[[caption-width-right:350:''"And in the end..."'']]

''Abbey Road'' is the twelfth studio album by Music/TheBeatles, released in 1969. It is their last recorded album, but was released as their penultimate offering before the band released ''Music/LetItBe'' and eventually split up in 1970.

The album was recorded when there was still tension amongst the band members, but they put their differences aside for one last time. As a result, everyone got to shine with Music/GeorgeHarrison proving he was every bit as good a songwriter as John and Paul with two #1 hits by him: "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun". Music/JohnLennon had a chart topper himself, "Come Together", while Music/PaulMcCartney arranged the perfect GrandFinale for the band on side B and Music/RingoStarr created a children's classic and hit with "Octopus's Garden".

Although it received mixed reception upon its initial release [[VindicatedByHistory it became one of the most acclaimed albums of the band, being often at or near the top spot in "Best Albums of All Time" lists.]] It remains their best selling album to date. ''[[Magazine/TimeMagazine Time]]'' magazine included the album in their [[TimeAllTime100Albums 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums]] and it was listed at #14 in ''Magazine/RollingStone''[='s=] [[UsefulNotes/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime 500 Greatest Albums of All Time]].

!! Tracklist:

[[AC: Side One]]

# "Come Together" (4:20)
# "Something" (3:03)
# "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" (3:27)
# "Oh! Darling" (3:26)
# "Octopus's Garden" (2:51)
# "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" (7:47)

[[AC: Side Two]]

# "Here Comes the Sun" (3:05)
# "Because" (2:45)
# "You Never Give Me Your Money" (4:02)
# "Sun King" (2:26)
# "Mean Mr. Mustard" (1:06)
# "Polythene Pam" (1:12)
# "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" (1:57)
# "Golden Slumbers" (1:31)
# "Carry That Weight" (1:36)
# "The End" (2:05)
# "Her Majesty" (0:23) [Originally a hidden track]

!!Principal Members:

* Music/GeorgeHarrison - lead vocals, guitar, bass, organ, harmonium, synthesizer, percussion
* Music/JohnLennon - lead vocals, guitar, piano, organ, synthesizer, percussion, sound effects
* Music/PaulMcCartney - lead vocals, bass, guitar, piano, organ, synthesizer, percussion, sound effects
* Music/RingoStarr - drums, backing and lead vocals, piano, percussion

!! "Boy, you're gonna carry that trope, carry that trope a long time":

* AbbeyRoadCrossing: The UrExample[=/=]TropeMaker. It was a quick photo session, with the photographer snapping a half-dozen pictures over about 10 minutes while the band walked back and forth across the street outside their studio. It resulted in a trope and one of the most famous album covers of all time.
* AlliterativeTitle: "'''M'''ean '''M'''r. '''M'''ustard" and "'''P'''olythene '''P'''am".
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The last verse of "Sun King", which is Lennon singing vaguely [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romance_languages Romance language]]-sounding gibberish. Interestingly, the lyrics are made up of actual words from Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, plus a couple stray English phrases (the Liverpool schoolyard slang term "chicka ferdy" and "cake and eat it"), but put together in a sufficiently nonsensical way to sound like AsLongAsItSoundsForeign gibberish.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: "Polythene Pam"
--> ''Well you should see Polythene Pam''
--> ''She's so good-looking but she looks like a man...''
* BitingTheHandHumor: Paul wrote "You Never Give Me Your Money" to voice complaints about the financial practices of Apple Records and Allen Klein.
* BittersweetEnding: The famous medley at the end of the album that starts from "You Never Give Me Your Money" until (appropiately) "The End" seems to have as a theme that, even if good things must come to an end, it was good while it lasted.
* BoleroEffect: "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" ends with the minutes of the same guitar chords repeated over and over, building in crescendo until the abrupt end. It also has a similar build-up comparable to a bolero.
* TheBusCameBack:
** This album saw the return of Geoff Emerick, the band's recording engineer since ''Music/{{Revolver}}'', after he'd previously walked out of ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'' sessions in protest at the constant arguments and tensions. (He had previously returned to engineer the "The Ballad of John and Yoko" single.)
** Because ''Music/LetItBe'' was, for the most part, actually recorded in early 1969 with Glyn Johns producing, this is also the case for returning producer George Martin.
* CallBack: In the middle of "Carry That Weight" they break into a new verse of an earlier '"Abbey Road'' track, "You Never Give Me Your Money", then they switch back to "Carry That Weight".
* CaptainObvious: "Come Together" informed us that "One and one and one is three" and "He got feet down below his knee".
* ContinuityNod: When the band was running through "Mean Mr. Mustard" during the Get Back sessions, Mean Mr. Mustard's sister ("she never stops, she's a go-getter") was named Shirley. When they reconvened to record ''Abbey Road'' and John Lennon revived the song, he changed Shirley's name to Pam to go along with another new song of his, "Polythene Pam".
** "Here Comes the Sun" has a call back in the song "Sun King", right to the line "here comes the sun... king". Interestingly enough, just like in "Here Comes the Sun", where "smiles are returning to the faces", everyone in "Sun King" is also "happy and laughing".
** Mr. Mustard in "Mean Mr. Mustard" is taken out "to look at the queen". The song "Her Majesty" is a description of the Queen.
* {{Corpsing}}: Paul cracks up during the second verse of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" allegedly because John mooned him in the recording studio as he sang the line "so he waits behind".
* CueTheSun: "Here Comes the Sun"
--> ''Here comes the sun, it's alright''
* CutShort: "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is abruptly cut short near the end, surprising every listener who hears it the first time.
* DirtyOldMan: "Mean Mr. Mustard", who "always shouts out something obscene".
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Paul is walking barefoot on the album cover. He told journalists that he just did this because it was hot that day, but some believers in the "Paul Is Dead" theory believed it was a reference to a Mafia symbol for "death".
* DoubleDontKnow: From "Something": "You're asking me, will my love grow? I don't know! I don't know!"
* EarlyBirdCameo: Future leader of Music/TheAlanParsonsProject and future Music/PinkFloyd producer Alan Parsons first worked on this album as a tape operator.
* TheEnd: "The End". Duh? Subverted really, as "Her Majesty" is the actual last song on the album (it was a HiddenTrack on the original release). This occurred because it was cut out of the song medley on the second half and the Beatles' engineers didn't want to throw away any of their music.
** "The End" is also the very last song the Beatles recorded together (and the only song where Ringo has a drum solo).[[note]]The last song all four Beatles recorded together, that is. Paul, George, and Ringo convened on Jan. 3, 1970 to record "I Me Mine".[[/note]]
* EnterStageWindow: She came in through the bathroom window.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: The intro to "Sun King" makes up the majority of the song.
* EpicRocking: "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", at 7:47.
* ExcitedShowTitle: "Oh! Darling"
* FaceOnTheCover: The band members crossing a street.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: The famous medley, which starts from "You Never Give Me Your Money" and goes through "The End", with only one clean break between songs. "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" comes to a full stop before "Golden Slumbers" starts. However, some of these are also SiameseTwinSongs.
* FailedASpotCheck: No one in the court noticed Maxwell getting the ''murder weapon'' and stalking the judge in the courtroom? Rose and Valerie must have been making a ''hell'' of a commotion for no one see what Max was doing with his silver hammer.
* GrandFinale: The Long Medley on Side Two, ending with, well, "The End". ''Abbey Road'' as a whole was intended to be this for the band, though the release of ''Let It Be'' (which was begun first) ended up being pushed back long enough to cause an accidental subversion of the trope.
* GratuitousPanning: "Her Majesty" starts entirely on the right, and moves until it's entirely on the left by the end of the song. The trope is otherwise averted, as this is the only Beatles album where the members were actually present and supervised the production of the stereo version, which on previous albums had been left to various engineers with little oversight or input from the band or George Martin, who focused more on the mono versions.
* HiddenTrack: "Her Majesty". Originally, this was meant to be part of the 'medley' between "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam". The chord at the beginning is the ending note to the former track. Music/PaulMcCartney didn't like the way it sounded, and so it was cut off from the album. The tape operator, John Kurlander, followed the record company's guidelines of never throwing anything recorded by The Beatles out, and not knowing what else to do with it he attached it to the end of the master reel, after "The End". Paul liked it. So it stayed. Originally it was a true HiddenTrack, not listed with the other tracks on the back album cover. Later pressings of ''Abbey Road'' list "Her Majesty", making it more like TheStinger.
* InTheStyleOf: George Harrison admitted in a 1987 interview that "Sun King" was inspired by Music/FleetwoodMac's "Albatross".
-->'''Harrison''': At the time, "Albatross" was out, with all the reverb on guitar. So we said, "Let's be Fleetwood Mac doing 'Albatross', just to get going." It never really sounded like Fleetwood Mac... but that was the point of origin.
* LastNoteNightmare: "Her Majesty", which comes in 20 seconds after "The End" and starts off with a ''DUNN'' chord, surprising a lot of listeners. It's also so short that it's over before the listener knows what is happening.
* LimitedLyricsSong:
** "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" has only a few lines, but clocks in at 7:47.
** Shorter, but "Sun King", "Carry That Weight" and "The End" also count.
* LocationSong: The album title refers to a real life London street. "Octopus' Garden" is a Music/RingoStarr song about an undersea wonderland.
* LongTitle: "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window".
* LyricalDissonance: "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", a cheery ditty about a violent SerialKiller.
* MinisculeRocking: Most of Side B is this. Six of the songs therein are not even two minutes long, with "Her Majesty" running 23 seconds.
* MoodWhiplash: Listening to "I Want You (She's So Heavy) after "Octopus's Garden".
** If you're listening on CD or digitally, "Here Comes the Sun" after "I Want You (She's So Heavy)".
** "Because" after "Here Comes the Sun".
** The band saying goodbye with their final medley, "Golden Slumbers" to "Carry That Weight" to "The End", and the listener has got be sitting there thinking OMG it's all over... and then "Her Majesty" comes up as a hidden track, a sweet little snippet of a song that comes across as a lark, with a smile on the lads' faces, and you realise they're leaving but they're leaving on a happy note.
* MonsterFangirl: Rose and Valerie in "Maxwell's Silver Hammer".
--> ''Maxwell must go free!''
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** The album cover. It's just the band crosswalk/zebra crossing and still it looks awesome enough to be imitated, parodied and referenced by people all across the world.
** Paul's passionate yelling in "Oh! Darling" and "Golden Slumbers", to some.
** "Here Comes The Sun'', where the sun rising suddenly makes everybody happy again and hopeful for the future.
* MurderBallad: "Maxwell's Silver Hammer".
--> ''Bang Bang! Maxwell's Silver Hammer came down upon his head''
--> ''Bang Bang! Maxwell's Silver Hammer made sure that he was dead''
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: One track is named "Sun King", which was UsefulNotes/LouisXIV's nickname.
* NewSoundAlbum: Part of the album's LighterAndSofter sound compared to ''The White Album'' was the result of Abbey Road Studios replacing its thermionic valve-based mixing desk with a solid state transistor mixing desk, the TG Mk 1. Engineer Geoff Emerick commented that the TG Mk 1 produced a "softer" sound compared to earlier valve-based desks, and recalled the group being frustrated by the thinner, less "punchy" sound that resulted. (Compare Ringo's drum sound to the one on the previous album for the best example, especially the snares.)
* NoEnding: Both sides of the album.
** "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" ends abruptly in the middle of a riff, after three minutes of repeating the same sequence of chords. John Lennon told engineer Geoff Emerick to "cut it right there", and Emerick did.
** When engineer John Kurlander clipped "Her Majesty" out of its spot in the master between "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam" (see HiddenTrack above), he missed the last note of "Her Majesty", which was left at the beginning of "Polythene Pam". Thus the recording of "Her Majesty" on the finished album also ends abruptly, one note too soon.
* ObsessionSong: "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"
* OneWomanSong: "Polythene Pam", "Her Majesty"
* OneWordTitle: "Something", "Because"
* PepTalkSong: "Carry That Weight", with the uplifting message that despite carrying your heavy past along with you one should still carry on.
--> ''Boy, you're going to carry that weight''
--> ''Carry that weight a long time''
* ThePowerOfLove:
** "Because"
--> ''Love is all, love is you''
** "The End"
--> ''And in the end the love you take''
--> ''Is equal to the love you make''
* ThePowerOfTheSun: "Here Comes the Sun", in which the returning sun cheers up everybody, including the protagonist and his girlfriend.
* {{Pun}}: "Because"
--> ''Because the world is round/ it turns me on''
--> ''Because the wind is high/ it blows my mind.''
* RecordProducer: George Martin, who told the Beatles he would work on the project if he was "actually allowed to produce it", as he had been estranged from involvement in their affairs lately. They deferred to his judgement in the studio, leading to more productive if not necessarily more harmonious sessions than the torturous birth of ''Let It Be''.
* ScareChord:
** A negative example at the end of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", where a sudden silence in the middle of a riff has this effect.
** One can only wonder how many people were reaching to turn their record players off in 1969 when they were startled by the loud chord that introduces "Her Majesty".
* SiameseTwinSongs:
** "Polythene Pam" and "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" were recorded together as a single performance. You can hear John Lennon saying "Oh, look out!" right before the change.
** "Golden Slumbers" and "Carry That Weight" were also recorded together. "The End" was recorded separately, but you wouldn't think that listening to the album.
* SingleStanzaSong: "Her Majesty"
* SmarterThanYouLook: George felt that Ringo's second song, "Octopus's Garden", was this. He described it as accidentally deep and spiritual.
** John and Paul finally realised George's potential as a songwriter, praising "Something" and calling it one of the best songs on the album.
* StudioChatter:
--> ''Well listen to that Mal... hehehe. Oh, look out! You should... SHE CAME IN THROUGH THE BATHROOM WINDOW.''
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: "Because" [[InvokedTrope intentionally]] shares a similar chord progression to Music/LudwigVanBeethoven 's "Moonlight Sonata". [[http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/because.asp John said about this:]]
-->''"[Yoko] trained as a classical musician. I didn't know that until this morning. In college she majored in classical composition. Now we stimulate each other like crazy. This morning I wrote this song called "Because." Yoko was playing some classical bit, and I said "Play that backwards," and we had a tune."''
* TakeThat: "You Never Give Me Your Money" is Paul's swipe at manager Allen Klein, specifically his frustration over Klein's empty promises and refusal to give the Beatles a straight answer about their financial situation.
* TextlessAlbumCover: [[https://www.biography.com/.image/t_share/MTE5NTU2MzIzNzI4NjU1ODgz/abbey-road-back-cover2jpg.jpg Here's the rear cover]]. The "Abbey Road" sign was authentic to 1969, although it has since been removed; the "Beatles" part was added in the photographer's studio. The identity of the woman in the blue dress remains unknown to this day, and there's still disagreement as to whether she was added intentionally or whether she was just a pedestrian walking by as Iain Macmillan took his picture.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: John used this to justify the lyrics of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" in a ''Rolling Stone'' interview after criticism that they were too simplistic.
-->'''John''': When you're drowning, you don't say, 'I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me.' You just ''scream''.
* UncommonTime: The bridge of "Here Comes the Sun" rotates between 11/8, 4/4, and 7/8.
* UrExample: It's commonly believed that "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" started the genre of doom metal, which would become [[TropeMakers made and codified]] by Music/BlackSabbath on their debut album the following year. Harrison's long hair and denim outfit on the cover also codified the classic metalhead look.
->''"And, in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."''