If someone asked me what the greatest rock&roll song of all time was, I wouldn’t be able to pick. But if they kept asking, and you got a serious conversation going, Day Tripper would be in that conversation.
Yes, I acknowledge that this is two loud-and-fast-BritPop Songs of the Day in a row.
It’s worth noting that Day Tripper is musically weird; to start with, there’s a slow backbeat behind the fast rhythms. The chords veer from major into minor and back. And if you talk to people who really care about this kind of stuff you’re apt to hear a lot of “Wow… that tambourine!” (Ringo BTW).
The historical record says this is mostly John-with-some-help-from-Paul, and that there are druggie subtexts. It never made it to the top of the charts, but the song on the other side of the same single, We Can Work It Out, did. Go figure. George Martin’s production stands up well; play it loud, but leave yourself room to dance.