9 Reasons Why I Love The Beatles

To say it’s no secret that I love The Beatles would be a gross understatement. But in the the year that I’ve been writing this blog, I don’t think I’ve ever named the reasons why I love them so much. So today, that’s what I thought I’d do! Of course, I have way more than nine reasons as to why they’re my favourite band, but anyway… So in no particular order:

1. Their music.

Obviously! I’ve enjoyed The Beatles’ music since I was a kid. At that point, I very much enjoyed their simpler, more melodic songs. Nowadays, I prefer their more experimental work. Though I love most of their songs.

There is something for everyone within The Beatles’ catalogue. Whether you’re into folk, or psychedelia, or hard rock, or vaudeville, or avant-garde, or rock’n’roll, or Mowtown, or even simple pop, there’s going to be at least one song for you. The Beatles were one of (if not the) most diverse bands of all time. Their music spans so many genres. No wonder they have so many fans!

2. Their lyrics.

Some gorgeous lyrics-inspired art by artist Justin Helton. (Image credit: 411posters.com)

Some gorgeous lyrics-inspired art by artist Justin Helton.
(Image credit: 411posters.com)

As I wrote in some other posts, I consider The Beatles to be one of the greatest lyrical bands of all time. John, in particular, had such a special way with words. From as early as A Hard Day’s Night, the influence of Bob Dylan prompted John, Paul and George to think more about the lyrics. And this resulted in some of the greatest words of all time! Their lyrics touch on nearly everything; from love, to spirituality, to complete nonsense, to made-up characters, to politics, to… We certainly ended up with some beautiful lines!

3. They broke the rules.

If The Beatles were outlaws... (Image credit: flickr.com)

If The Beatles were outlaws…
(Image credit: Flickr)

The Beatles broke so many of the expectations made by the establishment. A lot of the bands that went before had a bassist at the back, a drummer playing almost jazzy and a rhythm guitarist playing simple chords to the side. The Beatles turned this analogy on its head. And at a time when a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons song topped the Billboard Hot 100, they released the stark, simple rock of ‘Love Me Do’. They famously had “long” hair when such a concept was unacceptable for men. When it was the norm for popular musicians to have their songs written for them, The Beatles came along and wrote a majority of their tunes themselves. They became the most popular artist in America at the time, a place where it was unheard of for British bands to be successful. And when Beatlemania (an innovation in itself) got to be beyond The Beatles’ patience? They simply gave up touring. Not to even mention the “more popular than Jesus” controversy, or their many musical innovations, or their voicings against the Vietnam War, or…

4. They celebrated individuality.

The Beatles in 'A Hard Day's Night'. (Image credit: thebeatles.com)

The Beatles in ‘A Hard Day’s Night’.
(Image credit: thebeatles.com)

And they celebrated it in so many ways, too! From the beginning, each Beatle was marketed with contrasting personalities, showing them as individuals within their band. And they were very individual in real life, too. This is also shown in their songs. The Beatles expressed themselves and who they were in their songwriting, as songwriters do. A fan can easily tell a John song apart from a Paul song, and a George song, and a Ringo song because of this. They even wrote songs about being an individual in a conforming society; take the lyrics to ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, or ‘Fool on the Hill’, for example!

The Beatles and their brand of individuality have helped so many young people find their identity, over the years. Myself included.

5. Their musical influence.

The Beatles recording 'Revolver'. (Image credit: benjerocks.wordpress.com)

The Beatles recording ‘Revolver’.
(Image credit: benjerocks.wordpress.com)

The Beatles’ influence begins with some of the other big names of the era. The Beatles wrote The Stones’ first hit. Apparently Ray Davies of The Kinks first thought about being in a band after hearing ‘Love Me Do’. And Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend’s first band, The Detours, played Beatles covers at first.

And since then, pretty much rock or pop artist since 1964 has been influenced by the band, one way or another. Whether they play music which sounds “Beatlesque”, or they’re indirectly affected, there’s no denying it. The Beatles are probably the most influential band of all time.

The Beatles also influenced rock music in general. Ringo is often credited as one of the forefathers of modern rock drumming — same goes for John, Paul and George. Artificial double tracking was also invented in a Beatles session. And they were the first band to use a Mellotron, and one of the first to use a Moog. And…

6. Their influence on popular culture.

Gasp! Long hair! (Image credit: biography.com)

Gasp! Long hair!
(Image credit: biography.com)

The Beatles didn’t just didn’t just influence music. They revolutionised pop culture, too. Though many older people were shocked at first, they made it socially acceptable for men to have longer hair. They invented the music clip with the song sequences from their early films, and the “promotional clips” that were made for their songs from 1965 onwards. They set fashion trends, ranging from their earliest collarless suits and Beatle boots to their psychedelia of the mid ’60s to their casuals of the latter part of the decade. Not to mention the countless mentions of them in TV, film, video games and other music.

Just like their musical influence, The Beatles influence on pop culture is practically immeasurable. Just another reason to love them so much… 🙂

7. Their movies.

Ah, I love Photoshop...

Ah, I love Photoshop…

Sure. They’re not really cinematic masterpieces. But there is a special charm to The Beatles’ five films. And I love them!

Currently, Rotten Tomatoes ranks A Hard Day’s Night as the 5th best film of all time, which is a pretty amazing feat. It’s often credited with inventing the mockumentary. And the music clip. And various types of camera shots. And with being the first great rock film. That makes it a pretty influential flick, and arguably the best of the five Beatles movies made. Of course, the music is great, too. And the wonderfully witty humour!

Help! is slightly less clever and influential than AHDN. But the music for it is simply wonderful, boasting cuts like ‘The Night Before’, ‘You’re Gonna Lose That Girl’, ‘You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away’ and, oh, ‘Help!’. According to the special features disc on the DVD, there are plenty of influential camera techniques in it, as well. Like the colouring of the camera during the ‘Another Girl’ scene.

Yellow Submarine is a classic. Filled with beautifully surreal animation, again influential image techniques and some of The Beatles’ most psychedelic songs, it’s probably my favourite Beatles film. And contrary to popular belief, Let It Be is fascinating too. There’s not many bands who have a fly-on-the-wall documentary showing such a huge part of the history. Though at the moment, the only way to see it is on *cough*bootleg*cough*.

Magical Mystery Tour, though… Hmm… No comment.

8. They’re still relevant today.

(Image credit: huffingtonpost.com)

(Image credit: huffingtonpost.com)

There are still a huge number of young people who love The Beatles, today. Like myself. Their message of love and peace still resonates with those of us who don’t believe in the fighting our governments are so set on. So many of their lyrics connect with us, our lives and our ideals. Their beautiful tunes transcend time.

I think The Beatles will last forever. ‘Cos when it comes to really good music, I don’t think it matters at all how old the band is!

9. And the fact that they packed it all into eight years!

Does it need a caption? (Image credit: laughingsquid.com)

Does it need a caption?
(Image credit: laughingsquid.com)

No band before and no band since has performed perhaps the most impressive Beatley feat. They fitted 12 albums, 13 unique singles and 2 unique EPs into less than 8 years. Most bands, these days, release an album once every 2 or 3 years. You do the maths…

Why do you like The Beatles? Be sure to tell me in the comments!

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16 thoughts on “9 Reasons Why I Love The Beatles

  1. They adapted and changed with the times. Because of that, they were the soundtrack of my childhood/teen years !! If you just listen to their One album, that includes their Number 1 hits in sequence, you can really hear the progress in their music philosophy ! Amazing. ☺

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  2. You’re so right! They did change with the times. ‘One’ was my first Beatles album, and I’ve been listening to it a bit lately. It’s amazing to hear them go from ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘From Me To You’ to ‘Come Together’ and ‘Something’… Thanks! 🙂

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  3. So fun to read a fellow Beatles nut’s reasons for loving them! We share many of the same. Another two of mine are their melodies/harmonies and their bass lines.

    I was thinking the other day about how it’s such an anomoly that they essentially became a studio band and how giving up touring allowed them to experiment and likely influenced the evolution of their sound. It’s difficult to name many bands whose sounds have evolved in the drastic, eclectic and genre-bending way that you can hear from songs like “Love Me Do” to “Tomorrow Never Knows” to “Within You Without You” to “Happiness is a Warm Gun” to “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” – especially, as you mentioned, within the span of, what, just under 8 years? It’s incredible. And George Martin! He knew from the beginning that there was something special in the chemistry of those four young men, and his foresight, skill and willingness to experiment made him the perfect producer to journey with them.

    The Beatles were a perfect storm during such a politically charged period of history. It never fails to blow my mind when I think about it!

    Very glad to have found your blog 🙂

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  4. Thanks! I totally agree about their melodic basslines – Paul is a genius…
    It was (and is) almost totally unheard of for a band to give up touring at the height of their success to become a studio band. It’s lucky that they did, though, for the experimentation that followed was beyond amazing. I can’t think of another band that covered as many genres in merely eight years – they were truly mindblowing! And George Martin is certainly a genius, too. He definitely deserves his knighthood…
    Thanks so much! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog! 🙂

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  5. I have found another reason for liking the Beatles, each of the members give me important lessons in my life such as:

    John taught me to be not afraid to express yourself (John was never afraid to express himself through his songs), be strong (John was not strong physically and psychologically but his strength lied on his skill and determination as a songwriter), and not letting your flaws hinder your way to reach success (John was a flawed person yet he still showed efforts to be a good songwriter was quite admirable).

    Paul taught me to be more optimistic (Paul was always optimistic on his songs), friendly (Paul always looked friendly), determined, and hard working (Paul was the most hard working among all the Beatles members).

    George taught me to be a matured person (George was younger than the other Beatles yet his maturity as a person amazed me), thoughtful (he wasn’t as good as John and Paul when it comes to songwriting yet he still managed to write several thoughtful songs), and don’t give up (George never gave up to write more songs despite of Lennon-McCartney domination).

    Ringo taught me to be a cooperative (Ringo was the most cooperative Beatles member), contented with yourself (Ringo wasn’t as popular/striking as the other three Beatles yet he was still contented with himself), determined (Ringo was quite determined to be a good drummer for the Beatles).

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  6. Thanks for writing this. The Beatles connect us through their music. Their popularity spans many generations, musical genres and their ideas and influence on the world then and still today is immeasurable. I can’t think of anyone else who could make a 70 year old and a 10 year old be able to share their passion for music. But for me it’s simple. The way they made me feel 53 years ago when I was 8 years old and saw them on Ed Sullivan for the first time is the same way I feel today at 61. Love it.

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