A Hard Day's Night (soundtrack album) by The Beatles

A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles
(Soundtrack album)
Year: 1964
Overall rank: 231st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 1,837 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 1964 (1st)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1960s (37th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (231st)

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A Hard Day's Night is ranked 9th best out of 68 albums by The Beatles on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Beatles is Abbey Road which is ranked number 3 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 66,311.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.3/100, a mean average of 80.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.5.

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90/100
From 04/17/2023 19:32
The culmination of their boy band dominance, not to mention an electrifying companion to one of the best and funniest films of the '60s.
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From 12/25/2022 16:58
"A Hard Day's Night" is the title of the Beatles' third album and their first feature film. The first seven tracks were included in the film's soundtrack, and these were the first to be recorded. One interesting thing is that the album is the first and only one on which all titles are credited to Lennon-McCartney. The fact that the two songwriters usually wrote their songs separately is a different matter.
There something special and recognizable about the group's 1964 sound; what this exactly is can be difficult to describe, but Harrison's 12-string guitar is definitely one of the reasons. Numbers like "Can not Buy Me Love," "You Can not Do That" and "Anytime at All" are good examples of this sound.

The group shows of the album an impressive continuation of the rapid musical development that had started with the first recordings with George Martin late in 1962. The songwriting is with very few exceptions outstanding first class. Vocally both Lennon and McCartney are on top, and Harrison beautifully falls into the delicate harmonies. he playing is very tight, which could also be a reason for the aforementioned 1964-sound.

Lennon is on most Beatles albums the dominant singer and songwriter, and this is particularly evident on this album. He is the man behind many of the most memorable numbers from the album, including the titletrack, "I Should Have Known Better" (a sure hit had it been released as a single), "Anytime at All," "You Can not Do That" and the beautiful ballad "If I Fell". The remainder of Lennon's contributions are more average, but far from weak.

McCartney is in focus on the hit single "Can not Buy Me Love", and he also contributes the two evergreen ballads "Things We Said Today" and "And I Love Her".

It was normally European standard that a Beatles album contained 14 songs, but in this case for unknown reasons, only 13 were selected - especially strange because the very strong Lennon's song "I Call Your Name" was recorded during the same sessions. "I Call Your Name" was along with three coverversins released on the 1964 EP "Long Tall Sally". The song should have earned a place on this album, as it subsequently often has been forgotten / ignored - at least in Europe. In the U.S., the songs was included on the album "The Beatles' Second Album". Well, at any rate this is great album.

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80/100
From 08/06/2022 17:53
This was my introduction to The Beatles and I fell in love instantly. Best Songs: A Hard Day's Night, Should Have Known Better, If I Fell, And I Love Her, I'm Happy Just to Dance With Her, Can't Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today, and I'll Be Back.
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From 07/15/2022 22:48
1964. Bloody amazing. Uncomplicated great tunes. How can anyone knock the Beatles
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From 05/15/2022 19:36
Most consistant of the ones before Help. Title track, should've known Better, Can't buy me love, And i love her. The latter half sinks a bit in consistancy, but still a safe top 10 Beatles album. 10/13 Beatles
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From 04/23/2022 20:30
This is probably the most consistent early Beatles album and although my favorite tracks from that period land on Help! I enjoy a lot of material here too.
Best tracks: A Hard Day's Night, Things We Said Today, If I Fell, Any Time At All
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From 01/03/2022 10:31
Yeah for me this shows an improving quality and maturity with even more top tunes on a single album
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From 12/27/2021 10:40
Primera obra maestra de los Beatles, especialmente de John Lennon, que es el compositor principal de 10 de las 13 canciones del disco.
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From 11/15/2021 19:35
This is the beginning of that transition between the purely pop Beatles and what they would eventually become.
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90/100
From 11/05/2021 22:14
The Album that started the bealtes progression into betterquality songs, melodies and songwriting
some good john songs and some others paul songs, the greatest duo
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