The 100% For Sure Top Five Worst Beatles Songs Ever (With Love)
1: "The Long and Winding Road"
The fact that this didn't make Burk's list is perhaps his most egregious oversight. Even Beatles fanatics have been known to mutter the occasional unkind word under their breath when this song is brought up in polite conversation. Many argue that Phil Spector is the true villain here, with his typically overwrought production but listen to the unadorned version and you'll find it almost as bad. It's just a boring McCartney ballad, made to play behind poignant home edited slow motion films of Nana and Grampa's early years at their fiftieth wedding anniversary party. Don't play this song for them! It's terrible! The one bright side is that its appearance on the last album released by the Beatles (though not technically the last one recorded) provides the spoonful of sugar that makes the "Beatles breaking up" medicine go down. If this was indicative of the kind of future the Beatles had to look forward to, it was probably all for the best.
All of that being said, the Beatles still are and will always be considered one of the top five rock/pop bands of all time by anyone who is not trying to deliberately be difficult. Their occasional missteps only make the weight of their successes all the more apparent. By the way, their best album is Abbey Road. There, we can all stop discussing that now.