#2 Revolver by The Beatles

The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time

Revolver (Album Cover) by The Beatles
Album Rank
2
Total Points
2050
Year Released
1966
Genre
Rock
Billboard 200 Chart Peak
1
Weeks at #1
6
RIAA Sales Certification
5,000,000 (Multi Platinum)
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Revolver - The Beatles

Revolver Album Details

Revolver, released in August 1966, stands in the middle of the evolution from the more folk-rock album Rubber Soul to the psychedelic experimentation of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and reveals The Beatles growing confidence in their songwriting ability, musicianship and their knowledge of what could be achieved in the studio.

From the children’s pop song "Yellow Submarine", the political anger in George Harrison's "Taxman" and his first song to fully incorporate classical Indian music into a pop song in "Love You To", the experimental psychedelic rock of John Lennon's "She Said She Said" and "Tomorrow Never Knows", and the shimmering pop of Paul McCartney's "Good Day Sunshine" and "Got to Get You into My Life", there is not a single throwaway or filler song on the whole album.

Revolver features some of Paul McCartney's finest works from the Beach Boys inspired love song "Here, There and Everywhere", which John Lennon called “One of my favorite songs of The Beatles”, to the loneliness of two people who meet when it is too late in "Eleanor Rigby", and the sadness in the end of relationship song "For No One".

In recording Revolver, The Beatles spent more time in the studio than they had on any previous release and after completing the album, The Beatles would go on a North American concert tour for one last time before giving up the road completely and focusing all of their creative energy on working in the studio.

Other albums by The Beatles on the chart: Meet the Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Rubber Soul, Abbey Road, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, and The Beatles (White Album)

Interesting Facts about Revolver

  • The title for "Tomorrow Never Knows" is not heard in the lyrics of the song and the John got the title from one of Ringo Starr's malapropisms, which is the same way A Hard Day's Night got it's title.
  • Some of the lyrics to the song "She Said She Said" were inspired by an acid trip The Beatles had with Peter Fonda, who when recounting a story about when he accidentally shot himself in the stomach said, "I know what it is like to be dead".
  • "Got to Get You into My Life" wasn't released as a single in the U.S. until 1976, ten years after it's initial release on the album. It went on to reach #7 on the Billboard chart.
  • The original names for the characters in the song "Eleanor Rigby" were Daisy Hawkins and Father McCartney.
  • Paul McCartney won the Grammy award for Best Contemporary (R&R) Recording in 1966 for the song "Eleanor Rigby".
  • Klaus Voormann won the Grammy Award in 1967 for Best Recording Package: Graphic Arts for his design of the album's cover art.

Revolver Track List

  1. Taxman
  2. Eleanor Rigby
    • Reached #11 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart
  3. I'm Only Sleeping
  4. Love You To
  5. Here, There and Everywhere
  6. Yellow Submarine
    • Reached #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart
  7. She Said She Said
  8. Good Day Sunshine
  9. And Your Bird Can Sing
  10. For No One
  11. Doctor Robert
  12. I Want to Tell You
  13. Got to Get You into My Life
    • Reached #7 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart
  14. Tomorrow Never Knows

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