he screams the title I get chills.
47: Fixing A Hole
Album: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Verdict: Finally, a metaphorical song not about sex or drugs or death. A very intimate number that would not sound out of a place in a late 90’s coffee shop. Yeah, now I’m picturing Norah Jones singing it and I’d like to hear that. I’d rare this higher but I’m not a big fan of the tempo in the bridge (Where I belong I’m right, where I belong…)
46: I Will
Album: The Beatles
Verdict: A very simple love song, maybe too simple to be among the best of the band. I think if you’re going to go this simple a capella might be the way to do it. But yeah, picking nits. I always find it fascinating that songs like “You Won’t See Me” took just two takes, yet this one took 67.