Ranking The 10 Best Songs From The White Album
Promotional portrait of the British rock band The Beatles, circa 1963. Paul McCartney holds a cigarette, others are (left to right) Ringo Starr, George Harrison (1943 - 2001) and John Lennon. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
The Beatles’ White Album unfolded some interesting trivia from the band. While it was maintained as an archetypal album from them, it dissolved the collaborative efforts of the quartet, who saw the album as a highlight of their individualistic interests. The band also was starting to lose sight of continuing as a group; it meant that George Harrison was more freely in control with his growth as a magnificent songwriter, threatening the usual McCartney-Lennon duo of being the lifeblood of the group’s composition. Below we present, the top 10 best songs from the White Album.
10. “Revolution 9”
Anyone who doesn’t know John Lennon’s ability to compose music on his own accord would find this one weird. But for Lennon’s fans, it’s a masterpiece. Chaos is the word that best describes it.
9. “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
This joyful song is definitely off the list of the band’s favorites, except for Paul McCartney who wrote it. It definitely contained Macca’s signature light-hearted tunes.
8. “Back In The U.S.S.R”
McCartney once confessed back in 1984 that he did “Back in the U.S.S.R” as a “Beach Boys parody”, but with a hint of Chuck Berry’s. It is rock and roll per se, but it lacks that certain true “rock” feeling.
7. “Glass Onion”
The song was a return slap from Lennon amongst the fans who generally thought that Paul was dead. He isn’t of course, but Lennon had the last laugh when he was messing with them.
6. “Yer Blues”
“Yer Blues” was considered as one of John’s depressive songs written in India. Ironically speaking, when they were at the transcendental meditation that was supposed to reveal their soul, Lennon horribly had his.
5. “Happiness is a Warm Gun”
The consistency of the Fab Four when they were at the same wavelengths is forever etched in history, as the White Album had some of its solid moments in songs like “Happiness Is a Warm Gun”, a brief but fierce number to end the first side.
The McCartney number, which was a reaction to the race relations situation in the US, is one of the band’s most ubiquitous classics that was honest in its delivery and could be interpreted by the listener based on their own understanding.
3. “Helter Skelter”
McCartney almost drove the band mad on “Helter Skelter”. Souped-up and intense from the beginning to the end, the song showed that the Beatles were righteous holders to the “Greatest Rock Band” title, and boy did they rock hard here.
2. “Revolution 1”
Hailing back to the early days of the White Album’s conception is the stripped version of “Revolution”. However, make no mistake as the song is just as badass as the fleshed-out one, making for one of the Beatles’ prime recordings.
1. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
George Harrison showed immense growth as the Beatles carried on with their career, eventually penning one of the most enduring rock numbers in the White Album. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” carries Harrison’s spirituality and creativity entangled in one cohesive stream of consciousness.