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    My parents are in there early 60s, the Beatles were a major soundtrack in our youth. More my mom than dad. I think they're good but I agree far from the best ever. I believe alot of the hype is bc most young ladies were "in love" with Paul. My dad said his two older sisters literally cried when they appeared on Ed Sullivan.

    On from that I'm taking John Lennon post Beatles and my favorite song from his solo career is "Beautiful Boy". My son is nine and I discovered this tune a few weeks after his birth. Every time I hear it, takes me back to me taking him for walks in his stroller, giving him history lessons of Bellevue.
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    A brit friend of mine who is 73 was 20 in 1964, and was an early Beatles fanatic.

    As what is not unusual with people excited about a band, they often times never want that initial joy related to them to ever stop or change, so while it would certainly be redundant, they sorta hope their favorite band just keeps repeating the same album over and over.

    Well we know that in a couple of short years following their initial "Beatle cut" pop phase they began to grow their hair and experiment with their sound creating IMO some incredibly fantastic timeless pop/rock gems.

    At the time this didn't sit well with him, and he began to resent them, and no longer follow them. Not being a hippy doing drugs, he no longer identified with them, and pretty much thought that they had gone off on the deep end, and that the fun was over.

    So that chunk of years between 1966-1970 went mostly ignored by him, and while you pretty much had to be living under a rock not to hear a lot of their music from this prolific era, he lost interest enough to not even much be aware of what was what, and made no effort to keep track.

    Fast forward to a few years ago we were talking about the Beatles, and he beamed up remembering those early days,... so assuming that he continued to follow them, I began asking him about other tunes and albums, and he waved it off with distaste like that's when they started to go all weird and suck.

    He literally had very little, if any knowledge of some of their more famous tunes from that period.

    I began playing some of it for him, and he was like "I've heard that tune before, that's the Beatles?", or "Yeah I'm familiar with that...I like this".

    I had a hunch that he knew more than he even realized because how could you not hear their tunes back in the day when you couldn't get through the day without the radio playing a liberal assortment of them, not to mention the longevity of them and how they continued to have been played over the years in pop culture.

    Nearly 50 years after the fact his ears were ready to approach their music while detaching himself from when he began to resent them, and listen to it for what it was rather than being filled with resistance, or preconceived notions.

    What he discovered is that he really liked it a lot more than he ever expected to, and was familiar with way more than he realized. By comparison to where a lot of music has gone over the last 50 years, it certainly didn't feel at all radical like his head back then had considered it to be. It was certainly tame, full of wonderful flavorful melodies, and interesting memorable lyrics.

    I wouldn't consider him an old fuddy-duddy as he and his wife have made it a morning custom, even still, to listen to Top 40 pop radio during their morning ritual, and over breakfast. They're probably more on top of the Top 40 than I am, and most people their age.

    This fact too I believe is helpful for him to be able to now listen with an open mind, because he generally over the years has kept his mind open to new music anyhow.

    Very important because so often people will miss a few beats along the way and the next time they hear modern music it almost feels like a foreign language to them that doesn't resonate.

    At the end of the day it's still all about taste when it comes to whether or not people like them or not, but if you'd ever be interested in giving them a listen with a new ear and don't know where to begin, perhaps just reach for their greatest hits collection simply entiled "1". It pretty much spans their career with many of their more famous tracks from 1964-1970.

    ...And if you ever just made your way through their albums you'd likely be amazed at how many of their tunes you're familiar with, and how album after album is full of hit after hit. The amount of quality material in such a short period of time is mind blowing. They were certainly in the zone, and is a testament to how some good pot can really get the creative juices flowing. But honestly you don't have to be high to appreciate so many of the wonderful tunes that they came up with under the influence.

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    Not a huge fan of any of their solo stuff and a much bigger fan of John’s Beatle stuff than Paul’s but here goes:

    Ringo- Photograph

    John - Starting Over

    Paul - Junior’s Farm or Uncle Albert

    George - What Is Life

    Grew up on Beatles and still love listening to them, especially White Album, Abbey and Sgt Pepper.

    Best band ever- not for me but their influence should never be doubted.

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    I realize this thread is about post Beatles but a few post have questioned The Beatles greatness.
    I think The Beatles were an extremely influential band. They were trend setters. I read a blog that listed ten reasons why the Beatles are the greatest band ever. I’ll try to paraphrase some of them:

    1. The Beatles revolutionized music. Before the Beatles came around popular music was meant mostly to dance to. It also seemed like every song of the previous decade had the exact same 12 bar blues melody. The Beatles experimented with music so much that they cultivated what we still attempt to do in music to this day, yet it seems like no one else seems to be doing really as well. It’s common for an artist to make two good songs then 12 bad ones and hack together a horrible album. The Beatles made every track on their albums great. That’s why their songs are still so highly regarded today. They’re timeless.

    2. The Beatles created the music video. The Beatles started making short films to promote their new songs in order to avoid having to go on twenty different TV shows to talk about it.

    3. The Beatles invented the hidden track. A common occurrence at the end, or sometimes the beginning, of albums today is the inclusion of an extra track that is not mentioned in the track listing. The song is known as a “hidden track”.

    4. The Beatles help create the concept album. A concept album is an album that follows a continuous story line or theme. Although it’s true none of The Beatles albums definitely fit this description, their album “Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band” was originally planned to be one. The album, in its released state, does show signs of this plan. It’s not to difficult to see that The Beatles laid the groundwork for the first real concept albums to come in the late 1970’s from bands like Styx and Pink Floyd.

    5. The Beatles success and appeal transcends time. It’s been forty years since The Beatles broke up and they are still as famous and their songs as well known as ever.

    6. “Lady Madonna”, “Hey Jude”, Abbey Road Medley”, “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away”, “Norwegian Wood”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “A Day In the Life”, “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Here Comes the Sun”, “Dear Prudence”, and “I’ve Got a Feeling”, these songs speak for themselves.

    7. The Beatles were one of the only acts to be as famous as they were awesome. There are so many bands before, during and after that were almost as famous but made much fewer good songs or marks on the history of music. The Beatles deserve their world-wide game.

    8. The Beatles were the most successful band in the history of music. They have twenty number one singles in the United States and more in Britain. They have made or inspired dozens of feature films and documentaries, have been a huge study for musicologist for years, have sold over a billion records worldwide, and that’s just the beginning of their accomplishments.

    9. The Beatles changed the way studio dynamics worked. When The Beatles started experimenting in the studio in the mid-1960’s, they recorded in stereo and added more blends of sound than had previously existed in popular music.

    10. Almost every artist that has come after them has admitted or shown , in one composition or another, that they have been influenced by The Beatles. The Beatles were revolutionary and relentless. They could not help but influence most current artist. Some might say, in fact, that The Beatles saved music from remaining in the coma that was rockabilly, and helped us to not revert back to classical. It’s safe to say that if these four young men hadn’t gotten together and started performing, that music today would be vastly different and much less interesting. The Beatles are the heart and soul of popular music. Their rabid acclaim will live forever.

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    Perusing through the internet, I've found a number of artists that claim the Beatles as their inspiration. Here are just a few:

    Ozzy Osbourne says, "To me, they're the Mozarts of our time. The Beatles were the only band in rock'n'roll history to go from a boy band to a psychedelic rock band, and it was all accepted because Lennon and McCartney wrote such great melodies.

    "Listen to Sgt Pepper - there's a track on that album for everyone. They were the catalyst for me to get into music." (Cleaned up, of course)

    U2: Bono and the boys cite many artists as their influences, including Elvis, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones. But none more than The Beatles.

    Billy Joel: It was watching The Ed Sullivan Show back in 1964 which confirmed to a young William Martin Joel to pursue a career in music. In an interview, he once said:
    “The single biggest moment that I can remember being galvanized into wanting to be a musician for life was seeing the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show”.

    The Police: “Are you a big fan of the Beatles?”
    “Isn’t everyone?” A famous quote by The Police’s guitarist Andy Summers.
    Summers was open as to how much influence The Beatles had on their songs, and there is a definite ‘Beatlesque’ underlying tune in the majority of their tracks.
    Even Sting said they were the single greatest group of all time!

    Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys: In 1966, the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson recorded Pet Sounds, regarded as the surf rockers’ masterpiece. Wilson’s inspiration came when he first heard the Beatles’ Rubber Soul. “As soon as I started hearing it, I loved it. I mean, loved it!” Wilson told The Times of London.
    “When we were listening to it that night I said to myself, ‘Now I’m gonna make an album just as good as Rubber Soul.’ Not the same album. Obviously there can only be one album that’s Rubber Soul, just like there can only be one Pet Sounds. But it inspired me to do my own thing, and so the next morning I went to the piano and wrote God Only Knows with Tony Asher.

    Kiss: "There is no way I'd be doing what I do now if it wasn't for the Beatles. I was watching The Ed Sullivan Show and I saw them. Those skinny little boys, kind of androgynous, with long hair like girls. It blew me away that these four boys in the middle of nowhere could make that music. The Beatles were a band, of course, and I loved their music. But they were also a cultural force that made it OK to be different." - Gene Simmons, co-lead singer and co-founder.

    Heart: "The lightning bolt came out of the heavens and struck Ann and me the first time we saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. There'd been so much anticipation and hype about the Beatles that it was a huge event, like the lunar landing: that was the moment Ann and I heard the call to become rock musicians. I was seven or eight at the time." - Nancy Wilson.

    Dave Grohl of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters: Grohl once said that McCartney and the Beatles inspired him at an early age.
    “When I was young, that’s how I learned how to play music – I had a guitar and a Beatles songbook. I would listen to the records and play along. Of course, it didn’t sound like the Beatles, but it got me to understand song structure and melody and harmony and arrangement. So, I never had a teacher – I just had these Beatles records.”

    Even the late Cobain admired the Beatles, said Grohl. “Even in Nirvana – the Beatles were such a huge influence. Kurt loved the Beatles because it was just so simple. Well, it seemed simple… they sound easy to play, but you know what? They’re hard!”

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    No one in their right mind should try to diminish or marginalize the influence the Beatles had on music. They are right there on Mt Rushmore of people that influenced the music we've listened to most of our lives. Having said that, they just weren't among my favorites. Give me Jeff Lynne and ELO anyday. (Yes, I know, ELO was HEAVILY influenced by the Beatles).

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    Think this topic went WAY off target. Question wasn’t if the Beatles were influential, it was to list your favorite non Beatles songs by the artists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpeevh View Post
    Think this topic went WAY off target. Question wasn’t if the Beatles were influential, it was to list your favorite non Beatles songs by the artists.
    Yes, it did meander somewhat, but in my long post I was just trying to answer a comment/question that was on post 13 about what is so great about The Beatles.

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    Gotcha!

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    Love George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass album along with his work as the leader of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knights View Post
    Love George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass album along with his work as the leader of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.
    I loved The Traveling Wilburys! What a collection of talent in that group!!!

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