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What is the legacy of the Beatles?

Asked by LostInParadise (31498points) June 1st, 2023

For those of us who grew up in the `60s, the Beatles were a constant presence. For example, the song Yesterday set records for how many times it was recorded. There was the term Beatlemania. I was not a rabid fan, but I very much enjoyed listening to their music.

Now you rarely hear Beatles songs. Music is dominated by rap. I listened to Terry Gross interviewing Paul McCartney. It was kind of insipid. There was little mention of the nature of the music.

Did the Beatles have any lasting impact?

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zenvelo's avatar

Now you rarely hear Beatles songs.

You are listening to the wrong radio station. I hear Beatles songs all the time.

The Beatles had a tremendous impact on pop culture, they broke free of the recording industry’s limitations and developed concept albums, experimental music, and multimedia.

MrGrimm888's avatar

As a student of music, the Beatles are a massive influence on all musicians who ever listened to them. Their impact on music, culture, and life, cannot be overstated.

As far as their songs. Many are on my rotation. My favorite might be “You’ve got to hide your love away.”..

A great example of their influence would be Pearjam’s Eddie Vedder’s version.
If you look at Vedder’s body of work, including solo ventures, the Beatles influence is dripping, and fairly palpable…

Other examples are countless…

Paul McCartney, and John Lennon, are staples of musical/cultural history…

I recommend looking up some of their stuff on YouTube. You could spend days searching through it…

smudges's avatar

A better question would be how didn’t the Beatles influence the world?

The top 5 musician influences in my opinion are The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Michael Jackson, and Elvis.

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