The Beatles

Yellow Submarine

Composed by John Lennon / Paul McCartney

Song Review by

Although one of many people’s favourite Beatles songs, “Yellow Submarine” is not one of the better tracks on Revolver, and rather stems the tide of the consistent brilliance of the album. Penned by Paul McCartney in an attempt to write a children’s ditty, “Yellow Submarine” is certainly very effective at this – it has a simple, hugely catchy melody and joyous, slightly bizarre yet accessible lyrics, which are easy to sing along too. However, to argue the song is a great artistic success is some way off the mark. Yes, it’s easy to listen to, but after a few listens, it becomes tiresome, just as happens with many of McCartney’s other “fun” songs (such as ”When I’m Sixty Four”). “Yellow Submarine”, therefore, is fine for children, but it’s hard to see it as anything but a poor song on Revolver, and one which shows McCartney’s flaws as much as his strengths.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Revolver 1966 EMI 2:39
No Image 1966 Parlophone 2:36
Yellow Submarine 1969 EMI 2:40
Yellow Submarine [Film] 1969 MGM 2:36
1962-1966 1973 EMI 2:40
No Image 1982 Capitol 2:43
No Image 1984 MGM
Sessions 1990 Capitol 2:41
No Image 1992 Toshiba EMI
CD Singles Collection 1993 EMI Music Distribution 2:40
The Ultimate Box Set 1995 Capitol 2:42
Real Love 1996 Apple Corps 0:25
Yellow Submarine Songtrack 1999 Apple Corps / Parlophone 2:39
1 2000
Universal 2:39
As It Happened: The Classic Interviews 2000 Enlightenment 1:37
Legend Continues 2001 HVN
Tribute to the Beatles: The Essential Collection 2006
Various Artists
Audiobiography 2007 Nova / Regeneration
Karaoke Station 2009
Karaoke Station 2:56
The Beatles: Stereo Box Set 2009 EMI 2:38
The Beatles USB 2009 Capitol 2:39
1962-1970 2010 EMI / Parlophone 2:39
The Singles Box Set 2011 Apple
The Beatles in Mono [Vinyl Box Set] 2014 Capitol
1 [Video] 2015 Calderstone / Capitol / Universal
It's All in the Mind Y'know Beat
The Beatles Christmas Pack Emd Int'l
blue highlight denotes editor's pick