The Beatles are undoubtedly synonymous with pop culture and the music industry, possibly even more than Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, and Michael Jackson. The biggest-selling music act in history, with more than a billion records sold worldwide, changed the way people reacted and listened to music forever. The bible of twentieth-century music, Icons of Rock: An Encyclopedia of the Legends Who Changed Music Forever, describes the phenomenon of the Beatles best:
The Fab Four revolutionized the sound, style, and attitude of popular music and opened rock and roll’s doors to a tidal wave of British rock acts. Their initial impact would have been enough to establish the Beatles as one of their era’s most influential cultural forces, but they didn’t stop there. Although their initial style was a highly original, irresistibly catchy synthesis of early American rock and roll and R&B, the Beatles spent the rest of the 1960s expanding rock’s stylistic frontiers, consistently staking out new musical territory on each release. The band’s increasingly sophisticated experimentation encompassed a variety of genres, including folk-rock, country, psychedelia, and baroque pop, without sacrificing the effortless mass appeal of their early work.
So, in case you’re a member of the younger generation who might not know much about the most famous music band in history, or you’re someone from the older generation who needs a refresher course in all things Beatles, here follow 25 Remarkable Things Every Music Fan Should Know About The Beatles.
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