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George Harrison’s Breakout Album Gets a Lot of Votes for Best Beatles Record

George Harrison’s Breakout Album Gets a Lot of Votes for Best Beatles Record

George Harrison’s Breakout Album Gets a Lot of Votes for Best Beatles Record
June 16
17:13 2020

George Harrison, 1966

If you tried to rank every album by The Beatles, you’d find the most agreement at the top of the list. When fans, critics, musicians, and Paul McCartney himself weighed in on the Fab Four’s best work in the past, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) has often claimed the top spot.

That choice makes sense for a number of reasons. For starters, it’s the album with “A Day in the Life,” a consensus pick for greatest Beatles song. Meanwhile, Sgt. Pepper’s topped the list of “500 Greatest Albums” when Rolling Stone polled musicians, experts, and industry types on the subject.

But in 2011 Rolling Stone tried it a different way: They simply asked readers to name their favorite Beatles album. And in that poll Sgt. Pepper’s didn’t make the same splash. (It landed in fourth place.) Both Abbey Road (1969) and The White Album (1968) came in ahead of Pepper.

The 1966 Fab Four album that topped the list (and many others) was the one that represented the breakout for George Harrison as a songwriter. It featured the highest percentage of Harrison songs on any Beatles release.

‘Revolver’ was the only Beatles single album with 3 George Harrison songs

Beatles press conference
The Beatles speak to German press in 1966. | Ambor/ullstein bild via Getty Images

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