10 ‘Anna (Go to Him)’
From: ‘Please Please Me’ (1963)
Written and recorded by Arthur Alexander in 1962, ‘Anna (Go to Him)’ is the only song on this list of underrated Beatles songs that the group didn’t write. However, it’s here because John Lennon showed that, even on their debut album, he was a vocalist capable of conveying as much emotion as the best soul singers. George Harrison’s lead guitar part is pretty good, too.
9 ‘I’ve Just Seen a Face’
From: ‘Help!’ (1965)
By mid-1965, folk-rock was starting to grab a foothold on the charts, and the Beatles wanted in on it. While Lennon’s ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Life Away’ gained praise for its Bob Dylan-like introspection, it was this McCartney number, also from ‘Help!,’ that owed more to folk’s roots. Although the Beatles were more familiar with sweaty rock clubs, on ‘I’ve Just Seen a Face’ they turn the 60’ x 38’ Studio Two at Abbey Road into a front porch.