Back in the U.S.S.R.
Back in the U.S.S.R. cover
The Beatles
Genre Hard Rock, Surf Rock
Written by Lennon/McCartney
Released 22 November 1968 (album)

25 June 1976 (UK single)

Album The Beatles (The White Album)
Also featured on single (Back in the U.S.S.R./Don't Pass Me By)
Recorded 22–23 August 1968
Length 2:43
Label Apple (album and 1968 single)

Parlophone (1976 single)

Producer George Martin
The Beatles (The White Album) guide
Dear Prudence
single (Back in the U.S.S.R./Don't Pass Me By) guide
Got to Get You into My Life / Helter Skelter
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da / Julia

Back in the U.S.S.R. is the opening track of the Beatles' self-titled album, and was written and sung by Paul McCartney (credited Lennon/McCartney). It was written by McCartney to sound like a Beach Boys song. This is most obvious around the line "The Ukraine girls really knock me out."

In his 1984 interview with Playboy, McCartney stated that the song's title was "took off" from Chuck Berry's song "Back in the U.S.A.".


  • August 22, 1968- Five takes of the rhythm track were recorded with Paul on drums, George on lead guitar and John on bass.
  • August 23, 1968- Overdubbing of two more drum tracks (probably John and George), two more bass parts (probably Paul and George), two more lead guitar parts (probably John and Paul), a piano, the lead vocal, John and George backing vocals and handclaps. They also overdubbed the opening airplane sound, which was a Viscount jet taken from EMI's sound effects library, Volume 17: Jet and Piston Engine Aeroplane as well as Mono mixing and tape copying.
  • October 1, 1968- Stereo mixing
  • November 22, 1968-First released on The White Album in the UK.


Trivia Edit

  • Ringo did not participate in the recording