The Beatles: Revolver album tracks ranked best to worst


It’s 50 years old TODAY and I think it’s fair to say that over recent years and decades The Beatles‘ seventh studio album Revolver, with its monochrome Klaus Voorman designed cover, has overtaken the colourful and psychedelic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as the critics’, and perhaps the fans’, favourite Beatles album.

So let’s examine what is one of the best albums in the world and, for fun, SDE will go through the tracks on Revolver and rank them from best to worst…

1. I’m Only Sleeping 

My favourite song the album, has that weirdness that distinguishes Revolver from Rubber Soul. Brilliant lyric, backwards guitar, some nice bits of Paul vocal harmony (“keeping an eye on the world GOING BY MY WINDOW”), those spaces where the bass goes “bom, bom, bom, bom” and the eastern influenced outro. Perfect.

2. Eleanor Rigby

Paul at his very best. Great lyric, great drama and great pathos. Structurally this song is brilliant. The ‘chorus’ is “all the lonely people…” but then there’s the refrain of “ahh, look at all the lonely people” at 1.19 which has a completely different melody and Paul later uses as a counter-melody at around 1.50. George Martin’s superb string arrangement keeps the pace up and the momentum driving forward. “Father McKenzie” was going to be Father McCartney, but Paul considered that a little too close to home. If you want ‘more’ of Eleanor Rigby then try (a-hem) Eleanor Rigby/Eleanor’s Dream from Paul’s 1984 soundtrack Give My Regards to Broadstreet. It extends the track to nine minutes and George Martin is at the helm again. Interesting if nothing else.

3. Taxman

The first track on the album (not if you bought the cassette tape in the 1970s, that reordered the album and stared with Good Day Sunshine) and apparently the first Beatles lyric not concerned with that thing called lurrvve. For me this song, more than any other defines RevolverThat bass line, that guitar solo are both Paul, but the lyric is pithy George at his best. John said (rather grumpily) in an interview that he helped George a great deal with this track even though he wasn’t credited. At this stage I don’t think we’ll ever know the truth around that.

4. Here, There and Everywhere

Paul often cites this as his best, or one of his best, songs. Hard to argue with that. If anyone ever doubted his talent, the sheer craft and skill with melody and lyric is something to behold. Although I love the album version, I also rate the Anthology / Real Love CD single outtake/remix, which has a single tracked vocal and brings in the harmonies at the end.

5. Tomorrow Never Knows

This track still sounds unbelievable today, so I’d love to have been there when people first played this 50 years ago. A perfect album closer, and in terms of studio experimentation and the avant garde, surpassed anything Lennon did on Sgt. Pepper.

6. And Your Bird Can Sing

I must admit the ‘laughing’ outtake of And Your Bird Can Sing first heard at the end of one of The Beatles Anthology programmes in 1995 increased my love for this song. The – clearly high – fab four giggling away while trying to do vocal overdubs is infectious. I have no idea what John is singing about, but even if meaningless his lyrics were never not interesting.

7. For No One

Another classic in the vein of Eleanor Rigby. It’s the lyric that makes all the difference, mature, understated, moving. The french horn is perfect. John and George don’t play on this at all.

8. Doctor Robert

On the face of it a fairly lightweight number, but this song just sounds so damn good. The guitar and rhythm section is amazing and I defy anyone not to sing along to the great harmonies “he’s a MAN YOU MUST BELIEVE…”. Paul and John singing together is pure heaven, sometimes. Also, so many of John’s songs on the album had drug influenced lyrics, and I like the fact that his ‘social’ habits were informing his work!

9. She Said She Said

Bonus points straight off, for the way the title repeats “She Said”. I first listened to Revolver as a seven or eight year old child, casually playing my Dad’s mono original with wonderment. This song has some great hooks, especially the “and you’re making me feel like I’ve never been born line”. Great drumming from Ringo.

10. Love You To

Much better than Within You Without You from Pepper, it’s a testament to George’s Love You To that you almost forget about the Indian instrumentation as the spiritual lyrics and the melody pull you in.

11. Got to Get You into My Life

I’ve gone off this song over the years. It used to be a big favourite, and a great singalong, but these days I feel like it doesn’t really ‘fit’ on Revolver. This was issued as a single in 1976 to promote those Rock ‘n’ Roll albums, and was The Beatles’ last US top ten hit until Free As A Bird nearly 20 years later.

12. Yellow Submarine

Okay, so it’s a jokey children’s song written for Ringo, but as jokey children’s songs go, it’s a good ‘un! A Beatles classic and not the worst thing on the album (see below).

13. I Want To Tell You

Not bad I suppose, but the rather droney and moany I Want To Tell You doesn’t feel like much of a progression from some of George Harrison’s contributions to Rubber Soul, particularly If I Needed Someone, which I think is a much better song. The piano is quite annoying on this track, although the outro is satisfying.

14. Good Day Sunshine

The rather bassy piano accompaniment and the, frankly, boring lyric, combined with the ‘isn’t life great’ outlook make this McCartney song my least favourite track from Revolver.

Do you agree with this ranking? Leave a comment with your views!

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Richard Lyman

Except for Taxman and Tomorrow Never Knows, the whole album is crap. George Harrison didn’t get to do even one guitar solo on the album. Paul did the lead on Taxman and Tomorrow Never Knows and John play lead guitar on And Your Bird Can Sing, and the rest of the songs has no lead guitar parts. I haven’t been able to listen to some of these songs for more than a few times and it took me years to realize I was avoiding them. I doubt if I’ve listened to Here There and Everywhere more than four times in my life and the same with Good Day Sunshine, Eleanor Rigby, Got To Get You Into My Life, and Yellow Submarine. For thirty or Forty years, I was picking up the needle and moving past these tracks, telling myself I wasn’t in the mood for them. It took me years to admit that I skipped over them because they sucked. It’s that Beatlemania, it causes blind adoration. Once the mania is gone, you ask yourself if any other band had released these songs would I still like them, and the answer is no.


What about the backwards lead guitar on I’m Only Sleeping and the forwards one on She Said, She Said?

John McCartney

You are tripping sir, these songs are some of the greatest ever written, regardless of who wrote them. And it’s not about who got to do what. It’s about making the best sounding album and that’s exactly what they did with it.

Ollie Slomski

Harrison wrote ” Taxman ” as a protest against the high marginal tax rates paid by top earners like the Beatles, which were sometimes as much as 95 per cent of their income. McCartney wrote ” Yellow Submarine ” – a song he later characterised as a “kid’s story” – as a vehicle for Starr’s limited vocal range.


“Eleanor Rigby” is definitely my favourite. It first captured my imagination when I was a child and I’ll always have a soft spot for it. I love everything else on that album… except for “Got to Get You Into My Life”. It probably doesn’t help that I actually heard that song ruined by at least one ’70s TV variety show host before I heard the original. I don’t remember hearing Earth, Wind and Fire’s version. I’ll have to check it out.

Walrus Gumboot

Revolver is great. But both Paperback Writer and, especially, Rain were their top tracks of 66…

Keep doing the lists, by the way… Ignore any miserable gets…

Julian H

My favourite Beatles album is Abbey Road, by the way…

Julian H

Pleasantly surprised that you rate “Good Day Sunshine” the way I do as well. If it was influenced by “Daydream”, then boo since “Daydream” is a much better song.

About “Got to Get You Into My Life”, I’ve gotten so used to the excellent reworking by Earth Wind & Fire that the Beatles original now sounds underdeveloped to me…

Billy Dojcak

Hmm, I recall only one song from Revolver was made into a feature length film. No matter how uncool, everyone knows what that submarine looks like. (It is also the first song my daughter sang) IMHO, Revolver is a little Paul-heavy. My daughter also knows who wrote what and Paul’s songs can be lightweight. I’ll stick with the Mono Boxes versions.
Turning 50 must be important, even my wife mentioned it.



Instead of ranked “lists” (you know they are just preferences and opinions, and they led to debate and negative comments) how about a list of each song and state ONLY what we LIKED about each song. Then, we would be celebrating the album and its content, and keep the negativity out of it.

What do you think?


Sorry, I meant, what do you think about us stating what we liked about each song instead of a list. The former could help others enjoy the songs more, as there might be things some enjoyed about the songs that others haven’t thought of. I’ve seen this before, and people really seem to enjoy it more.

Silver Dagger

I’ve heard that And Your Bird Can Sing was a sly Lennon dig at Jagger and his famous girlfriend. Think about it.


VERY interesting observation.


Just my opinion, but no way I can put Revolver or Rubber Soul ahead of Sgt. Pepper. I love them all, but Sgt. Pepper is special.

Mikko Suhonen

If John would have wanted his name in the credits of Taxman, he should have given George credit for all the input he had on Lennon/McCartney -songs. He didn’t write them. but otherwise he influenced the songs so much that nowadays he would have given credit in quite a many songs credited to John and Paul. F.eg. Paul has acknowledged his input on And I love her.

Arthur O'Brien

Sorry, I love Revolver but “Pepper” is still the better LP to my ears.


Just loving everyone’s comments & opinions. What a difficult, agonizing job to try to rank the songs on the single greatest sonic “long player” that’s ever been issued, IMHO. For me there’s no single ranking that will work. I could have a ranking for sheer song-writing genius (i.e., structure, melody, inventive use of pop elements), one for instrumental genius (has there ever been an album that has the sheer genius of bass impact combined with drumming brilliance?), and one for sheer emotion and fun (you know, like we used to hear these things when we had teen and pre-teen hormones coursing through our veins.. :-)

It makes a BIG difference which frame I try to take. Yellow Submarine would be right up there for sheer fun, but holding up the bottom end from other perspectives (I mean, if you had a Beatles intro path anything like mine and first really listened when you were 9-10 yrs old in 1969-1970 or so, can you actually imagine your musical existence without Yellow Submarine in it?–even with all it’s shortcomings that’s simply preposterous to me!) The 1976 single release of Got To Get You Into My Life utterly ruined that song for me. Yet, on a vocal performance basis, I 100% agree with the commenter above who opined that it is one of Paul’s finest moments.

But OK, having established the context for my disdain of a single list, Paul S.’s inspiration leads me to submit the following at this particular moment in time. Call this my blended ranking in terms of “can’t imagine the world without this track” (and believe me, I CAN’T imagine the world without Rain, so the PW/R single is IN for my list…):

1) And Your Bird Can Sing (the absolute joy & exuberance of this song has never abated for me)
2) For No One (the simple, singular beauty of the horn playing is still jaw-dropping)
3) Rain (just sublime….)
4) Tomorrow Never Knows (I changed the order of TNK & Rain a dozen times….)
5) Here, There & Everywhere
6) Eleanor Rigby
7) Love You To (anybody else ever sit & contemplate why it isn’t “Love You Too”?)
8) Paperback Writer (one of the first tracks to blow my young mind w/ it’s “Englishness”)
9) She Said She Said
10) Taxman (can’t imagine a better album opener w/ the count-in, cough, etc.)
11) I’m Only Sleeping (some days, this might actually flip w/ AYBCS to demonstrate how tough this task is….)
12) Good Day Sunshine (I can’t believe this is so low–I *love* this song!!)
13) I Want To Tell You
14) Doctor Robert (though I still think the “Well, well, well…” break is one of the most inventive things I’ve every heard in a pop song)
15) Yellow Submarine (LUV Ringo’s vocal!)
16) Got To Get You Into My Life

Steve G.

Tom D

My sense of the “Love You To” title is (unless it is a spelling error) that it follows on from the final lyric:

“I’ll make love to you / If you want me to.”

In other words, George is hoping that the response would be, “Yes, I would love you to [make love to me].”


just chipping in to say, 1) Don’t stop doing lists, as I like lists, 2) even to those who don’t like lists, the review of each song of such a key album ought to be worth a read.

How do you rate the songs on Queen is Dead, Violator, Different Class, Raw Power, Man Machine, Bollocks or Neu! 75? Please let us know on the corresponding release date ;-)

Mark McKendrick


(not Revolver…. you lot).


I know lists like this are a very personal thing but my favourite song on Revolver is also my favourite Beatles track ever as well as my second favourite John Lennon lyric and thats Tomorrow Never Knows. The weird thing is that it was the first song recorded for the album I think what a way to start a new record. (incidentally my favourite Lennon lyric is Watching The Wheels)


I think ‘I Want To Tell You’ is one of the greatest songs ever written and recorded. Can you imagine any popular artists at this time to record a song on the top of their success with such a creative unusualy piano-chord? I think this is just an example of the greatnes and open minded thinking of The Beatles. WOW!

Rob Batters

If good day sunshine is the worst track on the album, this, as I’ve always thought, is the greatest 35 minutes ever committed to vinyl

Pretty much perfect.


Not a fan of Yellow Submarine. Good Day Sunshine has a killer hook, especially towards the end when McCartney hits the higher notes (gooood day SUNSHINE! ) along with the drum and Rickenbacker duo. Agree about I’m Only Sleeping, especially after hearing the charming Anthology mix with the marimbas.

Tom D

This has become my favorite Beatles album, and my favorite album by anyone. The mono blows away the stereo. I also like to play it from the playlist I created that slots “Rain” after “Here, There and Everywhere,” and “Paperback Writer” after “I Want To Tell You.” And I also stuck that vibraphone fragment of “I’m Only Sleeping” (from “Anthology”) before “Good Day Sunshine.”

I don’t mind the list, always good to see what someone else thinks. I’d have a hard time ranking these!


As a child Revolver was my first experience with Popular Music. I always think this one was the best album of the times. It’s definately my number one, (number 2 being Horse Rotorvator by Coil)


I was introduced to this album by my dad.

He gave me a mono first pressing which I believe has a different take of one of the tracks.

I like the Stereophonics version of I’m only Sleeping.


The -1 matrix of the mono was available for a short period before being withdrawn and has the “Take 11” version of TNK. Worth a bit now!

Rick R

So the US version of Revolver is missing the best track…


Gut wrenching Paul, intuitive and cynical John, mystic George, genius beats by Ringo, too hard to call on whats best and this is what separates the Beatles from all else.

Ian Mears

Nice piece to read on a Sunday morning over breakfast (hello from Sydney). Regardless of the order or the ‘list’ discussion, I like reading music fan’s opinions on music. Your introduction to the album way back when via a tape in the wrong order brought back memories. And those cassettes had such limited booklets. I was only 9 when Lennon was killed and my love of The Beatles began, but even by 1987 when there was the fuss over the anniversary of Pepper I remember telling anyone that would listen that Revolver was a better Beatles album because each of them contributed, and in many ways it was each of them at their best as a part of the sum. It’s not their best 14 songs, but it’s the best collection of songs on an LP.
It had never occurred to me that Got To Get You Into My Life didn’t quite fit right. Imagine if Paperback Writer / Got to Get You Into My Life had been a double A side single, and Rain had been on the LP instead. What a band.


I just put the CD in and press play.
No need to decide what track is better or whatever.
Don’t go down the path The Hoffman Forum do.


spot on!!

Billy Dojcak

When is the last time your laser was calibrated?


Any list ranking these songs that doesn’t have “Tomorrow Never Knows” as number one is not worth reading.

Now go smoke some weed or drop acid and get back to me. :)

David Mc

In a harmonic and melodic sense TNK is probably the least interesting song on the album. It’s not really something that you would play solo on a piano or guitar. But looked through a rhythmic, textural and process lens, it is astounding and predicts genres like techno. For that reason it is probably the most important track on the album.

Steven C

Your list illustrates nicely why I always preferred John. I’m Only Sleeping is so much better than stuff like Good Day Sunshine. There are no syrupy and cheesy Beatles songs penned by John. I mean, we all love Paul and he’s one of the best of all time, but John’s songs were a bit more meaningful and artistic. I do think Paul’s “Here, There and Everywhere” should be #2 though…

Mike the Fish

That Spanish guitar part at the beginning of Bungalow Bill is a key on the Mellotron.


Good Night not syrupy?


It is a terrific album. I’ve never been that impressed with ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ though. Probably in my 5 worst Beatles tracks. I love ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’. A great vocal from Paul on that one. In addition to ‘Revolver’ improving with age I think ‘A Hard Days Night’ has also grown in stature over the years. Easily the greatest band there’s been. No-one else comes close.

Adam shaw

The album runs perfectly but I always skip Yellow Submarine.
Taxman (although dated cause of political points )is my favourite.

Stevie B


Wouldn’t Help! be an earlier example of a Beatles song that is not about romantic love? Also, I only found out last week that the individual Music for Pleasure (budget) Rock ‘n’ Roll Music albums feature many different mixes, specially created by George Martin for the original double album, but rejected by Capitol execs. Damn, the means I’ll have to and seek them out from my local specialist vinyl collectors record store!


Also bit of a missed opportunity for Apple.Where is the 50th anniversary special
edition featuring outakes plus the alt version of TNK ? Money to be made there boys!


never understood those missing off Revolver plus Strawberry/penny lane off Sgt pepper
With those additions they are both pretty much perfect. Add in Rubber Soul and that must be the best 3 lp run ever by a band. Of course someone else is going to…… point me to the exit?


Put Rain and paperback writer on take Love you to and Gotta off
Now it matches the surrealism of it’s cover and is deserving of its plaudits.


Its nice to see this album has gotten more recognition as time goes by. When I was a young teen
in the 1980’s it seemed universal that Sgt Pepper was the Beatles best. I would place that album 4th or 5th behind Revolver (1st) Rubber Soul (2nd) Abbey Road (3) White Album (4) but any could justifiably lay a claim to the best. I think its impressive how many are the songs are familiar to millions even though there were only a few singles released from those albums – In the States Revolver had one single released here, not counting Got To Get You Into My Life which was released 10 years after the album, Sgt Pepper had zero singles, White Album had zero, Abbey Road had one single and Rubber Soul had one single. After 50 years those albums are still among the best ever.


Over the past 20-25 years Revolver has become widely regarded as the best album by The Beatles. I remember years ago before the internet when lists were few and far between and restricted to printed media, Sgt Peppers was ALWAYS voted No.1 above all other albums. I’m not overly familiar with the work of The Beatles except for the hits, Revolver and The White Album (particularly the first disc) but what I do like about Revolver is the bass guitar and the sing-along-at-the-top-of-your-voice quality of songs such as ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ and ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’. It’s just the right mix of Rock and Pop but with an edge. It wouldn’t feature in a list of my Top 50 albums but it wouldn’t be far off.


OUCH!!! A list? Must have been a really slow day @ the SDE office huh? Whats next? A list of Elton’s top 10 pair of glasses?

I will play along (sort of) by noting that the best version of Tax Man can be found on the Black Oak Arkansas LP Live Mutha. It is an acquired taste & it might take a few listens (and a few pints) but it is my fave version of the song


Paul U R right, your readers have responded on the whole. U have a great web site that most of us refer to daily. Keep it that way. There is a “list” of the best Pink Floyd tracks on the Hoffman site that has been going on for over 4 years. It is dreck
Fatoldbloke and I are just giving friendly advice that may serve U well


It is always a pleasure
If you really want to torture yourself give a listen to the Black Oak Arkansas version of Taxman. Most Beatle fans find it horrid. But…if you consider that electricity did not arrive in their neck of the woods until the 1950s it is amazing that a bunch of backwater boys were the biggest Beatles fans ever. The reach of the Beatles knows no bounds


The issue is that some people think that rankings suck. Full stop. Writing a good review is an entirely different matter and more difficult but can be enlightening. But you have to be good. I am siding with J: don’t go there. It’s your site of course and you can do whatever you want.


Judging by the music tastes of Mr Sinclair and most of the contributors of the comments on this site, a 50th Anniversary reassessment of Revolver is not unreasonable. Much of the music discussed here falls out of my scope of interest (the last two box sets I bought were by Egisto Macchi) but I’m always impressed by the in-depth knowledge of Mr Sinclair and the many contributors.

Julian H

I will play along by noting that the worst version of Taxman can be found on the Saga LP Pleasure & the Pain. And I’ll add that I’m a HUGE Saga fan, but almost the entire album is the definition of a band lost in the wilderness. Why they decided, twenty years into their career, that they wanted to cover a Beatles song, I’ll never understand. But there’s even worse songs on that album!


Dave Gilmour's Cat

Surely ‘Yellow Submarine’ should come last. I always think this song stops the album being a masterpiece.


Its a better sleeve than Sgt Pepper’s.


I confess, that I always skip Got To Get You Into My Life. It really doesn’t belong here in.


There’s God = The Beatles, there are the angels = the songs. The angels are all good, so are the Songs thus, you can not pick up you’re favorite angel or your favorite song. All are an equal and part of the puzzle called Revolver. Take out “Submarine” and there is no Revolver, take our TNK and there is no Revolver. Hope you got my drift.

Mike the Fish

I enjoyed this article. The top and bottom entries were not what I expected! I wonder if Paul was at a song writing peak on this album. For No-One is gorgeous. I would prob out Love You To at the bottom. I’d forgotten about I Want To Tell You, so that would probably be next. Taxman is great if somewhat unbalanced on the stereo mix.


re: your ‘Taxman’ comments…. I had always read, and I think correctly, that Nowhere Man was the first Beatles song to be about something other than romantic love.


Lists! A great excuse to stop doing what you’re supposed to be doing… although the *ahem* correct order of merit is:

I’m Only Sleeping
Eleanor Rigby
Tomorrow Never Knows
For No One
And Your Bird Can Sing
Dr Robert
Here, There and Everywhere
She Said, She Said
Got To Get You Into My Life
Good Day Sunshine
Yellow Submarine
Love You To
I Want To Tell You

And this remains one of the great scenes in TV history…

Kevin J. O'Conner

Of course, ‘those Rock ‘n’ Roll [Music] albums’ didn’t become albums (plural) until the later budget reissues…

Kevin J. O'Conner

Looks like you lost a bit of text there at the top—at least, in my browser (Chrome, on an iMac)…

Chris Straub

The shortened American LP was the first LP I ever owned and nearly thirty years after the CD made the UK track lineup standard worldwide, I still am thrown off by the presence of ‘Doctor Robert’ and ‘And Your Bird Can Sing.’ Funny, since I have listened to the CD many more times than I ever listened to the LP. Those early memories sure do stick.

Kevin J. O'Conner

Chris: Makes sense to me. I originally owned David Bowie’s Pin Ups on 8-track; even though I bought the Ryko CD reissue when it came out in 1990, the original LP sequence still sounds wrong to me…


Same here – I originally owned Bowie’s Pin-Ups on 8-track, and when I finally got the CD, the original LP sequencing threw me. Same with Goats Head Soup by The Stones.
As for Revolver, I always chuckle to myself when I see Dr. Robert, And Your Bird Can Sing and I’m Only Sleeping mentioned in the same breath. Those are Yesterday And Today tracks (ducks in the event of flying shoes…)!
Seriously tho, being in the US, to this day I cannot get used to the “standardised” UK version of The Beatles catalog that replaced the US Capitol versions in the 80’s when the first CD’s came out.

Billy Dojcak

Along with the US Rubber Soul…


I think that both Rubber Soul and Revolver are better that Sgt.Peppers (but its a close run thing.)

She Said She Said: aside from the alliteration, I think that’s another example of an English literary device that I can’t remember the name of right now! ‘She Said’, ‘Said She’ etc.

Taxman: I wonder if George minded that the only song of his to lead off a Beatles album featured a guitar solo by his usually bass-playing bandmate?


I’m not a massive fan of The Beatles but Revolver is a very good album. My favourite is ‘Taxman’ which, 14 years later, became one of Paul Weller’s finest moments.

Mike the Fish

The bass line even appeared again on the b-side!


Enjoyed the list Paul. Would have ‘For No One’ higher though. ‘Good Day Sunshine’ is spot on. still prefer Abbey Road though…