- Ensemble Darkhorse: Sometimes cited as their best album over Sgt. Pepper. Maybe as not as much an example as Revolver or The Beatles since it's their best selling album.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Lennon's repeated muttering of "Shoot me" in "Come Together". In context he is referring to the heroin addiction he struggled with at the time, but it is hard not feeling somewhat uncomfortable hearing it when thinking about how he would eventually die.
- Heartwarming Moments: The last lyric of their last song together.
And in the end
the love you take
is equal to the love
[the four of them croon an "Ahhh-Ah" as the song closes with a harmonious yet bittersweet farewell]
- Older Than They Think: "Golden Slumbers" is partly based on Thomas Dekker's 1603 "Cradle Song"
- Tear Jerker: The whole medley from "You Never Give Me Your Money" to "The End" generally. If it's impossible not to hear it as the band saying goodbye, that's because it's the band saying goodbye.
- Vindicated by History: Received a mixed critical reception on release, but became their best selling album and is now regarded as one of their finest works.