Magical Mystery Tour Songs Ranked

Magical Mystery Tour is a record by the English rock band the Beatles that was released as a double EP in the United Kingdom and an LP in the United States. It includes the soundtrack to the 1967 television film of the same name. The EP was issued in the UK on 8 December 1967 on the Parlophone label, while the Capitol Records LP release in the US occurred on 27 November and featured an additional five songs that were originally released as singles that year. In 1976, Parlophone released the eleven-track LP in the UK. Despite widespread media criticism of the Magical Mystery Tour film, the soundtrack was a critical and commercial success. In the UK, it topped the EPs chart compiled by Record Retailer and peaked at number 2 on the magazine’s singles chart (later the UK Singles Chart) behind “Hello, Goodbye”. The album topped Billboard’s Top LPs listings for eight weeks and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1969. With the international standardization of the Beatles’ catalogue in 1987, Magical Mystery Tour became the only Capitol-generated LP to supersede the band’s intended format and form part of their core catalogue. Here are all of Magical Mystery Tour songs ranked.

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11. Flying

“I hate to put this track last, it’s a great instrumental adding new instrumentation gradually with really interesting psychedelic effects but if I have to compare with other tracks it doesn’t have same compositional quality as the other ones. I still think it’s underrated though”

10. Your Mother Should Know

“I know what some of you are saying, I understand but the melody is so goddamn awesome that it would be a disservice to put it so low. The organ is so ominous and joyful at the same time. That Bass line is awesome. Pretty underrated. This song just makes me so happy, I can’t explain it”

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9. Magical Mystery Tour

“Perfect start to the album with great vocals from the whole group, McCartney shines with his bass fills in this one. This has always been a personal favourite of mine because of the structure and tempo changes”

8. Blue Jay Way

“Creepy and nightmare inducing is the best way to describe this Beatles track. I didn’t like this song initially due to the song strenuous repetition but it has grown on me. There is a flanger effect which really gives the track a serious punch especially on the drums”

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7. Baby You’re a Rich Man

“Great sing a long song with a crazy Clavioline instrumental. This song just proves how tight The Beatles were as a band with the pounding drums and the melodic bass being particular highlights”

6. The Fool On the Hill

“Great social commentary with a tasteful brass arrangement and one of Paul’s best vocal performances, whats not to love? This is the most elegantly structured song on the album, pure genius.”

5. Hello Goodbye

“Gorgeous pop song by Paul and is quite well performed as well. Ringo’s drums fills are dynamite, another reason why he is one of the best drummers. Oh and don’t forget Pauls bass arpeggios, oh and what about George’s guitar riff. I could go on but it speaks for itself”

4. All You Need Is Love

“An anthem for the hippie generation and for good reason this songs message is timeless. The string and horn arrangements are just beautiful. I feel guilty putting it this low but there is a lot of competition”

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3. Penny Lane

“That key change is the entire reason why this song is awesome. It would be good enough for the lyrics, melody or horns but that key change makes this track a home run. Awesome stuff”

2. I Am the Walrus

“Nonsense lyrics and dense production make for one of the most captivating Beatles tracks. Every member is on their A game and the psychedelic effects are the cherry on top. Its like a fucked up version of Alice in Wonderland”

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1. Strawberry Fields Forever

“This must of been so bizarre when it came out in 1967. Beautiful, haunting, daring is only a few words to describe this track. Ringo’s syncopation and fills are so good on this track. Lennon said there were two songs that were from the heart. This one and Help!”