500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The Beatles, 'Rain'

469. The Beatles, 'Rain'

Writers: John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Released: June '66, Capitol
7 weeks; No. 23

The B side of "Paperback Writer" was Lennon's response to people moaning about the wet British weather. It featured one of the earliest uses of backward tape, which Lennon said was the result of being stoned and spooling up the tape wrong. It also included virtuoso drumming from Ringo Starr. "I feel as though that was someone else playing," Starr said. "I was possessed!"

Appears on: Past Masters (Capitol/Apple)


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