10 of the Best Psychedelic Beatles Songs

The Beatles at the launch of 'All You Need Is Love' in 1967.

There are many great psychedelic Beatles songs. After a hectic 1966 tour, The Beatles returned to the recording studio just in time for some of the most psychedelic years of the 1960s. The changing times were reflected heavily in their music. Suddenly The Beatles weren’t making songs like “I Want to Hold Your Hand” anymore.

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10. ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’

Revolver‘s “Tomorrow Never Knows” was one of The Beatles’ first psychedelic songs. By then, the band had experienced LSD (Paul McCartney took it reluctantly), and it drastically changed their music and lyrics. “Tomorrow Never Knows” paints a kaleidoscopic picture, unlike anything The Beatles had painted before. Their psychedelic songs only became more refined from there.

9. ‘Fixing a Hole’

Paul claims the concept of “Fixing a Hole” is both metaphysical and physical. After taking LSD, he started seeing a little blue dot every time her closed his eyes. There was a metaphysical idea of a hole, the one he plugs whenever he writes a song, and a physical one that appears whenever he closes his eyes. Whatever inspired Paul to write the song, it’s become one of the weirdest Beatles songs. It’s like a thousand different thoughts are firing off at once.

8. ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!’

John Lennon’s “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” is obviously about a carnival attraction, which is psychedelic in itself. The song paints a vivid picture, like so many Beatles songs, but it does more so with sound effects and various instruments. By the time The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper, they were delving even more into EMI Studios’ sound effects library. They were experimenting tenfold.

7. ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’

Many believed “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” was a euphemism for LSD. Although the band used the hallucinogen then, John wasn’t talking about it on the tune. His son Julian came home with a picture he drew of one of his friends at school. He called it “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” So, John formed a song around it.

6. ‘Magical Mystery Tour’

Magical Mystery Tour wasn’t The Beatles’ best album, and neither is its titular track. However, it has a psychedelic aspect, especially with John’s vocals. You can’t be more psychedelic than taking a magical mystery tour. The film was just as strange and out there.

5. ‘Blue Jay Way’

George Harrison’s “Blue Jay Way” is almost dark and definitely dreary. Like many of George’s songs, “Blue Jay Way” combines Western and Eastern sounds. There’s an eerie organ, and Indian music influenced the cello parts. George did many experimental things to the song to make it as psychedelic as possible. The spookiest part of it is the reversed tapes in between the verses.

4. ‘I Am the Walrus’

None of the lyrics in “I Am the Walrus” make much sense, but it’s extremely psychedelic. The first verse says it all: “I am he as you are he as you are me/ And …read more

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