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The Beatles

For me, the Beatles are proof of the existence of God.
–Rick Rubin

The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960.

The Beatles are the most popular, the most influential, and the most successful band of all times.

The four members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. While the band only existed for about 10 years, the primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney wrote an incredible number of hits and evergreens. The Beatles started as a live band in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act, and producer George Martin enhanced their musical potential. Their success started with their first hit Love Me Do in late 1962, they became famous in the UK in 1963, and by early 1964 they had become international stars. From 1965 till 1970 they recorded most of their greatest songs, and no other artist ever had as many number one hits or chart entries than the Beatles.

The Beatles alone produced more notable and acclaimed songs than all post-2000 artists combined.

There are at least 20 to 30 Beatles songs that everyone knows (or should know), and they have 23 songs and 10 albums in the Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 500 lists. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is considered to be the best album of all time. They are No. 1 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list and with an estimated 600 million records sold, they are also the most successful music act of all times. If you want to become successful by making great music, then you must know The Beatles, you will have to listen to their greatest songs, and you will need to analyze their work.

Their songs have often been quite SIMPLE, but they’re GENIUS.

Lennon and McCartney were masters when it came to find the sweet spot between art and commerce. No other artist ever managed to create real art that was commercially that successful on such a high level.

This is the MASTERCLASS.

Achieve 5% of this, and you’ll instantly be today’s greatest artist. Songs you should know:

  • I Saw Her Standing There (1963)
  • Twist And Shout (1963)
  • Please Please Me (1963)
  • Love Me Do (1963)
  • I Saw Her Standing There (1963)
  • She Loves You (1964)
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand (1964)
  • A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  • Can’t Buy Me Love (1964)
  • Yesterday (1965)
  • Norwegian Wood (1965)
  • Ticket To Ride (1965)
  • Help (1965)
  • Yellow Submarine (1966)
  • We Can Work It Out (1966)
  • Eleanor Rigby (1966)
  • All You Need Is Love (1967)
  • Penny Lane (1967)
  • Strawberry Fields Forever (1967)
  • Hello, Goodbye (1967)
  • With A Little Help From My Friends (1967)
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (1967)
  • Hey Jude (1968)
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (1968)
  • Come Together (1969)
  • Here Comes The Sun (1969)
  • The Long And Winding Road (1970)
  • Get Back (1970)
  • Let It Be (1970)

Songs by John Lennon you should know:​

  • Give Peace a Chance (1969)
  • Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) (1970)
  • Imagine (1971)
  • Happy Xmas (War Is Over)​ (1971)
  • Jealous Guy (1971 – covered by Roxy Music in 1981)
  • (Just Like) Starting Over (1980)
  • Woman (1980)

Songs by Paul McCartney you should know:​

  • Live And Let Die (1973 – James Bond OST)
  • Mull Of Kintyre (1978)

The song by George Harrison you should know:​

  • My Sweet Lord (1970)

This is a quite impressive list, and no other musician or band ever managed to create such a high number of great and successful songs.

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