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.
Underrated Beatles: The Most Overlooked Song From Each Album
Even a group as celebrated as this one has a few tucked-away moments of brilliance.
Beatles Letter About Firing Pete Best Goes to Auction
Document from 1962, signed by manager Brian Epstein, offers “sincere wishes” for drummer’s future.
Beatles and James Bond Actress Margaret Nolan Dead at 76
She appeared in ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Goldfinger’ the same year.
How the Beatles and James Bond Debuted on the Same Day
"Love Me Do" and 'Dr. No' both arrived on Oct. 5, 1962.
Paul McCartney: John Lennon and I Rescued Each Other
Macca reflects on the chance he would have become a teacher if he didn't become a Beatle.
Why Lemmy Preferred the Beatles to the Rolling Stones
Motorhead icon compared John Lennon’s “hard men” to Mick Jagger’s “mummy’s boys.”
John Lennon Still Influences Paul McCartney’s Songs
Macca always asks himself “What would John say?” when he’s writing.
Paul McCartney Revisits First Song He Wrote With John Lennon
He plays part of "Just Fun" on radio show marking late Beatle’s 80th birthday.