Day Tripper

original song written and composed by Lennon-McCartney; first recorded by The Beatles

"Day Tripper" is a song by English rock band the Beatles. It was released as a double A-side single with "We Can Work it Out" on 3 December 1965. This was at the same time as the band's album Rubber Soul. It was written mainly by John Lennon, but was listed as Lennon–McCartney.[2] It was part of the first double A-side in the United Kingdom.[3] "Day Tripper"/"We Can Work it Out" was the 7th highest selling single of the 1960s in the United Kingdom.[4] The main part of the song is a guitar riff that Lennon wrote.[5][6] He got the idea for this riff from Bobby Parker's song "Watch Your Step".[7]

"Day Tripper"
Single by the Beatles
A-side"We Can Work It Out" (double A-side)
Released3 December 1965 (1965-12-03)
Recorded16 October 1965
StudioEMI, London
GenrePop rock[1]
Producer(s)George Martin
The Beatles UK singles chronology
"Day Tripper" / "We Can Work It Out"
"Paperback Writer"
The Beatles US singles chronology
"Day Tripper" / "We Can Work It Out"
"Nowhere Man"


  1. Terence J. O'Grady (1 May 1983). The Beatles: A Musical Evolution. Twayne Publishers. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-8057-9453-3.
  2. Everett 2001, p. 316.
  3. Hutchins, Chris (4 December 1965). "Music Capitals of the World". Billboard. p. 26.
  4. "Ken Dodd 'third best-selling artist of 1960s'". BBC News. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  5. Riley 2002, pp. 172–73.
  6. Pollack, Alan W. (6 March 2000) [21 June 1989]. "Notes on 'Day Tripper'". Soundscapes. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  7. Ingham 2006, p. 186.