** "Revolution 9". For some, it's brilliant and revolutionary; for others, it's a horrid and irritating mess. Others split the difference, recognizing that it's brilliant and revolutionary but not actually liking it.
** As with most long double albums, there's the constant debate over if it would've been better as a single album, and if so which songs are filler and should be cut (it doesn't help that this is probably the album where the differences between John and Paul's writing stands out the most)
* EnsembleDarkhorse: As with ''Revolver'', this is sometimes cited as the Beatles' best album instead of ''Sgt. Pepper's''.
* GeniusBonus: "Helter Skelter" takes its name from a type of slide used at carnivals, but it was originally an older English expression meaning "in confused, disorderly haste", which is descriptive of the song itself.
* HarsherInHindsight: "[[Music/JohnLennon If I ain't dead already]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_John_Lennon girl you know the reason why]]."
** "Julia" is a tribute song written by a musician who met with a tragic, untimely death to his mother, who met with a tragic, untimely death.
* HilariousInHindsight: From "Rocky Raccoon", "Her name was Magill, and she called herself Lil, but everyone knew her as Nancy". In 2011, Paul married Nancy Shevell.
* MemeticMutation: “I GOT BLISTERS ON MAH FINGERS!”
** “Number nine... number nine... number nine...”
** "Glass Onion" was intended as sarcastic attack on all those Beatle fans who sought for hidden messages and meanings in their songs.
** Sadly, American serial killer UsefulNotes/CharlesManson still managed to interpret the lyrics of the songs "Piggies", "Revolution 1", "Revolution 9", "I Will", "Honey Pie", "Blackbird" and "Helter Skelter" as a message to start murdering other people. For his CloudCuckooLander interpretations, see [[http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/manson/mansonbeatles.html this link]].
* NightmareFuel: The album in general has an overall harsher, unsettling quality to it. Instruments and vocals have weird textures, songs are played roughly (sometimes with proto-heavy metal distortion) and end in minor keys, songs end (or begin) in disjointed ways, [[LastNoteNightmare Last Note Nightmares]] abound. Many of the songs lyrically deal with death, violence and mortality in a way Beatles records hadn't before. Even the more lighthearted songs don't help matters. The RealitySubtext of the band falling apart is audible. It's the band's darkest album. There's also the fact the insane cult leader, UsefulNotes/CharlesManson, would twist the meanings of the songs into a megalomaniacal scheme to cause a race war through mass murder.
* OneSceneWonder: Music/EricClapton came to the studio at his friend George's request to play on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". He delivered probably the best and certainly the most skillful guitar solo to ever appear on a Beatles record.
** "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?"
** "Wild Honey Pie"
** "Yer Blues", and deliberately so. Just check out the lyrics and the guitar solo.
* SweetDreamsFuel: "Good Night".
* TastesLikeDiabetes: "Good Night," intentionally so.
* TearJerker: "Blackbird", "Julia", "Long, Long, Long", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Good Night", "Mother Nature's Son", "Dear Prudence".
* VindicatedByHistory: The album received mixed reviews on release but is now regarded by many fans as one of the Beatles' best albums. For instance, its GenreRoulette style was dismissed as being incoherent in its original release, but now is hailed as an engaging variety of songs of the band displaying its terrific versatility. That said, it's still rather divisive among hardcore Beatles fans.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Partially subverted with the making of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" which Music/JohnLennon, high on pot, growled he didn't like the song's preliminary slow tempo and instead went to a piano and bashed out the introduction in a louder and faster tempo. As it turns out, the rest of the band agreed that sounded better and they recorded the song with that tempo in mind.