A Poll for Beatles Fans: Please Vote

 

 

George Harrison (1943-2001)

 

Here’s the question of the evening:

 

Which is the greatest George Harrison song performed by the Beatles?  (Pieces from All Things Must Pass aren’t eligible for this poll.)

 

Here are some possibilities (note that no attempt has been made to find original Beatles performances for these songs):

 

a)  “Piggies”

b)  “Something”

c)  “Here Comes the Sun”

d)  “Long, Long, Long”

e)  “Savoy Truffle”

f)  “Taxman”

g) “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

h) “Within You Without You”

 

My son and I have a prediction as to which will win.  Actually, we think it’s going to be one of two.  Please vote.

Feel free to answer in the comments section below.  (Contrary to what one of my most vocal and hostile critics has been claiming for months, there demonstrably is a comments section.)

 

 

  • Christina Lyon Maughan

    “Here Comes the Sun”, followed closely by “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

  • http://www.heartofafricafilm.com MJBY

    It’s either the one I voted for or “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

    • danpeterson

      Which is the one you voted for?

  • Scott

    None of the above. The best Beatles song by George is “Only a Northern Song.”

  • http://www.heartofafricafilm.com MJBY

    I voted for “Here Comes the Sun.” My husband says you left out “Think for Yourself” from Rubber Soul.

    • danpeterson

      Did your husband PICK “Think for Yourself”?

      He’s right, though. Our list isn’t complete or exhaustive.

  • Craig

    I learned something new, I did not know Something and Here Comes the Sun were actually George Harrison songs, I thought they were Lennon & McCartney. I like both of those quite a bit but I think the best Harrison song is While My Guitar Gently Weeps (absolutely fantastic guitar playing in it).

  • Mike Batou

    “Here Comes the Sun,” no contest. My mom votes for “I Need You,” from Help!

  • Michael McCurdy

    Something, but my favorite song of his is “My Sweet Lord”

    • Kiwi57

      I realise that in this company, what I’m about to say will be seen as heresy, if not outright blasphemy, but I’ll say it anyway: the tune to “My Sweet Lord” was a blatant knockoff of “He’s So Fine” by The Chiffons, and if anyone else had done it, it would have been a collossal blunder that would have brought his career to a crashing (but hardly untimely) end. But they were the Beatles, so they got away with it.

      That said, my pick of the choices is, “Here Comes the Sun.”

      But I think “Story In Your Eyes” is better.

      • Elm

        My Sweet Lord is a great song.

        Great song.

        But it wasn’t the Beatles who performed it.
        It was George Harrison, solo.

        • Kiwi57

          A great song? Well, I suppose the instrumentals are pretty good, if you’re into that sort of thing. But a great song?

          But yes, you’re right about it being George on his own. For some reason I had always assumed that the other Beatles had done the backing vocals, but they didn’t.

  • andrew h

    While My Guitar Gently Weeps, followed by Something, Here Comes the Sun, and Only a Northern Song (written as a jab at Lennon and McCartney, their incorporated company that owned their songs was called Norther Songs Ltd).

  • DB

    Taxman

  • http://www.davidicchiasmus.com Scott Vanatter

    Not fair to force us to choose. BUT, I just KNEW you were a.) smart, and b.) had good taste.*

    EARLY — “If I Needed Someone” Rubber Soul (1965)

    MYSTICAL — “Within You Without You” Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)** FAVORITE (BIG AT THE TIME FOR ME; MYSTICAL: ETHEREAL)

    UNIQUE — “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” The Beatles (1968)

    RADIO ALL THE TIME — “Savoy Truffle” The Beatles (1968)

    LATE — “Here Comes the Sun” Abbey Road (1969)

    EXTRA CREDIT — “Taxman” Revolver (1966) [George's song, but Paul took over the guitar solo. But, Paul was REALLY good on this.]

    *BTW, remind me sometime to offer another (expanded/positive) POV wrt to Lennon’s “Imagine.”

    ** My pick for favorite.

  • Steven B

    “Something” was regarded by Frank Sinatra as “the greatest love song the past fifty years”.

  • Kim Walker

    “Two of Us” Let It Be album (1970)

    • Last Lemming

      Bzzzt. Not a George song.

  • Wommis

    Here Comes The Sun.

  • http://goodgazette.blogspot.com/ John Hancock

    Unfair question. Gently weeps was given by divine revelation, My Sweet Lord and Here Comes the Sun are also celestial. But my vote tonight is for Something.

  • http://sharmanhunterwilson@facebook.com Sharman

    Here Comes the Sun always puts a smile on my face and it’s great to sing along with.

  • John

    It’s definitely between “Here Comes the Sun” or “Something.” Tie splitter goes to “Here Comes the Sun” as an old favorite and gets my #1 vote. Can’t leave without adding “My Sweet Lord” as another favorite.

  • David Kent

    I can’t vote for Beware of Darkness so I’ll pick Something. I’ll also admit that George was my favorite Beatle.

  • Last Lemming

    I Need You was the best (and Don’t Bother Me, the second best), but you asked for the greatest and Something wins that hands down.

  • Bob Lavender

    From this list, I like “Here Comes the Sun”. But for an all time rocker, see “Horse to Water” sung at the Concert for George by the incomparable Sam Brown:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtbhCbByZd0

  • Alison Coutts

    Savoy Truffle without a doubt

  • JL

    For me: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

  • Mike Whitmer

    Favorite of those listed: Here Comes the Sun
    Favorite if I had to listen to it every day, all day — My Guitar…

  • http://www.nathanshumate.com The Only True and Living Nathan

    Gotta go with “Taxman” — one of the most infectious riffs in the Beatles canon.

  • Robert

    while my guitar gently weeps

  • Gail Smith

    “Something” first choice and “Here comes the sun” 3nd choice.

  • http://None Lew Craig

    Here Comes the Sun. Alas, I am a devotee of Gershwin, Porter and other classic composers of the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s, so am not familiar with the other Harrison songs. I actually saw a Beatles concert under duress once. I appreciate their music much more now than I did in the 60s. I especially appreciate the songs that sound like they were written in the 40s! I do have three Beatles albums. Aside from the Carpenters and some good country, not much good came after the Beatles. Oh well, my wife loves me!

  • Sikh Anon

    Within you, without you

    Did a Faxman version of Tax Man. Now should do Facts Man.

  • Jason Covell

    If I’m being honest, then it’s “Here Comes the Sun”.

    But I’m tickled to see “Piggies” on the list!

  • William Schryver

    My favorite (and I’ll probably be the only one to choose it) is Long, Long, Long. The White Album is also my favorite Beatles album.

    • danpeterson

      I know for a fact that you’re not the only one who favors “Long, Long, Long.” But the other person who favors it hasn’t voted yet, and may not.

  • William Schryver

    Actually, I’ve decided I need to listen to all of them now in order to truly make an informed choice. Especially since I just went on an errand and had Piggies going through my head the whole time. I will say this before I announce my final choice: George Harrison is, I believe, not given as much credit as he should have as a songwriter. Granted, he didn’t write nearly as many as L&M, but those he did write were, more often than not, pretty damn good songs. I mean, I may not choose it as my favorite, but Taxman is a classic song. Seriously great lyrics. Yeah, Harrison has been underrated, if you ask me. Anyway, I’ve got stack of Beatles CDs sitting here beside me now, all ready to listen to all the GH songs. I will return and announce my final choice later this morning …

    (btw Dan: Great idea, this blog post poll.)

  • William Schryver

    OK, after further review … I can’t decide between what I consider to be the three best: Long, Long, Long, Taxman, and While My Guitar Gently Weeps. In a way, I wonder if While My Guitar Gently Weeps needs to be disqualified as a 100% Harrison song, since the guitar solo is played by an uncredited Eric Clapton (using a classic 1959 Gibson Les Paul).

    Anyway, if forced to choose, I’ll go ahead and stick with Long, Long, Long, if for no other reason than I don’t think it will get any other votes if I don’t give it mine.

    For those who are interested, here is what I believe is a complete list of George Harrison songs recorded with the Beatles, with the album name in parentheses following:

    Don’t Bother Me (with the Beatles)
    I’m Happy Just to Dance With You (A Hard Day’s Night)
    I Need You (Help!)
    You Like Me Too Much (Help!)
    Think for Yourself (Rubber Soul)
    If I Needed Someone (Rubber Soul)
    Taxman (Revolver)
    Love You To (Revolver)
    I Want to Tell You (Revolver)
    Within You Without You (Sgt. Pepper’s)
    It’s All Too Much (Yellow Submarine)
    Only a Northern Song (Yellow Submarine)
    Blue Jay Way (Magical Mystery Tour)
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps (White Album)
    Piggies (White Album)
    Long, Long, Long (White Album)
    Savoy Truffle (White Album)
    The Inner Light (B-side, Lady Madonna)
    Old Brown Shoe (B-side, The Ballad of John and Yoko)
    Something (Abbey Road)
    Here Comes the Sun (Abbey Road)
    I Me Mine (Let It Be)
    For You Blue (Let It Be)

    You Know What to Do (Anthology 1)
    All Things Must Pass (Anthology 3)
    Not Guilty (Anthology 3)

  • Steve Peterson

    I realize I’m a little late to the party, but “Long, Long, Long” is certainly my favorite George Harrison Beatles song. William Schryver, I commend your good taste. Choosing second place is trickier, but I’m inclined towards “Taxman.”


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