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If the Beatles never existed, who would you be listening to?
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6 August 2014
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When I was sixteen I was standing in a records sale holding With The Beatles in my left hand and Outlandos d'Amour in my right hand. I only had money for one LP. I chose The Beatles, and kept on buying all their records and listening to them for six years. In 1986 I saw Bring on the Night and fell under Sting’s spell. Then I started to listen to him and The Police. What would I be listening to, hadn’t The Beatles existed? The same things I listened to (while listening to The Beatles at the same time) during the 80’s and 90’s: The Dream of the Blue Turtles, Nothing Like the Sun and Ten Summoner’s Tales; also Siouxie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, The Doors, Suzanne Vega, Dire Straits, Vivaldi, Bach, Frank Sinatra, Django Reinhardt, Nirvana and Brazilian Bossa Nova. The same things I listen to nowadays. Now, some of them would sound the same although, as some forum members have said, some others probably would sound different. Cheers,

Oudis.

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This is tough because the Beatles have pretty much influenced the entire genre of pop & rock music (and some others), so if they had never existed, who knows what the music of the past 50 years would have turned out like. 

I'd probably be listening to more blues, bebop, and swing.

Beach Boys, S&G, Clapton (and his associated groups), Elton (as long as he had Bernie), Santana, and of course , The Who, to pick a few of the best (imo) pop/rock artists that I'm certain would have attained their legendary status without the Beatles influence.  They have talent approaching that of the Beatles (at least as individuals - as a group it's really hard to approach them in terms of total talent & genius).  The Who might be the closest in terms of total talent, and weren't that influenced by the Beatles. 

Oh, and Motown for sure.  Haven't really analyzed it for Beatles influence but since it started around the same time as the Beatles, it probably would have been similar without them.  Good, fun stuff, but most of the artists don't come near the Beatles in talent.  A lot didn't write their own stuff, and there were a lot of great voices but just no-name backup bands.

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The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley.

 

Still not too shabby, I'd say.

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