The Beatles are responsible for creating some of the most iconic rock songs in history, but they also had a few lackluster releases. Their last chart-topping single, in particular, was particularly disappointing.
The Long and Winding Road
“The Long and Winding Road” and “For You Blue” were released together as a double A-side single and are noted as The Beatles’ final No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, as mentioned in The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. However, “The Long and Winding Road” has been criticized as a weak ending to the band’s innovative career. It is considered an insipid, easy-listening ballad that lacks the creativity of their previous hits, such as “Yesterday” and “Something.” The track is also seen as a transition to Paul McCartney’s later, less successful work with Wings.
The Beatles’ “The End” is an impressive and experimental song with lyrics that encapsulate the band’s hippie ideals, making it a fitting conclusion to their last album, Abbey Road. However, the album actually ends with a 23-second joke song called “Her Majesty,” which attempts to humorously portray someone trying to seduce Queen Elizabeth II but ultimately misses the mark and comes off as insulting. While Paul McCartney had a knack for humor, “Her Majesty” falls flat.
Dig a Pony
Let It Be is not as highly regarded as some of the earlier Beatles albums. While some fans consider it a masterpiece, others view it as a disjointed effort from a band that was falling apart. If one wants to argue that the album is weak, one could point to “Dig a Pony” as evidence. The melody is poor, and John Lennon’s psychedelic lyrics fail to establish a coherent mood or message.
Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
The Plastic Ono Band and Paul McCartney both found success with Christmas songs, but The Beatles failed to produce a memorable one. “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” is a repetitive and monotonous track that lacks a good instrumental, and even Ringo Starr’s solo version couldn’t save it.