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Why do you think The Beatles were so popular?
18 June 2010
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kingjjj8
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Why do you think The Beatles were so popular? Why their music exploded all over the world into Beatlemania the way it did??? blue-meanie

 

I think it was because they brought ppl in with their cover versions of popular artists. Then they created a whole new and unique music and ppl would like and would think "Hey isn't this those four lads that did a cover version of a Carl Perkins song?"a-hard-days-night-john-7 

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18 June 2010
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When they exploded onto the scene, it was completely unexpected.

First of all, American rock & roll was absolutely the unchallenged king.

Second, even in the British pop scene, ignored as it was, Liverpool was a joke. 

The Beatles came in with a fresh new sound.  I don't know if it was because they couldn't read musical notation and didn't know what the rules were supposed to be.  Songs like "Please Please Me," "It Won't Be Long," "She Loves You", and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" sound like simple teen love songs but were innovative and groundbreaking. Other bands and performers were following standard blues chord changes and structures (and by and large, still do).  The Beatles crashed the party with rapid chord changes that NOBODY was doing.  That's why these songs jump off the record when you listen.

Even Bob Dylan, who had exploded on the folk music scene some time earlier with his incredible talent for lyrics, was wowed.  His folkie friends dismissed the Beatles as teenie-boppers, but Dylan told anyone who would listen that these guys were outrageous in their approach to music.  It pointed him in his new direction and he turned his back on folk and went electric, prompting literal cries of "traitor!"  His songwriting depth then inspired the Beatles to dig deeper and write from the heart and mind.

18 June 2010
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Simply, they're very good, and the timing was excellent, but it is a wonder, because The Who could have exploded on the seen, and they should have, but it just wasn't great timing, and The Kinks had horrible timing, thanks to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Zombies, The Animals, and some other british, and american bands.

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18 June 2010
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I think it was part just what the generation needed/good timing, the whole new sound they brought to the table (being the rebellion the kids needed) and their good looks. Yes, the latter may be the most important- where would they be without their fainting girls?

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18 June 2010
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For some reason, I cannot explain this.

Er, wait! Simple answer:

Brian made them popular!brian-epstein

 

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18 June 2010
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From what I’ve read (mostly on this site), their popularity can be attributed to the fact that they played to a vast array of clientele in Hamburg. Their audiences had varied tastes and musical preferences. They may have had a request for a rock & roll song followed by a request for a country song followed by a request for a bluesy or jazzy number, etc… Therefore, they appealed to a very wide audience and became adept at playing all of the different styles.

You can clearly hear that on their first two albums. PPM had numbers on opposite ends of the spectrum like A Taste Of Honey and Twist And Shout. WTB had rockers like Money, an R&B number like You Really Got A Hold On Me (my favorite cover!) and a show tune in Til There Was You.

I shudder to think what would have happened if they went in a direction other than Rock & Roll. I am sure they could have excelled in any musical genre but doubt they would have been as popular.

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18 June 2010
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A lot of hard work in Hamburg.  Willing to ride the bus across town to learn B7.  Meeting the right people at the right time.

I think the music moguls at the time need credit too.  Since Rock and Roll was trying to be "tamed" in the late 50s and early 60s, there was a void created that was filled by The Beatles.

But, I believe the main reason is because they were good, very, very good.  And the fact that they never "settled" on a sound.  They always wanted to expand and try new things

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18 June 2010
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Because Jesus wasn't popular enough?

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mithveaen said:

Because Jesus wasn't popular enough?


 

I love it – well done!!

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