5: In My Life
Album: Rubber Soul
Verdict: One of my me and my wife’s songs. A non-cloying existentialist treatise.
4: A Day in the Life
Verdict: #1 on the Rolling Stone list. A gorgeous, dreamy song that highlights both Paul and John’s strengths. I rather enjoy the repetition of the last groove on the record, though I may have been annoyed had I actually owned this on record and the final phrase went on indefinitely without a fade-out.
3. She Came In Through the Bathroom Window
Album: Abbey Road
Verdict: When Polythene Pam ends I always get a huge adrenaline rush. “Oh, look out!” I love every second of this song. It never lets up. “Tuesday’s on the phone to me!” is my favorite crescendo in a Beatles song, and it leads into Golden Slumbers. Oh yeah.
2. Hey Bulldog
Album: Yellow Submarine
Verdict: Despite my love for Paul, my favorite two Beatles songs belong to John. A relatively unheralded song, I fell in love with Hey Bulldog the first time I heard it, blissfully unaware it was stuck on the underwhelming Yellow Submarine. Everything I love about She Came In Through the Bathroom Window applies here as well. So much frenetic energy. “You can talk to me!” is John at his guttural high-note best. I even dig him barking like a dog at the end.
1: Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
Album: Rubber Soul
Verdict: My favorite Beatles song has everyone bringing it for two minutes and five seconds. George starts it out with a violent acoustic guitar riff which perfectly leads into John’s opening line. “I once had a girl. Or should I say, she once had me?” Brutal. I can certainly identify with the frustration of being invited home by a girl and then leaving the next morning lonely as ever. The coldness in this song is palpable, and then it ends with lighting the girl’s fucking house on fire.
(Death By Troggles does not condone violence against women)