35: Rocky Raccoon
Album: The Beatles
Verdict: I think I overrated this a bit; satirical songs usually wear thin after a while. Especially since Paul is trying his hardest not to use his best singing voice. I think I just like how most of the song is just one long breath. I also had a girl go on a date with me once after I told her I liked this song. Then again, it wasn’t the best date.
34: Strawberry Fields Forever
Album: Magical Mystery Tour
Verdict: Rolling Stone has this the #3 Beatles song. I knew a guy at an old job of mine who had it squarely #1. Both Rolling Stone and that guy are bigger Lennon fans than I. I have grown to like this more over the years. John does a great job on the vocals; I enjoy his frequent changes in tempo while remaining in key. However–and I think I’ve said this before–I just don’t care much for the mellotron. For what it’s worth, John said he didn’t like the album recording and accused Paul of sabotaging it.
33: Baby You’re A Rich Man
Album: Rubber Soul
Verdict: I know this is just two separate, completely unrelated songs smashed together. But dang it they just complement each other so well. Ringo does a fine job here too.
32: Ticket to Ride
Verdict: I’ve gone back and forth on this song over the years and I think this spot seems about right. The lyrics are nothing special and harken back to a lot of the mindless stuff from their earlier albums. On the other hand, that guitar intro! And the fade-out of “my baby don’t care!” is exceptional.
31: For No One
Verdict: I’m not a huge fan of this song’s rhythm, but it’s lyrics are heartbreaking. The chorus is brutal and I love how Paul sings “And in her eyes you see nothing.”