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.
Why Paul McCartney Knew ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Movie Would Never Work
Former Beatle says any attempt to visualize the album would clash with fans' own imaginations.
60 Years Ago: The Beatles Complete Their Second Album
They overdubbed a tambourine, but nobody knows who actually played the part.
Are Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney Really Punk Rock Stars?
Rolling Stones singer discusses songs his band wouldn’t record - and the one that features Beatles icon.
Paul McCartney Says Yoko Ono Being in the Studio Was 'Disturbing'
"I don't think any of us particularly liked it," the former Beatle said of her presence during 'Let It Be' sessions.
Six Tapes of Rare Beatles Recordings Are Up for Auction
Cassettes include 'Sgt. Pepper' rehearsals, interviews and various other unheard tracks.
When the Beatles Wrote a Song for the Rolling Stones
They put a tougher R&B beat behind the song and Brian Jones contributed its distinctive slide guitar.
Before Dolly: 17 Times Ex-Beatles Teamed Up on Charting Hits
Country legend's collaboration with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr isn't the first time former Fab Fours reached the Top 40.