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10 Reasons Why you Love the Beatles
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Not sure if this has been done before but I thought it'd be cool for people to list 10 main reasons why they love the Beatles. 

It could be any reason so go wild! Also it doesn't have to be 10, you can list more or less if you'd prefer. 

Reasons why I love them:

1. I can count the number of 'bad' songs from their studio albums on one hand.

2. The way that they innovated with each album. Each album has its own personality. 

3. Their sheer songwriting brilliance. I agree when people compare them to the likes of Mozart and Beethoven.

4. The personality of the band. I could watch interviews with them all day. 

5. The way that they influenced and revolutionized music to the present day.

6. They achieved so much in such a short space of time. I respect them a lot for being able to do that. 

7. Unlike other artists their songs never get boring to me.

8. They insigated the British Invasion. As an Englander I'm proud of thatjohn-lennon-salute_gif

9. They've helped to broaden my taste in music. Before getting into them properly I was a bit close minded about music. 

10. They've inspired me musically and I've gotten more serious about songwriting thanks to them. 

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Nice idea for a thread. 

1. The songs. 

2. The harmonies. 

3. If a store sells music related things, they almost always have Beatles stuff no matter where you go. 

3. There is music to collect and listen to outside of the official releases. 

4. Almost unlimited literature on the band. 

5. They get to be my favorite band for many reasons unique to me, while also being the world's favorite band. 

6. George Harrison and the way he lived his life. 

7. Ringo's drumming.

8. Obviously the Lennon/McCartney partnership. I won't even try to pick one thing I love about these two. 

9. The innovation in the studio. 

10. Beatlemania. I just think it is the funniest thing seeing the way people reacted to seeing them in the early sixties. It will probably never happen again. 

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-Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues

 

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-Brian Wilson, Surfer Girl

 

"She had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes,
And I knew without askin' she was into the blues."

-Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, Scarlet Begonias

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Let me have a swing at this:

1. Each album was better than the last, The Beatles was better than Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Revolver was better than Rubber Soul, etc. Most bands release their best album early on and their albums only get worse.

Take Queen for example, I think A Night At The Opera is their best album, A Day At The Races is great too but it's not as good, News Of The World is also great but not as good as the former, same with Jazz, same with The Game, same with Flash Gordon, which was their last good album and then Hot Space comes and sucks worse than a rabid vacuum cleaner but A Night At The Opera is their 4th album and Hot Space was their 10th whereas The Beatles was their 9th album (not counting MMT or YS because the former is an EP and the latter is a split album) and Abbey Road, which is the successor to that 1968 rock album classic, is a classic in it's own right and I even like Let It Be although it sounds like it was recorded in someone's basement.

2. Those 3 part harmonies, John, Paul, and George were good singers by themselves but they really shined as a team, songs like Nowhere Man and Because wouldn't be the same without those beautiful harmonies.

3. They were the first popular rock band to release a single about something other than love, Help! was released as a single in 1965 and has nothing to do with love. They also released the first popular rock album where the majority of the tracks had nothing to do with love, Revolver only has 4 songs about love, the other 14 tracks have to do with different things.

4. If the song required a solo, they almost always opted for a guitar to fill in that spot, occasionally they used a piano like in Good Day Sunshine but only twice did they use a saxophone, Lady Madonna and You Know My Name (Look Up The Number). Other artists like Billy Joel and Men At Work use the sax as the main soloist but I think that the guitar should be in that spot, and plus, due to the fact that the sax is rarely used as a solo instrument on Beatles songs, I like it when it's used on those 2 songs.

5. The Beatles didn't stick to one genre in their later years, their later albums are all over the place in genres, take a look at side 3 of The Beatles.

First you've got Birthday, the most popular song on the album but also a good rock and roller complete with 2 guitars, bass, drums, piano, handclaps, tambourine, and male and female singers and the 2 guitars and bass play the same riff throughout the verses separated by octaves, a very upbeat rock number. Then we get Yer Blues, a parody of blues rock numbers that were around at the time, a bluesy rocker about suicide. Follow that up with Mother Nature's Son, a gentle acoustic piece by Paul about nature. Now we've got Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey, a very fast paced rocker that's about having fun, the sort of song that gets you jumping up and down. Follow that with Sexy Sadie, a song about the maharishi that implies prostitution and is a lot darker than the previous song. Next we get Helter Skelter, a garage rock number that shows The Beatles at their heaviest, Ringo's bashing on the drums like there's no tomorrow and the instruments are very aggressively played. Finally, you've got Long Long Long, a George ballad filled with organ about waiting.

6. Paul is an excellent bassist, just listen to a song like Nowhere Man or Something, the bass really brings the song to life.

7. Ringo is an excellent drummer, he doesn't try to overshadow his fellow bandmates but he still has fun with it.

8. George is an excellent guitarist with his extensive chord knowledge and his great solos like Something and Let It Be.

9. The Beatles are a family friendly band, I would have no problem listening to Sgt. Pepper or Revolver with a 1 year old baby, there's nothing really inappropriate about their music and it's fun for the whole family. Can't say the same for today's music, with all of it's sexual and drug talk and it's constant use of obscenities, I wouldn't want my child listening to modern music.

10. The Beatles are nice people and have nice morals. For example, John Lennon believed in peace and love and was nice to his fans. Try saying that about most modern celebrities.

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I'm not sure Birthday is the most popular song on The White Album, but I still like your list. You and I also fundamentally disagree on sax solos. I love them. 

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-Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues

 

"We could ride and surf together while our love would grow"

-Brian Wilson, Surfer Girl

 

"She had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes,
And I knew without askin' she was into the blues."

-Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, Scarlet Begonias

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1. johnandyoko

2. georgeandolivia

3. Ringo Starr

4. Paul McCartney

5. George Martin

6. Brian Epstein

7. Stuart Sutcliffe

8. Pete Best

9. Mal Evans

10. Neil Aspinall

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Why Mal but not Neil, sure Mal is my dream bodyguard, big, tall, bulky but not fat, and tough, he could beat up anybody who tried to get in your way but Neil is still an important figure and Mal and Neil were a team.

Also @sir walter raleigh I'm fine with an occasional sax solo, it's just a pet peeve of mine when bands regularly use them in place of a guitar solo, that's why I like the solo on Lady Madonna but not on say Only The Good Die Young.

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1. Please Please Me

2. With The Beatles

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Here are some more general reasons:

1.) The Beatles stayed true to themselves. They didn't end up embracing mainstream with their music like Bowie did, for example, to please their fans but they put music and creativity first.

2.) They lacked every self-pity. Although they had to be on tour basically all the time, at some point, they didn't get buried under the pressure but made the best (literary the best music!) out of it.

3.) They comforted their fans before and after the break-up with messages like the one in 'the end' or 'God'.

4.) Although it has already been mentioned it's just too crucial: Their music of course!!!! Paul on the bass, Ringo on drums, George on guitar, their voices and harmonies, George Martin's arrangements and production.....heartbeatlemaniacs_02_gif

5.) Each of their albums is like a good friend with a very own character. I have a different relationship and different experiences and memories about each album. 

6.) Their characters. Each has developed individually and has extremely interesting values and views on the world. It's also incredible how they spread peace and love around the world and were politically and environmentally active.

7.) Listening to the Beatles made me a better person and has taught me a lot about music.

8.) Their humour and how they've inserted little jokes all over their catalogue.

9.) Their open-mindedness and willingness to experiment and the result of this attitude: a variety of different styles and genres.

10.) Their song lyrics. Partly, their song lyrics are real masterpieces - concerning language and content.

We were also allowed more than ten, weren't we? Anyway: 11.) The handclaps in many songs!

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Here are six:

1. Inspired me to start playing guitar again. a-hard-days-night-george-10

2. They got me into collecting records and also led me onto discovering my other favourite bands like The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones.

3. I admire their ability to have stood out amongst their contemporaries during the early sixties and in a sense, still today. You didn't see The Dave Clark Five get an Anthology TV series or The Troggs have a song transmitted into space (not that those groups are bad, but they could never top the popularity of The Beatles.)

4. I also like that they chose very interesting places to gather inspiration for their music, whether it be from other genres of music (this is demonstrated a lot on the White Album) , personal experiences (John and Paul with SFF/Penny Lane), different cultures (George's interest in Indian music and culture)  or drugs ( marijuana influencing lyrics to Got To Get You Into My Life, or LSD influencing lyrics in I Am The Walrus.)

5. Prolific solo careers (John's moving and strong anti-war anthems, George's messages of being at peace with the world around us and to 'love one another', and Paul l and Ringo's great strings of pop hits which span over 40 years!)

6. Through a huge majority of their songs, they've made me realise how important love is heart

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Why Mal but not Neil, sure Mal is my dream bodyguard, big, tall, bulky but not fat, and tough, he could beat up anybody who tried to get in your way but Neil is still an important figure and Mal and Neil were a team.

Also @sir walter raleigh I'm fine with an occasional sax solo, it's just a pet peeve of mine when bands regularly use them in place of a guitar solo, that's why I like the solo on Lady Madonna but not on say Only The Good Die Young.  

I chose Mal over Neil because I would rather have a cup of tea with Mal.

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You could have a cup of tea with both of them, just replace Pete or Stu with Neil and if you want to replace both of them, you can throw in someone else like Geoff or Mark Lewisohn or even Joe.

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You could have a cup of tea with both of them, just replace Pete or Stu with Neil and if you want to replace both of them, you can throw in someone else like Geoff or Mark Lewisohn or even Joe.  

Well, I have the 5 Beatles listed first. I can't eliminate any of them. Pete and Stu are ex-Beatles, so they have priority over non-Beatles. George and Brian have priority as well because their jobs were more essential. So that leaves Mal and Neil, and Mal strikes me as being more agreeable. 

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why is yoko a beatle?

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If you really want to get Neil in, though, you can take out John and Yoko and replace them with Neil and Johnandyoko.

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If you really want to get Neil in, though, you can take out John and Yoko and replace them with Neil and Johnandyoko.  

That's a good idea.

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why is yoko a beatle?  

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why is yoko a beatle?  

Expert Texpert seems to have a sweet spot for Yoko and her music.

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I need to add georgeandolivia as well.

These days Paul says his relationship with Yoko is 'really good', with the star even referring to the avant-garde artist and George Harrison's widow Olivia as honorary members of the band, telling Rolling Stone; 'the two girls are Beatles.'

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1. They played a free concert for lots of lucky Londoners in 1969

2. They changed the face of fashion 

3. They refused to play for segregated audiences in the South

4. They (with Richard Lester and others) changed the face of the rock & roll movie (that amazing camerawork and editing!) and more or less created rock videos

5. They let all their wives and girlfriends contribute to The Beatles

6. They gave witty and irreverent and intelligent interviews 

7. They had great album covers

8. They redefined the idea of what a pop song could do

9. They redefined the idea of what a pop album could do

10. They wrote and sang and played and recorded all those songs

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Here are six:

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6. Through a huge majority of their songs, they've made me realise how important love is heart  

That's so, so, so, so true! Thanks for saying it!

Another reason: they played many concerts in Germany and made friends with the locals in Hamburg without bearing any grudge because of WW2. And they worked so hard there, too, sleeping in one room and everything, but never gave up!

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Why would they have a the towards Germans, Germany is just a country and German is just a nationality, I'm not going to dislike Germans because of Hitler in the same way that I'm not going to hate on Muslims because of Osama Bin Laden or having hate towards British people because of the American Revolution.

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