Review #29: The White Album, The Beatles

Karla Clifton
3 min readFeb 5, 2021

#29: The White Album, The Beatles

Here we are on our fourth Beatles album in the top 30! Now, we’ve already established that the Beatles aren’t necessarily deserving of all their slots on this album.

But, leaving all that aside, I still will defend the White Album. I think it has both some of their most badass songs and their most beautiful songs. I’m a sucker for most of these songs, and will suffer through the ones I hate out of some weird internalized Beatles reverence.

Now, this album is long, so let’s just get into it.

FAVORITE SONGS:

“Back In The U.S.S.R.” — This was the first album my brother played on his record player — can you imagine! Love the Beach Boys shade here.

“Dear Prudence” — This song is so pretty but it always makes me think of that goofy scene in Across the Universe.

“Glass Onion” — I love when the Beatles reference themselves. Now we finally know that the walrus was Paul.

“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” — This was the last song in that movie Yesterday!

“The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” — This is one of those cheerful jams that is secretly terrifying, just like “Maxwell Silver Hammer.”

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” — One of the most straightforward on this album, good for George Harrison.

“Happiness Is A Warm Gun” — I only understood this song after I quit a job I hated.

“I’m So Tired” — This one rocks once it picks up.

“Blackbird” — Beautiful Love Song #1.

“Rocky Raccoon” — I know this one is a farce but I still kind of think it’s lovely.

“Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?” — I just love a good blues howl.

“I Will” — Beautiful Love Song #2.

“Julia” — Beautiful Love Song #3.

“Birthday” — The Beatles just wrote…a birthday song? I suspect the Beatles grew mad with power. Just look at the origin story for this song, it’s stupid.

“Yer Blues” — Love when the Beatles pretend to be a garage band.

“Mother Nature’s Son” — I always forget about this lovely song.

“Everybody’s Got Something To Hide” ‘CEPT FOR ME AND MY MONKEY.

“Helter Skelter” — My absolute favorite, it has such evil-sounding guitars. Shame about Charles Manson.

“Revolution 1” — It’s wild that this super slow, bluesy version is the one that made it on the album! I like the other one better, but I’ll jam to this.

“Savoy Truffle” — I feel like the Beatles are so hungry all the time.

“Revolution 9” — I REALIZE THIS IS A CONTROVERSIAL OPINION. I don’t care. All I’ll say is I love songs that scare me.

“Good Night” So long, farewell, auf wiedersein!

LEAST FAVORITE SONGS:

“Wild Honey Pie” — Proof that the Beatles were mad with power.

“Martha My Dear” — One too many “silly girl”s for me.

“Sexy Sadie” — Eh.

“Long, Long, Long” — I’ll say it, this album is too long. (How could four “geniuses” set themselves up to be knocked down so brutally?)

“Honey Pie”Mad with power.

IS RS FULL OF IT?

Okay, it’s pretty clear that I love the White Album. Unfortunately, due to the Beatles’ over-representation on this list, I am forced to replace this with Lady Gaga’s magnificent The Fame Monster.

Review #28: Voodoo, D’Angelo

Review #30: Are You Experienced, Jimi Hendrix

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