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“Ticket To Ride”
“Ticket To Ride” cover
Single by The Beatles
B-side "Yes It Is"
Released 9 April 1965 (UK)
19 April 1965 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Abbey Road Studios: 15 February 1965
Genre Rock
Length 3:02
Label Parlophone (UK) RS5265
Capitol (U.S.) 5407
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"I Feel Fine" / "She's A Woman"
(1964)
"Ticket To Ride" / "Yes It Is"
(1965)
"Help!" /
"I'm Down"
(1965)


That was one of the earliest heavy-metal records made. Paul's contribution was the way Ringo played the drums.

—John Lennon, 1980

John just didn't take the time to explain that we sat down together and worked on that song for a full three-hour songwriting session, and at the end of it all we had all the words, we had the harmonies, and we had all the little bits.

—Paul McCartney, Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now w/Barry Miles, 1998

I liked it, 'cause it was slightly a new sound at the time. [...] It's pretty fuckin' heavy for then. If you go and look in the charts for what other music people were making, and you hear it now, it doesn't sound too bad. It doesn't make you cringe. [...] If you'd give me the eight-track now, remix it — I'll show you what it is really, but you can hear it there. I used to like guitars. I don't want anything else on the album, the guitars and janglin' piano or whatever. It's a heavy record, and the drums are heavy too. That's why I like it.

—John Lennon, Lennon Remembers - Jann Wenner, 1970

We are always worried with each record. With Ticket To Ride we were even more worried. There's bound to be a time when we come in at 19 (on the charts). But this 'number one' business doesn't seem to stop — great while it lasts — but now we'll have to start all over again and people will start predicting funny things for the next one.

—George Harrison, 1965

We sat down and wrote it together. I remember talking about Ryde but it was John's thing. We wrote the melody together; you can hear on the record, John's taking the melody and I'm singing harmony with it. We'd often work those out as we wrote them. Because John sang it, you might have to give him 60 per cent of it. It was pretty much a work job that turned out quite well. I think the interesting thing is the crazy ending — instead of ending like the previous verse, we changed the tempo. We picked up one of the lines, "My baby don't care," but completely altered the melody. We almost invented the idea of a new bit of a song on the fade-out with this song... It was quite radical at the time.

—Paul McCartney, Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now w/Barry Miles, 1998



Clip of Ticket to Ride from the film Help, 1965.

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