20 Reasons the Beatles are the Greatest Band Ever

Beatles - Four headsEvery once in a while, I meet someone who just doesn’t get the Beatles, or who doesn’t even like them.

I try to keep an open mind about this, since there are some groups that I simply don’t get, either (see my Joy Division issues). David Bowie? Yeah, I can understand that; his Ziggy Stardust days leave people scratching their heads. Bob Dylan? Sure. His voice itself can turn some people away. But The Beatles? Come on.

The Beatles are simply the greatest band ever. Why? I’ll give you 20 accomplishments, achievements and innovations that may change your mind:

  1. During the week of April 4, 1964, The Beatles occupied the top five positions on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (12 in the Hot 100), the top 2 positions on the albums chart, the no. 1 position in the British singles chart, the first two positions in the British albums chart and the no. 1 position in the British EP chart, – the most complete domination of the British and American charts in history. Today, you’re lucky to have one top 10 album and single at the same time.
  2. To date, the Beatles have sold over 1 billion records. That’s billion, with a B.
  3. They have the most no. 1 albums in the British album charts (15), and 17 No. 1 hits.
  4. They hold the record for the group with the longest span between no. 1 albums in the Billboard albums chart (36 years and 51 weeks, 1964 to 2001). In 2000 – 20 years after John Lennon was killed and 30 years after they broke up, their second major greatest hits compilation, 1, spent eight weeks at no. 1 and sold 13 million copies in its first month of release.
  5. They boast 20 No. 1 hits in the United States, (19 No. 1 albums), with 24 consecutive Top 10 hits from 1964 to 1976 (six years after they broke up), a record for a group. They also have 12 no. 1 hits in Germany, 23 in Australia, 21 in the Netherlands, 22 in Canada, and 13 in Malaysia.
  6. According to the United World Chart, the Beatles have 16 of the 100 most successful tracks of all time, and also seven of the 100 most successful albums in history.
  7. The Beatles recorded four of the Top 10 Greatest Albums of All Time, according to Rolling Stone magazine, and three of the Top Five. (I’ll ignore the fact that Abbey Road was only No. 14. Blasphemy.)
  8. They were ground-breaking pioneers almost from the beginning, being the first group ever to employ feedback in 1964’s “I Feel Fine.” One of their first hits, “A Hard Day’s Night,” features an opening chord so revolutionary that people are still trying to figure out. 1965’s Rubber Soul and the follow-up, Revolver, saw more innovation, from the use of a sitar in “Norwegian Wood” to tape loops in “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Then there are the backwards vocals in “Rain” (a first) and a Moog synthesizer on several songs on 1969’s Abbey Road.
  9. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band is arguably the greatest album ever made (indeed, it topped Rolling Stone‘s list). While it doesn’t have the strongest material, the album was a landmark in recording. It popularized the concept album – something that would serve as inspiration to The Who and Pink Floyd.
  10. “A Day in the Life” from Sgt. Pepper may have been the crowning achievement of the group – a five and a half minute song composed of two suites – one by Lennon, one by Paul McCartney – that are totally different in sound and texture, yet complement each other perfectly. The song features two cacophonous crescendos from an orchestra, the final one climaxing in a single E major piano chord that lasts 42 seconds.
  11. One may not like songs such as “Yesterday” and “Hey Jude,” but they are unrivaled in their popularity, and the melodies are unforgettable.
  12. Paul McCartney actually dreamed the tune to “Yesterday.”
  13. “Helter Skelter” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” are considered two of the first heavy metal songs.
  14. They have 23 of the Top 500 songs of all time, again according to Rolling Stone – the most of any artist.
  15. Their iconic No. 1 singles notwithstanding (“Love Me Do”, “From Me to You”, “She Loves You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “I Feel Fine”, “Eight Days a Week”, “Ticket to Ride”, “Help!”, “Yesterday”, “Day Tripper”, “We Can Work It Out”, “Paperback Writer”, “Yellow Submarine”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “Penny Lane”, “All You Need Is Love”, “Hello, Goodbye”, “Lady Madonna”, “Hey Jude”, “Get Back”, “The Ballad of John and Yoko”, “Something”, “Come Together”, “Let It Be” and “The Long and Winding Road”), some of their best songs weren’t even on any singles or B-sides: “I Should Have Known Better,” “You Won’t See Me,” “For No One,” “Across the Universe,” “Two of Us,” “Dear Prudence,” and “Because” are all just album filler.
  16. They revolutionized the science of recording, using multiple tracks instead of playing live. Producer George Martin used varying tape speeds to make Lennon’s voice sound high (“Tomorrow Never Knows”) and slow (“Strawberry Fields Forever”); he also brought in string musicians to accompany certain songs (“Yesterday”). In another session, McCartney utilized bass drums halfway down a corridor to achieve a staccato sound in “Mother Nature’s Son.”
  17. In an age where other people wrote songs for the flavor of the day – think the Brill Building songwriters doing all the work for the Shangri-Las and the Dixie Cups – The Beatles surprised everyone by penning their own hits from the beginning. As a result, they helped usher the singer-songwriter movement that popularized the late 1960s.
  18. Their ability to cross over from media and teen idols to musical innovators is one-of-a-kind. Their chart success and initial popularity are unparalleled; but despite their initial fame, they managed to continue to improve throughout their career.
  19. Their place in popular culture is unrivaled – Their movies, their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show (in which they played to 74 million people), the “bigger than Jesus” comment, the refusal to play in concert after 1966, the Maharishi, the painstaking production work, the beginnings of the drug culture and LSD fad, “Helter Skelter” and Charles Manson, the “Paul is Dead” phenomenon, Yoko Ono, the rooftop concert, the cover of Abbey Road, the subsequent solo years, and the hit singles created from rough demos of the late Lennon.
  20. They accomplished all this in just seven years.

Beat that, Oasis.

Comments (102)
  1. slee

    Where are the last five? You say 25 reasons but only list 20! 🙂

    Still, a great post…

  2. peter

    The headline was right, but I had 25 in the post itself. Fixed!


    21 reasons really…. The intense flashbacks while listening allows one to re-live the memories!

  4. Bionic

    “In an age where other people wrote songs for the flavor of the day – think the Brill Building songwriters doing all the work for the Shangri-Las and the Dixie Cups”.

    Early Beatles songs were absolutely no less ‘flavor of the day’ just because they wrote and performed them. In songwriting terms none of their early hits are more valid than anything by Barry & Greenwich or Goffin & King, who made pop music good in the first place. It was more the Beatles’ unique sound that set them apart at this point.

  5. ????

    Dude, I think that you used way too many numbers on charts. NUMBERS don’t really matter. Sure, all their songs were great, but bad songs have topped charts before as well (Soulja Boy anyone?). It’s not about the numbers, it’s about the actual music. That’s why the word underrated can exist. Take Queen for example. They were innovative, they had complex harmonies, and musicianship, but they never made it to number one that often.
    I think one of the reasons you should put on their is that they were so creative…besides being innovative they wrote HUNDREDS of songs and that’s because they didn’t just stick to pop. They wrote rock, they wrote psychadelic songs, they sang vaudeville, country, music hall, etc… That’s the reason they could write so many songs…they had more material to work with.

    That and the fact that they went from three chord, two minute pop songs to harmonically, chordally, innovatively sophisticated four minute soundscapes. Oh, and by the way, they did this all by the time they were in their late twenties…just a thought or two.

  6. peter

    @????, the sheer numbers are staggering. Nobody even comes close to this domination. Sure, popularity is not a true mark of greatness. If Soulja Boy has 20 No. 1 hits, sells 1 billion records and has the top 5 songs in the Hot 100, we may have to place him up among the greats. Given the fact that he has one no. 1 hit after two years, I don’t think he’s going to come close to what the Beatles did in seven years.

    If he does (God forbid), then the Beatles still have him beat via their innovation, creativity, etc.

  7. Dr. Winston

    To the layman, nobody ever considers all the hard work and dues the Beatles put in between 1960-62. From at home in Liverpool to Hamburg in Germany where they really cut their teeth and honed their chops before returning back home to THEN
    conquering America and the world.

    They didn’t just change rock, they changed music-period.
    Also art, fashion, attitudes and basically pop culture
    as we know it.

  8. Noddy

    Rain was the flip side of Paperback Writer, not on an album.

  9. roxetteyambao

    we all know the beatles are number one

  10. Oropher

    Yeah man, you are so right, i mean all those Oasis fanatics just don’t get it, just like the stones fanatics, the beatles were the best, are the best and will be the best forever.

  11. Slarty Bartfast

    Just as classical music peaked (arguably with Mozart), the theatre peaked (with Shakespeare), just as every art form reaches an apogee in the natural order of events, so the Beatles are just … THERE. You can adopt a sneer or a shrug as a response to show how hip and independent you are, but they’re still THERE. They are the Everest of pop music. Yes, there are other great mountains, ranges of them, each peak wonderful in its own way, but history has already shown that the Beatles not only made the greatest cultural impact of any group, but there music has a power to last that surprises us all. Nobody – least of all the Beatles – thought that their songs and recordings would be remembered into the next century. They made pop music – the most ephemeral (least phemeral?) of all art forms, born of talent and greed, nurtured by technology, with no pretensions to cultural importance. Yet somehow they set the standards for everyone else (no musicians at the time denied their position as the greatest, not a single band member anywhere in the world – they all ooked up to the Beatles and tried their best because of the standards the Beatles set.
    Not only are they the greatest and will forever remain the greatest, but the back of the Sgt. Pepper sleeve is the reddest thing you’ll ever see.

  12. Terry

    Yes, the Beatles were the greatest Rock & Roll band. There have been other important and innovative Rock & Roll individuals (Chuck Berry & Buddy Holly having the highest visibility). But I dispute some points.

    #07 Rolling Stone lost all of it’s integrity by the mid Eighties. They are forever doing Top 100 lists in an attempts to sell magazines. The management and , for a long time, most of their readers, came from Beatlemania. They haven’t gotten over their childhood crush. In more current polls, the Beatles are beginning to drop. They really only deserve to have Rubber Soul and Sgt Pepper in the Top 10, and I’d argue that Abbey Road is a better album than Pepper.

    #08 I don’t believe that was the 1st song with feedback but I can’t prove it. The Hard Day’s Night chord was so unique because George Martin built it from several sources. Until very recently, none of the Beatles knew how it was created, and it cannot be exactly duplicated live.

    #12 Many songs come from dreams

    #13 Early yes, two of the first no. Helter Skelter really doesn’t have the chord structures to be Heavy Metal although it was definitely harder rock than most. When Helter Skelter came out, Cream’s work was closer to Metal. So was Hendrix. I Want You is more of a genesis song for the Metal style but at least a year too late to be one of the first.

    #15 Some of those songs have been voted among the 25 worst Beatles songs in magazine polls. Two Of Us (which I love) and Yellow Submarine are definitely on that list.

    #18 The same could be said of Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys for starters.

    #20 George joined the Quarrymen in 1958. They did it all in 13 years, not 7. It took time to develop that songwriting and musical innovation.

    Too many numerical statistics that can’t be accurately proven. The RIAA would be the first to tell you that they really have no idea how many records were sold before 1990. Accounting was built more on retailer’s impressions than actual numbers. And every country had their own method. Michael Jackson may have sold 750 million albums or maybe only 200 million. Nobody knows. The Beatles sold a ton of records. Several tons. In total, they are almost certainly in the top five in album sales. But Elvis had a headstart and nobody was checking worldwide charts in 1957. But many more albums are sold now than in the 1950s or 1960s, and nobody can prove that Garth Brooks isn’t challenging the Elvis & the Fab Four. Europe and Japan love country music.

    Yes, I share your enthusiasm for The Beatles, but I think you had too much caffeine when you made this list.

  13. peter

    #7: My point here is that 40 years later, they continue to be relevant. Four albums in Time’s Top 100, four in the top 10 Mojo Readers’ Poll and four in NME’s Top 20 as well.
    #12: Many people write songs based on a dream – maybe a concept, or a storyline – but I haven’t seen evidence of people who actually dream a melody, then go quickly over to a piano and jot it down – especially one so big as “Yesterday.”
    #15: This is all a matter of taste. Regardless of whether you like those songs, many people recognize the tunes. You can’t say that about album fillers by many other bands.
    #18: Beach Boys – yes, for one album (Pet Sounds). But I don’t buy Frank Sinatra being a musical innovator.
    #20: They honed their craft from 1958 to 1962, and Ringo wasn’t even a part of the group until 1962. And the Lennon/McCartney songwriting juggernaut (and the ensuing chart success) didn’t really kick in until 1963. They did most of their damage on the charts in seven years.

  14. rvanyush

    I’ve noticed people who like The Beatles are usually not jerks or assholes, they
    Are generally cool peolple who like the Beatles and get money

  15. West Archer

    This list, as stated before, is all numbers. You’re trying to use numerical evidence to say why The Beatles are the greatest; that does not provide anything substantial. Fact is, The Beatles are not that great of a band (dubious at best) and you fans are scared of their demise.

  16. Peter

    @West Archer: Well, it’s not ALL numbers; regardless, as I noted earlier, numbers show the dominance they had during the 60s. Those numbers are, in itself, pretty substantial. Everybody, all over the world, was listening to this group.

    Your opinion is welcome here, but don’t just tell us they’re not that great. Who’s better? Why are they dubious at best?

    As for us fans being scared of their demise, nah. Just look at the news coverage of the release of The Beatles: Rock Band. Or look at the sales for the remastered box set of their recordings, which is number 13 on Amazon’s sales chart today, and it’s still more than a month away from release. They’re still HUGE.

    Oops, I used another number. Sorry.

  17. Sam

    And they say The Rolling Stones are the best, NOT TRUE AT ALL!
    Did you know that one of Americas greatest bands Creed shares a record with The Beatles? Their 3rd album “Weathered” stayed #1 on the charts for 8 weeks!

  18. Dr. Guzman

    Excellent. I completely agree that the Beatles completely dismantled the music establishment and built a cathedral of amazing melodies. They are the Gods of Pop. There is no group since or now that has achieved the level of output and quality. The Stones needed 13 more years to catch up to the number of albums that the Beatles created and the quality of the Stones did not improve. Essentially the Beatles had over 210 songs in 7 years, hmm.. that is 21 albums worth of material in 7 years..Let’s see, an average of 3 albums per year. No one has ever achieved this volume, ever… and keep in mind, the memorable quality of songwriting…Ok, I’ll stop. I am sounding too much like a fan…

  19. Dr. Guzman

    Excellent. I completely agree that the Beatles dismantled the music establishment and built a cathedral of amazing melodies. They are the Gods of Pop. There is no group since or now that has achieved the level of output and quality. The Stones needed 13 more years to catch up to the number of albums that the Beatles created and the quality of the Stones did not improve. Essentially the Beatles had over 210 songs in 7 years, hmm.. that is 21 albums worth of material in 7 years..Let’s see, an average of 3 albums per year. No one has ever achieved this volume, ever… and keep in mind, the memorable quality of songwriting…Ok, I’ll stop. I am sounding too much like a fan…


    This is for West Archer and anyone else ignorant like him.

    I really have to debunk the total inaccurate ignorant things some have said about The Beatles on here.

    Even, Ozzy Osbourne said in an online 2002 Bender Magazine interview that The Beatles Are The Greatest Band To Ever Walk The Earth. He’s been a huge fan since he’s been a teenager and he says not loving The Beatles is like not loving oxogen! The Rolling Stones were very good friends and fans of The Beatles and Mick Jagger was at 4 Beatles recording sessions and Keith Richards was at 2 of them with them. Also,The Beatles even wrote one of The Rolling Stones first hits with the song, I Wanna Be You’re Man in late 1963. John and Paul wrote it right in front of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger and they said wow how can you write a song just like that? And it inspired them to start writing their own songs.

    As for the other inaccurate comments that some people say The Beatles didn’t even stay together for 2 decades, well they didn’t have to because they did about 50 years worth of innovative, creative, diverse, prolific great critically acclaimed popular songs and albums in just a remarkable 8 year recording career!

    The Beatles are in The Song Writing Hall Of Fame & The Vocal Hall of Fame, and As The All Music Guide says in their excellent Beatles biography, “So much has been said and written about The Beatles and their story is so mythic in it’s sweep that it’s difficult to summarize their career without restating cliche’s that have already been digested by tens of millions of rock fans, to start with the obvious, they were the greatest and most influential act of the rock era, and introduced more innovations into popular music than any other rock band of the 20th century.” “As voсalists John Lennon & Paul McCartney were among the best and most expressive in rock and the groups harmonies were intricate and exhillirating.”

    And music critics as well as brilliant classical composer Leonard Bernstein called John & Paul the most brilliant song writers of the 20th century when they were still a band . As for The Beatles playing live, they sounded pretty good playing live considering that when they were playing in 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1966 the sound systems back then were very limited and primitive, they only had 100 watt amplifiers, no feedback monitors so they couldn’t even hear themselves play and sing, yet they amazingly played in tune and in sync anyway, and at the August 1965 Shea Stadium concert which was the first big outdoor rock concert with over 55,000 fans, they were plugged into the PA system that they announce baseball games with plus the screaming crowds drowing out their great music! Can you imagine The Rolling Stones and The Who playing on these very limited primitive sound systems? They wouldn’t have sounded much better! Thats why they gave up touring, because they were serious music artists, composers, and musicians and they wanted their great music to be heard and valued. It would be like Beethoven playing on these limited primitive sound systems and screaming crowds! Also they were now writing music that was too complex to reproduce on stage at that time.

    On the roof top concert in The Let It Be Film, they sounded great, because by January 1969 the sound systems had improved somewhat(although not anywhere near the 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s and especially today’s!) and they had changed and people had changed so there were no more screaming crowds so they could be heard. When I was a teenager I met 3 people who saw The Beatles in concert two of them were teachers who saw them in 1966 and he and she told me they were great,and my cousin saw them at age 16 at The Baltimore Colsieum in 1964 the year before I was born, and she said they were great.

    Former Kiss guitarist and grammy winning producer Bob Kulick who made the heavy metal Beatles tribute album Butchering The Beatles last year, says in an online interview, that he saw The Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1966 and that he could only make out pieces of the songs because of the screaming, but he could make out the songs Baby’s In Black and Paperback Writer and he said they sounded amazing! He also calls The Beatles The Greatest Rock Band Ever! George Harrison at only age 14 would stay up playing his guitar until he got all of the chords exactly right and his fingers were bleeding! And One of The Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick says that in early 1966 when The Beatles were recording John’s song I’m Only Sleeping, George Harrison played backwards guitar the most difficult way possible even though he could have taken an easy way,and it took him 6 hours just to do the guitar overdubs! He then made it doubly difficult by adding even more distorted gitars and Geoff says this was all George’s idea and that he did all of the playing!

    Eric Clapton said in a 1992 interview when he and George were asked what they admired about each other during their Japan tour, that George is a fantastic slide guitar player. He and George were very good friends and they obviously admired and respected each others guitar playing and George played guitar on Cream’s song Badge. Roger McGuinn of The Byrds says The Beatles used unusual folk rock chords in their early music and that they invented folk rock without even knowing it! He started to play a 12 string guitar after he saw and heard George Harrison playing one in The Beatles great film A Hard Day’s Night in early 1964. In an online Eric Clapton interview called, Eric Clapton In His Own Words, he says that John Lennon was a pretty good guitar player and he would have known since he played live in concert with John as a member of John’s 1969 Plastic Ono Band.

    On an excellent site called,The Evolution Of Rock Bass Playing McCartney Style by Dennis Alstrand Stanley Clarke, Will Lee, Billy Sheehan, Sting, George Martin, and John Lennon are all quoted saying what a great, melodic, influential bass guitar player Paul McCartney has always been!
    Wilco’s John Stirratt also said in a Bass Player interview online when asked what bass players has had the most impact on his playing and the first thing he said is,”Paul McCartney is one of the greatest bass players of all time,if you listen to what he was tracking live in the studio it’s unbelievable.” “With his tone and musicality he was a huge influence ,he covered all of his harmonic responsibilities really well but his lines were absolutely melodic and inventive.”

    The 1992 Rolling Stone Album Guide calls Paul a remarkable bass player and rightfully calls John & Paul the 2 greatest song writers in rock history! Both Phil Collins and Max Weinberg both Beatles fans and both praise Ringo’s drumming and Phil Collins says that Ringo’s great drumming on A Day In The Life can’t be repeated even by him! Also on Rankopedia The Beatles are # 1 Greatest Rock Band,# 1 Greatest Most Innovative Rock Band,John &Paul are # 1 Greatest Rock Song Writers, John &Paul are on The Greatest Rock Male Vocalist list, and Paul McCartney is # 2 after John Enwistle as Greatest Rock Bass Players, John Paul Jones is # 6, and Bill Wynman is # 20! And on Digitaldreamdoor where many musicians post,The Beatles are # 1 Greatest Rock Artists,John &Paul are # 1 Greatest Rock Song Writers, they are both on The Greatest Rock Male Vocalists list, and Paul McCartney is # 8 out of 100 Greatest Rock Bass Players, John Paul Jones is # 21, and Bill Wynman is # 95! George Harrison is # 54 On The Greatest Rock Guitarists out of over 100.

    And there are many music professors teaching music courses at good universities on the brilliance of The Beatles especially of John &Paul, including by award winning music professor and composer Dr.Glen Gass, who has been teaching a course on The Beatles and rock music at Indiana University since 1982. On his web site for his course it says the main purpose of this course is to get students to have a better appreciation of this extraordinary group and their remarkable recordings. Dr.Gary Kendal’s Beatles course is the most requested course at North Western University. And a music professor by the last name of Heinonen teaches a Beatles course at JYVASKYLA University in Finland, and the university of California also teaches a Beatles course etc.

    Also check out Keno’s Classic Rock n Roll Site he also runs a Rolling Stones &John Lennon fan site. And he made a Top 10 List and voted and the fans voted. He voted John &Paul # 2 after Bob Dylan as Greatest Rock Song Writers, the fans voted them # 1! He voted Paul McCartney # 2 after John Entwistle as Greatest Rock Bass Player, the fans voted Paul # 3. He voted John Lennon # 2 after Keith Richards as Greatest Rock Rhythm Guitarist, and the fans voted John in a tie with Jimi Hendrix and Brian Jones at # 4 ! He voted John Lennon # 1 in a tie with Elvis as Greatest Male Rock Vocalist and the fans voted John # 1, he voted Paul # 6 and the fans voted him # 7. Ken says Darn The Beatles were one great group in his review of The Beatles album 1967-1970, and he also says that John on Get Back showed why he should have played lead guitar more often because he did such a good job! He also said that John on their hard rocking great 1968 single Revolution,played one of the first and best acid guitar parts.And he also said that John played a pretty good slide guitar on George’s For Your Blue. And he says in his review of The Beatles 1962-1966,that if you don’t love or at least like The Beatles and their music than you are not a true rock fan and more than likely will never get it. And Brian Wilson said on a 1995 Nightline TV Beatles tribute show, that Sgt.Pepper is the single greatest album he ever heard, and he played With A Little Help From Friends on the piano and he said I just love this song. He also said he thinks John Lennon &Paul McCartney were the 2 greatest song writers of the 20th century! He also said when he first heard The Beatles great 1965 album Rubber Soul, that he was blown away by it, he said all of the songs flowed together and it was pop music but folk rock at the same time, and this is what he couldn’t believe. He said this inspired him to make Pet Sounds. Elton John said in a 1991 CBS morning news show, when he was asked who he musically admires, he said You can talk about your Rogers &Hammerstein but for the quality of quanity songs that Lennon & McCartney did in that short period of time, they were the 2 greatest song writers of the 20th century! Most music artists want to believe and want the public to believe that *their* the greatest so when they say other music artists are the greatest it really means a lot! The Beatles are also the most covered music artists of all time with everyone from Motown, jazz, classical, and even heavy metal music recording their great diverse music!

    And in 2001 VH1 had a panel of well known musicans and music critcs, that voted The Beatles The Greatest Rock Band Ever, and in 2004 Rolling Stone did the same thing and several people said on message boards that Rolling Stone had a recent pael poll like this and The Beatles were voted # 1 again and for darn great reasons too! Nobody created as much innovative, creative, quality,critically acclaimed, popular diverse songs and albums in such a short amazing period of time as The Beatles and thats why most people know that The Beatles Are The Greatest Rock Band That Ever Was Or Will Be!!!! Oh and A Day’s Night is a great pop rock album!!!! And even Bob Dylan said decades ago about The Beatles early music, that their chords were outrageous, and the harmonies were wonderful and they were doing things in music that nobody had done before, and music critics of The London Times were praising their interesting and unusual chords that they used even in early songs like She Loves You & I Want To Hold Your Hand. Which were not as simple as they seemed and had clever subtleties in them. In fact Bob Dylan said in a Rolling Stone interview this Spring that he’s in awe of Paul McCartney and he said he’s the only one he’s in awe of. He said that Paul has the melody, he has the rhthym and he can sing the ballad very good, and he can play any instrument.

    He also said there were no better singers than John Lennon &Paul McCartney and he said if George wasn’t stuck in the shadow behind John &Paul and he said who wouldn’t get stuck, he would have emerged as a great song writer in his own right anyway.

    And by the way I have read some people saying on message boards that they don’t think The Rolling Stones were the best technical musicians, and many even some fans have said they haven’t done anything good in 35 years, and that their overrated and I have also found many people saying they hate or don’t like The Rolling Stones and many people say the only Rolling Stones song they like is Paint It Black! Oh and by the way, in every major poll of The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones, The Beatles always win as # 1 even on sites and message boards that are not Beatles fan sites! And when we look at the solo career comparison of Mick Jagger’s and Keith Richards solo careers with John, Paul & George’s, the facts are John Lennon’s first brilliant solo album, and his second great album Imagine are rightfully critically acclaimed, and I love John’s Walls & Bridges album and Paul McCartney’s first solo album McCartney is very good, and he played every instrument all by himself at age 27, and he played so many different instruments great! Wings 1975 Venus &Mars is a great rock album too!

    And he and Denny Laine are the only musicians on Paul’s great 1973 Band On The Run album, which is critically acclaimed and popular, and he played every instrument by himself again on McCartney 2 in 1979, and most of the instruments on his 1997 Flaming Pie album, and his 2 recent acclaimed popular albums, Chaos And Creation In The Backyard, and Memory Almost Full. And John Paul Jones, David Gilmore, John Bonham &Pete Townsend all played on 2 songs with Paul and Wings on the last Wings album Back To The Egg, in 1979, and they played in the last Wings concert too in December 1979. You know I have found over 50 former Beatles haters on many message boards and web sites that are noe HUGE Beatles fans and many say they are now their favorite band and that they were the Greatest Band Ever! I didn’t communicate with these people but they said in their posts that they had a lot of inaccurate misperceptions of The Beatles and they hadn’t even heard most of The Beatles great songs and albums!

    Most people don’t hate The Beatles in the first place, most people of all ages all around the world love or at least like their music, but it’s really something for former haters to turn into big fans and it just goes to show how Great The Beatles music is!!!!

    And I and many people understandably feel that John Lennon had the best rock voices ever! George Martin said John’s voice was one of the best he ever heard, and in May 1967 when The Beatles were recording their song, Baby You’re A Rich Man, two recording engineers said they were always fascinated with the sound of John Lennon’s voice, and they always wanted to record it live and when they heard him singing this song live they said they couldn’t believe how great his voice was and that anyone could sing that well live.

    And there are many people on message boards saying they can’t stand the sound of Robert Plant’s and Mick Jagger’s voices, and Bruce Springteen has one of the worst voices I have ever heard, he sounds like he’s throwing up to a music backing! I have to turn the radio off as soon as he’s on, and the same thing with Tom Petty, he has a terrible nasally bad voice! Bob Dylan has never been considered to have a good voice but I can tolerate him!

    Also, The Beatles were *NEVER* a boy band at all not even in 1963, 1964 and 1965, and they were Mostly a Great *ROCK* Band from the start! They started out playing 8 hours a night for two years in a row playing in the sleazy strip clubs of Hamburg Germany wearing tight leather black pants and jackets, cursing and smoking on stage, and taking speed pills to awake, and going to bed with many young women groupies. The cleaned up image was a fake joke that their manager Brian Epstein created which John hated and resented the most.

    There were a lot of rough thugs who came into those clubs, and if they played bad live, they would have beaten the crap out of them playing 8 hours a night for 2 years! Instead they became the most popular successful group in these German clubs even with all of the competition from other groups from England and Germany! They also played live in The Cavern Club for several years. They worked very hard to get where they got!

    The Beatles wrote many great rock songs that were pretty rocking for the time, John’s great song You Can’t Do That from early 1964 which he played lead guitar on for the first time, Paul’s great blues rocker, She’s A Woman from late 1964, John’s I Feel Fine from late 1964, with the first use of feedback guitar, and one of the first songs to have a great guitar riff, a year before The Rolling Stone’s Satisfaction came out, Paul’s screaming hard rocker especially for 1965, I’m Down which they played even louder and more screaming at the August 1965 Shea Stadium concert, plus Day Tripper, Paperback Writer, She Said She Said, And You’re Bird Can Sing, Taxman, all with heavy electric guitar sounds, John’s 1968 hard rocking single Revolution, Yer Blues, Birthday, Back In The USSR, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me & My Monkey, plus Paul’s Helter Skeklter which as many people have pointed out was the first heavy metal songs, plus John’s I Want You She’s So Heavy on Abbey Road which many people have also pointed out was one of the first heavy metal songs, plus his great rocker Come Together, Paul’s Oh Darling, You Never Give Me Your Money, and the hard rocking jam of Paul, George,and John on the song The End, etc!! So anyone saying The Beatles were not a rock band You Are Wrong!!

    The Rolling Stones were very good friends and fans of The Beatles and Mick Jagger was at 4 Beatles recording sessions and Keith Richards was at 2 of them with them! The Beatles even wrote one of The Rolling Stones first hits with the song, I WAnna Be You’re Man in late 1963.

    Mick Jagger was such a big Beatles fan that when The Beatles were recording their song, Baby You’re A Rich Man in May 1967, he came there and stood on the sidelines just to watch and listen to them record it and his name was on the tape box because he likely sang at the end verses.

    I also have to say, that I have always totally hated Led Zeppelin they truly sound like one of the worst groups I have ever had the misfortune of hearing! They along with Queen and Pink Floyd are the only 3 groups that I have to get up off of my chair even if I’m very tired and turn off immediately!

    The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix are all a million times better! And The Beatles are Certainly a ZILLION times BETTER!!!!

    I have also found many other people who hate Led Zeppelin and feel they are one of the worst bands ever too, and even some people on heavy metal sites. Oh and I have also read many people on music boards saying that Led Zeppelin’s lyrics are simple,and not that good and like a teenage boy wrote them !


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    The Beatles are the Most Creative Band of All Time by Musician Peter Cross

    BACKGROUND HISTORY: The first musical bands originated in New Orleans among black musicians who have traditionally been the innovators. The first jazz record ever recorded was by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1917, and of course they were white because racism always rears its ugly head to hold black people back. But during the Roaring 20’s, young white people couldn’t resist the dance beat laid down by the black jazz bands. Fletcher Henderson, a black man, became the first band leader to achieve national fame possibly because he featured Louis Armstrong on trumpet. Duke Ellington, a classically trained musician, brought a level of style and sophistication to jazz that hadn’t been seen before. But it wasn’t until 1935 that jazz bands with a “swing beat” achieved national attention due to Benny Goodman who I think was the best clarinet player ever to blow air into that instrument. Benny also had the good sense and taste to bring the first great drummer, Gene Krupa, into his band.

    When rock and roll exploded into human consciousness during the early 1950’s, black musicians like Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Smokey Robinson pioneered the way, but a white DJ named Alan Freed is believed to have coined the term “rock and roll”. The first real rock and roll record was “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, written by Jesse Stone who was black and recorded by Big Joe Turner who was also black but it wasn’t a hit. The first big hit rock and roll record was “Rock Around the Clock” written by James Meyers and Max Freeman of obvious ancestry, and that one catapulted Bill Haley and his Caucasian Comets to stardom. During the 1950’s and early 60’s, there were countless “do wop” groups, rock groups, singers and songwriters but until The Beatles hit the charts, there had been very few bands which contained talented songwriters. The vast majority of jazz and rock bands recorded songs written by songwriters who were not performers, with occasional exceptions like Duke Ellington and Buddy Holly. As time goes on, it’s increasingly clear that Lennon/McCartney songs are brilliant classics which will never be forgotten. Now here’s why The Beatles are the most creative band of all time:


    As I sit here writing this at the keyboard of my computer facing the unique and colorful Beatles poster in my bedroom, I’m aware that I have been directly and indirectly inspired by John Lennon’s music as well as by the way he lived his life offstage. Squarely in front of me is a full color poster of all four Beatles standing in a heavenly-like flower garden at about the time of the Abbey Road album. Paul is angelic in his pink suit with a white laced shirt. John is enigmatic peering out from the background. George is charismatic staring directly into the camera from the lower right. Ringo is on the left with a stylish blue suit and his pink ruffled shirt. I always wished I could dress like those guys but obviously there’s a bit of a problem with a money differential there. Surrounding this gorgeous poster which I have never seen elsewhere are my 45 speed original Beatles hit records, including I Want to Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, Please Please Me, Twist and Shout, Can’t Buy Me Love, She’s A Woman, Yesterday, and of course, Hey Jude. And surrounding all that is a chain of 1-1/2″ long orange flicker flame lights which are the most beautiful and unique Christmas lights I’ve ever seen. I chose to decorate the wall directly in front of my work station this way because, as I’ve written elsewhere on this site several times, The Beatles were my major musical influence and having them on the wall in front of me inspires me to write web pages like this one. I was also among the millions of people who were inspired by how The Beatles were actually living their off stage lives. The Beatles’ music creatively stimulated millions of people to change the way they were living, and The Beatles behavior encouraged people to have fun by trying new life style experiences. That’s what I call a perfect example of FORM = CONTENT. In this case it means that the creatively and masterfully varied music The Beatles were producing (form) embodied the real life styles which each of the four Beatles were living (content), together as a band as well as separately as unique individuals.


    This should be self-evident, but just because Paul McCartney has the title of the most popular songwriter in history doesn’t necessarily make him the best songwriter in history. The qualities which do make both Paul and John the best songwriters in history go beyond writing the greatest number of catchy classic songs. “Catchy” means that their melodies and lyrics are instantly memorable. “Classic” means that they stand the test of time. But both Paul and John wrote very sophisticated melodies that moved beyond the simple groups of 2, 4 and 8 patterned phrases used by almost all other songwriters. John and Paul’s melodies soared, floated, cascaded, dived and peaked with true dynamics, naturally following the syllabic lyric patterns – but not always. Sometimes the melodic and lyric patterns were independent of each other, almost counterpoint in nature, and as a songwriter, they never ceased to astonish me with their brilliance and originality. In the beginning, their lyrics were simple and their songs were simple love songs. But they soon began exploring new territory by writing about subjects that hadn’t been covered before. Inspired by Bob Dylan, they wrote true poetry with feeling and depth, using evocative and unusual words. Rubber Soul marked the beginning of their evolution as mature songwriters, Revolver was a break-out album, and Sergeant Pepper was an historic landmark album in terms of new and innovative songwriting as well as production. Every song they wrote was significantly different from the last one even though each song had their unmistakable sound.

    Most songwriters are only average players on their instruments, but John and Paul are both sophisticated guitarists who were able to integrate their playing into their songs and even into their song structure so that the “licks” they played became as catchy a part of their songs as the choruses and verses. Blackbird and Dear Prudence are only two examples of songs which couldn’t possibly be written by any other songwriter because of the guitar playing which forms an integral part of the song structure. In similar fashion, Lady Madonna is the best example of a great song which derives from the unique and beautiful bass part which only Paul could possibly have created.

    Average songwriters achieve the catchy quality by repeating a phrase endlessly or by beating a chorus to death. John and Paul found countless ways to be memorable without ever overly repeating something. The only time they repeated something over and over again for a long time was in Hey Jude, and what they chose to repeat is so gorgeous that one can only wish they had never ended the song. The Beatles were my biggest musical influence and I used to think, “If I could write just one song that’s as good as John and Paul’s worst song, I’d be happy.” People tell me I accomplished that goal and they say one good example is John is Alive, which is my sincere tribute to Sir Lennon.


    Even Ringo could sing when he got a little help from his friends who lived in the yellow submarine. But to say that Paul and John are two of the best singers in rock and roll is to state the obvious. Combining John, Paul and George created the best harmony vocals the world has ever experienced. Even their two part harmonies were unusual, catching us all by surprise on their first hit record with the fast harmony melisma in the chorus of I Want to Hold Your Hand. John had a knack of placing a unique low harmony line underneath Paul’s high melody line so as to form a second melody which created unusual harmony effects. He did that right from the beginning in the verses of She Loves You. Both Paul and John could blast out screaming rock and roll (i.e. Long Tall Sally and Twist and Shout), and both could break our hearts with touching, deep feeling ballads (i.e. Yesterday and Julia). There seems to be no end to their emotional vocal range, and John even explored the heights of vocal psychedelia in songs like She Said (Revolver) and Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.


    Paul brought a new style of melodic playing to the bass guitar, reaching a new high of creativity on Sergeant Pepper with a level of sophistication never heard before. Many other musicians besides me recognize Paul as being one of the best bass guitar players ever. George is underrated as a lead guitarist by people with average or below average musical knowledge or ability, but most guitarists (including Eric Clapton) know better. George’s strength is in melody, pure and simple. It would be difficult to find a George Harrison lead which is not melodic, and each of his leads has a strong beginning, a stronger middle and a well defined ending. In fact, that’s Eric’s definition of what makes a good guitar lead. George continually developed new guitar sounds for each Beatles song. John and Paul are also excellent guitarists and both recorded great leads as well as innovative rhythm tracks. All three of the Beatles guitarists may lack showy technical fireworks but they make that definition of guitar mastery irrelevant by overwhelming the senses with creativity, style, and pure melody. The exact same thing can be said about John and Paul’s keyboard playing. Ringo may be underrated as a drummer by the public but he is not underrated by other professional drummers. Ringo mastered the art of drum sounds. No drummer has ever recorded so many different sounds on so many different sounding records. Ringo invented a new style of slow drum playing, epitomized on A Day in the Life and Strawberry Fields Forever. John said many times, “Ringo has the best back beat in the business” and the successful studio drummers understand why John was correct.


    A good definition of charisma needs to include “an unusual ability to influence people and arouse devotion” and “a personal attractiveness which enables a person to influence others”. No musical group prior to or after The Beatles features true charisma emanating strongly from the entire group as well as separately from each member. The Beatles stunned the world with their photogenic quality, their charm, their bubbling and lovable personalities, their cuteness and their unique style. Even before The Beatles achieved fame, people in Liverpool were imitating their haircuts, the way they dressed, the way they behaved, and the way they lived. Such a simple subliminal message about smoking marijuana got communicated to all the hippies who were waiting to happen without actual words ever being spoken. The Beatles had a lot to lose by being explicit on that subject, but they successfully avoided trouble by keeping it very subtle while at the same time clear enough so that we all got it. The Fab Four kept changing their styles rapidly, almost with each album cover, and soon the message became one of explicit spiritualism. After visiting India, The Beatles introduced eastern mysticism and meditation to the Western world for the first time through the mass media. John’s long saga with internal angst, drugs, spiritualism, politics, personal battles, and ultimately his marriage to Yoko played out like a movie the whole world got to watch in fascination. Paul’s happy life with Linda, George’s great focus on meditation, and Ringo’s equanimity throughout were all perfect examples of the power, the truth, and the effectiveness of true charisma.


    Need I say it? Ask the millions of girls who were screaming and fainting at the very sight of them. “The Boys” didn’t move like Elvis or dance like Mick, they just stood there shaking their “mop top” heads around, smiling, laughing, and looking gorgeous as they performed great music and that was it. On their first visit to America, some enterprising weirdo from New York City managed to cut up the hotel bed sheets The Beatles had slept on into 1″ square pieces, and these things were actually sold to girls over the public airwaves by adult DJ’s on the AM radio stations who should have known better. The Beatles phenomenon went way beyond the rock and roll sex star status that had been seen before. Teenage girls in uncountable numbers fell in love, their hearts to be trapped, their heart strings to be continually plucked, and ultimately, their hearts to be broken by the unobtainable object of their love. Worshiping a star from afar? Infatuation? Obsession? Not real love? For many of them, it was their first experience feeling love for a man/boy. Whatever it was, it was very real to all of them, and we all soon understood that The Beatles were The Real Thing.

    That’s why I call The Beatles the Most Creative Band of All Time. They were The Real Thing. The Creative Zenith. The high point on the bell curve of musical history.

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    On Last FM. The Rolling Stones only had 80 members of their fan group in 2007, The Beatles had over 2,000 which is now over 4,000 and the average age of fans is 22 more guys than girls and they are from all over the world! The Beatles were the most listened to artists on Last.FM in 2006,2007 and 2008.

    The Beatles are still rightfully regarded by most people,most rock critics,and many other music and rock artists as The most creative,innovative,and prolific rock band ever!

    As many people even some Rolling Stones fans have said, The Rolling Stones haven’t made a great record in at least 25 years or more.

    And they copied The Beatles in many ways including trying to rip off sgt.Pepper with their Satanic Majesties Request album.And it was John &Paul who wrote one of their first hits,I Wanna Be You’re Man in early 1964 and they wrote it right in front of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards who were blown away and said how can you just write a song just like that?! And it inspired them to start writing their own songs.

    The Beatles wrote *plenty* of great rock songs including hard rock on The White Album and Abbey Road and as many have rightfully pointed out Paul invented heavy metal with his 1968 song Helter Skelter and people have also said John’s I Want You She’s So Heavy on Abbey road was also one of the first heavy metal songs.

    Even in their early days they wrote some great rockers that were very rocky for the times, as The All Music Guide said,in their very good review of Past Masters Volume 1 that they proved they could rock really really hard,with John’s I Feel Fine from late 1964 which featured the very recorded feedback guitar on a rock song,and Paul’s great blues rocker,She’s A Woman also from late 1964,and what they called the peerless I’m Down which is Paul’s screaming rocker from mid 1965 which they performed even harder rocking, and screaming in August 1965 at Shea Stadium.

    Also John’s You Can’t Do That from early 1964,is a great rock song, so is Day Dripper,Paperback Writer, And You’re Bird Can Sing, She Said She Said,Taxman, etc!


    As this guy Sal66 who has also posted on sites debunking ignorant crap about The Beatles has rightfully pointed out, The Beatles wrote,played and recorded I Feel Fine in the Fall of 1964 which was the first use of feedback guitar on a pop rock record and it also had a prominent guitar riff throughout this very good song almost a year *before* The Rolling Stones’s Satisfaction came out.

    And on John’s great Norwegian Wood recorded in the Fall of 1965,George Harrison was the first to play a sitar on a pop rock song and it was released on their great album Rubber Soul in December and then in May 1966 The Rolling Stones song Paint It Black came out with Brian Jones playing a sitar!


    The Rolling Stone Album Guide said, not liking The Beatles is as perverse as not liking the sun. And Ozzy Osbourne said not loving The Beatles is like not loving oxogen. And a guy who runs Keno’s Classic Rock n Roll Site and who runs a Rolling Stones and John Lennon fan site says damn The Beatles were one great group and he said in his great review of The Beatles 1962-1966 Red album, that if you don’t love or at least like The Beatles and their music then you are not a true rock fan and more than likely will never get it.


    And all of The Beatles albums deserve to be in the top 10 starting with the first great Beatles album A Hard Day’s Night which is a great pop rock album which was recorded over a year before I was even born.

    Only The Yelow Submarine shouldn’t be in the top 10 the only great song on it is John’s great rocker Hey Bulldog and George’s It’s All Too Much is good too.


    Bob Dylan ,Roger McGuinn of The Byrds and music critic William Mann of The London Times as early as 1963 and 1964 pointed out that even in early Beatles songs like She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand had unusual and interesting chords and they arranged them.

    And as early as late 1963 a music critic Richard Buckle in The London Times called John and Paul the two of the most briliant composers since Beethoven after John and Paul composed the music for a ballet Mods and Rockers.



    on a fan site for the rock group Yes, called, Yesfans.com ( who are also big Beatles fans themselves and they recorded and played live several Beatles songs and member Rick Wakeman did a whole Beatles tribute album in 2000) they had a topic called exactly this, from 2004-2008 and over 70% of the Yes fans voted the first choice, No Of Course Not They Were Not Overrated How Can You Even Ask This Question.

    And one of the Yes fans posted in early 2008,” The Greatest Band of all time overrated? Phuck no!”

    And another Yes fan quoted him and said I second what he said! Another Yes fan quoted his own post from a year before when he had said he thought The Beatles were overrated and he now quoted his old post with an I’m stupid emoticon and he said how could I have been so stupid,of course The Beatles are not overrated.

    Also, guitarist Frank Marino of the hard rock group Mahogany Rush said in several online interviews that he hates The Rolling Stones but he likes The Beatles,Jimi Hendrix,and The Doors etc. And Dave Navarro of the rock group Jane’s Addiction said in Guitar World in 1991 and 1996 that he has always hated The Rolling Stones and he will never play one of their records.

    Also there used to be an online interview with Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts from a 1973 Magazine called Zig Zag,and the interview was called,The Drinking Man’s Rolling Stone. He says in this interview that The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were a lot alike as people and were friends. He also said what made The Beatles so great is that they made one great single and great album after the next!


    As this guy Sal66 who has also posted on sites debunking ignorant crap about The Beatles has rightfully pointed out, The Beatles wrote, played and recorded the hit song I Feel Fine in the Fall of 1964 which was the first use of feedback guitar on a pop rock record and it also had a prominent rock guitar riff throughout this very good song, almost a year *before* The Rolling Stones’s Satisfaction came out.

    And on John’s great Norwegian Wood recorded in the Fall of 1965, George Harrison was the first to play a sitar on a pop rock song and it was released on their great album Rubber Soul in December and then in May 1966 The Rolling Stones song Paint It Black came out with Brian Jones playing a sitar!

    Also The Rolling Stones wrote quite a few soft sentimental songs like Lady Jane,Ruby Tuesday, As Tears Go By, Angie, Waiting On A Friend none of which are rock songs and the two dreadful disco imitations Emotinal Rescue and Miss You. At least when Paul McCartney did a disco like a disco like song Good Night Tonight it had very good and interesting sounding music!



    I have never heard The Beach Boys played on any classic rock stations only oldies stations but my classic rock station plays a lot of Beatles. Infact a 48 year old DJ who is a huge Beatles fan has hosted a 2 hour Sunday morning radio show,Breakfast With The Beatles for 7 years now.

    Even The Beatles early music had a much harder electric guitar sound than The Beach Boys and all of The Beach Boys radio hits were beach surfing music.

    And on a Bob Dylan fan site Expecting Rain posted last year nobody on there liked The Beach Boys except 1 person,and most said they never liked The Rolling Stones that much either,but many said they think The Beatles were the most,innovative,creative,and prolific band ever and that it is amazing how much great music of all different styles they wrote and played,and recorded in just an 8 year recording career.


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    She’s a Woman

    The Beatles

    Composed By
    John Lennon/Paul McCartney

    Song Review by Richie Unterberger

    “She’s a Woman” was one of the hardest-rocking early Beatles originals, and although it was the B-side to “I Feel Fine,” it was almost as big a hit in its own right, reaching number four on the American charts. Sung and primarily written by Paul McCartney, it’s a belter that illustrates how the Beatles could be bluesy without writing conventional blues songs that stuck to normal blues progressions. Right from the start, the track has a brash, almost harsh edge, with choppy guitar chords that are more like barks than power chords. McCartney, too often unfairly pegged as a sweet balladeer, demonstrates that he was also one of the best white rock hard singers of all time with his shrill yet rich, even ballsy, vocal. Certainly his vocal style here betrays a strong trace of Little Richard, but it’s unfair to accuse him of imitating or lifting wholesale from his idol. In its confidence and assertiveness, McCartney’s high-octane style is most assuredly his own. The basic, R&B-derived melody is effectively counterpointed with one of the briefer Beatle bridges on record, in which the Beatles detour into some non- blues chords and melodies for just a few bars before returning to the main thrust of the tune. McCartney, while devoting most of the words to celebration and praise of his woman, throws in a couple of phrases as evidence that he’s starting to think in more sophisticated terms, particularly the line “turns me on when I get lonely” (a very, very early use of “turn me on” slang). There’s also the declaration that his love doesn’t buy him presents, even though she’s no peasant. Peasant’s an unusual word to use in a pop song no matter what the era, and McCartney’s value of true love over money (as previously also stated in “Can’t Buy Me Love”) is eternally hip. George Harrison executes a crafty blues-rock solo with a touch of country influence that’s, as was his wont, just right for the song at hand. The ending is uncommonly unimaginative for a Beatles track, with McCartney repeating the title phrase several times over a fade; a more basic alternate take exists (on bootleg) in which he extends this section by improvising on that title line for a few minutes. He’d have to wait until “Hey Jude,” however, to take that approach to the multi-extended fade onto an official single. As a rabble-rousing rocker, “She’s a Woman” was a natural for the Beatles’ live shows; a 1965 version was recorded for their The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl album, and it was still part of their set on their final world tour in 1966. The most famous, or notorious, cover of “She’s a Woman” was done by Jeff Beck in the mid-’70s, employing a voicebox on his guitar to sing-play the lyrics. That version was an FM radio favorite for a while, and subsequently sometimes scorned (as were Peter Frampton’s voicebox-heavy tracks) as an example of mid-’70s hard rock excess.

    Appears On


    1964 Beatles ’65
    2:57 Capitol
    AMG Track Picks

    No Reply, I’ll Follow the Sun, I Feel Fine

    196Z Beatles in Italy EMI

    1977 Live at the Hollywood Bowl 2:47 Capitol

    1984 The Compleat Beatles [Video] MGM

    1988 Past Masters, Vol. 1
    3:03 Capitol
    AMG Track Picks

    She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, I Feel Fine, I’m Down

    1988 Past Masters, Vols. 1 & 2 Capitol

    1988 The Beatles Box Set [1988] 3:03 Capitol

    1988 Ultra Rare Trax, Vol. 1 The Swingin’ Pig

    1989 Documents, Vol. 2 6:31 Oh Boy

    1989 Five Nights in a Judo Arena Swingin’ Pig

    1989 Hold Me Tight 6:34 Condor

    1989 Ultra Rare Trax, Vol. 6 6:32 The Swingin’ Pig

    1989 Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 2 (1964-1965) Yellow Dog

    1991 British Rock: 1st Wave [video] RCA

    1991 I Feel Fine/She’s a Woman Capitol

    1992 Ready Steady Go!, Vol. 3 [Video] Pioneer

    1992 The Beatles Box Set [1992] Capitol

    1993 Artifacts, 1958-1970 6:32 Big Music

    1993 Compact Disc Singles Collection 3:01 Capitol

    1994 Artifacts II 1960-1969 3:19 Big Music

    1994 Complete BBC Sessions Great Dane

    1994 Live at the BBC 3:14 Apple/Capitol
    AMG Track Picks

    I’ll Be on My Way, Soldier of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)

    1996 Anthology 2
    2:54 Apple/Capitol
    AMG Track Picks
    Yes It Is, If You’ve Got Trouble, That Means a Lot, I’m Looking Through You, Strawberry Fields Forever

    1996 Anthology Video, Vol. 5 Apple

    1998 Live in Japan 2:52 Walrus

    1999 CD Singles Collection

    3:01 EMI
    AMG Track Picks
    We Can Work It Out, Paperback Writer, Strawberry Fields Forever, Don’t Let Me Down, I Am the Walrus, I’m Down, Ticket to Ride, She’s a Woman, Revolution, All You Need Is Love

    1999 EP Boxset 3:05 EMI

    2001 Beatles Story CTA

    2003 Around the World Import

    2004 The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1 3:01 Capitol
    AMG Track Picks
    I Want to Hold Your Hand, It Won’t Be Long, I Wanna Be Your Man, Roll Over Beethoven, You Can’t Do That, She Loves You, I’ll Cry Instead, Things We Said Today, And I Love Her, No Reply, I’m a Loser, She’s a Woman, I Feel Fine

    2009 The Beatles: Stereo Box Set Capitol

    Budokan Concert VAP Inport

    Concerts 1964-66 [DVD]

    Unauthorised Live, Vol. 1 Joker


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    You Can’t Do That

    The Beatles

    Composed By Other Links
    John Lennon/Paul McCartney All Performers that have performed this Title

    Song Review by Richie Unterberger

    As the B-side to “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “You Can’t Do That” was a worthy companion to the more well-known hit, particularly as it was also one of the Beatles’ grittiest and hardest-rocking early originals. The track was introduced by a ringing, circular George Harrison guitar lick that marked the first time he played 12-string electric guitar on a Beatles recording — an innovation that would figure strongly not just in the Beatles’ mid-’60s records, but also in the development of folk-rock. Rhythmically the song has a funkier, more soulful beat than anything else the Beatles had previously done, perhaps sparked by increased exposure to American soul music as the group began to tour the U.S. John Lennon, in fact, specifically cited Wilson Pickett as an inspiration for the song, although since Pickett had barely begun to record under his own name when “You Can’t Do That” was written in early 1964, one wonders if Lennon was influenced by Pickett only in hindsight. The song had no shortage of dynamite hooks, particularly the insistent stuttering beats at the end of each verse and bridge, the thrilling soulful responsive harmonies that answer Lennon’s lead vocal, and the dramatic rising harmony vocals that accompany Lennon on the bridge.

    Lennon lets loose with one of his all-time great screams to launch the instrumental break, in which he makes his debut as a lead guitarist on a Beatles record, with crunchy, frenetic riffing that suits the tune well. Listen also for the very end, in which a reprise of the principal 12-string guitar riff suddenly slows to a crawl for the last three notes. Lyrically this is one of the toughest Lennon- McCartney songs, principally written by Lennon , and verging almost on misogyny in its threats to leave a girl if she so much as talks to another guy. There’s an underlying note of insecurity, however, in his laments that others will laugh in his face if they see her acting the way she does. “You Can’t Do That” was honored with a most unusual cover version by Nilsson a few years later on his debut album, in which he did not so much sing “You Can’t Do That” as use its main motifs for the body of a track which interwove brief phrases from other Beatles classics like “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Day Tripper,” “You’re Going to Lose That Girl,” and “Drive My Car.”

    Appears On


    1964 A Hard Day’s Night [UK] 2:37 Capitol
    AMG Track Picks
    A Hard Day’s Night, I Should Have Known Better, And I Love Her, Can’t Buy Me Love

    1964 The Beatles Beat Odeon

    1964 The Beatles’ Second Album 2:23 Capitol
    AMG Track Picks
    You Can’t Do That, I’ll Get You, She Loves You

    1976 Rock & Roll Music 2:37 Capitol

    1980 Rock & Roll Music, Vol. 1 2:33 Capitol

    1988 The Beatles Box Set [1988] 2:37 Capitol

    1990 Ready Steady Go!, Vol. 1 [Video] Pioneer

    1991 Can’t Buy Me Love/You Can’t Do That Capitol

    1993 Artifacts, 1958-1970 2:38 Big Music

    1993 Compact Disc Singles Collection 2:34 Capitol

    1994 Complete BBC Sessions Great Dane

    1994 Complete BBC Sessions Great Dane

    1994 The Making of a Hard Day’s Night MPI

    1995 Anthology 1 2:42 Apple/Capitol
    AMG Track Picks
    Free as a Bird, Ain’t She Sweet, One After 909, All My Loving, A Hard Day’s Night, Leave My Kitten Alone

    1999 CD Singles Collection 2:34 EMI
    AMG Track Picks
    We Can Work It Out, Paperback Writer, Strawberry Fields Forever, Don’t Let Me Down, I Am the Walrus, I’m Down, Ticket to Ride, She’s a Woman, Revolution, All You Need Is Love

    199Z The Get Back Journals VigoTone

    2001 Beatles Story CTA

    2001 The Beatles Beat: The Beatles Sessions [Bootleg] Odeon Bootleg

    2004 The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1 2:40 Capitol
    AMG Track Picks
    I Want to Hold Your Hand, It Won’t Be Long, I Wanna Be Your Man, Roll Over Beethoven, You Can’t Do That, She Loves You, I’ll Cry Instead, Things We Said Today, And I Love Her, No Reply, I’m a Loser, She’s a Woman, I Feel Fine

    2009 The Beatles: Stereo Box Set Capitol

    It’s All in the Mind Y’know Beat

    The Beatles, Vol. 3 Beat/Cool Daddy

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    I’m Down
    The Beatles

    Composed By
    John Lennon/Paul McCartney All Performers that have performed this Title

    Song Review by Richie Unterberger

    “I’m Down,” the B-side of “Help!,” was one of the most frantic rockers in the entire Beatles catalog. The very first line — sung a cappella by the principal writer, Paul McCartney — was about as larynx-twisting an upper-register, non-falsetto vocal as was possible in rock music. Critics have often noted that the vocal and the song itself are very much in the Little Richard style, and some see it as little more than a rewrite of Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally.” It’s true there are some similarities between “I’m Down” and “Long Tall Sally,” but it’s not just a blatant copy. For one thing, there are the great call-and-response vocals between McCartney and the other Beatles, as well as the sudden jerky shifts in tempo in which the instruments periodically stop altogether. George Harrison lets loose with one of his patented bluesy, slightly disheveled, growling guitar solos, and then it’s back to a final verse where McCartney really climbs the high notes for emphasis. That done with, it’s time for one of the group’s more crazed and elongated fadeouts, kicked off by a hair-raising McCartney scream, then settling into more vocal trades between him and the group as well as some wild organ playing by John Lennon. Although The Beatles Recording Sessions tells listeners that seven takes were completed at the session, the song has a wonderfully loose, almost jammy feel. Listen to the part where McCartney starts the final verse, for instance, and his first line is answered with a lazy, almost diffident guitar sliding slowly up the low notes. Not that it hurts the song any, but there’s a contradiction between the mood of the lyrics — ostensibly a guy down in the dumps about being dumped — and the delivery. McCartney does not sound down in the dumps; he sounds like he’s having the time of his life, with an energy that’s incredibly infectious. “I’m Down” was a great live favorite of the Beatles’ mid-’60s shows, as seen in the famous footage of their 1965 Shea Stadium concert, which closed with an especially wild performance of the song. There have not been many covers of “I’m Down”; indeed, for years it was surprisingly hard to hear, as it didn’t get issued on a Beatles LP until the mid-’70s. There were a couple of surprising attempts, however, one a live version (recorded in 1966, released in the 1980s) by the 13th Floor Elevators, with Roky Erickson contributing a demented lead vocal that was grating where McCartney’s was uplifting. Even more surprisingly, Yes, a group not known for rock-’em-sock-’em party tunes, did “I’m Down” in concert.

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    1976 Rock & Roll Music 2:32 Capitol

    1980 Rock & Roll Music, Vol. 2 2:38 Capitol

    1988 Past Masters, Vol. 1 2:31 Capitol
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    She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, I Feel Fine, I’m Down

    1988 Past Masters, Vols. 1 & 2 Capitol

    1988 The Beatles Box Set [1988] 2:31 Capitol

    1989 Five Nights in a Judo Arena Swingin’ Pig

    1991 Help/I’m Down Capitol

    1993 Artifacts, 1958-1970 2:18 Big Music

    1993 Compact Disc Singles Collection 2:33 Capitol

    1996 Anthology 2 2:53 Apple/Capitol
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    Yes It Is, If You’ve Got Trouble, That Means a Lot, I’m Looking Through You, Strawberry Fields Forever

    1996 Anthology Video, Vol. 5 Apple

    1998 Live in Japan 3:40 Walrus

    1999 CD Singles Collection 2:33 EMI
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    We Can Work It Out, Paperback Writer, Strawberry Fields Forever, Don’t Let Me Down, I Am the Walrus, I’m Down, Ticket to Ride, She’s a Woman, Revolution, All You Need Is Love

    2001 Beatles Story CTA

    2003 Around the World Import

    2008 Cartoons Brainmade

    2009 The Beatles: Stereo Box Set Capitol

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    Concerts 1964-66 [DVD]

    Unauthorised Live, Vol. 1 Joker

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    The Beatles

    Composed By
    John Lennon/Paul McCartney All Performers that have performed this Title

    Song Review
    by Richie Unterberger

    As the B-side of “Hey Jude,” “Revolution” formed one-half of a worthy contender for the best rock single of all time. As with another contender, “Penny Lane”/ “Strawberry Fields Forever,” each side represented one of the best and most characteristic songwriting efforts by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, respectively (even if they were billed to Lennon- McCartney jointly, out of contractual custom). “Revolution” was, of course, quite different in tone from “Hey Jude,” one of the group’s best ballads. In contrast, “Revolution” was one of their greatest, most furious rockers, also featuring some of Lennon’s most challenging, fiery lyrics. It must first be noted that two entirely different arrangements of “Revolution” were recorded and released. A slow one with doo wop-inspired harmonies, officially titled “Revolution 1,” appeared on The Beatles (popularly known as the White Album); the faster and, most would agree, superior version appeared on the B-side of the “Hey Jude” single. The song described here will be the single version, simply entitled “Revolution.” Leading off with a startling machine-gun fuzz guitar riff and a scream, the heart immediately starts pounding before Lennon goes into the first verse. (Trivia note: An obscure 1954 recording by bluesman Pee Wee Crayton, “Do Unto Others,” has an opening riff that sounds almost identical to the riff that opens “Revolution.” Coincidence, or not?) Combining one of his throatiest vocals and the consistently buzzing, fuzzy guitars, you have one of the most down-and-dirty Beatles tracks ever.

    In “Revolution,” Lennon seems to be questioning, quite reasonably, the validity of changing the world through violent means. He was setting himself up for criticism from all sides here, particularly in the turbulent year of 1968: the establishment was angered by anyone talking about “Revolution” in any context, while some of the left viewed refusal to overthrow society by any means necessary as a cowardly sellout. Lennon is quite emphatic, however, that when it comes to violence, you can count him out. (Typically, he would sit on the fence on this issue over the years, and in “Revolution 1,” qualify his observation by immediately singing the word “in” after declaring that he could be counted out.) Characteristically, optimism prevails in the Beatles’ world, even when taking on one of the most explosive subjects possible, as on the uplifting chorus (helped greatly by harmony vocals), when the group urgently and repeatedly reassures listeners that everything’s going to be all right. Those reassurances become sing-shouts in the final refrain, though the loud guitar figures in the background imply that everything might not be all right, as does a final near-hysterical repetition of the phrase by Lennon. “Revolution,” incidentally, was one of the few Beatles tracks to feature a contribution from an outside rock session musician, Nicky Hopkins, who adds ebullient keyboards to the performance.

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    1970 Hey Jude
    3:21 Capitol
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    Paperback Writer, Hey Jude, Old Brown Shoe

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    3:25 Capitol
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    Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, I Am the Walrus, Hey Jude, Don’t Let Me Down, Here Comes the Sun, Something

    1976 Rock & Roll Music 3:24 Capitol

    1980 Rock & Roll Music, Vol. 2 3:21 Capitol

    1984 The Compleat Beatles [Video] MGM

    1988 Imagine: John Lennon [Original Soundtrack]
    3:22 Capitol
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    Real Love, In My Life, The Ballad of John and Yoko, Jealous Guy, (Just Like) Starting Over, Imagine

    1988 Past Masters, Vol. 2
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    Day Tripper, We Can Work It Out, Rain, Hey Jude

    1988 Past Masters, Vols. 1 & 2 Capitol

    1988 The Beatles Box Set [1988] 3:24 Capitol

    1989 Ultra Rare Trax, Vol. 5 3:19 The Swingin’ Pig

    1991 Hey Jude/Revolution Capitol

    1991 Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 7 (1962-1969) Yellow Dog

    1993 Artifacts, 1958-1970 3:19 Big Music

    1993 Compact Disc Singles Collection 3:22 Capitol

    1993 Unsurpassed Demos Yellow Dog

    1994 Artifacts II 1960-1969 3:58 Big Music

    1994 Revolution Vigotone

    1996 Anthology Video, Vol. 8 Apple

    1999 CD Singles Collection
    3:22 EMI
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    We Can Work It Out, Paperback Writer, Strawberry Fields Forever, Don’t Let Me Down, I Am the Walrus, I’m Down, Ticket to Ride, She’s a Woman, Revolution, All You Need Is Love

    199Z The Get Back Journals VigoTone

    2000 Imagine: John Lennon [Japan] 3:24 EMI

    2006 LOVE [Bonus DVD] 2:14 Capitol/Apple

    2006 LOVE 2:14 Capitol/Apple
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    Drive My Car/The Word/What You’re Doing, Strawberry Fields Forever, Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

    2008 LOVE [Special Edition] EMD Int’l

    2009 The Beatles: Stereo Box Set Capitol


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    Abbey Road
    The Beatles


    The Beatles


    Abbey Road


    Release Date

    Sep 26, 1969



    Genre Styles
    Album Rock
    Rock & Roll
    British Psychedelia
    Sunshine Pop
    Prog-Rock/ Art Rock
    AM Pop
    Hard Rock

    Moods Themes
    Refined/ Mannered
    Laid-Back/ Mellow
    Road Trip

    AMG Album ID

    R 1525

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    Review by Richie Unterberger
    The last Beatles album to be recorded (although Let It Be was the last to be released), Abbey Road was a fitting swan song for the group, echoing some of the faux-conceptual forms of Sgt. Pepper, but featuring stronger compositions and more rock-oriented ensemble work. The group was still pushing forward in all facets of its art, whether devising some of the greatest harmonies to be heard on any rock record (especially on “Because”), constructing a medley of songs/vignettes that covered much of side two, adding subtle touches of Moog synthesizer, or crafting furious guitar-heavy rock (“The End,” “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” “Come Together”). George Harrison also blossomed into a major songwriter, contributing the buoyant “Here Comes the Sun” and the supremely melodic ballad “Something,” the latter of which became the first Harrison-penned Beatles hit. Whether Abbey Road is the Beatles’ best work is debatable, but it’s certainly the most immaculately produced (with the possible exception of Sgt. Pepper) and most tightly constructed.



    1 Come Together Lennon, McCartney 04:20
    2 Something Harrison 03:02
    3 Maxwell’s Silver Hammer Lennon, McCartney 03:27
    4 Oh! Darling Lennon, McCartney 03:26
    5 Octopus’s Garden Starkey, Starr 02:51
    6 I Want You (She’s So Heavy) Lennon, McCartney 07:47
    7 Here Comes the Sun Harrison 03:05
    8 Because Lennon, McCartney 02:45
    9 You Never Give Me Your Money Lennon, McCartney 04:02
    10 Sun King Lennon, McCartney 02:26
    11 Mean Mr. Mustard Lennon, McCartney 01:06
    12 Polythene Pam Lennon, McCartney 01:12
    13 She Came in Through the Bathroom Window Lennon, McCartney 01:57
    14 Golden Slumbers Lennon, McCartney 01:31
    15 Carry That Weight Lennon, McCartney 01:36
    16 The End Lennon, McCartney 02:19
    17 Her Majesty Lennon, McCartney 00:23

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    1991 CS Capitol 003834
    1978 LP Capitol 119001
    1989 LP Parlophone 1042431
    2007 CD Toshiba EMI 51122
    1983 CD Toshiba EMI 353016
    2009 CD Capitol 82468


    Stars on the Beatles: Musicians Share Reflections on the Fab FourPosted by Spinner Staff

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    That the Beatles mean so much to so many people who make music in so many genres goes without saying. What doesn’t go without saying is what John, Paul, George and Ringo mean to these musicians, who share in their own words the important role the Fab Four have played in their songs and in their lives.

    “The three of us [in Nirvana] grew up listening to the Beatles, then classic rock and punk. Somehow, it all came together.” –Dave Grohl

    “I don’t think I could write with John Lennon. He’s too genius … All you [could] do is mess it up.” –Miley Cyrus

    “In Dublin we think the Beatles are Irish. There’s a revenge against [the] class system that’s a very Irish preoccupation… Here were the Fab Four spitting out a new vocabulary, that comes from that kind of revenge against the old idea of England that wasn’t inclusive of the working class.” –Bono

    “I love the Beatles. What more can I say? I’m not gonna lie to you. I love ’em. They make me happy. And I think they were the best, and still are.” –Liam Gallagher

    I don’t think anybody comes close to the Beatles, including Oasis.” –Brian May of Queen

    “I heard ‘Rubber Soul’ one night in my house here in LA, and I was so blown out that I said, ‘I have to record an album as good or better than ‘Rubber Soul.’ If I ever do anything in my life, I’m going to make that good an album.'” –Brian Wilson

    “You can’t beat the Beatles. You join ’em.” –Peggy Lee

    “The first [record] I can remember buying was ‘Meet the Beatles!’ at a garage sale for five cents.” –Billy Corgan

    “The Beatles really synthesized what I wanted to do. The single biggest moment that I can remember being galvanized into wanting to be a musican for life was seeing the Beatles on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.'” –Billy Joel

    “I bought [John Lennon’s] ‘Plastic Ono Band,’ and I listened to it over and over for months. It’s a monumental work of genius… The attitude and emotion of that album are harder than any punk rock I’ve ever heard.” –Lenny Kravitz

    “The Beatles were why we turned from a jug band into a rock ‘n’ roll band. What we saw them doing was impossibly attractive.” –Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead

    “To be in the same room as the four of them caused me to not sleep for, like, three days.” –Jeff Lynne

    “The Beatles defined their own sense of values and honor. They took stances without ever being politically correct. And they did it all with incredible humor… I honestly think that there are certain things in life that help people understand themselves. I think the Beatles are one of those things. They resonate the journey of true selfhood, really.” –Sophie B. Hawkins

    “I’m probably the biggest Beatles fan on the planet.” –Robin Zander of Cheap Trick

    “A lot of that Beatles influence comes from Steven [Tyler]’s collaboration with Mark Hudson, both of whom are absolute Beatle freaks… I guess the goal is to try and emulate probably some of the best music of the last 50 years, which has to be the Beatles.” –Brad Whitford of Aerosmith

    “We looked deep down inside the very core of our souls and there was a little Ringo sitting there. Sure, we like telling people it’s John Lennon or George Harrison, but when you really look deep inside of Soundgarden, there’s a little Ringo wanting to get out.” — Kim Thayil of Soundgarden

    “[The Beatles were] the start of the reason why we’re doing a band.” –Vicki Peterson of the Bangles

    “How could you not be influenced by the Beatles if you write songs?” –Sean Lennon

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    at 9-15-2009I’m really surprised that you didn’t include quotes from Ozzy Osbourne who was interviewed I think in your very own magazine in 2002 where he calls The Beatles The Greatest Band To Ever Walk The Earth and said that he loved them since he was a teenager and called Paul McCartney a musical genuis.

    Also Bob Dylan praised John,Paul and George last year in Rolling Stone.And Roger McGuinn is also a big fan and The Rolling Stones were fans and friends with them too.Also,

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    Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready (MTV News)

    Pearl Jam already have several links to “Rock Band,” as they have made their classic debut Ten available in its entirety as a playable download and will be dropping their forthcoming album

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    Backspacer in the same fashion once it’s released September 20. And though founding guitarist Mike McCready has played the game and is excited for the Wednesday (September 9) release of “The Beatles: Rock Band,” he has a confession to make.

    “I honestly grew up listening to the Stones more,” McCready told MTV News at the Outside Lands Festival. “But that doesn’t mean I don’t love the Beatles.”

    McCready cited the band’s harmonies as a musical development that really inspired him, and he also gave a nod to a classic piece of video. “The concert footage on the roof was probably something that was integral in my growing up.”

    The footage in question is the surprise show the Beatles gave in January 1969 that marked the end of the recording of Let It Be and ended up being the band’s final public appearance together. McCready did learn one profound thing from the Beatles. “My manager says you never want to release anything against the Beatles, because they’ll always win,” he joked. “And they should, because they were phenomenal.”

    As for “Rock Band,” McCready admitted he needs practice. “I play ‘Rock Band’ with my friends’ kids, and they completely beat me senseless with it,” he admitted. “I feel like I’m holding them back. I try to play the drums, and I just can’t play the drums. I think I need to work on my skills.”

    But when Backspacer becomes available as a playable full-album download, McCready said players will be able to develop their skills on a few of his favorite tracks. “I would say try the solo on ‘Amongst the Waves.’ And just rock out to ‘Gonna See My Friend.’ That’ll be fun to jump around to and play. Stomp as much as you possibly can. That’s rock!”

    For more on “The Beatles: Rock Band” check out Multiplayer.MTV.com.

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  36. Matt

    omg. u know so much. cool. The beatles are awesome! =)

  37. Arjun Sajip

    I totally agree with everything Slarty Bartfast said, and would also like to add that “Tomorrow Never Knows” is actually from Revolver; you make it sound like it’s from Rubber Soul. Great comments people. It’s testament to how GREAT the Beatles are that a webpage this long can exist.

    OK, some people may not like them, but anyone who says they weren’t great or influential clearly knows nothing about music.

  38. glorious basterd

    haha!beat that oasis!

  39. Dr Robert

    I’m surprised so many people have questioned your article’s use of ‘numbers’. Music is ultimately subjective, so using numbers to illustrate The Beatles’ dominance seems perfectly justifiable.
    Were they as good or as important as Beethoven – probably not. But they were the most influential musicians of the the 20th century and anyone who doesn’t recognise this or dismisses them as ‘not that good’ is musically illiterate.

  40. Dorothy

    The Beatles have made women scream worldwide……..so much that George Harrison said….”The world used us as an excuse to go mad”………….mere mediocrity could never be attached to the Beatles.

  41. Ted

    Yes THE BEATLES is hands-down the best band in the Planet Earth. Songs are heard by generations upon generations and they are still selling records. I dont think Guns and Roses can beat that! just kidding! hehe!

  42. Dr.Jonathan Gomes

    beatles are beyond doubt and illusion the best band ever. specially george harrison for his beautiful songs like MY SWEET LORD and the HARE KRSNA maha mantra.

  43. Dennis

    People who bash The Beatles are just jealous because the band or act that they like are not mentioned. Fact is The Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd would’nt be around if The Beatles wern’t here first. Plain and Simple!
    I like those bands! The Beatles had many musical styles.
    The were a Rock Band first! You have to put yourself back to what was playing in the early 60’s. Hard Days Night, I Feel Fine,Ticket to Ride, Rain, Taxman, Tomorrow Never Knows. Just to name a few. These songs were considered heavy songs compared to what was current at that time. Rock got heavier and progressed through-out the years. Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd continued what Beatles started and invented. Elvis was good. But during Beatles years he hid in the movies. He music was considered old fashion. Anyway he was a great singer but a not anything more then that. 100 years from now The Beatles will be remembered and all other acts will not. Oh by the way George Harrison help write one of Creams most famous songs. Shut-Up already!

  44. "Wolfie" Wolfgang

    I would like to thank everybody who contibuted to this post, it is heartening to see that the Beatles still live in our hearts. I was a teanager when the Beatles started recording, and I was a fan right from the start, even to the extent that it spured me to learn to play guitar. I wasn´t happy to play the easy chords, I had to learn the ones that George Harrison played, and still do to this day. I stumbled across this article, as I was looking for some insiration, on how I could write an article about the beatles that fitted into the content of my website, and still I will find it difficult, but reading this article has given me some ideas, as really the beatles played every type of music from country to blues rock and even heavy metal, so it will fit in.
    Once again thank you all.

  45. trevor

    the beatles are the greatest band of all time. period.

    they have influenced every great musician since them

  46. cameron

    pink floyd=worst band ever!

  47. Ryan

    15. isn’t completely correct. Rain was released on a single. It was the B-side to Paperback Writer. Still, I love this post. Great ending, too. Oasis sucks.

  48. Matt S.

    I know someone touched on this a year ago, but most of these reasons are purely number based. Just because you have a ridiculous amount of numerical statistics doesn’t mean you are the greatest band in the world. I will give the Beatles the fact that they were innovative and extremely influential, but musically and lyrically, they are not even close to the best band ever. When it comes down to pure mechanics and even pure emotion they still aren’t close. The Beatles will always probably be regarded as the best band ever but in my opinion that is simply not true.

  49. Deneen Correira

    It is cruel, you know, that music should be so stunning. It has the elegance of loneliness of tenderness: of vigor and liberty. The elegance of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and perpetual beauty of uniformity.

  50. Hm

    First intentional use of feedback. Was used before but on accident.

  51. Zoon

    I’m sorry but I don’t care how many albums the Beatles sold or how many hits they had, they’re still crap.

  52. Karman

    I LOVE THE BEATLES!!!!!!! I’ve loved them ever since i was a baby. Whenever my dad was having trouble changing my diaper, he would put on the song “Yellow Submarine” and I would stop wiggling and just listen to the music as still as air. My room is Beatle themed and has the Beatles almost everywhere you look, AND I have a notebook that i call my Beatle song book because i wrote all the lyrics to all their songs in that notebook. My mom actualy sent my to a therepist because she thought i had an “Unhealthy obsession with them” which i agree with completely!!!!!!!!!

  53. Brandon

    The people who don’t like the Beatles are simply people who aren’t familiar with their work. They are people most of whose knowledge of the Beatles comes from bits of their songs being used in television advertisements. Unfortunately, when your knowledge of their work comes from little odds and ends you hear around, you only learn about a few novelty songs which have nothing to do with the main body of their work. These are people who have mostly just heard “Yellow Submarine,” “All You Need is Love,” “Lady Madonna,” and the part of “Drive My Car” where they go “beep beep.” The main body of their great works is never played in TV ads. I’d like these people to listen to their real rock’n roll and then tell me that they weren’t geniuses. Their good stuff includes “All I’ve Got to Do,” “No Reply,” “And I Love Her,” “It Won’t Be Long,” “From Me to You,” “All My Loving,” “I’ll Get You,” “I Should Have Known Better,” “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” “I Need You,” “This Boy,” “Do You Want to Know a Secret,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “I’m Looking Through You,” “If I Fell,” etc.

  54. da bishop

    Wow. You’re right.

    But it’s not 20 reasons, what’s impressing me here is the *epic* comments. Read it?! Whoa. I just had a scroll and that’s enough for me.

    Charts baby, charts.

  55. Jude

    I think everyone knows the Beatles were the greatest band of all time. They actually had good music. Way better than the music of today.

  56. Lennon Lajoie

    It’s a huge shame at the amount of people who choose to ignore the fact that they are the greatest musical act in history, like for instant a user by the name of ‘Zoon’, whose only reason for his dislike is “They’re crap.”

    Crawl back to you’re cave and listen to whatever awfulness you find pleasure in…(which of course wouldn’t exist without the four!)

    Whatever doesn’t kill a Beatles fan makes it stronger.

  57. Jaffrey

    What got me to this page was listening to “1”, which for some reason reminded me of a comment made years ago, by someone whose name I;ve forogtten. He said something like, “The Beatles were a rock band for about ten minutes. Then they became something else entirely, something that had never existed before”. Anyone know who it was? And Zoon, I feel sorry for you.

  58. Theresa

    One word: EPIC!!!

  59. Rolling Stones

    I’m with Zoon. And you don’t need to feel sorry for me as there’s a huge amount of incredible music out there that isn’t the Beatles.

    Using the majority of the above reasons as a yardstick we can deduce that Madonna is OFFICIALLY the 4th best artist EVER because she’s sold the 4th highest amount of records and Celine Dion is the 9th – which I’m sure you can agree is undeniable.

    This is a revealing fact too:

    “Westlife hold the record for most number one singles in a row on the UK charts ever – seven. They had a total of 12 number one singles during Brian’s time in the group, plus four number one albums, selling in excess of 30 million albums.”

    The American Idol/ Pop Idol/ Search for a Star finalist always gets to number one. The general public are a discerning bunch.

  60. The Beatles Forever

    Beatles is and was the world’s biggest bands, I do not understand that people nowadays do not understand what good music is! The Beatles made ​​all these things and still do not all like The Beatles. People who do not like the Beatles can not be with their fulll five

  61. Andrew lennon

    Commenter “RollingStones” is another one of those who chooses to hate something simply because it gains more praise than an object of his favour.

    Please don’t get all red faced because of the Beatles large fanbase and high praise from critics, and please don’t belittle a band because you don’t like them.

    Oh and by the way, the Beatles are greatest band in history, they were then as they are now so get over it.

  62. Rolling Stones

    Andrew Lennon needs to read emails and understand them before commenting. You need to reply to my words, not something you invented.

    “Commenter “RollingStones” is another one of those who chooses to hate something simply because it gains more praise than an object of his favour.”

    You can quite clearly see I said nothing of the sort. Especially not “hate”. I don’t hate The Beatles. Paul McCartney’s a very nice bloke.

    “Please don’t get all red faced because of the Beatles large fanbase and high praise from critics, and please don’t belittle a band because you don’t like them.”

    No red faces here and I didn’t belittle the band, just the above top 20. In a light-hearted way I think.

    “Oh and by the way, the Beatles are greatest band in history, they were then as they are now so get over it.”

    Ahhhhh… I see. You’re just a child.

    Try again and this time respond to the point I made.

  63. Thomas

    No matter what you do, they are the gods of music, it is basic fact, and anybody that does not agree is disbelieving fact.

    Their music, their albums, their story, the members (all of which have their own unique, memorable personality), the culture, the controversy, the innovative lyrics, the events, the friendship, the music videos, the people associated with them, the live shows, the their incredibly sense of humour… it’s bigger than anything that has ever happened.

    They are the best. They represent good music. What they did will never be done, ever again. It is impossible to recreate The Beatles.

  64. Rolling Stones

    I’ve always had a problem believing in gods.

  65. Nemo

    Well, I’m sorry, but I don’t like the Beatles and honestly I’m feeling bad about it, cause they were a cult in the 60s (and not only), so I’m trying to keep an open mind (like you said) and get why people like them so much. And your list? It gave me no reason as to “why are they the greatest band ever”. Ok, you enumerate the sold albums, the chards they topped… they were popular everybody knows that already. It still doesn’t explain why. I can’t agree with your assumption, that just because someone’s on the top of the charts it’s unacceptable not to like them. I was expecting to read something about their music and why it spoke to so many people, not the records they broke.

  66. John

    I quite like The Beatles … but i’m not a massive fan or anything … but when i was coming round from a large dose of general anesthetic from my hernia operation … i started singing “We all live in a yellow submarine” … can’t really explain that one!!!

  67. bb

    they now were,but they are the best,tell me who will be remember Lady Gaga,or Bieber 50 years after??

  68. Bryan Hunter

    I don’t care who you are, The Beatles changed the world we live in today. You may not like The Beatles’ music, and I’m okay with that, but they’re not “crap”, they were people just like us, they weren’t doing it for money, or fame, as said by George Harrison- “I wanted to be successful, not famous.” ——— Many bands that you may think are good, were probably inspired by The Beatles’, it may not be obvious, but it is likely, ex.- The Beatles’ “Yesterday” is the most recorded song in history, with over 25,000 different artists creating their own versions. Most modern bands talk about getting laid, drunk, high, etc. Strangely enough, they were influenced by The Beatles one way or another, even if they don’t know it.

    This concludes my perfect response.

  69. Noam

    I still think there can’t be an “official” best musician. I can accept they are the most influential or innovative band. But not the best or the most “important”. It’s really a matter of taste.

  70. Ronnie

    I don’t know who this Zoon character is but there has never ever been an act even remotely resembling the Beatles. I am old enough to remember when they weren’t around. They completely changed popular music. Completely. There is something quite different about their music and melodies. Everything the writer pointed out was the truth, especially when it came to recording sessions. I remember 1964 when they owned the charts it was incredible to see. I think the naysayers are younger people who were not around to see the phenomenon as it
    unfolded and cannot fathom their greatness. Now, I love other groups just as much but I really have to give The Beatles their props, they were the best. Everything that you listen to now, is because of them.

  71. Abbey

    I have yet to meet a person who states they do not like the Beatles and then not convert them. In general it is because as stated in an earlier post they have heard very little of their work.

    I personally am a fan of the whole back catalogue and each album goes in and out of favour. Indeed I can go through very very long periods of not listening to them and then you hear it again and just smile, shake your head in admiration and realise why you keep going back.

    As far as I am aware, and stand to be correcterd, they are the only Rock,Pop,Jazz,Blues,Heavey Rock,Childrens Songs,Easylistening……………………..the genres go on and on, band there ever was, wheras other great bands stayed within their genre; Rolling stones RB, Zeppelin, Puple, Heap Heavy rock, Cream Tull (different) but Jazz Rock and could list bands artists up to the present day but do see my point? The most diverse you will find of a long standing act is Bowie. Everyone else pretty much in the main stuck to what they did best and made them great and some the greatest in their Genre.

    The beatles at the worst were very good in all genres and touched greatness in in most and trail blazed. (Is argued they pioneered heavy rock)

    Zoon & Rolling Stone. May I suggest some torture for you. Sit or lie down in a comfy place, put on some headphones, stick on Abbey Road, The Beatles (white), Sgt.Pepers, Rubber Soul or Revolver and just listen. Do it properly, listen from start to finish because the albums were crafted to flow (no longer done in a world where a press of a button lets you jump from track to track). If one of those albums does not make you go ‘wow’ stick on one of the other eight they recorded in their 7 year recording history.

    If after that you still do not like or rate them then at least you can say you listened properly to it all. Then when you listen to some other band or artiste that you do like there is a good chance that one of there beest tracks is a beatles composition.

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  73. mark

    i think if the beatles started out today , the,d be a fish in very large pond , they were just in the right era at the right time , listen to music very bland and dull

  74. myself

    Beatles is the greatest band ever ,
    And for people who say they’re not a rockband , I agree
    Because beatles are the only legendary band that made rock music , pop music , and mixed their pieces of art with country music ,
    Plus they are a legendary band , just like rolling stones and led zeppelin so if you don’t enjoy their music just don’t listen to them , you don’t have bash them or say that they “suck” .
    I dont like queen but I know they are very talented , and I don’t spam their fans………so shut up beatles haters

  75. J

    yeah if you think their crap your an idiot. What the hell do you like? white snake? Keep your opinion to yourself and maybe learn what music is. And it is by many peoples definition The beatles.

  76. J

    That was to Zoon btw. And Nemo the reason they were and are the greatest band ever is because they were innovators, they were extremely talented with music and lyrics, they have more good songs then any band i can think of, they were constantly evolving, they didnt want to do the same thing twice, and well some of their stuff is a work of genius. Listen to a day in the life, that to me is their high point and it can really make you think. Try to imagine any popular band nowadays making such a crossover.

  77. James

    the beatles will always reign supreme cause without them we would not have as much music face it the Beatles are loved by almost any old timer i may be young but the beatles always will be number 1

  78. kt

    ahh every1 has different taste of music alright….
    wats the point of arguing about all this -_-
    btwi agree with Nemo..the list only tells us about how successful they are..not about why the beatles are the greatest band ever..

  79. Tim

    Nemo, their music spoke to so many people, that’s why they broke so many records. It goes hand in hand silly.

    The Beatles are the greatest.

  80. Russell

    The Beatles are 1 of my favorite groups of all time but being 33 Nirvana would go down as my favorite all time band and I would say is the best band of all time.Kurt Cobain always said John Lennon was a huge influence on him and his music.People that can listen to their whole catalog of songs and say they are crap must not know what good music is.I would love to hear what their idea of good music is if they consider 1 of the greatest bands of all time crap.

  81. spidpower

    Bands, superstars, and pop artists will come and go…
    but the Beatles will forever be remembered as the single greatest band in the history of popular music. It’s not about the numbers,
    because demographics expand exponentially. It’s all about the music, the message, and the feeling behind it.

  82. Mike Pabello

    Johnpaulgeorgeringo… 3 great songwriters, all 4 can sing the lead, they covered all genre of music, you grew up with their music and now our children loved them too… and they broke up while they’re still on top. And their music still sell up to now and probably forever.

  83. Beckie Johnson

    I live and die for the Beatles..I was 13 when they formed and lived in Beirut, Lebanon…They were big there before the U.S. I absolutely loved these guys. My husband can’t stand them(he is 62) and don’t get it. How can anyone not love the Beatles? Beats me.

  84. Beckie Johnson

    Did any of you Beatles fans hear about the Beatles cruise leaving out of Tampa, Florida on 2/4/12…it marks the 47th anniversary of them appearing on Ed Sullivan show. it is a 7 day cruise..God, I would love it..wouldn’t you?

  85. Alex

    I don’t care about the amount of records sold, that is not a criteria.

    I would like to add another very important reason, and one that I hope will encourage people that know their most played songs (Help / Yesterday / Hey Jude etc.) to listen to all their songs:

    – their lesser known material is just as good, if not better, than those well known songs!!! Personally, I find it a LOT harder to name songs I don’t like than the ones I do. Serious.

    That and the fact that some of their solo work is great too (especially that of Lennon imo). But the four together was pure magical and sadly just a ones in a lifetime event. *sniff*

  86. qtip

    I really do not get why it seems to be illegal to have an opinion.

  87. Summer

    Musicians nowadays took EVERYTHING THEY HAVE from The Beatles.

    Hence, Making them the best band EVAR!!

  88. Schism

    Anyone ever heard of Tool or Deftones?

  89. Ben

    Just remember that there are people who hate Shakespeare, Bach and Duke Ellington, too. They’re called “dumbasses.”

  90. Helmut83

    I think what defines the Beatles greatness is very related to point Nº 15 of this chart.

    Yes, there are many bands of whom you can pick 5, 8 or even 12 great songs -usually the well know ones-, but when you get to know all of their material you find that almost all of the rest is crap. What is amazing about the Beatles is that the “album fillers” or their majorly unknown songs are as great as (or sometimes better than) their greatest hits.

    If you search in the Beatles discography, you can find dozens of hidden masterpieces to which nobody pays much attention, not even the Beatles did: “I’ll follow the sun”, “It’s only love”, “Piggies”, “I’ve just seen a face”, “Rocky Raccoon”, “Baby’s in black”, “Good day sunshine”, “I will”, “Mean Mr. Mustard”, “For no one”, “Fool on the hill”, “You never give me your money”, “Happiness is a warm gun”, “If I needed someone”, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”, “Run for your life”, “I don’t want to spoil the party”, “Little child”, “Tell me what you see”, “Two of us”, etc…

    These are “the other part” of the Beatles discography. Can you tell me of any other band whose “other part” of their discography can be compared to this one?

    Many people don’t realize how big the Beatles are because they stay with “she loves you” and “I want to hold your hand” but don’t know the songs I mentioned before.

  91. JGGott_87

    Denying The Beatles as being the greatest band of all time is to be musically uneducated. I mean, it’s hard to believe some people still try to do it. Buddies, The Beatles are not just the greatest band ever, they are the GREATEST ARTISTS OF THE XX CENTURY. They compete only with Beethoven to the title of greatest music artists of all time. Get that in your heads, OK?
    One thing is to have your personal preferences, everyone is entitled and should have their own tastes. Another complete different thing is to overlook facts in favor of solely what you think, as if you lived alone in the world.
    NO ONE can argue with The Beatles being number 1. You wouldn’t even be able to make a point, to start with. They don’t leave room for it: widely regarded as the best band, with the best songwriting team ever, most important, influential and “impactful” music artists of the Century, as well as the most successful EVER, both in the charts and commercially.
    Give up acting passionately for some minutes and start to REASON.

  92. JGGott_87

    The Beatles are the only band you could say that literally changed the world we live in. They shaped Western culture and society and I assure you I’m not the only person to say that.

  93. Steve P

    I think people also need to realize that the Beatles achieved everything they did while only in their twenties. Think about that. What significant and lasting contribution have any of you made during that decade of your life? The oeuvre of most great artists — with few exceptions — are judged and based upon an entire lifetime of work. The extent of their influence was, and is, profound.

    None, if any artists, have accomplished as much in such a short span so early in life.

    I think the naysayers here need to study history in context to the present to understand why and how we got here. Either that or they need to get very expensive psychotherapy to deal with with their inferiority complexes and deep feelings of inadequacy.

  94. Loco

    You always have to take into account the time and place of certain artists. I was born after the Beatles but grew up listening to all their records (from my parents). Now I don’t listen to them, and to be fair you very rarely even hear them on the radio. But I still appreciate their place in history. Anyone who dismisses the Beatles is too stupid to understand their historical significance.

  95. Bill gates

    Hello, i was intruiged by your discussion.
    The beatles are the best.

  96. Chayan_Beatles4Ever

    Well.. well.. I’m pleased to see fanss.. who are just like me.. !!
    the thing is.. Beatles are just like drugs..
    If you get caught by them.. It is next to impossible to get rid of it..!! Forever..!!
    To the people, who don’t like them..
    Get well soon .. and ask your music teacher .. If you both could spell the word..!!
    To me.. They mean everything to me.. my day is incomplete without them..
    People sometimes tease me.. coz of my huge obsession to them.. but it simply doesn’t matter .. Love What You Want..!! 😀
    but basically, choices varies from person to person.. and to the people just like me.. Yoo.. Beatles ..!! 😀 😀

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  98. alcavman

    I think the Beatles are the best band ever, but will concede that this is a subjective viewpoint.

    They may not even be my favorite band, which is a more affective and personal standard.

    However, the view that they are the greatest band of all time seems objective to me. I refuse to even enter into a discussion that there is a band that brought together the following different facets in such a complete package: popular success, popularity, influence, originality, being pathbreaking, writing their own music, being larger than life, having sustained popularity to this very day, versatility = successfully changing their style several times, consistency (even most album filler is excellent stuff).

    What other band can you choose the song from their catalog which you like 40th-best, and claim “this would be the best song of the year if it were released today” or “most bands would be happy if they wrote one song this good in their entire career?” Sure Dylan had a big impact, but do people really still love to reminisce about him or sing his songs or listen to his songs all the time? No. There is noone who is in the same league as the FabFour.

    Granted, bands these days have it much more difficult since there is such a body of music and performers in the past making it impossible to be ‘original’ to the extent that bands 40 years ago could be. However, since most bands today are pretty weak, I am not crying any tears for them.

  99. Alex

    Listen to “while my guitar gently weeps” and you’ll understand just how good they are. Or you could listen to “revolution,” a song with an incredible message suggesting that “we all want to change the world” but played out in stylish, uplifting and catchy manner and you’ll see the beauty of the Beatles, and why you don’t have to over complicate music to make it sound incredible.

  100. matt


    January 14, 2011 • 12:07 am .I’m sorry but I don’t care how many albums the Beatles sold or how many hits they had, they’re still crap

    Then why did u come here??

  101. Iriemon

    The Beatles were the musical phenonemon of the 20th century because they excelled in so many different ways. Not only were the Beatles were popular stage performers, they were also acclaimed songwriters and excellent musicians. McCartney was a virtuoso bass player, one of the best ever; Harrison was in the early part of the Beatles career one of the best guitarists in the game (though he was overshadowed a bit by later maestros like Clapton and Hendrix), and Lennon wasn’t a maestro but was a solid guitarist as well. Ringo was a fine drummer. Their excellent musicianship combined with great vocals to embellish superb craftsamanship at songwriting.

    Not being merely performers of other’s music, and probably in large part because they were accomplished musicians and songwriters, they were not only popular performers but exponentially advanced their sound and style into a wide range of different types of music, and fundamentally changed the landscape of popular music.

    Not only did they excel in both pop and rock, but also expanded into a wide panolopy of music and sounds, including ballads, psychedelic, blues, heavy metal, country, even dabbing into for them alien categories like folk (Rocky Racoon) raggae (Obladi-Oblada) and ragtime (Honey Pie), and others, writing and performing memorable songs in those categories. If you listen to the White Album and don’t like anything on it, you have a very limited range of musical appreciation. I can’t think of another piece of work that showcased show much talent in so many different areas.

    They truly expanded the boundries of popular music in ways no other musical act did in the 20th century. Finally, the Beatles were not simply a popular music group, but a cultural phenonemon as well, influencing many in areas as diverse as hair styles, drugs, and politics.

    I did I mention they wrote great songs?

    Long after many other groups and performers have faded into obscurity, the Beatles will be remembered and played.

  102. Oliver Jade

    I don’t think even the Beatles knew how good they were,it was a sublime combination of talents at the right time in the right place.