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 John Lennon Called the Beatles' 'Eight Days a Week' 'Lousy'
This breezy rocker highlighted a subtly evolving sound, becoming their seventh U.S. No. 1.
How Paul McCartney Wrote Solo for the Beatles' 'All My Loving'
Bassist envisioned 1963 'With the Beatles' cut as a "little country and western song."
How the Beatles Got Brian Epstein's Attention With 'My Bonnie'
Band made their recorded debut credited as the "Beat Brothers" backing singer Tony Sheridan on a German single.
How Little Steven Lived His Beatles Fantasy at the Cavern Club
There were problems fitting his large band on the iconic Liverpool venue's small stage.
Beatles' 'Hello, Goodbye' Covered in Super Bowl Commercial
Ad for marketplace app uses a cover of the group's 1967 single.
Watch Unseen Beatles Footage From ‘Get Back’ Sessions
Peter Jackson presents montage from 2021 movie showing band having fun.