The End (2:04)

Cover of Abbey Road

From Abbey Road and 12 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Grego58

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

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • niorque

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

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Tetr4gr4mm4ton

    undoubtedly the best moment of everything [8]

    15 Sep 2014 Reply
  • SpankThru23

    undoubtedly the best moment of everything [7]

    27 Aug 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Nu_Elfen

    undoubtedly the best moment of everything [6]

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • silversurfer250

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

    15 Apr 2014 Reply
  • ElRet

    Awesome, one of their best.

    27 Feb 2014 Reply
  • CalloohCallay

    undoubtedly the best moment of everything [5]

    3 Jan 2014 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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