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Artist Name: THE BEATLES
Hit Month (Australia): April 1965
Song Author: Lennon and McCartney
Year Recorded: 1965
Record Label: Parlophone
Label Number: A8153
Ticket to Ride

Single by The Beatles from the album Help!
B-side "Yes It Is"
Released 9 April 1965
Format 7"
Recorded 15 February 1965
EMI Studios, London
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin

"Ticket to Ride" is a song by The Beatles from their 1965 album, Help!.

It was recorded 15 February 1965 and released two months later. In 2004, this song was ranked number 384 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

The song was written primarily by John Lennon (credited to Lennon/McCartney), with Paul McCartney's contributions in dispute.

Lennon said that McCartney's contribution was limited to "the way Ringo played the drums".

McCartney said that was an incomplete description, and that "we sat down and wrote it together... give him 60 percent of it... we sat down together and worked on that for a full three-hour songwriting session."

This song was also the first song by the band in which McCartney was featured on lead guitar.

Lennon proudly claimed that it was the first heavy metal song given the droning bassline, repeating drums, and loaded guitar lines.

The song features a coda with a different tempo. Lennon said this double-time section (with the lyric "My baby don't care") was one of his "favourite bits" in the song.

"Ticket to Ride" was released as a single on 9 April 1965 in the United Kingdom and 19 April in the United States with "Yes It Is" as its B-side, topping the Hot 100 for a week in the US and the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in the UK.

John Lennon double tracked vocal, rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney harmony vocal, bass, lead guitar
George Harrison harmony vocal, rhythm guitar
Ringo Starr drums, tambourine, handclaps

UK number one single
22 April 1965 (three weeks)