Indisputably the most popular rock group in the 1960s, The Beatles’ influence on the music industry worldwide remains unparalleled by any contemporary band or individual performer.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr started out as a rock band in Liverpool sometime in 1960. Their music was basically rooted on the rock and roll beat of 1950s but they eventually covered other genres from psychedelic rock to popular ballads. Their popularity surged remarkably and gave birth to a widespread fad called “Beatlemania.”
Along with the popularity of their songs, The Beatles became music icons and were idolized mostly by baby boomers and succeeding generations of youth in the 60s and 70s. Their productions enjoyed continuous airing that there was hardly any household in London, the United States and every corner in the world that did not listen to their music. The names of John, Paul, George and Ringo became bywords – as if they belonged to every family home and community.
Popular first songs
As a beginning band in 1960, the Beatles started to fashion their reputation by performing in clubs. Liverpool and Hamburg were their frequent gig sites. Their first hit “Love Me Do” (1962), “Revolver” (1966) and Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) climbed the charts and lingered on the airwaves for a long time. Beatlemania swept Britain and John, Paul, George and Ringo obtained the nickname the “Fab Four.” In 1964, they penetrated the U.S. music market and gained international stardom. In 1968 and 1969, the group was considered made with their finest productions “The Beatles” and “Abbey Road,” two albums that still enjoy huge following to this day.
Slowly, the Beatles became more socially aware as reflected in their musical creations later in the decade. Their music became an embodiment of their observations and ideals about life. In the course of their popularity, the Fab Four began to wage their own sociocultural revolutions through the messages in their songs. “A Day in the Life” and “A Fool on a Hill” are two productions that portray the daily life and struggles of ordinary individuals.
Some analysts refute that the lyrics in most of the Beatles’ songs are mindlessly put together and that the four musicians did not really mean to impart social significance through their compositions. Nonetheless, they did remain consistent with the flow of thoughts in their songs that mostly touched on existential ideas and the spreading of peace and love among humans.
Most Number of Hits
According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Beatles are the top selling band in the U.S. with an existing credit of 177 million record sales, more than any single sold by other artists. They topped the Billboard magazine’s list of all time top Hot 100 artists in 2008 and declared to be the holder of most number one hits in 2013. Music awards proved their success: an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and seven Grammy Awards among others. With their unparalleled popularity and accomplishments, the Fab Four created their own history as the best-selling rock group in the music industry.
Break-up: Let it Be
In 1969, the Beatles released their final album “Let it Be.” Technically, their “Abbey Road” album was recorded last, but “Let it Be” became the group’s farewell recording inasmuch as it was the last album that they performed live before an audience. The carrier album was also recorded on film and turned out to be a treat to millions of adoring and screaming fans in theaters.
After the bitter break-up, John, Paul, George and Ringo went their separate ways. Each of them emerged as individual artists on their own. They maintained their respective recording stints and fairly enough, their fans followed their independent careers. Two of them, John and George, have passed on, leaving Paul and Ringo as the two surviving Beatles. John was shot by a fan in 1980 while George died in 2001 from cancer. Despite the break-up and the death of two members, the band’s music remains to be a classic favorite to this day. Indisputably the most popular rock group in the 1960s, The Beatles’ influence on music industry worldwide remains unparalleled by any contemporary band or individual performer.