Beatles for Sale
Released 4 December 1964
Recorded August–October 1964
Studio EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock and roll • country
Length 33:32
Label Parlophone
Producer George Martin
Album Guide
A Hard Day's Night

Beatles for Sale is the fourth studio album by English rock band The Beatles, released on 4 December 1964 by Parlophone. It marked a departure from the ebullient tone that had characterised the band's previous work, partly due to their exhaustion after a series of tours that had established them as a worldwide phenomenon. Musically, it introduced darker moods and more introspective lyrics, with John Lennon adopting an autobiographical perspective on songs such as "I'm a Loser" and "No Reply". It also reflected the twin influences of country music and Bob Dylan, who the Beatles met in New York in August 1964.

The Beatles recorded Beatles for Sale at EMI Studios in London in between their touring and radio engagements. Partly as a result of their hectic schedule, only eight tracks are original compositions, with cover songs being used to complete the album; the sessions also produced the non-album single "I Feel Fine", backed by "She's a Woman". Eight of the album's fourteen tracks appeared on Capitol Records' concurrent release Beatles '65, which was issued in North America only.

In the United Kingdom, Beatles for Sale held the top spot for 11 of the 46 weeks it spent within the top 20. It was not released in the United States until 1987, when the Beatles' catalogue was standardised for release on CD. Beatles for Sale was later certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry for shipments of over 100,000 copies and platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over 1 million copies.


All songs written by Lennon/McCartney, except where noted otherwise.

Side oneEdit

No. Tittle Songwriter(s) Lead Vocal(s) Time
1 No Reply Lennon with McCartney Lennon with McCartney 2:15
2 I'm a Loser Lennon Lennon 2:31
3 Baby's in Black Lennon and McCartney Lennon and McCartney 2:02
4 Rock and Roll Music Chuck Berry Lennon 2:03
5 I'll Follow the Sun McCartney McCartney with Lennon 1:46
6 Mr. Moonlight Roy Lee Johnson Lennon 2:33
7 Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller and Richard Penniman McCartney 2:33

Side twoEdit

No. Tittle Songwriter(s) Lead Vocal(s) Time
1 Eight Days a Week McCartney with Lennon Lennon with McCartney 2:43
2 Words of Love Buddy Holly Lennon, McCartney and Harrison 2:12
3 Honey Don't Carl Perkins Starr 2:55
4 Every Little Thing McCartney Lennon with McCartney 2:01
5 I Don't Want to Spoil the Party Lennon Lennon 2:33
6 What You're Doing McCartney McCartney 2:30
7 Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby Carl Perkins Harrison 2:23