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No band has stood the test of time quite like the Beatles. Almost everywhere you go someone has heard of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in one way or another. They have become so easily distinguishable because of their longer hairstyles and pristine suits just as they are by their voices and hit songs.
It can easily be said that the Beatles are the most influential band of all time. What sets them apart from everyone else is the continuing legacy they have left in music. As one of the decade-defining bands of the 1960s, the Beatles fully immersed themselves in anything and everything. They embodied what the "swinging sixties" were all about. It was one of the loudest and audacious decades in forms of art, music, culture, and news and the Beatles were smack dab in the middle of it. They absorbed everything around them and set off in their own direction: one that would define a generation. They changed the lifestyle of youths across the nation—something that history proves does not happen overnight.
A generation embraced counterculture. The Beatles were leaders in that aspect and guiding anyone who would follow to the “Summer of Love” and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band symbolized what society meant culturally. The band’s breakup signified the end of an era. It is almost fitting the Beatles did not continue past the 1960s. Their hippie ideals of love and peace that translated through their work could not have worked in any other span of time. Even through a period surrounded by war, violence and a drastic change in the counterculture, their legacy will live on as being a leader in one of the most intensified decades ever.
There are so many milestones in the Beatles career, as well as since their disbandment that seems easily attainable. Recording techniques have become more advanced, but without their hard work in the studio and unusual way of thinking would never have existed. They broke America, which is what so many other bands and artists from Britain could not have achieved without them. They shaped a decade with their everlasting music. Where would we be without “Let It Be” or “Hey Jude?” They even wrote their own music, which seems absurd to call “innovative,” but was unheard of for bands before them.
The Beatles became the best friends of a generation and beyond. Despite two members having passed on, the power of their music has reached out to a new generation of fans that had not grown up with them. There is never-ending Beatles content to explore, whether it is music, promotional videos, interviews, or documentaries—there is something for everyone. They are a band the listeners could never bore of, only excitedly intrigued to hear more about.
It's time to look at how the Beatles constant impact on music and their long-lasting success make them the most influential music group of all time. How the world saw an explosion of a mass group of fans that had not been seen since Elvis, their inspiring fashion, the growth between albums that accumulated a back catalog like no other and their influence in the 1960s compared to today.
It is impossible to get into the history of music without listening to the Beatles. The four members we've grown to love have left their mark on countless bands and artists and still do today. They managed to influence a wide audience as not only a commercially successful and critically acclaimed band but at the head of cultural change.
In the span of their recording years between 1962-1970, the Beatles transcended popular music and left a lasting legacy on the world that continues to break boundaries almost 50 years since their breakup.