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Simply put, rock ‘n’ roll as we know starts with the Beatles. Give Elvis and all those other pioneers credit for planting the seeds, but almost every rock artist of the past 50 years owes the Fab Four a heap of thanks for setting popular music’s template. Their very first album, 1963’s ‘Please Please Me,’ crackles with cross-Atlantic energy – inspired by American pop but rooted in British determination. By the time they made their sixth album, ‘Rubber Soul,’ they were writing their own songs and, more importantly, shaping a rock and pop landscape that would be explored and expanded on for decades to come. ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ is their pop-art masterpiece, but each of the Beatles’ 12 albums is a classic. No other group in rock history can make that claim.

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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Premiere Their Second Film, ‘Help!’

The Beatles second movie, 'Help!,' premiered in London on July 29, 1965.

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The Beatles, ‘Here Comes the Sun’ vs. Don Henley, ‘The Boys of Summer’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

The second round of Ultimate Classic Rock's Greatest Summer Song battle matches The Beatles' 'Here Comes the Sun' against Don Henley's 'The Boys of Summer.'

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Ultimate Classic Rock

17 Greatest Animated Classic Rock Album Covers

Who wouldn't like to see their favorite rock album covers leap to life? That's precisely what you'll find here as we look at these animated album covers.

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The Who The Beatles Greatest Summer Songs

The Beatles, ‘Here Comes the Sun’ vs. the Who, ‘Summertime Blues’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

The Beatles' 'Here Comes the Sun' faces off against the Who's 'Summertime Blues' in Ultimate Classic Rock's Greatest Summer Song battle.

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Hulton Archive / Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Watch Country Rockers Turn the Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ Into a Campfire Singalong

The Zac Brown Band aren't exactly new to classic rock cover songs, but this may be their most heartfelt yet – and certainly one of the biggest crowd pleasers.

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Ringo Starr’s 10 Most Historic Moments

This gallery of Ringo Starr's 10 Most Historic Moments recognizes a career that took a while to gain the respect it always deserved.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

58 Years Ago: John Lennon Meets Paul McCartney

One of rock's most significant moments happened when the teenaged John Lennon met Paul McCartney on July 6, 1957.

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United Artists

51 Years Ago: The Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ Premieres

The world premiere of the Beatles' first movie, 'A Hard Day's Night,' was held in London on July 6, 1964.

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Beatles Concert Film Blocked From Release

A judge has ruled that 'The Beatles: The Lost Concert' infringed upon copyrights to Beatles songs owned by Sony.

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Keystone, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

51 Years Ago: The Beatles Receive ‘Germ Bomb’ Death Threat

On June 26, 1964 a plane carrying the Beatles was the target of a "Germ Bomb" death threat.

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