One of the most gorgeous and endearing songs in the Beatles’ catalog, “Good Night” not only serves as a palette cleanser from the atrocious “Revolution 9,” but caps off the entire White Album so perfectly. After a chaotic ride through 29 songs that run the gamut both stylistically and qualitatively, we finish with this lovely lullaby written by John and sung delicately by Ringo.
As a result of singing songs like this and “Yellow Submarine” (not to mention hosting Thomas the Tank Engine), Ringo is an obvious choice to be the preferred Beatle of children, but most people grow out of that. That doesn’t mean we should lose our appreciation for him–a version of “Good Night” sung by its composer would no doubt be lovely (alas, it allegedly went unrecorded), but Ringo’s charming warble is a suitable counterpart to the glossy orchestra. Besides, the whole point of a lullaby is that it can be sung by anyone trying to tuck in a tired tot. Like, nobody wants to hear Whitney Houston sing a lullaby.
“Twinkle, I said twinkle, ohhhhhhhhh twinkle, twinkle, you little star, you, how I wonder what you ahhhhh-yaaaaaaa-arrrreeeeee!”
While only a handful of rock bands have tackled lullaby territory, I actually think one of them managed to top the Beatles. 90s power pop legends Jellyfish–whose sound is essentially a hybrid of the Beatles and Queen–opened their second and sadly final album, Spilt Milk, with the tremendous “Hush,” which manages to be both trippy and gentle (and boasts some Beach Boys-esque harmonies). Bringing it all full circle, Jellyfish guitarist Jason Falkner later recorded two albums of lullaby versions of Beatles songs that are well worth checking out whether you have a little one or not.