The End (2:04)

Cover of Abbey Road

From Abbey Road and 11 other releases

“The End” is a song by The Beatles composed by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney) for the album Abbey Road. It was the last song recorded collectively by all four of The Beatles, and is the final song of the medley that dominates side two of the LP version of the album.

All four Beatles have a solo in “The End”, including Ringo Starr’s only drum solo for The Beatles. Starr disliked solos; he preferred to cater drumwork to whoever sang in a particular performance. The take in which he performed the solo originally had guitar and tambourine accompaniment, but other instruments were muted during mixing giving the effect of a drum solo. The additional instruments were restored for a remix on the Anthology 3 compilation album. The drum solo was also later used at the beginning of “Get Back” on the 2006 album Love.

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  • El_Salvador7

    There's something so sad about this song, because you know it's not just the end of this great album but also the end of the greatest band ever. And I seem to sense as though the Fab Four actually realized that too when they were recording this. Such melancholy.

    6 Oct 2:48pm Reply
  • atearmstoholdya

    "And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make" says it all, doesn't it?

    18 Sep 9:01pm Reply
  • Grego58

    Actually the last recorded Beatles work took place on a roof in London in January 1969.

    18 Sep 3:39am Reply
  • niorque

    "and in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make"

    16 Sep 10:23pm Reply
  • Tetr4gr4mm4ton

    undoubtedly the best moment of everything [8]

    15 Sep 2:55pm Reply
  • SpankThru23

    undoubtedly the best moment of everything [7]

    27 Aug 2:21pm Reply
  • theironictea

    Best ending to a career in the history of everything. "And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make". Amazing philosophical thinking from a band that started with basic love songs.

    26 Jul 8:53am Reply
  • Nu_Elfen

    undoubtedly the best moment of everything [6]

    28 May 2:08pm Reply
  • silversurfer250

    For a little clip, this is a magnificent ending to a fantastic album.

    15 Apr 7:09am Reply
  • ElRet

    Awesome, one of their best.

    27 Feb 10:47am Reply
  • CalloohCallay

    undoubtedly the best moment of everything [5]

    3 Jan 10:02am Reply
  • theironictea

    undoubtedly the best moment of everything [4]

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • xpldng_hlcptr

    undoubtedly the best moment of everything [2]

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • theironictea

    That drum solo kills me. It's awesome.

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    best ending ever.

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Ceashe

    Yeah, now THIS is how you end a career. [21]

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Reminds me a lot of the sounds of science by beastie boys due to how well they sampled the drum.

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • passport90

    dat drum solo.

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Dylanisgod2

    I am a big proponent of this whole Beatles/Stones thing just going away with time... they are equally amazing

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ariezzo

    And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. [3]

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
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