Beatles best album poll: Here is the BEST Beatles album – and it’s not what you think
Express.co.uk readers are thoroughly discerning and have made their decision on which is the best Beatles album. Various magazines have ranked the Beatles albums in the past, and there is often a fight among the top three. However, the winner of our Express.co.uk poll is quite surprising, leaving one of these three completely out of the running.
According to Express.co.uk readers, Revolver is the best Beatles album.
The album received 18 percent of the votes, and truly split fans as they threw their weight behind different albums.
This is quite a surprise, given this album was not the favourite of any Beatles members, most famously John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
In a 1971 interview with Rolling Stone, Lennon said one of his favourite albums was The White Album, and gave a pretty harsh reason as to why.
He said: “[Paul] wanted it [The White Album] to be more a group thing, which really means more Paul. So he never liked that album.
“I always preferred it to all the other albums, including Pepper, because I thought the music was better.
“The Pepper myth is bigger, but the music on the White Album is far superior, I think.”
Lennon’s favourite, The Beatles, known as the White Album, only just made the top four, being beaten by Ringo Starr’s favourite, Abbey Road.
Abbey Road gained 16 percent of the vote, and the third place spot went to Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, with 15 percent of the vote.
Generally speaking, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is considered one of the greatest albums of all time.
This album was in fact Sir Paul’s favourite album, as he told Bob Costas in a 1991 interview: “It wasn’t entirely my idea but to get us away from being ‘The Beatles’ I had this idea that we should pretend we’re this other group.”
Sir Paul did, however, say this was one of his favourites, with each album representing a different moment in their lives.
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Sadly for Sir Paul, this album only made the top five, coming third with 15 percent of the vote, and it beat Lennon’s favourite White Album, which gained 13 percent of the vote and came fourth.
George Harrison’s favourite, Rubber Soul, won the fifth place with just shy of 12 percent, and Harrison spoke out regularly about this album being his favourite.
In 1990 Harrison said: “Rubber Soul was my favourite album, even at that time. I think that it was the best one we made.”
“The most important thing about it was that we were suddenly hearing sounds we weren’t able to hear before.
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“Also, we were being more influenced by other people’s music and everything was blossoming at that time — including us.”
After these favourites, the albums came in this order:
A Hard Day’s Night – 9 percent
Please Please Me – 5 percent
Help! – 4 percent
Magical Mystery Tour/With the Beatles – 2 percent
Let It Be – 2 percent
Beatles For Sale – 1 percent
Yellow Submarine – 1 percent
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