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.
Did John Lennon’s Lost Weekend Nearly Spawn a McCartney Reunion?
Mistress May Pang is certain dinner date would have sent the ex-Beatles back to work - but Lennon went back to Yoko Ono instead.
Watch the Rolling Stones Honor the Beatles During Liverpool Show
Mick Jagger announced they'd play a song "written by some other local lads," before launching into "I Wanna Be Your Man."
Why the Beatles' First Session at Abbey Road Was Forgettable
Group "didn't make a very good impression" during its initial visit.
Ringo Starr’s Drumming Tip: ‘Just Hit the Buggers’
Beatles icon recalls the first time he encountered a drum as he accepts honorary doctorate.
Beatles and Hitchhikers Inspire Radiohead's ‘Paranoid Android'
Band had some goofy fun when it stitched together a few different song segments to make 'OK Computer''s most epic, experimental track.
Why the Beatles First Live Album Took Over a Decade to Come Out
'The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl' was plagued by problems but was finally released in May 1977.
Why Julian Lennon Has a ‘Love-Hate’ Relationship With ‘Hey Jude’
Song's subject admits track is “dark reminder” of difficult life period.
New Rock Hall Exhibit Traces History of Beatles 'Get Back' Period
Immersive experience carries fans from early rehearsals to recording and eventually, to their swan-song concert.
40 Years Ago: ‘Beatles Movie Medley’ Cashes in on Two Crazes
Single was deleted just two years later and has never reappeared on compact disc, vinyl, download or streaming platforms.