This March celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ first ever album, Please Please Me.Standing as perhaps the most famous icon of music, The Beatles’ wild popularity has cemented their legacy in history with the likes of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and One Direction. (Just kidding.) In the words of Pandora, “They were among the few artists of any discipline that were simultaneously the best at what they did and the most popular at what they did.”
The group began when John Lennon at age 16 started a band called the Quarrymen. 15 year-old Paul McCartney jumped on board, and he later invited George Harrison to audition. Others in the group thought the fourteen year-old was too young and protested his admittance, but with nearly a year of persistence he was admitted. Over time the rest of the Quarrymen quit the group, and they eventually changed their name to the Silver Beetles, then on to just The Beatles.
Ringo Starr didn’t join the group until they had gained a mild popularity around Liverpool. His first release with the group was “Love Me Do” which hit number 17 on the Record Retailer chart.
I think one of the reasons we love The Beatles is because of their wild side. During one of their first gigs in Hamburg, Germany, Harrison got deported for being underage, and McCartney and Lennon got deported for setting fire to a tapestry in their hotel room. Boys will be boys, right?
Another reason I think we love The Beatles is because of their raw talent. Lennon and McCartney wrote most of the songs The Beatles performed and each consecutive album showed how much they were learning and expanding until they were producing a sound quite unique to them.
The Beatles success grew wildly and eventually turned into what the press called “Beatlemania,” which is something not even Bieber Fever can compete with. A website dedicated to The Beatles says, “George would say many years later that the world used them as an excuse to go mad and then blamed it on the Beatles.”
According to Rolling Stone, the Top 10 Beatles Songs of All Time would be the following:
- “A Day in the Life”
- “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
- “Strawberry Fields Forever”
- “In My Life”
- “Hey Jude”
- “Let It Be”
- “Come Together”
- “While my Guitar Gently Weeps”
What do you think? What other songs should be added to this list?
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