AS has happened with almost every generation since the 60s, once again today’s young kids are discovering the Beatles and what they meant to the world. Much of this is encouraged by the likes of current artists who cite the Beatles as influence, as well as what we see in movies and on stage. Take the recent smash Yesterday for example, and the amazing Cirque du Soleil show which is themed around the Fab Four. The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil tickets sell out in no time at all and it isn’t just the older crowd who are going, but the younger fans too.
The reason why I love that they are being rediscovered by so many is because they are the greatest band to have ever walked the Earth, and here is why.
Short and Sweet
Many forget that the Beatles were in existence for just 8 years, that’s it, they created a massive body of work and changed the world in just 8 years. Think about your favorite bands, what did they achieve in their first 8 years? Whoever it is it is unlikely that they could have produced what these four boys from Liverpool were able to.
The Beatles would never be pigeon holed into a type of genre, and as such they set out to explore and master as many as they could. They arrived on the scene as a poppy boy band and then changed direction multiple times throughout their career, bringing psychedelia, funk, rock and roll, metal and folk music into there catalogue.
The Beatles didn’t just write melodies which would catch the ears of the public, they were also very adept musicians who have created music which people have been studying for many years. Must industry experts have waxed lyrical about the chord progressions, the key changes, the rhythms and the composition of the Beatles best songs, something which cannot be said about many artists.
The best compliment that can be paid to the Beatles is that their music just hasn’t aged and it still sounds as good today as it did back in the mid-60s. Listen to songs like ‘In My Life’ ‘Rain’ ‘Let it be’ ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Eleanor Rigby’ those are just a handful of examples of the fact that these songs can be listened to in any decade and they still sound fresh and relevant. Many legends have songs which haven’t aged well, the Beatles are most certainly not one of them.
The success and the musical influence of the Beatles has spawned hundreds of successful bands since, they are at the heart of so many famous bands who have followed, surely the test of greatness is this. The Beatles in turn were influenced by the likes of Gene Vincent and Little Richard, but they have taken those influences, used it to propel them to fame, and then passed it on by influencing many of the artists who have followed.
There may be another band as good as the Beatles, but none will ever be as great.