Who had the best songs in 1965 – John or Paul?

Most of the Beatles songs attributed to Lennon-McCartney were primarily the work of one composer or the other, who would then sing lead on the track. So I thought it would be interesting to imagine what it would be like if John and Paul were solo in 1965 by comparing their output that year.

Who do you think came out on top?

Obviously this is a pretty ridiculous exercise, since each writer’s fingerprints are all over the other’s songs. For instance, with John’s “Ticket to Ride,” Paul came up with the idea for the drum pattern, and played lead guitar. But what the heck.

On some songs the two are so entwined you can’t really attribute them to one or the other – like on “We Can Work It Out,” where Paul sings the verses and John the bridge.

Lennon 1965
1. Help!
2. Ticket to Ride
3. Nowhere Man
4. Norwegian Wood
5. In My Life
6. You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
7. It’s Only Love
8. Girl
9. Run For Your Life
10. Yes It Is
11. Dizzy Miss Lizzy (cover)
12. Bad Boy (cover)

McCartney 1965
1. Yesterday
2. Michelle
3. Drive My Car
4. I’ve Just Seen a Face
5. The Night Before
6. Another Girl
7. I’m Down
8. You Won’t See Me
9. I’m Looking Through You

Both 1965
1. We Can Work It Out
2. Day Tripper
3. Tell Me What You See
4. Wait
5. The Word

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