We Can Work It Out

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

"We Can Work It Out" is a song by English rock band the Beatles. It was released as a double A-side single on 3 December 1965 on the same day as Rubber Soul. This was the first time a single was released with two A-sides in the United Kingdom.[2][3] The single was number 1 in the United Kingdom.[4] It was the seventh highest selling single of the 1960s in the UK.[5] It was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.[6]

"We Can Work It Out"
Single by the Beatles
A-side"Day Tripper" (double A-side)
Released3 December 1965 (1965-12-03)
Recorded20 and 29 October 1965
StudioEMI, London
GenreFolk rock[1]
LabelParlophone (UK), Capitol (US)
Producer(s)George Martin
The Beatles UK singles chronology
"We Can Work It Out" / "Day Tripper"
"Paperback Writer"
The Beatles US singles chronology
"We Can Work It Out" / "Day Tripper"
"Nowhere Man"



According to Walter Everett, the line-up of musicians on the Beatles' recording was as follows:[7]

MacDonald said that some sources say the tambourine part was played by Harrison, but he thought thay Starr had probably played it.[8] Everett said Harrison played it, as it was recorded at the same time as the other instruments.[7] Guesdon and Margotin also said Harrison played it.[9]


  1. Unterberger, Richie. "The Beatles 'We Can Work It Out'". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  2. Hutchins, Chris (4 December 1965). "Music Capitals of the World: London". Billboard. p. 26. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  3. White, Jack (5 June 2018). "Is the double A-side making a comeback? Dual singles are on the rise, and here's why". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 1 May 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  4. "The 1966 Ivor Novello Awards". theivors.com. Archived from the original on 15 August 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  5. "Ken Dodd 'third best-selling artist of 1960s'". BBC News. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  6. Hertsgaard 1995, p. 150.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Everett 2001, p. 321.
  8. MacDonald 2005, pp. 171–172.
  9. Guesdon & Margotin 2013, p. 315.