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Are The Beatles your favorite band?
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Taylor Swift's earlier music isn't bad but lately she's became the biggest sellout since ZZ Top and i think her newer music sucks.

Anyways, The Beatles are hands down my favorite band, their legacy is the greatest story ever told and their music is great as well.

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Dark Overlord said
Taylor Swift's earlier music isn't bad but lately she's became the biggest sellout since ZZ Top and i think her newer music sucks.

Anyways, The Beatles are hands down my favorite band, their legacy is the greatest story ever told and their music is great as well.  

Why is she a sell out?

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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14 August 2017
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She went from a country artist to a pop sensation, songs like Shake It Off sound like generic pop songs that were recorded because pop sells, the same way that i feel about Eliminator where ZZ Top went from a blues rock band pushing out such classics as Tush to a commercially successful 80's synthpop band because that's what was selling at the time.

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14 August 2017
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Many thought Dylan was a sellout. I see a parallel with T-Swift with a massive difference in quality. 

In my view, Taylor Swift is THE most influential artist of her generation, but I don't like the music. 

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Dark Overlord said
She went from a country artist to a pop sensation, songs like Shake It Off sound like generic pop songs that were recorded because pop sells, the same way that i feel about Eliminator where ZZ Top went from a blues rock band pushing out such classics as Tush to a commercially successful 80's synthpop band because that's what was selling at the time.  

She sold a fortune doing Country Pop, got insane critical acclaim and had a massive fan base so there was no need to go chasing sales unless it's only about more money.

I don't get the idea that if some artists or band release albums in different genres from where they started it's selling out yet if others do it it's ok and even some kind of progress and maturity.

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So she's a sellout because her music style changed from the age of fifteen to the age of twenty-five? The Beatles weren't playing the same type of music in 1969 that they were playing in 1962. Does that make them sellouts? Life is fleeting, man. People don't stay the same their whole life. 

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It because she started making music in a more popular genre. For example, i think Queen's Hot Space is a sellout album because it's a pop rock album loaded with synths and drum machines as opposed to the glam rock of classics like Bohemian Rhapsody and Killer Queen which while both of those songs were commercially successful and are remembered as classics, synth-y pop rock was much more popular at the time than glam rock ever was and the album sounds like it could've been just about any 80's pop rock band.

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Dark Overlord said
It because she started making music in a more popular genre. For example, i think Queen's Hot Space is a sellout album because it's a pop rock album loaded with synths and drum machines as opposed to the glam rock of classics like Bohemian Rhapsody and Killer Queen which while both of those songs were commercially successful and are remembered as classics, synth-y pop rock was much more popular at the time than glam rock ever was and the album sounds like it could've been just about any 80's pop rock band.  

Music and people change, life influences, times change. To dismiss an artist as selling out for releasing music of a different nature is incredibly unfair, and in my opinion, short-sighted. It's placing artists in boxes and then complaining they moved outside of them.

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Yup, the Beatles are my favourite band. Generally I listen to just about everything but the Beatles have to get the top spot. In case it's interesting, my reasoning follows:

A lot of people have made great songs, a lot of people have made a large quantity of songs, not a lot of people have a managed to have such a big selection of excellent songs. That said they have some that i enjoy less too of course. 

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Saying that an artist is a sell out because they are making music which is popular at the time isn't necessarily accurate.

Even The Beatles were influenced by what was happening at the time and used it for their own songs.  

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fabsies said

After that it's hard to put them in order - in terms of modern music I love Arcade Fire and Interpol. Real Estate, Beach House, Sufjan Stevens. Phoenix. Tame Impala.
   

I've seen Interpol, Real Estate, Beach House, and Tame Impala all by accident at music festivals. Good to know they are appreciated. I like Tame Impala, but the other bands I only know from their live shows.

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Ah you're lucky i am yet to see beach house and tame impala. I forgot the strokes, another one of my favourite recent acts.

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fabsies said
Ah you're lucky i am yet to see beach house and tame impala. I forgot the strokes, another one of my favourite recent acts.  

I've seen all three of them, all at festivals. They're among my favourite 'modern' bands.

Beach House and Tame Impala are great live so i'd recommend seeing them. 

Sometimes I think Tame Impala are quite Beatley in their sound. 

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The problem is, I can't call a band my favourite until I've really listened to the majority of their music, so I don't have many favourites as I prefer to explore different genres rather than spend my time listening to every single song on every single album like I have done with the Fabs.

1. The Beatles 

I don't have as much of an emotional connection with them as I do with others, but they have easily the best discography of any artist ever and I'm sure they will stick with me for the rest of my life when others come and go.

2. The Smiths

Morrissey's lyrics understand me better than I could ever understand myself. He's the only lyricist who can make me laugh and cry in the same sentence. Then you've got Rourke, who is my favourite bassist after Macca, and Johnny Marr, my favourite guitarist. 

3. The Smashing Pumpkins

They have so much music that I've not listened to yet, but I love them as they basically mix the alternative sensibilities of the Velvet Underground, Nirvana, David Bowie etc with the inventiveness of The Beatles.

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