25: I Am The Walrus
Album: Magical Mystery Tour
Verdict: An intentional nonsense song John wrote just to confuse the analytically obsessed. The lyrics themselves are not that attractive; it’s definitely not a song I ever just sing to myself. But dang it John’s voice is spectacular as are the backing musicians, especially the strings. I also love all the crescendoing, as if the song means something more than it does.
24: She’s A Woman
Album: Past Masters, Volume 1
Verdict: The B-side to “I Feel Fine” and it became a top ten hit. Like “Oh! Darling” this one really showcases Paul’s powerful pipes. Of course it made me write that horrible sentence, so… “My love don’t give me presents” is such a stupid line but Paul pulls it off. And he’s not the only one. My favorite ever performance on American Idol came from Chikezie.
23. She’s Leaving Home
Album: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Verdict: One of the saddest songs in the Beatles library, this one about a runaway really hits home. Can’t say I’m a huge fan of all the strings in this one. I would love to hear this a cappela. Apparently he did for Brian Wilson and made him cry.
22. Day Tripper
Album: Past Masters, Volume 2
Verdict: John and Paul fought a lot, but they really were at their best when they worked together. That opening guitar lick…man. Not much in the way of lyrics, just barely veiled drug and sex references. But yeah, this one’s just a great listen. “It took me soooooo-oh-wo-oh-wooooo loooooong to find out!”
21: I’m Only Sleeping
Verdict: Literally written about his weeks long staying-in-bed and getting high binges. A great follow up to Eleanor Rigby with John getting to show off his underutilized high voice. “Going by my window!” is pitch perfect.