Abbey Road (studio album) by The Beatles

Abbey Road by The Beatles
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 3rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
92/100 (from 4,517 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 1969 (1st)
Award Best album of the 1960s (1st)
Award Top 10 albums of all time (3rd)

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Abbey Road is ranked 1st best out of 68 albums by The Beatles on BestEverAlbums.com.

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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 91.7/100, a mean average of 90.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 91.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.8.

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From 4 days ago
This was my first REAL album experience. I remember sitting down after school one day to work on homework and though, “well, I don’t want to do playlist today. I know a lot of songs off of Abbey Road, Let’s do that one.” I’m still trying to come to terms with my first listen over 3 years ago. Not a dull track, except maybe Oh! Darling, but it’s still good enough. Something was my favorite song go a while, and I Want You (She’s So Heavy) still takes me back to the summer I played this on vinyl on repeat for 2 months. the medley is so genius and Beatle-ish that it could probably define their whole career along with Hey Jude. It’s not a perfect album, but how it’s that close makes it the best album of all time. Thank you John, Paul, George, and Ringo, for giving me, and all of us, something so beautiful.
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85/100
From 01/11/2024 13:39
Album Rating: 81.56
(1,305/16)

26.09.1969

The Beatles (UK): Abbey Road

1.Come Together 88
2.Something 98
3.Maxwell's Silver Hammer 65
4.Oh! Darling 92
5.Octopus's Garden 73
6.I Want You (She's So Heavy) 97
7.Here Comes The Sun 89
8.Because 67
9.You Never Give Me Your Money 94
10.Sun King 42
11.Mean Mr. Mustard 69
12.Polythene Pam 83
13.She Came In Through The Bathroom Window 94
14.Golden Slumbers 97
15.Carry That Weight 89
16.The End 68
17.Her Majesty n/a

In order:
The Beatles (AR) - Something 98
The Beatles (AR) - I Want You (She's So Heavy) 97
The Beatles (AR) - Golden Slumbers 97
The Beatles (AR) - You Never Give Me Your Money 94
The Beatles (AR) - She Came In Through The Bathroom Window 94
The Beatles (AR) - Oh! Darling 92
The Beatles (AR) - Here Comes The Sun 89
The Beatles (AR) - Carry That Weight 89
The Beatles (AR) - Come Together 88
The Beatles (AR) - Polythene Pam 83
The Beatles (AR) - Octopus's Garden 73
The Beatles (AR) - Mean Mr. Mustard 69
The Beatles (AR) - The End 68
The Beatles (AR) - Because 67
The Beatles (AR) - Sun King 42
The Beatles (AR) - Maxwell's Silver Hammer 65
The Beatles (AR) - Her Majesty n/a
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100/100
From 11/19/2023 12:39
A historic album
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From 11/12/2023 01:13
A masterpiece is an understatement when describing this album. An emotional rollercoaster, and the peak of songwriting. Perhaps the greatest album ever crafted.
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100/100
From 07/04/2023 09:06
Even better than Revolver, for my taste.
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Rating:  
95/100
From 05/23/2023 07:58
This is a tale of two completely different halves with side 1 being more about individuals and side 2 being the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In a result of this we get two fantastic halves of music which are totally brilliant for unique reasons. The flow of the second half is simply phenomenal with each track seamlessly blending into one making this side probably the most cohesive run of music the Beatles ever created which is ironic because of the state the group were in at the time. With the Beatles never breaking stride on this side it is so easy to get completely engrossed in the music and lost in the phenomenal atmosphere they create. I am blown away every time I get to experience the beauty of this side and it deserves all the praise it receives. Now onto side 1 which is in my opinion the weaker half as the quality does go up and down a little bit. Despite this, when the quality is there it is it simply astonishing with songs like Come Together, Something and Oh! Darling quickly establishing themselves as some of the Beatles best work. The song that steals the show for me is the beautiful Here Comes The Sun which is completely timeless and is right up there with my favourite ever Beatles songs. However, the two songs which drag this side and the record down is Maxwell's Silver Hammer and Octopus's Garden. Both are on the sillier side of their music and don't have the same instrumental qualities as the outstanding tracks on here. Neither song are bad but are just decent and when they are surrounded by the colossal songs around them they do stand out as weak. Overall, this is another masterpiece from The Beatles which is thoroughly deserving of the praise it gets as the group once again break boundaries and create something that is a true classic in the history of music.
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Rating:  
80/100
From 05/10/2023 11:27
Although this has some incredible tracks it's let down slightly by octopus garden and Maxwell's hammer , for this reason I'd never buy it on vinyl cos I'd wanna skip those tracks , Its still a brilliant record but for me revolver is better
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100/100
From 04/17/2023 21:57
I wish I had a more original take, but so it goes. Abbey Road is the pinnacle of The Beatles' career. It is their most consistent collection of brilliant songs, all culminating in "the Long One," which remains one of the most satisfying suites in any genre. There's nothing else like it. There are no skippable tracks. Even the goofy "Octopus's Garden" is a fun, appropriately corny Ringo track for the band to end with. There's simply no fat on this thing. It's just a perfect balance of every member at the height of their powers committed to a good ending for their time together.
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100/100
From 04/12/2023 09:23
The Beatles ended with a bang. One of the best albums ever crafted. Very modern, reflecting on the sound, they created themselves only a few years ago.
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From 04/08/2023 07:30
Sure, here is my evaluation of The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album using the 20 variables previously mentioned:

Songwriting - 20
Musicality - 20
Production - 20
Cultural Impact - 20
Originality - 19
Vocals - 20
Lyrics - 19
Instrumentation - 20
Artwork - 19
Timelessness - 20
Influence - 20
Innovation - 20
Commercial Success - 20
Relevance - 20
Accessibility - 20
Concept - 19
Cohesion - 20
Flow - 20
Atmosphere - 20
Emotional Impact - 20
Overall score: 398/400

"Abbey Road" is widely regarded as one of The Beatles' greatest and most influential albums. It was their last recorded album and represents a culmination of their musical evolution and creative brilliance.

The album's overall score of 398 out of 400 indicates that it is a near-perfect album that excels in almost every area. Its strengths include songwriting, musicality, production, cultural impact, vocals, instrumentation, timelessness, influence, innovation, commercial success, relevance, accessibility, concept, cohesion, flow, atmosphere, and emotional impact. These factors all contribute to the album's status as a timeless masterpiece that has inspired generations of musicians and fans alike.

The album's only weakness is in the lyrics and artwork, which are still excellent but slightly less outstanding compared to other aspects of the album. However, this is a minor flaw that does not detract from the overall excellence of the album.

Overall, "Abbey Road" is a stunning achievement that showcases The Beatles' musical genius and innovative spirit at its peak. Its seamless integration of different musical styles, its memorable melodies, and its groundbreaking production techniques continue to inspire and influence artists to this day. It remains a timeless masterpiece that stands as one of the greatest achievements in popular music history.
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