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The Beatles' Most Underrated Songs

The hit songs of the Beatles are sung across the world, however their sheer songwriting craftsmanship is just as evident in their lesser known, album tracks. Music Lovers has compiled a list of the Beatles most underrated songs, spanning their entire career. All items available in our catalogue.

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A Hard Day's Night
A Hard Day's Night

There’s not a weak track on The Beatles’ third album, featuring songs written for the band’s first feature film. Comprised entirely of Lennon-McCartney songs, and with John Lennon’s lead vocals dominating the album, “A Hard Day’s Night” represents the pinnacle of the ‘60s beat group sound, mixing rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues and power pop into an exciting and exuberant sound that still sounds fresh today.

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Blackbird
The White Album

There is simple genius behind one the White Album’s most beautiful songs, “Blackbird.” Composed entirely by McCartney and recorded by studio engineer Geoff Emerick, the song features only vocals, acoustic guitar, foot tapping and bird noises that were picked up by the microphones when McCartney recorded the song outside the Abbey Road Studios. McCartney has always been vague when asked about the meaning behind the song. At one time he stated that the lyrics were a metaphor for the African American civil rights movement. “Blackbird” has been featured prominently in McCartney’s set lists since the 1970s, and is arguably one of his finest songs.

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The Fool on the Hill
Magical Mystery Tour

While the film of the same name may have received poor reviews, the Magical Mystery Tour album featured a plethora of classics such as “The Fool on the Hill.” Written predominantly by Paul, the song at first received mixed reviews, but as time went on, it slowly became more revered. Some critics have suggested that the song may have been influenced by the music of popular ‘60s folk duo Simon and Garfunkel.

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Hey Bulldog
Yellow Submarine

The Beatles’ sound engineer Geoff Emerick once remarked that “Hey Bulldog” was the last Beatles song in which every member shared a strong, enthusiastic work dynamic. The song was written and recorded during the tumultuous studio sessions for what would become “The White Album”. Interestingly, “Hey Bulldog” is one of only a few Beatles songs that feature a main riff played on the piano, alongside the classics “Lady Madonna” and “Let it Be.”

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Honey Don't
Live at the BBC

Despite recording two albums and several singles per year, along with making a couple of feature films, touring the world and performing on countless TV shows, The Beatles between 1963-1965 somehow found time to perform live numerous times on BBC radio. This double CD collects many of these amazing performances, with the band playing a lot of covers that they never recorded for their official albums. It also features great live versions of songs they did record, including a version of “Honey Don’t” sung by John Lennon that is much better than the version sung by Ringo on the album Beatles for Sale.

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If I Fell
A Hard Day's Night

John Lennon labelled “If I Fell” as his first attempt at writing a ballad for The Beatles, and he produced a ballad that Rolling Stone magazine later listed as The Beatles’ 26th greatest song. With Paul having once described the song as “dripping with chords,” “If I Fell” arguably features one of the duo’s finest written melodies, accompanied by their ever impressive harmonies. The song was featured in the band’s first feature film “A Hard Day’s Night,” and is a stand-out track on the band’s third album.

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Nowhere Man
Rubber Soul

While “Nowhere Man” was recorded as an album track for their 1965 album Rubber Soul, the song was also released as a single outside of the UK, reaching number one in Australia. The song was also featured during the band’s 1965-1966 world tour. “Nowhere Man” has been noted as one of the first Beatles lyrics to not be about romance or love, instead being autobiographical in nature, and written primarily by John. The song features a wonderful three-part harmony by John, Paul and George, and is one of Rubber Soul’s standout tracks.

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She’s Leaving Home
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

While “She’s Leaving Home” may not be the most memorable track from The Beatles’ ground-breaking Sgt Pepper album, it is perhaps one of Paul’s most beautiful and emotional songs, with lyrics about a daughter abandoning her parents to meet up with a man and fulfil her desire for fun and freedom. The song also echoes the orchestral arrangements found on the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album, which was a major influence on Paul when he wrote his arrangements for Sgt. Pepper.

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She Loves You
The Beatles' Second Album

In the first half of the 1960s, Beatles albums released in the US were different from what the group released in the UK. “The Beatles’ Second Album” was a US release featuring songs from their second album, “With the Beatles,” and various singles and EP tracks. Every song is upbeat early ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll at its best, as can be heard on their timeless early hit, “She Loves You.”

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You Never Give Me Your Money
Abbey Road

“You Never Give Me Your Money” was penned by Paul during the peak of financial tensions between him and the rest of the band, when John, Ringo and George were adamant on handing the Beatles’ financial reigns to infamous manager Allen Klein. The structure of the song is similar to that of “Happiness is a Warm Gun” from the White Album, in which the track is an amalgamation of three separate song ideas. While it was recorded during the imminent breakup of the band, it certainly doesn’t ring through the music, which is another classic Beatles masterpiece.

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