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Why do you think The Beatles were so popular?
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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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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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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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Zig said

Wow, Mr. Kite - that's a major thread bump. Prior to your post, the last one was mine 4 years ago - on Macca's birthday, no less.

It was on one of the last few pages of Yesterday and Today so definitely been some time!

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13 May 2014
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Because they are good to look at is definitely a factor

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15 May 2014
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They had the looks, humor, likability, but most important of all... talent

They were completely different from what people were used to at that time, they also wrote their own songs. They invented new techniques and experimented with new things (no, I don't mean drugs.)They changed the way people looked at music completely. Also they went from Please Please Me to Abbey Road in less than 10 years... They had so many genres, so many fans! They were just different, which apparently people really adored. I mean they did so many things in just 10 years. Almost all music from today (however s**tty it may seem) all originates from The Beatles. 

In the US, they were popular because of the reasons above, but also because the crowd needed to be cheered up after the loss of Kennedy. They needed a boost, which they got from The Beatles. I mean like really, who does not get happy from listening to Beatle songs?

Beatles forever! 

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