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If the Beatles never existed, who would you be listening to?
25 Posts
24 July 2014 - 9.33pm

MotherNaturesDaughter said
I think I'll always love the music from the 60's a lot more that the crap we have today.

Me too...

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The Netherlands
2713 Posts
24 July 2014 - 10.34pm

I have absolutely no idea. Must be something else than pop, as pop as we know it wouldn't exist. Probably a lot of soul and r&b from the 60s, and those Phil Spector girlgroups Joe mentioned. I guess that'd mean I'd probably like all those r&b singers of these times as well, as they pretty much were inspired by those groups. Maybe I'd even listen to classical music or jazz. It's so weird to think about!

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Waiting in the Sky
12315 Posts
24 July 2014 - 10.43pm

I think there would still be rock though it would be different and there would be Rap

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1762 Posts
29 July 2014 - 8.11pm

I probably would still be listening to Queen, but I do that anyways. but it ocurred to me no Beatles, no Rutland Television, no Rutles, no @Ron Nasty!

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The Netherlands
2713 Posts
29 July 2014 - 11.08pm

But Queen would've sounded very different..

1475 Posts
6 August 2014 - 5.50am

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,


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BeatlesBible House, Nowhere Land
494 Posts
10 August 2014 - 6.48pm

Probably Todays crap like 1D 5sos and taylor swift etc

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Waiting in the Sky
12315 Posts
10 August 2014 - 6.52pm

ahdn_paul_06 I am not sure if 1D would exist without the Beatles since the Beatles were the proto-Boy Band.


Would boy bands exist today without the Beatles?

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In the town where I was born
916 Posts
10 August 2014 - 7.15pm

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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Somewhere In Time
1316 Posts
10 August 2014 - 10.10pm

The Monkees!  I'd have all their albums and would be their biggest Fan Club supporter!  Oh and I would be on their Forum!

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Cedar City, Utah
53 Posts
11 August 2014 - 3.45am

If the Beatles never existed, then I'd probably not be listening to anything past 1960. Lots of jazz, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Count Bassie, all that. Good stuff.

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5483 Posts
12 August 2014 - 5.00pm

The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley.


Still not too shabby, I'd say.

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