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27 Songs From The Beatles That Weren’t Hits, But Should Have Been

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On November 13, 2000, The Beatles’ album 1 – an accumulation of every No. 1 hit The Beatles had in the United Kingdom and the United States – was released. Getting a No. 1 song is very tough. Some musicians have done it a few times. The Beatles, though? This album has 27 songs on it. And this is just their No. 1 hits, mind you; they’ve had plenty of other songs chart that are also fondly remembered and super popular. But even a band like The Beatles has some songs further down their discography. These are the, for wont of a better word, “overlooked.” So, we decided to rank them.

How did we measure this? With cold, hard logic. All songs that charted, or were released as A-side singles, were excluded. So were any songs that have showed up on the band’s various greatest-hits compilations. This includes the 1962-1966 and 1967-1970 albums. And even with all that, this list will still have a lot of popular songs you’ve heard of. To which we say: Of course it does. They are The Beatles. Still, by the standards of arguably the biggest band of all-time, these songs are the sleepers of a storied catalog. We’ve chosen 27 of them, for symmetry reasons.

A quick note on the videos below. The Beatles may be the biggest band in the history of music, but they also have a strange, iffy internet presence. As such, a lot of these videos have Spanish subtitles. One is taken from a Beatles-centric version of Rock Band. Another comes from a Beatles cartoon that… well, to say it doesn’t age well would seem to imply that there was ever a point where it wasn’t questionable. In the end, we did our best.

27. “Think for Yourself”

Album: Rubber Soul

Writer: George Harrison

26. “Two of Us”

Album: Let It Be

Writer: Paul McCartney

25. “Dig a Pony”

Album: Let It Be

Writer: John Lennon

24. “Here, There, and Everywhere”

Album: Revolver

Writer: Paul McCartney

23. “If I Needed Someone”

Album: Rubber Soul

Writer: George Harrison

22. “Julia”

Album: The White Album

Writer: John Lennon

21. “I’ve Got a Feeling”

Album: Let It Be

Writer: John Lennon & Paul McCartney

20. “Tomorrow Never Knows”

Album: Revolver

Writer: John Lennon

19. “Long, Long, Long”

Album: The White Album

Writer: George Harrison

18. “It Won’t Be Long”

Album: With The Beatles

Writer: John Lennon & Paul McCartney

17. “Rocky Raccoon”

Album: The White Album

Writer: Paul McCartney

16. “I’m So Tired”

Album: The White Album

Writer: John Lennon

15. “Oh! Darling”

Album: Abbey Road

Writer: Paul McCartney

14. “Any Time at All”

Album: A Hard Day’s Night

Writer: John Lennon

13. “Sexy Sadie”

Album: The White Album

Writer: John Lennon

12. “For No One”

Album: Revolver

Writer: Paul McCartney

11. “Blackbird”

Album: The White Album

Writer: Paul McCartney

10. “She Said, She Said”

Album: Revolver

Writer: John Lennon

9. “Across the Universe”

Album: Let It Be

Writer: John Lennon

8. “You Won’t See Me”

Album: Rubber Soul

Writer: Paul McCartney

7. “I’ve Just Seen a Face”

Album: Help!

Writer: Paul McCartney

6. “Helter Skelter”

Album: The White Album

Writer: Paul McCartney

5. “Happiness Is a Warm Gun”

Album: The White Album

Writer: John Lennon

4. “No Reply”

Album: Beatles for Sale

Writer: John Lennon

3. “She’s Leaving Home”

Album: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Writer: John Lennon & Paul McCartney

2. “And Your Bird Can Sing”

Album: Revolver

Writer: John Lennon

1. “Dear Prudence”

Album: The White Album

Writer: John Lennon

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