Beatles Hits That John Lennon Hated

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Even for someone proficient like John Lennon, there were times that he hated the work of his band, The Beatles. Whether he wrote it or not, some of the songs couldn’t get past the sharp tongue of Lennon and his opinions. Whether it’s from the countless times they have to perform the song or how badly it was written by the songwriter, we’ll take a delve at the reason why Lennon hates them all. Let’s have a look.


“Run for your Life” (1965)

This song, which was influenced by Elvis Presley’s “Baby, Let’s Play House,” was published in 1965 as part of the Rubber Soul album. After he claimed to have put forth minimal effort in crafting the words to this song, John Lennon later stated that “Run For Your Life” was “a tune I just knocked off.”

“Let it Be” (1970)

Sharing a few harsh words about Let It Be, Lennon said: “That’s Paul. What can you say? Nothing to do with the Beatles. It could’ve been Wings. I don’t know what he’s thinking when he writes ‘Let It Be.’”

“Eight Days a Week” (1964)

It’s incredible that The Beatles never performed this song live, given how well-known and cherished it is. Despite Lennon’s disdain for the song, he thought it was an effective tool for promoting their film Help!

“Yesterday” (1965)

It is difficult to believe that John Lennon could dislike “Yesterday,” considering that it is one of the most well-known and well-loved songs by the Beatles. Sadly, Lennon did not feel the same about the song as the rest of the world. He thought that the lyrics were well-written, but that they failed to make any form of sense when put together.

“Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” (1967)

Despite the fact that the song was a fan favorite, Lennon despised it. He commented, “It’s abysmal, you know? The track is just terrible.” He went on to remark that the song is alright, but it has the potential to be better.

“Across the Universe” (1970)

Let It Be’s “Across the Universe” seems to be one of those tunes that John Lennon had great expectations for. Despite his best efforts, he couldn’t quite get the tune perfect in his head.

“And Your Bird Can Sing” (1966)

When “And Your Bird Can Sing” was published on the Revolver album in 1966, some thought it was a reference to the Beatles-Rolling Stones spat. Lennon never confirmed the details, instead, he labeled the song as one of his “throwaways.”

“Twist and Shout” (1963)

Considered a Beatle classic, you’d be surprised to find out that the group’s version is a cover song; it was initially recorded by the Isley Brothers. Lennon always felt “embarrassed” performing it on stage, aside from being difficult to sing.

“Hello, Goodbye” (1967)

In an interview that he gave in 1980 for the magazine Playboy, John Lennon was quite critical of the song “Hello, Goodbye.” Before calling it a 3-minute meaningless juxtaposition, he said: “That’s another [Paul] McCartney. Smells a mile away, doesn’t it? An attempt to write a single. It wasn’t a great piece.” Post-Beatles, Lennon had been an avid critic of McCartney’s work, inside or outside the band.

“When I’m Sixty-Four” (1967)

Perhaps you could consider “When I’m Sixty-Four” as one of John Lennon’s most-hated tracks. Lennon referred to this McCartney-penned track, as “granny music.”