12. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite
If there are any truly “skippable” songs on “Sgt. Pepper,” this is one of those. Much more experimental than quality, the track shows the band’s often irreverent nature. Not always a bad thing.
11. Lovely Rita
Nothing too special here, but “Lovely Rita” fits in ambiance of the album quite well. There’s some fun to be had here, but expectations should be a bit tempered.
10. Good Morning Good Morning
“Good Morning Good Morning” is moderately upbeat and definitely satisfying for music fans. Despite the lyrics, the song actually works well to introduce the album’s resounding ending.
9. Within You Without You
“Within You Without You” starts a whispy, dream-like turn for the album. There’s nothing wrong with the song, but it’s not really a standout either, just adds a bit to the album’s depth.
8. When I’m Sixty-Four
This silly little ditty is Paul McCartney at his best and most irreverent. The song is uber-light and fun. This side of The Beatles was always beloved and those supporters for everything they wanted here.
7. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
No, no…this is not a song about LSD or any other drug use. Rather the song is said to be inspired by a drawing from John Lennon’s young child. Nonetheless, this is an amazing song with some underrated riffs.
6. Fixing a Hole
“Fixing a Hole” is a fairly underrated Beatles song that focuses on some fairly serious subject matter. You still get some lighthearted fun, but this one portends a change in future plans for the group.
5. Getting Better
“Getting Better” is very much a throwback to older Beatles work. Within the first few infectious beats, you can see the immense quality here. Otherwise, this is a fairly simple song with plenty of heart.
4. She’s Leaving Home
Taking much more of a serious turn within the album, “She’s Leaving Home” is a truly beautiful song with significant implications. While the true meaning is a bit opaque, this one is certainly a tome on loss.
3. With a Little Help from My Friends
Transitioning from the title track in the simple yet beautiful, “With a Little Help from My Friends” takes us in a much softer, more subdued direction, preparing us for what’s to come. Ringo’s vocals are at their best here.
2. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The opening and title track is a raucous party that serves to introduce this legendary concept album. Each member takes on a new persona, as we’re thrust into a mysterious and delightful world.
- A Day in the Life
Truly one of the greatest Beatles songs (and that’s certainly saying something), “A Day in the Life” is one the best and most unique works in modern music. What’s really important here is that the song is essentially two in one. You get the Paul McCartney part and also the John Lennon half. Both are remarkable.