June 25

The Beatles Classic Covered by Rosanne Cash that Topped the Chart


The Beatles can never spoil a party no matter what, and their songs that have been injected with a touch of country seems to be perfect. “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” was written in 1964 by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. However, Lennon, McCartney truthfully admitted that the song was mostly written by them. Therefore, Lennon has a strong attachment to the song.

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“I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” first released by the English band, The Beatles. Photo via bbc.co.uk

The Beatles Rocking the Charts with “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party”

“I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” gives us a country-folk vibe without the steel guitar and fiddle sounds that we often hear in authentic country songs. But, the tune was laid into a western tune with the guitar notes that were incorporated. The band released the song thrice in three different albums such as Beatles For Sale, Beatles for Sale (No. 2) EP, and  Beatles VI. Their song was able to enter the US pop chart at number 39, but sadly not the country chart.

Rosanne Cash Top the Charts with a Beatles Song

Even if the Beatles weren’t able to take a spot on the US country chart, it was just fine because their song was able to enter the chart but through another artist. In 1989, Rosanne Cash bravely recorded “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” for her compilation album Hits 1979-1989. She was the one who made The Beatles’ song reach the top of the Country chart.

In Cash’s version, she didn’t change much of the song when she delivered it. She kinda stuck to the original version of the song but when she sang it, it sounded more country than the Beatles.

Whose version do you prefer? Did you enjoy the sound of The Beatles or Cash’s more country style of singing?

Here is Cash’s version of the song:

All About the Song

The single speaks of a man/ woman (depending on the gender of the singer) who’s waiting for her lover in a party. She attended the party looking forward to being with her lover, but she drank the night waiting for him. She left the party without him, which made her felt sad. As she left the party, she was hoping to see him as she goes home.

We’ve all been through what the narrator of the song had experienced and we can all agree that’s it’s not what we want to experience at all.


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