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Rubber Soul

Beatles

1965

Rubber Soul

Album Summary

Rubber Soul is the sixth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released on 3 December 1965 in the United Kingdom, on EMI's Parlophone label, accompanied by the non-album double A-side single "Day Tripper" / "We Can Work It Out". The original North American release, issued by Capitol Records, contains ten of the fourteen songs and two tracks withheld from the band's Help! album. Rubber Soul was met with a highly favourable critical response and topped sales charts in Britain and the United States for several weeks. The recording sessions took place in London over a four-week period beginning in October 1965. For the first time in their career, the Beatles were able to record an album free of concert, radio or film commitments. Often referred to as a folk rock album, particularly in its Capitol configuration, Rubber Soul incorporates a mix of pop, soul and folk musical styles. The title derives from the colloquialism "plastic soul" and was the Beatles' way of acknowledging their lack of authenticity compared to the African-American soul artists they admired. After A Hard Day's Night in 1964, it was the second Beatles LP to contain only original material. The songs demonstrate the Beatles' increasing maturity as lyricists, and in their incorporation of brighter guitar tones and new instrumentation such as sitar, harmonium and fuzz bass, the group striving for more expressive sounds and arrangements for their music. The project marked a progression in the band's treatment of the album format as an artistic platform, an approach they continued to develop with Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The four songs omitted by Capitol, including the February 1966 single "Nowhere Man", later appeared on the North American release Yesterday and Today. Rubber Soul was highly influential on the Beatles' peers, leading to a widespread focus away from singles and onto creating albums of consistently high-quality songs. It has been recognised by music critics as an album that opened up the possibilities of pop music in terms of lyrical and musical scope, and as a key work in the creation of styles such as psychedelia and progressive rock. Among its many appearances on critics' best-album lists, Rolling Stone ranked it fifth on the magazine's 2012 list "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". In 2000, it was voted at number 34 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's book All Time Top 1000 Albums. The album was certified 6× platinum by the RIAA in 1997, indicating shipments of at least six million copies in the US. In 2013, Rubber Soul was certified platinum by the BPI for UK sales since 1994.

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Rating

4.11

Votes

5662

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Pop
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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

This is tough. There are Beatles albums I like more than Rubber Soul so tempted to give this a 4. But it is still right up there and has some songs who's influence can't be overlooked that I feel this should be rated higher than some of the albums I've already given a 4 to. Oh for a .5 system! Fuck it...a low 5 from me.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

After tearing Paul to shreds as a vocalist in the preceding years, this is the one where John shows himself equally superior as a songwriter. Norweigian Wood, Girl and In My Life are a magnificent triumvirate that work through John's complex feelings towards women: confusion, anger, bitterness, devotion. When he brings the muscular second guitar in to punctuate the third verse of Girl, it's because he knows that's the one the tips it into masterpiece. Something similar happens with the sped-up piano on In My Life. So, those three are untouchable genius. What Goes On is... not. Pretty abominable really. George's mumbo jumbo is passable, though Think For Yourself, while the better of the two, is more grating lyrically. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that John wrote The Word as a George parody, especially given its sequencing. Drive My Care and Michelle are two of Paul's more nuanced and therefore best songs. Overall, it's great but not without mediocre moments. Verdict: I could not die without having heard this album.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

The turning point in The Beatles' discography. Great album that heralded even better ones.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

It might not be the best of their albums but "Rubber Soul" is my personal favorite Beatles album. The lyrics are clever and funny and deep and the musicianship is of course top notch. Great record.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
5

196 albums in and finally The Beatles. They sound like an overweight pig on a skateboard, wheezing in the Autumn sun...in a good way.

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Thu Nov 26 2020
5

A bridge between the rock n roll of the early Beatles, and the psychedelia they would be dipping their toes into just one album later. Favorite tracks: "All My Life", "I'm Looking Through You", "Drive My Car"

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Tue Nov 03 2020
5

Listened to it a few weeks back, okay. It has Sympathy for the Devil which is a top 5 stones song for me, so I can't rate it less than 3/4

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

Nearly every song is unique and memorable, plus it represents a big shift in the Beatles music and pop music as a whole. To those upset about “Run for your life”, you realize this is intentionally written to demonstrate the extreme emotional depths of jealousy right? The song sheds light on an ugly archetype, but one that nevertheless exists, and one that the Beatles clearly struggled with. Paul McCartney also found it worthwhile to write about monkeys fucking in a road. Another extreme human(and animal) instinct the Beatles wrote without necessarily being monkey fuckers themselves. This is how art works, you don’t have to like it, maybe the point is that you don’t like it.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Starts with Drive my Car Norwegian Wood!! Sitar!! Nowhere Man...lalala Meeeshell my belle sunday tre bien on son French French.... “In My Life” is maybe the most beautiful song ever What a fucking album! Perfect mix of poppy and psychedelic, catchy diddies and meloncholy anthems...Feels like the transition album from “early” Beatles to “later” Beatles

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

I think Brian Wilson was right when he said this was the first album where "Every Track is a Gas". But it flows, despite there being 3 different writers experimenting beyond what pop was. It's fair to say this is when the beatles became important. All meat, no bones. Every song here is a guaranteed hit. They last as long as they need to. Right to the point.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Wasn’t going to bother rating this, but it seems like it won’t let me proceed if I don’t. Hmm… Anyway, not sure “Run For Your Life” has aged that well, but then neither have I. More interesting question: what’s the WORST Beatles tune? I gotta think on it some more critically, but my immediate response is “Get Back.” Never liked that one. Feels like it should be on a Bachman Turner Overdrive record instead.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

I mean, all the Beatles albums are pretty good, aren't they?

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

This is getting close to Peak Beatles. There are a lot of really solid songs on this album as Lennon really comes into his own as a master songwriter here with Norwegian Wood, Nowhere Man, and probably the most beautiful song he’s ever written with In My Life. Must be the effect of all that acid he reportedly took during this time. This would get a five but for a few clunkers, especially What Goes On, they really should keep Ringo away but I guess they had to throw him a bone.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

ehh its a beatles song. makes me want to beat my wife

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Tue Nov 09 2021
3

Au début de cette folle aventure, j'avais en tête une très célèbre trinité, la trinité du surcotage, j'ai nommé Beatles - Pink Floyd - Rolling Stones. Si les Pink Floyd ont depuis confirmé leur statut de groupe le plus surcôté de l'histoire, les Beatles avaient su me faire douter grâce aux excellents Abbey Road et White Album. Seulement, depuis, force est de constater que les Beatles ont également des albums tout à fait banals, complétement adulés par le grand public qui n'y connait rien à la musique. En parlant de réglade, je tenais à revenir sur le cas d'un des décérébrés du générateur. Hier, alors que j'attribuais la note maximale à Bad de Michael Jackson, je vis la note globale de 3.76 s'inscrire sur mon écran. Je sursautais de stupeur, et me dirigeais en furie vers l'espace commentaire. Ici, en tant que deuxième commentaire, figure un petit malin ayant attribué la note minimale de 1/5 à ce bijou musical. Ce petit malin, dont l'album préféré est la daube auditive de Kraftwerk, a voulu faire son intéressant en descandant l'album de MJ. Le cliché typique de l'individu sans vie sociale, se pensant au dessus de tout le monde en detestant la musique commerciale. Son review est une calamité, que j'ai d'ailleurs demandé à Robert de supprimer du générateur. De plus, son amour pour Kraftwerk prouve les liens très étroits que cet individus entretient avec le nazisme, là aussi Robert est sur le coup, et une perquisition devrait être menée dans les prochains jours au domicile de ce jeune imbécile. Vous l'aurez compris, les Rolling Stones seront attendus au tournant.

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Wed Oct 21 2020
5

duh

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Tue Nov 03 2020
5

Its the Beatles - come on

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Sat Nov 07 2020
5

Awesome album. Every song.

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Sun May 16 2021
5

Love.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Lubie bardzo ten album wspomnienia mile z nim mam

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Na urodzinki dostałem, co tu dużo mówić, śliczne melodie, piękne harmonie, i wspaniały klimat

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

So great! I know lots of these songs, but hearing it all in a row made a big difference.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

A very strong album. Diverse tones between fun and bright to more relaxed and easy grooving. Favorite track: Wait

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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

One of my favorite album from them

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Classic album. Four stars.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

alma de borracha total

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Amazing

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Easy 5 pointer.. Beatles doing what they do

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

in my life good song

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Tue May 04 2021
5

9.5

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Hitsen och många andra låtar e ju solklara 5+, andra låtar e ganska mje. Men ja, det e ett mycket bra beatles album. Men vad fan hände på sista låten hahah hur mådde dom??

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

Incredible as always.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

Citando a un hombre sabio: "me daría hasta miedo no ponerle 5 estrellas"

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

An absolute classic what else to comment

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

❤️

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

I already knew this album well. Perfect 60s vibes. You really get to see hints of what the Beatles would become next.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

I think I may have enjoyed this one the most of what I've listened to so far. I didn't actually know most of the songs on this album, but I liked pretty much all of them.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Masterpiece. One of the greatest albums of all time. Second best Beatles album. 10/10 1. In My Life 2. Nowhere Man 3. Norwegian Wood

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

No es su mejor disco pero indudablemente genial.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

One of the best albums ever recorded. Full stop.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

It's the Beatles what more can I say! I haven't actually listened to this album before, but I enjoy most of the rest of their discography and this album has significantly sitar so that's a plus.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
5

My favorite Beatles album

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

I mean, it's a great album. Not my favorite Beatles album, but a great album.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

I would feel guilty not giving this 5 stars. I am too soft.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

4.5* great album just TOO SHORT!! great album though

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Tue May 04 2021
5

Maybe my second favorite Beatles album. 10

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Uno de los que más me gusta de ellos. Genial

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

What to say that hasn't been expressed a billion times?

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Tue May 04 2021
5

Narrowly a 10/10. A couple really good songs, and none that let the album down. And while it's not the most exciting or emotional music, it just sounds really good. Except maybe the bits where he inhales in "Girl". And it's a very reasonable length for the style of music.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

Got a sudden urge to purchase insurance

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Tue May 04 2021
5

9! Groovy. Great as an album, fun tracks individually

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Tue May 04 2021
5

this was one of the 4 albums i had for my cd player as a small child and i remember i thought that the beatles were all brothers. anyways its good but not quite the beatles at their best. 9/10

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Tue May 04 2021
5

Un disco maravilloso que además representa esa madurez que alcanzaron y les llevo camino a la gloria

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Best Beatles album

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

Masterpiece

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Nunca había escuchado este álbum de the Beatles completo y en orden, no sabía que drive my car o Michelle eran de este álbum

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Saved Prior: None For all 5 star albums I'm going to be ranking the songs worst to best with tiers after one day of listening. Not Saved Tier: 14. The Word 13. If I Needed Someone Cutting Edge: 12. Nowhere Man (wish there was a little bit more going on, will probably grow on me) 11. Girl 10. Run For Your Life (would be higher if the lyrics weren't so sus coming from John Lennon) Saved Off Rip: 9. In My Life (didn't especially like it at first, already growing on me, could easily rocket up) 8. What Goes On (simple but hits the spot) 7. Drive My Car (again, simple but hits the spot) 6. Wait 5. Think For Yourself Top 4 are essentially toss-ups, not confident in this order: 4. Michelle 3. I'm Looking Through You 2. Norwegian Wood 1. You Won't See Me This album is incredible, might be a Beatle stan. I get the Beatles. Nothing sounds quite like them, and goddamn they refuse to miss on this album. Even the two I didn't save are at least 5/10 songs.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

This album is beautiful

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

Would listen to again

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

One of the Beatles best. One of my personal favourites

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

In my fav Beatles albums.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
5

This might be my favorite Beatles album...

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Man, just wall to wall excellence.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
5

Soul/motown-inspired rock and roll at the Beatles' finest. In My Life is one of my favourites on this one. Also, it's said that the inhales on Girl are Lennon inhaling a joint

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Classic. I love the fact that The Beatles hit a ceiling with this album and The Beatles in general. After the release of Beach Boy's 'Pet Sounds', 'St Peppers' was a desperate attempt to compete by creating an entirely new fictional band.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
5

This is the first Beatles album I've listened to from start to finish and I really enjoyed it. The album felt cohesive, and I kind of wish each song was a little longer! I don't have any gripes with this album.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
5

This is one of my favourite albums of all time. This is just before The Beatles started redefining music with every subsequent release and you can hear the experimental ideas bubbling under the surface. Love it. It is a bit bad that John Lennon says he's going to kill that girl, but it was the 60's.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

One of the highlight rock albums of the '60s. 9.0/10 Best Tracks: "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" "Michelle" "In My Life"

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Sun Apr 25 2021
5

This was maybe my first favorite Beatles album.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
5

Turning point in music. Groundbreaking.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Beatles always great love how they keep album length short and songs aren’t super long

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Bangers only

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Thu Jun 24 2021
5

Love Rubber Soul!! This was the first Beatles album I ever bought on vinyl, there was an old copy at a thrift store. It's beat to hell and sounds a little scratchy but that just adds to the charm of it.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

Can’t go wrong with the Beatles

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Good album, one of the only Beatles albums I hadn't heard before, consistent

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

Just sublime. How extraordinary The Beatles were. Their consistency in such a short space of time. Songs that will endure forever. There is so much to enjoy here and a variety of style and mood whilst still sounding like a cohesive record. I really loved listening to this on repeat and has been my highlight so far of this project.

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Mon May 31 2021
5

5/5 very very good album. One of the best Beatles albums in my opinion. Favourite songs: drive my car and Norwegian wood

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Mon May 10 2021
5

What a great album. I’m guilty of really only knowing Beatles’ hits. What an awakening.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

I like it.

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Mon May 31 2021
5

Top class 🤩

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Mon May 31 2021
5

Oh man. My favorite. So many great songs. Guess I get a free day today, cause I been listening to this album since I was 12.

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Mon May 31 2021
5

I mean... it's the Beatles. Rocky, poppy, sweet 'n nostalgic.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

Jockeys with Revolver as my favorite Beatles album. What more is there to say.... 5 stars

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Thu May 20 2021
5

Very very enjoyable, vocals are insanely good, harmony is great. Only negative I can find is that sometimes the instrumentals are a bit repetitive, very similar sounding drums in most songs, “Girl” was nice because it had a drastically different composition to most of the other songs in the album. On all songs though, the guitar lines all sound amazing. 5/5

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

95/100 Top 3: "Michelle", "Girl" and "In My Life"

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

Nowhere Man alone would make this record a 6-star, but then you've also got Girl, Norwegian Wood and ... hell, go on and listen to it!

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

Only 1 song on this album that wasn’t amazing!

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Fri Aug 20 2021
5

Never heard of this lot but I predict big things for them, they'll go far.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
5

Where do we start. Ok well firstly anyone that dislikes John Lennon probably does have a rubber soul. If they have a soul at all that is. This album is absolutely phenomenal in every way shape and form. Another fine example of scousers ruling the world!!

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

So many classics!

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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

A classic

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Fri Sep 10 2021
5

Good as ever

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Sat Sep 11 2021
5

El disc on es nota l'inici de la seva progressió a l'hora de buscar noves fórmules i experimentacions dins del pop. Les cançons continuen estant, a més ara amb uns arranjaments més interessants i unes harmonies de primer nivell. Una altra de les seves obres mestres

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

A great album! I love it a lot! My second favorite Beatles album, and the first one that I ever listened to all the way through around November 2020. I love the folkier style, and "In My Life" is one of my all time favorite Beatles songs. "Drive My Car" is also one of the best album starters that The Beatles ever had. Just incredible!

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

Finally some fucking Beatles. It's impossible to choose a favourite Beatles album but this is one of the very best. This is the one where they transitioned from the poppy boy band into cool as fuck absolute #lads. The drugs came in and their music changed for the better. 1. Drive My Car - classic opener 9/10 2. Norwegian Wood - First of many Beatles sitar tracks and easily the best 10/10 3. You Won't See Me - Lovely stuff from our Paul 9.50/10 4. Nowhere Man - Lennon delivering another 10/10 5. Think For Yourself - Lovely bit of guitar 8.5/10 6. The Word - cool as fuck and good fun 9/10 7. Michelle - used to think this was about a monkey playing piano 8.5/10 8. What Goes On - Not Ringo's finest hour 7/10 9. Girl - bonus points for saying 'tit' 9/10 10. I'm Looking Through You - always been a favourite 9.5/10 11. In My Life - The best song ever written 11/10 12. Wait - Another worldie 9.5/10 13. If I Needed Someone - Them harmonies though 9.50/10 14. Run For Your Life - For fuck sake haha 6.50/10

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

With a mindful listen, this replaced Hard Days Night as my favourite Beatles album. Wonder from end-to-end, melodically & lyrically.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Certainly not an album that I need to listen to to rate, but I went ahead and listened anyway. Every single song is good. Run For Your Life is a bit of a strange song to end on, mostly given John's history of domestic abuse, but apart from the darkness of that moment the album is incredible. A huge step forward for a band trying to become something other than the simple pop stars they had mostly been up until that point 5/5

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

Amazing what a massive leap their sound and songwriting took between Help and this album

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

Dude, it’s Rubber Soul

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Fri Oct 22 2021
5

Excellent, brought back memories

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Fri Oct 22 2021
5

Love it

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

It's the Beatles !

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

Classic Beatles, every song rocks except Run For Your life… Yikes

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

One of my personal favorite albums of all time. I personally believe it is the best Beatles' album as it encompasses such a wide range of melodies and creative moments. A truly magical project. My favorite song has to be "Girl", John's vocals are unmatched on that one!

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

One of the best Beatles albums. More creative and mature... definitely more varied. Incredible.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

It's good. They might have a future if they don't break themselves up.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

Drive My Car Norwegian Wood Nowhere Man Michelle Girl In my life Run for your life Excellent, pas leur meilleur mais tellement de bons titres qu'il mérite son 5 étoiles

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

A strong 4.8 There are songs on this album that are unforgetable. Each song is so different buit the album rocks.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

My favorite Beatles album

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

One small step for The Beatles, one giant leap for Rock and Roll.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Knew more songs than I expected. Their songs permeated through everything. Gave it a few listens and really enjoyed most of it.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

That's easy, know it already well, easily top 10 of my favourites ever

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

It's so interesting to hear the blues influences throughout this album and consider what a point of difference or is to the earlier stuff - and how again this is going to transform into entirely new just a few years later. Holy shit, "run for your life" doesn't age well does it?

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Exceletne album! grandes canciones aunque no lo recordaba tan melancólico. Duración perfecta. El primero de una serie de grandes albumes de los beatles que marcaron a futuras generaciones

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Great album

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Perfection

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

I feel like this is my sweet spot for the Beatles, that kind of in-between from their Beatlemania stuff and the later Sgt Pepper/White album stuff. "In My Life" is an all-time favorite for me. The rest is wonderful.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

While this is still a classic album, I think it’s my least favorite Beatles album. It’s not bad by any means but I find revolver and sgt peppers to be a lot better. Fav songs: nowhere man, Michelle

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

JOYA

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

The transition album from the classic rock n roll-oriented Beatles phase to their more experimental work. Here we see a focus on folk music, inspired by the Byrds and Dylan, pushing Lennon and McCartney to write more complex melodies and stories. Harrison's interests in raga is first shown here, which will be a defining feature of psychedelic rock starting in Revolver. The production is among the best of the era. There is such a dramatic shift from Help to Rubber Soul in the sound that I often declare 1965 as the year music started sounding "modern"... that is: clear, crisp, and hifi. It's a perfect collection of pop hits ranging from many different styles. Some look back to their classic days, while others show something evolving. There is not a single song I even remotely dislike; I sing along to all of them with enthusiasm. I couldn't just pick a few to talk about, so I decided to say my thoughts about each of them. Note a lot of things I love from previous songs are implied for the later ones cause I didn't want to repeat what I like. These reoccuring aspects are fantastic songwriting, harmonious vocals, impressively high production, and a perfect blend of instrumentation. Drive My Car: As with most Beatles albums, album kicks off immediately with a banger irresistible to sing and bop to. That short guitar intro is enough build-up to get anyone excited. Fantastic harmony between Lennon and McCartney. Nice cowbell, Ringo. Tell me you know someone who won't go "beep beep, beep beep yeah." Not to mention the writing is great, telling an interesting relationship between an aspiring girlfriend and a devoted boyfriend. Norwegian Wood: One of the best storytelling in a song, with engaging and mysterious lyrics, supported by the atmospheric sitar. Clearly inspired by Dylan since he was the big folk-rock artist of the time. It's impressive that Harrison managed to master the sitar and raga so perfectly in rock music in such a short time. You Won't See Me: McCartney gets his shine with a melodic tune. Another example of amazing songwriting by the duo. McCartney's vocals match well with the emotional longing for a lost lover, supported at the right timing and intensity by the back vocals. What I love about Beatles songs is that they're usually so busy. Never a second where there isn't something that draws your attention. And sometimes like here, it's obvious, while others you have to look closely. Nowhere Man: It's a sin they kicked this song out the US versions. This song really stuck out to me as a kid. It wasn't about love, I thought about a strange "nowhere man" who isn't concerned of normal human needs or affairs, but is in his own little world. I love everything about this song. The instruments are orgasmic, as is the slow and harmonious vocals... It was probably one of the first songs I was able to sing along to due to clear and peculiar yet catchy lyrics, and likely helped me appreciate folk music better. Think for Yourself: The first Harrison song on the album. Holy shit those transitions between major and minor are absolutely insane. The song is on the harder side, and my favorite part is how the lyrics go between solo Harrison and the three-way overdubs. The Word: I don't have much to say, but I again love the harmony overdubs. It's another song I love singing along to, which is hard not to do so with the tonal changes to the repetitive line. Michelle: Another song that supported my decision to have McCartney as my favorite Beatle. This is one of my favorite songs to hum to. The pitch varies with each note that it's so fun. Love his voice (and the choral harmony), the slow folk-like nature, and how majestic the tune sounds. Apparently, McCartney was initially inspired by French songs. What Goes On: Hilarious how I'm used to the sudden jump from the most peaceful track "Michelle" to something this rough. Yes, this is my least favorite track, but it's still melodic, the writing isn't awful, the country adds a nice contrast that fits with the diverse nature, and I like that unusual staccato plucking. I'm shocked they put this on a single. Girl: I need to stop saying "this song is one of my favorites." You can tell by now I am obsessed with almost all the songs on this album. But yes, this is ONE of my favorites. I love Lennon's yearnful voice and the back vocals that scream "I can't sit still until I find this girl." My favorite solo on the album... I think. I'm Looking Through You: Best demonstrates the transitioning state of old Beatles to their new style. This is definitely something you'd hear off "Help" except better production. It's hard with a rock n roll finish. I can't unhear that fapping noise. In My Life: A song I never really got how deep it was until several years ago. Obviously you're not gonna understand reminiscing at 11. Never noticed Ringo's bells until now lol. Love Lennon's vocal range, and the classical piano bridge. Wait: The jump from "In My Life" is so ingrained in my mind. Another song that sounds like it's from the Help album. There's so much excitement it's really fun singing to this song at the top of my lungs. If I Needed Someone: The harmonious vocals and baroque pop sound like the folk rock style that the Byrds invented in their first two albums. Harrison back at it again with Indian-sounding music, although this time no sitar. Run for your Life: A simple one, another that I could hear coming out of Help. Not a favorite, but I still like singing along to it, and the lyrics are funny. Thought it was an appropriate closing. All other songs on this album sound like there's something more to come, so I can't think of a better closer... But then again, that might just be because I've heard this a million times.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

It's the Beatles, so always amazing, quirky, and innovative.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

I really enjoyed listening to this album. It was a different time. The music was simpler but so much fun.

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Sat Dec 11 2021
5

in my life best song of all time?

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

The number is 210. As in, I was given 210 albums from the algorithm of this little project before I was finally awarded with a Beatles album. That's not a criticism at all, especially considering that Rubber Soul is possibly my favorite Beatles album. I even like the Ringo song. This is the sound of the greatest rock band in history taking a giant step forward. Or to be more precise, it's John Lennon letting everyone know how great drugs can be. His songs in particular standout here - not to state the obvious, but every track on here is great, it's just that Lennon's are on another level that Paul and George weren't at yet (again, probably because they hadn't full embraced the wonders of mind-altering chemicals as John had). Just take a look at two of the ballads in the middle of the album. It sounds like Paul considers singing some of the lyrics of "Michelle" in French as a giant leap forward (his likely inspiration came from when the band recorded a bunch of their previous hits in German). John insisted in keeping a hissing sound on "Girl" that was picked up on the mic, because he thought it sounded like him inhaling marijuana. And then there's George and Paul singing the word "tit-tit-tit" over and over again on the middle eights. Those cheeky devils! John's Norwegian Wood, Nowhere Man, and In My Life also stand out. George really came into his own here on two great album cuts. This is one of my Desert Island Albums. Some may hear it as a foretaste of the feast to come, and in many ways, it is. Whether it was the drugs, the Byrds or Dylan, the Fab Four was clearly influenced to take their magic in new and exciting directions. And it all starts here.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

Got be 5 stars

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Likely my favourite Beatles album behind Revolver. Insanely good.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Þarf ekki að hlusta, bara veit. Besta plata ársins 1965 og eitt sín mín uppáhalds Bítlaplata. Hún er enn á topp fimm listanum mínum þar.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

4.5

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Starting off with a familiar one! Appreciated the flow and the growth from earlier recordings. Really came into their own on this one.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Would be hard not to give the Beatles a 5 on merit alone. Rubber Soul is a great album, this is the Beatles I enjoy where they're starting to get away from their early pop stylings and start evolving into their own musicians. Some great tunes in here, a bit more of an edge in their lyrics. Drive my car, Nowhere Man are some great tunes. That last song, yikes.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Full of classic acoustic tracks, the tambourine is the highlight in nearly every song.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Cool

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

I've always been partial to Norwegian Wood.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Absolutely my favourite Beatles album. I've heard it many times before, but this was a great reason for another

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Revolver is where they made the turn to hitting a next level stride, but Rubber Soul is still my favorite album of their early period

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

the best

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

Great times I was not live

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

It's just a great album that I've listened to countless times. Classic/5

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Having listened to my parents copy of this on vinyl repeatedly in the 70's this record is part of my DNA. And (with the exception of Run For Your Life - why are so many 60's songs about killing your girlfriend?) it still sounds fantastic. Love it!

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

Full disclosure: I was named after one of the songs on this album. When I was a little kid, adults would randomly sing my name at me and I didn’t really know what that was all about until some years later when I heard it on the radio. And oh, what a lovely, lovely song it is. I was already on the path to loving the Beatles at that point, but that song pretty much sealed the deal. I’m a total Beatles nerd. I listen to all of their music, but Rubber Soul is just one of a few of their albums I listen to regularly in full, beginning to end. This is such a marvelous album. It's a real turning point from the Beatles' early sound into what they would become as a band. It's also probably their first album that functions as more than just a collection of songs, with its own mood and flow, a cohesive work as a whole. The quality is probably slightly uneven when you consider the songs individually, but as a whole, the quality and the beauty is undeniable. This album has some of the best songs the Beatles ever made on it. You know them really well, some of them by heart. I don’t have to tell you this album is great. It’s in our cultural DNA. Fave Songs (All songs, in order from most to least favorite): Norwegian Wood, In My Life, Drive My Car, Michelle, Wait, Girl, The Word, You Won't See Me, Nowhere Man, I'm Looking Through You, Think for Yourself, What Goes On, If I Needed Someone, Run for Your Life

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

Yes, this is perfect.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

A brilliant mix of psychedelic rock and folk. It's Rubber Soul, what more can I say?

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

So, so great!

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Juuh, paras Beatles-levy, aina ja edelleen. Tajuton biisikimara, asteikko ei riitä. 7/5.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Näitä lennon-mccartey -hommia tulee useimmiten verrattua ainoastaan saman bändin muihin tuotoksiin. Ja tätä on tullut tehtyä sillä oon kyllä sitä porukkaa joka ihan aidosti diggailee beatlesii aika paljon. Mitä sitten tulee itse levyyn on rubber soul aivan kulta-aikaa. Mulla menee kausittain se että onko lempparina RS, revolver vai sgt pepper. Kai tää on sellasta musaa johon itse päässään vertaa kaikkea länsimaista musaa. Toisinsanoen yksi niistä levyista jolla oma musamieltymys on kalibroitu määrittämään mikä on hyvää poprock-musaa. Toivottavasti muistatte kuunnella tän MONO-versiona. Jälkeenpäin tehty stereo kuulostaa sviddun oudolta. 5/5

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

Listening as a kid, I seem to remember that (on vinyl) side one was better than side two. Still a nostalgia trip. Was initially going to give it a 4, but re-listening to the whole album, it's worth a 5.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

A great collection of great songs. One of the best Beatles albums all is bangingness from the higher temple of awesomeness.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

It's an interesting transitional album that shows the Beatles beginning to experiment in the studio with sounds like the sitar on Norwegian Wood. It's quite a groovy album on one hand but also quite folly elsewhere and generally there's a feeling of space thanks to the production. It's not perfect, but it is near the top of the pile for best album by the Beatles.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

To me this was the album where The Beatles went from being a band constantly drowned out by screaming, fainting girls while cranking out singles that had the word “love” in every bar, to a band with more sophisticated arrangements, drawing from more diverse influences like soul, English folk, and country, but still sounding like the Beatles and moving the mid-sixties music scene forward. I enjoy the 4 different vocalists. John's lyrics are getting darker, for the first time I think.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

I like how on the cover and John is always looking down at you regardless of where you hold it. This was released around my 5th birthday and Michelle got a lot of airplay. I remember someone who was six at the time running around the house singing "Michel Gravelle . . ."  It was a very influential album that brought the Beatles to their next level. I even have accolades for one of Paul's songs. Drive My Car is quite good and included Ringo doing some creative drumming that he usually saved for John's songs.  My favourites: Nowhere Man, In My Life, Girl and Norwegian Wood. There really aren't any songs not to like. OK, perhaps one exception. I recall when an  interviewer asked John about Run For Your Life and he said "I always hated that song". If he says so. On Girl, John put the capo on the 8th fret which is unheard of. Check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPYXC-CtU5A To top it off he plays a barre chord  that far up the neck which is near impossible. The only other song I know with a capo anywhere near that far up is Sound of Silence which has it at the 6th. 

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

obvo i luv the beatles soz so

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

My first Beatles album 142 albums in. Rubber Soul is their first masterpiece. Some all time great songs on here, in my life, say the word, drive my car, Norwegian wood. There are a couple of arguments not to give this a 5. 1. The Beatles albums that follow are better. 2. Run for you life is a terrible song. Even worse given Lennons history with his first wife. 1. Its not Rubber Souls fault that the Beatles went on to surpass it. If another band wrote this album argument 1. wouldn’t hold. 2. One bad song at the end of this album that can be skipped is outweighed by the other 13 brilliant songs. This album was so influential in 1965, Wikipedia states it influenced The Beach Boys, Velvet Underground, the Rolling Stones, The Who and The Kinks this is clearly an important album not only in the Beatles career but in the history of pop and rock music. Given the importance of this, that some of the greatest albums in history were soon to follow and influenced by this album, this fully deserves 5 stars.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

I feel like this is such an underrated album purely because of the heights the group reached with later releases. Martin’s production is perfection. The harmonies are so underrated putting then up there or perhaps beyond S&G and the Everly Brothers. With all the technology of today, I seriously doubt artists today could track to perfection what these guys did with their vocals.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

It's really hard to give a Beatles album less than 5 stars. Of course it makes it hard to rank them since I love Rubber Soul, but it's maybe my 5th favourite album of theirs? I know every song without having to listen to it and hearing them again is always a treat.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

Long been my favorite Beatles album. So many great songs in a tight 35 mins.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

SO GOOD!

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

Rubber Soul was a great first time listen. It still amazes me as to how effortless The Beatles songwriting and musicianship feels. Quite literally each song on the record could have been a single. Beginning to see some of that psychedelic influence that was quite separate from their initial sound. But this was not so far removed that it still would have been palatable for those that fell in love with their original sound. Best: Drive My Car Worst: Run For Your Life

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Tue May 03 2022
5

One of many Beatles albums that will get a 5. It's just great, not much more to say.

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Tue May 03 2022
5

I have no idea how to rate a Beatles album. It's like rating oxygen. Yes this is essential. Do you like music? Then yes, you like this album.

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Tue May 03 2022
5

A masterpiece. Nearly every song is brilliant and the recording is great.

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Tue May 03 2022
5

Amazing. What else can be said really.

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Mon May 09 2022
5

Sans Rubber Soul, le 80% des albums de cette liste n'existeraient pas. Prefs: TOUT Moins pref: RIEN

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Wed May 11 2022
5

A transitional album for the Beatles - initially conceived by McCartney as a bunch of comedy songs (Rubber Soul is a spoof of the term Plastic Soul, Drive My Car is about a woman hiring a chauffeur despite not having a car), they couldn't help but expand their musical and lyrical pallets beyond anything done before. George invents psychedelia by using the Sitar on Norwegian Wood (The Rolling Stones take notes), John decides he's going to be Bob Dylan on as well, and self flagellates on Nowhere Man. Girl and Michelle show their love of European music and Paul writes one for the grannies with In My Life. This and Revolver feel like 2 sides of the same coin, and it's the most valuable coin you've ever heard.

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Sun May 15 2022
5

Listened to this album for the first time in many years. Truly great from start to finish. Perfect songwriting. Perfect harmonies.

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Mon May 16 2022
5

Uh, this was the easiest album to rate so far! Easy 5 stars. I think the more enjoyable rating game to play is not to rate this amongst the 1001 albums, but to consider how I'd rate it amongst The Beatles' full catalog. It'd STILL would be a 5 star album, depending on the day it's my fav Beatles album, with maybe Revolver, The White Album, and Abbey Road amongst the group that would rate as top depending on mood and last time I heard it.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

Such a great album. This was my first time listening to it all the way through as opposed to just a few of the songs on the album one-off.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

So many reasons that this album is important; it's the first album that the Beatles made as an album. Although the recording period is ridiculously short (113 hours to record, plus extra days for mixing), it was a generous period of not begin (too) distracted by other commitments. Although embellished with some exotic overdubbing and studio technique, the core performances are still tight band performances as per their early output. Heavily influenced by American rock (soul, Motown/Stax, country rock, folk, Dylan, Byrds) and their first psychedelic drug experiences, the songs have started be more lyrically and emotionally sophisticated. And, because it is the Beatles, it is massively influential and changes the way that rock and pop musicians thought about the album format. Prior to this, even BEatles albums were often really filler, kind of an alternative product secondary to the all-important singles. While not quite at the point where singles are included on UK releases routinely, this is an album that was intended to be of high quality and listened to all the way through. There are no covers or throw-aways. The content is more challenging, philosophical and introspective, and it's got crackin' tunes. Personally, I could do without 'Michelle' (one of Paul's 'granny tunes'), but it's popularity paid the bills. This is one of the albums that changed everything in popular music, and totally deserves to be on this list.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

Dans toute la variété d'album qu'on écoute, on se rend compte quand on tombe sur n'importe quel album des Beatles qu'ils étaient vraiment à part. Cet album qui amorce l'évolution du groupe n'est pas mon préféré, mais est tout de même un excellent album. Il est important pour les pièces Michelle, Girl, In my Life, Drive My Car, Norwegian Wood, I'm Looking Through You, If I Needed Someone,... Bref, un album à écouter absolument.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

This is my favorite Beatles album, even though “Run for your life” is a little cringy in today’s context, the whole album kicks balls and slaps titties.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

I think this is that perfect blend of early pop beatles and experimental mid Beatles into a very radio friendly album that still pushes the fringe.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

The real tipping point from early pop sensation Beatles to experimental studio craft Beatles, balancing right on that edge. And it really is the best of both worlds! One of their best records, and that is saying something, considering its the daggum Beatles.

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Sat Jun 18 2022
5

I really enjoyed revisiting this album. It's full of great songs.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

Solid album.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

Always considered Rubber Soul as marking that step toward Sgt. Pepper and beyond. 4/5 on the Beatles scale.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

All bangers no real filler in it. If I needed someone, I'm looking through you are highlights.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

From my father, I have inherited my gorilla-like arms, an at times breathtaking self centeredness, an all consuming enjoyment of a fine meal, and a deep and abiding love for this album. I spent an entire summer listening to it on repeat on my discman and reading Asimov.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Easiest 5 so far. The fact that the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show playing “all my loving” 1 year earlier is astounding. This is the album where they fully matured as songwriters and while it’s not my favorite Beatles album it is still better than most releases by any other artist. I think “in my life” is a top 10 song of all time and find it shocking that it’s not the final track. Norwegian Wood, Drive My Car, Nowhere Man, If I Needed Someone, Michelle, Girl, I’m Looking Through You are all fantastic tunes as well. The vocal harmonies on this album are stunning and the melodies are just some of the best ever written. Wish there was a documentary of them making THIS album.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

A big step in the transformation from quick hit pop songs to more serious and musically sophisticated songwriting. Apparently the first album released in the US that did not have the band name on the cover (not just Beatles albums).

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Simply awesome. It is silly to quibble about what is the best Beatles release. From 1965 on every Beatle release is essential and of unbelievable high quality. Bands based an entire careers around one song (or portion of a song). In My Life alone is enough to make this a must have. Some deduction of points for Run For Your Life's horribly misogynistic lyrics. Still - not enough to keep the fifth star off (although I would have given 4 1/2 if an option).

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

This has my favorite Beatles song, I’m looking through you, plus classics like Drive my car, nowhere man, and in my life. Easy 5

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Mon Jul 04 2022
5

I think the 1001 is punishing me for my absence as it made me listen to Deep Purple's 'Made in Japan' but when I went to add my notes, it had updated to 'Rubber Soul'. So Rubber Soul. Maybe the 5th best Beatles album (Revolver, Abbey Road, White Album, Hard Days Night, better than Help) but still an easy 5 stars.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

This may not be the Beatles at their best but this is still really fucking good. Probably a true 4.5 that I'm gonna round up because I'm Looking Through You is just so great.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Incredible album. Even excluding the impact it had on music in general and the change that it represented in The Beatles discography, it just sounds so great. We should send the song In My Life to aliens as the song to represent humanity because it is so beautiful that they will immediately love us. The album flows together so well and you feel as if you are on a cloud floating along happily. The only thing I would have changed is to leave off Run for your Life, because The Beatles don’t need to include another song about domestic abuse, but even with that it still is a perfect album. 5/5 this is an album to put you in a great mood whenever you are feeling down.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

I'm not a Beatles purist and I don't believe this is the best Beatles album by quite a bit but at the end of the day anything I say is semantics; it's the Beatles. That being said I have the smallest of gripes with saying this album holds up as well as some others from the same period. The purity of the acoustic sounds makes some slower pieces sound almost stale in comparison to that of king crimson and Velvet Underground and the subject matter leaves alot to be desired. Barring that tiny personal gripe this album is one of many free masterclasses by the band on how to develop an entire genre almost entirely on your own 9.6/10

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Massa, curto das antiga já

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

A very good album that I enjoy listening to.

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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

I own a T-Shirt of this album, absolute classic.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

Discazo de los 4 de Liverpool. Canciones melódicas y profundas. Atemporales totalmente.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Very timeless album. Heard a bunch of the songs before but not the whole album. Very very good

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

For me, Rubber Soul marks where the Beatles really enter their period of experimentation and innovation. They had hinted at it in earlier releases, but this is where they commit. Released just a few months after Help, Rubber Soul sees the group toying with the conventional pop format and introducing eastern instrumentation (Norwegian Wood) and ideas into their music. What really makes the Beatles stand out is when they incorporate something new into their work, it doesn't feel like it's there to just reference something, but it becomes part of the work and feels in place.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Classic. Not much to say here

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

Otro grande

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

The Beatles were played a lot in my house growing up. I had car dances to several of these songs. Also, it’s The Beatles. They forever slap.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
5

Vanaf dit album begon de Beatles muziek écht interessant te worden. Ik kan er nog hele stukken tekst aan besteden waarom ik dit zo geweldig vind, maar geef het gewoon de 5 sterren die ik het waard vind.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Ja dat is wel gewoon top hé

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

One of the best ever. Cannot fault this album with hit after hit. Iconic Beatles songs and so many stand alone hits from this. In my life a funeral song for both grandparents so has a lot of memories attached to it. Brilliant.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

"Drive My Car", "Norwegian Wood", "Michelle", "In My Life"? Come on. This is on par with Revolver and Sgt Pepper and I will not be taking questions. Rango "Sir Richard Starkley MBE" Starr yet again proves to be the best and most talented Beatle with some amazing cowbell playing on "In My Life". Peace and love, peace and love. I'm warning you with peace and love! 😎✌️🌟❤️🎶🎶🍒🥦👍🌈☮️

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Norwegian wood and in my life are 2 top 10 Beatles songs

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Finally, The Beatles! You can just tell this is a special album from the first song. Drive my car just had a totally different sound than anything they ever did before this. Then coming in with Norwegian wood? Jesus christ man i would have freaked out if i heard this in the 60s. Nowhere man is probably my favorite beatles song. Think for yourself is one of the most underrated beatles songs. Michelle and Girl are just all time love songs. In my life is one of lennons best written songs. If i needed someone - what a fucking song man. I truly believe every song on here could have been a single and would be a HIT. I cannot say enough good things about this record, I love every single song. And the crazy thing, it's not even their best 🤯🤯🤯10/10

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

I really wish I could hear this album for the first time again Don would look good with one of those haircuts on the cover In My Life is one of my favorite songs Norwegian Wood and Nowhere Man are top tier Beatles songs The deep cuts are forgetable when you compare them to the hits but they're just really solid Merseybeat Isn't he just like you and me?

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