I find their music horribly bland and weird sounding. I don't get the hype.
As you can't even spell their name I imagine you are ten years old with nothing better to do.
You should read what Glenn Gould thought of the Beatles.
They're no Herman's Hermits!
Do we have to do this troll thread again? It was DOA the last two or three times.
I always thought they were over-rated. They weren't so special. They sound no different than bands that came later. There were many superior bands in that era: The Monkees, The Archies, 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Miracles, Ohio Express, The Osmonds, The Jackson Five,etc.
R6 You must be fucking joking! First off, all those bands you named were no talent bubblegum hacks. Second, The Beatles sound no different than the groups that followed them because those bands that followed have spent the last 50 years copying them. Jeezus!
Meh. I prefer The Who or The Kinks.
Yeahy, R50,cause "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Help", "Hard Day's Night" are such trailblazing masterpieces.
Smokey "no talent bubblegum hack" Robinson
Always thought they were highly over rated and took themselves much too seriously, esp. In the later years. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, I Am the Walrus, etc.
For rocking give me Mick and the boys anyway. For either "fun" rock or beautiful music, give me Brian Wilson and his boys.
I'd put ELO, Pink Floyd, ABBA, and Queen above them, but the Beatles were damn good for their time.
I liked the Beatles back in the day, so much so that I am now permanently sick of them. I bought their mono box set back in '09, but only played each disc once, so I sold it. On iTunes, I have them permanently unchecked except for Sgt. Pepper's and the White Album.
I liked the girl groups in the '60s, including the original Cher, and I can still listen to them, even though I played them just as much as the Beatles. The Beach Boys and the Kinks, same thing. I've never grown tired of them.
I began high school the year John Lennon was killed and always felt I was sentenced to four years of non-stop Beatles music (there was even a radio station that went to an all Beatles format for a few years). Yes, they were talented but I've heard enough to last several lifetimes.
I don't like Beetles. I prefer doodlebugs, myself.
I find their music discordant and depressing.
I like them, but their music is so overplayed I never choose to liten to them at home.
Didn't like them or Elvis
They're the only act who has more number one hits than ME!
Mimi (Mrs. Cannon)
Only right wing Christians hate the Beatles. Like Marc Chapman, for one. You don't fool us, cochise.
I don't get it, but then again, I was around in the 60s, so maybe their music was special. I don't think all that 60s and 70s music deserves so much praise and hype.
I hate best of lists that are basically made up of late 60s and 70s music. What about all the brilliant Jazz and blues music that came before in the 40s and 50s, didn't that just as brilliant, ground breaking and important?
[quote]I liked the girl groups in the '60s, including the original Cher,
No kidding, Mary.
I like Beetles OP, but not Moths particularly.
I've grown tired of their work over the years.
[quote]I've grown tired of their work over the years.
Not surprising, considering that they ceased to exist 43 years ago.
[quote]They're the only act who has more number one hits than ME!
And they did it in MUCH less time that you've had.
They were way before my time, but I've never really liked much of their music. The two songs that stand out to me are Eleanor Rigby, and Honeypie.
"I'd put ELO, Pink Floyd, ABBA, and Queen above them, but the Beatles were damn good for their time."
I had to bump this thread, because I am truly astonished there are so many clueless young people these days! How did some of you even qualify to get into college, how do you put one foot in front of the other and walk?!!
Most people today don't research before giving their opinons, for instance, I can tell you why I cannot stand Madonna and Beyonce, I say say more than, "Their music is absolute shit". It seems young people today cannot discuss why they hate a certain music artist or actor/actress, they simply say they "hate" something but never why.
You probably don't realize that Jeff Lynne, from, ELO was in two important Sixties bands, The Idle Race and The Move, I'm pretty sure you don't. The Move, in particular, co-opted The Beatles use of orchestrations in their own music. That sound was then used to great success in ELO's music, thus making ELO very popular.
Jeff Lynne was a HUGE Beatles fan, he even went on to form The Traveling Willburys with his idol George Harrison. The 'Beatle Sound' is ALL over the music Jeff Lynne has produced over the years....the orchestrations, the harmonies, well EVERYTHING Jeff has done is due to him being such a big Beatle fan.
ABBA and Queen were also Beatle fans. Wow, you are so damn clueless, it's almost sad. I am always amazed by the extremely high level of idiocy, and lack of background info, in DL's music threads!
A good 90% of the posters here are clueless about any form of popular music, be it pop, rock, R'n'B and jazz which came before the 1990s!
Nothing's worse than a bunch of dumb twinks who refuse to acknowledge the musical greats who came before the crap they call music these days.
It's quite sad that there are so many generations who are clueless about what it takes to produce long lasting classic pop music. You just keep on wondering what the latest pop sensation is wearing on some red carpet or where the that annoying troll Justin Bieber has crashed his car.
wished they could have been The Ruttles
I had no idea that there was a girl group called Cher.
R28, no one could say it better than you just did. I grew up listening to the Beatles, from their boy-band roots in the Cavern Club to their multi-layered, lush final recordings. I doubt that any contemporary (1960s) or subsequent group escaped the Beatles' profound influence, which has lasted for decades and continues to this day.
[quote]They sound no different than bands that came later.
I prefer psychedelic "I am the Walrus" Beatles over poppy "I wanna hold your hand" Beatles.
Magical Mystery Tour and Sgt. Peppers are two of the greatest albums ever produced...
I only like side one of MMT (esp. "Flying" from the Alison Steele, the Nightbird Show), but I agree on Sgt. Pepper's.
Yes, and despite Entwistle and Moon croaking 'n all and Townshend's severe hearing loss, The Who are still amazing live, R8! The Kinks are probably permanently disbanded because of the Davies - Davies rift, but Dave's solo stuff is interesting. The Beatles? I own most of their stuff, which I haven't played in years.
I went to Ringo's 70th birthday at Radio City and Jeff Lynne was there with Olivia Harrison. He still has that hair and the round dark glasses.
This post was asking for it. But I can't really agree as The Beatles are difficult to argue with, like the Meryl Streep or Daniel Day-Lewis of music if you will.
I wouldn't dispute that they were the greatest band ever simply because their oeuvre was so vast, they were so prolific and put out hundreds of songs.
They really aren't my favourite though, they're kinda anaemic and the records sound more dated than others from the era - The Who's Substitute was way ahead of the time. Plus they tended to be cluttered and overproduced. The other Brit bands like The Stones and The Zombies not to mention later 80s bands I prefer, then you have the American stuff like The Velvets, Love, Beach Boys.
There were way better singers, better players and The Beatles were one of those kind of "greater than the sum of the parts" acts.
But what made them the best? The songwriting of course. The songs themselves are like a Hitchcock of music and it's essential to know your way around them if you want to have some kind of idea about music.
Coldplay's album was recently voted best album ever. They are like this century's Beatles. Which says a lot about the Beatles.
That Radio 2 listeners album list was truly bizarre.
First of all they brought out a lot of albums that never turn up in these polls or are forgotten and it was often a less obvious, acclaimed album for some artists - Let's Dance for Bowie?! It was very much sales based and I think the voters were to choose between whatever was suggested.
I knew when Keane were #2 it had to be Coldplay.
Radio 2 are jsut 40 year old former Radio 1 listeners, I hardly ever listen to the radio, if I do BBC 6 is pretty much the only station radio station I listen to now.
I can't stand most of their songs, particularly 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand', which, to me, is just annoying and inane. 'Yesterday' is cool though.
They were the Nirvana of their time.
Lol! I'm not 40 for another couple of years but I have been listening to R2 for quite a long time. Oh the shame. And I was a former R1 listener, that is unlistenable these days and I found it just noise after I turned 30 - even with me still liking some trashy chart pop.
R2 is very much like the R1 of the mid 90s. With the same presenters like Chris Evans and the dreaded Zoe Ball.
I really must listen to 6 Music, keep forgetting to preset it. I have only put it on a couple of times and it's more music with good presenters like Mark Radcliffe.
The Beetles were great, but I prefer The Rooling Stoons and Lead Zeplin
there is no one who doesn't not dislike hating the Beatles.
R45, hon? Lay off vodka.
I love my vodka yes, that post was meant to be a reply to R42
[quote]But what made them the best? The songwriting of course. The songs themselves are like a Hitchcock of music and it's essential to know your way around them if you want to have some kind of idea about music.
r39 that is a really ignorant thing to say. The first music they ripped off was many of the Black artists that were popular before they came along like Little Richard for example.
They were good pop tune writers and many had the quality of the jingles that they no doubt grew up hearing on the radio. So in order to be educated in how they conceived their music it is actually essential to research THEIR influences.
"A Day in the Life," "Eleanor Rigby," "I Am the Walrus," don't really sound like jingles, R50. Much of their music was quite sophisticated for pop music, particularly considering they weren't formally trained in music. Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland respected them for a reason.
Well obviously I know about their influences R50. It's hard not to considering their early covers.
I don't see where you're going with this, you can't compare pre-Beatles music to the developments that would come in the 60s.
If you're saying there were better songwriters than The Beatles who predated them, from Cole Porter to Tin Pan Alley, then fair enough. Holland/Dozier/Holland are my favourite, but as songwriters I can't deny what Lennon/McCartney and even Harrison did, surely their strongest suit.
Some will say The Beatles just wrote overrated nursery rhymes. I tune in from Rubber Soul on.
Idiots. Go back to your Justin Bieber videos and The Voice. Idiots.
[quote]Idiots. Go back to your Justin Bieber videos and The Voice. Idiots
Only a stupid person would call someone an idiot for having different musical taste from their own.
Think about it. IDIOT!
I do not like 95 percent of The Beatles music.
I like just some of their ballads such as Imagine.
"Imagine" isn't a Beatles song, R55.
I was alive, though very young, during The Beatles' reign, so the music does trigger memories for me. Because my 4 older siblings were all big fans, so I definitely heard them a lot. I haven't listened to them for years, and I probably wouldn't like most of their stuff because I'm picky, but it'd be interesting to see what I would like.
You people are all nuts. There's the Beatles and then there is everyone else. They are the once and future band. Mozart, Gershwin and The Beatles. Period, the end.
For my money, The Monkees were a thousand times better and ten thousand times more influential than The Beatles. The Beatles were hacks.
Ten Acts Better Than The Beatles.
1. The Monkees
2. The Supremes
3. The Ronettes
4. The Shirelles
5. Sonny & Cher
6. Tom Jones
7. The Fifth Dimension
8. Miss Barbra Joan Streisand
9. Petunia Clark
10. The Association
All had far better songs and had more impact on the music of the future. For what its worth.
Only white people like The Beatles. More of the bland music that's no better than Barry Manllow, Michael Bolton, or Wilson Phillips. I don't think any person of taste considers the Beatles anything more than a relic of a past and racist time. Good riddance.
R60 Go fuck yourself.
The Beatles wrote some of the greatest songs in history.
Let It Be
A Day In The Life
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The Entire Abbey Road album, especially Side Two.
and many, many more.
If you listen to their music in the context of the time period in which they were recorded, you realize how great and innovative they were. Recording artists have spent the last 40-50 years imitating them and using their ideas and melodies, so if you listen to their music without taking into account when it was recorded, it might seem like nothing special or innovative.
I really like the sunshine/harmony-pop of that era, bands like The Association, Spanky & Our Gang (their song 'Like to Get to Know You' from 1968 is sublime) and The Beach Boys. The psychedelic and blues stuff of the 60s has been woefully overrated.
I think 'Revolver' is probably The Beatles' best overal album, followed by the 'White Album'. Their best song IMO is 'Day in the Life' from Sgt. Pepper (the rest of that album hasn't dated very well).
You had to be there. If you weren't, you're of a different generation that appreciates the likes of Bieber, Spears, and Timberlake.
The Beatles were to pop music what Bach and Mozart were to classical music; or what Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were to jazz.
Todays music has more class and takes more talent. The production is much better and they use actual songwriters now, as opposed to the recording artists writing their own. Leave the songwriting to those who can. The Beatles were decent for their era but their songs sound like they were recorded in a cave. Terrible, tinny production. I am young, but this is the way I see it. Old music is just that... OLD!
R67 Yeah, music would be so much better if Diane Warren and Jim Steinman wrote everything.
Rolling Eyes and Throwing Up
R67, You need to expand your musical horizons. It seems as though you are stuck in your Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Rhianna, bubblegum world. Listen to something besides what you hear promoted on Entertainment Tonight or Inside Edition and you might learn something about the magic and artistry of music (of all eras, not just today). I feel sorry for you if that pop tripe is all you know.
Music Fan (of all eras)
Everyone likes The Beatles whether they realize it or not. Almost every piece of music recorded in the last 45-50 years, good or bad, rock, pop, metal, R&B, hip-hop or country contains things lifted from The Beatles. So, you like them whether you know it or not.
R67 must be referring to the US versions of the early Beatles albums. For some reason, Capitol slapped horrible reverb (or echo) effects on them and they do sound like they were recorded in a cave. The original UK versions don't sound like that, nor do their later albums.
But lol @ the songwriting comment.
R72, did you buy the mono box set, and if so, do you like it better than the stereo remasters?
The Beatles were the superior band to the Rolling Stones, but no song the Beatles ever produced comes close to the visceral brilliance of "Gimme Shelter." That song was the exclamation point to the '60s (appropriately released December 1969).
R74 "The exclamation point to the '60s." I like that. I get chills when I even think about "Gimme Shelter" (yes, right now).
A couple days late, but yes, R73, the mono box set is very much worth it if you are a diehard fan. You get to listen to the music as The Beatles intended it to be heard. Casual fans probably don't notice much difference.
[quote]You should read what Glenn Gould thought of the Beatles.
Well, Glenn Gould raved about Streisand's classical album, so it's not like the man had infallible taste.
The Beatles were horrible. If only they had never existed, music would be in a far better place. I blame them for every bad song released since 1964. If they had not existed rock and roll would have been dead by 1965, it was already on life support at the time the Beatles arrived.
Imagine, if the 60s, 70s & 80s had been dominated by the classics like Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Barbra Joan Streisand, Frank Sinatra. Instead we got screechy crap like The Rolling Stones, and all that horrid acid rock tripe. We ended up with 50 years of yelling and screaming. Then we got hip hop and the true death of music.
I cannot wait until the rock and roll era is dead and gone. I hope all of the tapes are erased and we can pretend it never happened. I am 61, I can't wait forever.
The really big black and brown beetles startle me, but the pretty little delicate lady bugs charm me. Are they beetles?
R78 I just love people like you. We all have different tastes in music. You want every genre to die out except what you like so that we will all be forced to listen to and like what you prefer. I shudder to think about the state of music if the sixties, seventies and eighties were ruled by lounge and cocktail music. How boring! I love diversity. I like to listen to dance music for a while, then change over to classic rock, then to country, then to pop, then to metal. I like the variety. I can't imagine only listening to Babs, etc. BORING!
R78, You can't wait forever? You can die now if you like. We give you permission.
The Beatles stand as the greatest rock act ever. No will never be eclipsed.
[quote] I am 61, I can't wait forever.
The Beatles and rock and roll will outlast you, bitch.