Ranking Beatle solo albums: 1968-2007

We still argue over these people the way we do over Antony and Cleopatra joining Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, and the rest of Shakespeare’s tragedies (my judgment: it doesn’t belong). Is Extra Texture (Read All About It) worse than Red Rose Speedway — which is more drug-addled? And what’s for supper anyway?

A caveat: I haven’t listened to any Ringo album after the one where he undercuts his performed humility by adding a title to his name, nor have I paid Paul the same compliment since 2013.

The Hague

Extra Texture (Read All About It)
Give My Regards to Broad Street
Red Rose Speedway
Wild Life
Ringo the Fourth
Somewhere in England
Off the Ground
Ringo’s Rotogravure


Dark Horse
Rock ‘n’ Roll
Pipes of Peace
Gone Troppo
McCartney II
Some Time in New York City
Sentimental Journey
Driving Rain
Wings at the Speed of Sound
Mind Games
Goodnight Vienna
Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins
Back to the Egg
Walls and Bridges

Sound, Solid

Press to Play
Living in the Material World
Flaming Pie
Venus and Mars
George Harrison
Tug of War
Double Fantasy
London Town
Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
Beaucoup of Blues
Thirty-Three and a Third
Flowers in the Dirt

Good to Great

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Band on the Run
Memory Almost Full
All Things Must Pass
Cloud Nine
Run Devil Run
Milk and Honey

The Jury’s Out

Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions
Electronic Sound

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