Here’s our list of the Top 10 Greatest B Sides of all time. A few of these are guaranteed to surprise you.
10. Radiohead – Talk Show Host
Released as a B Side to 1996’s hauntingly beautiful track ‘Street Spirit’, ‘Talk Show Host’ is far and away the greatest Radiohead song to never be released as a single in its own right. The song went on to feature in Baz Luhrman’s seminal movie ‘Romeo + Juliet’.
9. The Smiths – How Soon Is Now?
Known for its powerful lyrics and chugging vibrato guitar line ‘How Soon Is Now?’ is one of The Smiths most memorable tracks. The song originally featured as a B Side to 1984’s ‘William, It Was Really Nothing’ before being re-released as a single in 1985.
8. The Beatles – Revolution
This Lennon led dirty blues track is a real fan favourite from The Beatles brilliant 1968 self titled (White Album). ‘Revolution’ was released as a B Side to the equally popular ‘Hey Jude’ and became the first Beatles track to ever be licensed for a television commercial.
7. The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
Originally penned in 1955 for the prison movie ‘Unchained’, ‘Unchained Melody’ has gone on to become one of the most recorded songs in popular music history. Its most famous version, sang by the Righteous Brothers was first released as a B Side to the 1965 single ‘Hung On You’.
6. Oasis – Half The World Away
First released as a B Side to the 1994 stand alone track ‘Whatever’, ‘Half The World Away’ is often held as one of Noel Gallagher’s biggest songwriting achievements. The song went on the gain ever more popularity in 1998 when it was used as the theme song to the award winning UK TV series ‘The Royle Family’.
5. Fleetwood Mac – Silver Springs
This Stevie Nicks penned track was originally supposed to feature on Fleetwood Mac’s legendary 1977 album ‘Rumours’. It narrowly missed out on making the album track list but was later released as a B Side to ‘Go Your Own Way’.
4. David Bowie – Suffragette City
From Bowie’s 1972 album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’, this Little Richard inspired track was once offered by Bowie to band Mott The Hoople in a bid to stop them from breaking up. They instead chose the song ‘All The Young Dudes’ and ‘Suffragette City’ was released as a B Side to ‘Starman’.
3. Queen – We Will Rock You
Unbelievably ‘We Will Rock You’ was first released as a B Side to 1977 track ‘We Are The Champions’. Because of its massive popularity, radio stations at the time would often let both songs play through uninterrupted. Arguably the most difficult ‘which side is better?’ debate of all time.
2. The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Listed at number 100 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, ‘YCAGWYW’ was originally released as a B Side to 1969’s ‘Honky Tonk Woman’. The track was written by both Jagger and Richards and features an incredible vocal performance from the London Bach Choir.
1. The Beatles – I Am The Walrus
One of The Beatles greatest ever songs and our Number 1 B Side of all time. ‘I Am The Walrus’ was released as a B Side to ‘Hello, Goodbye’ in 1967.
Bizarrely, due to the songs release as both a B Side and a track included in the ‘Magical Mystery Tour EP’, ‘I Am The Walrus’ technically held both the number 1 and 2 spots in the UK singles charts for a short period in December 1967.