They will always be the most overrated band of all time. Sorry nut job Beatle fans. They never have been, non will they ever be the greatest band of all time. Couldn't even play their instruments correctly. They were nothing more than a boy band until 1967. Their later music was nothing but cartoonyey.
Yes, the Beatles revolutionized music, and took music onto a whole other level. They also had great song writing. But aside from that, what made the Beatles so great? And why do people considered them to be the best band of all time. They changed music and the way that all modern bands formed, but just because they were they first mass-marketed band with a huge fanbase does not mean that they were the best. Breaking it down by each individual instrument, there was nothing special about the Beatles. Guitar, Drums, and Bass are all average- slightly above average. The Who existed in the same era, but were way more musically talented, yet get much less recognition from the general populous. While they may have been the best band of their time, they would have been just another band in the 70's. If they were around a decade later, they would be completely overshadowed by some of the great 70s bands (Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Lynard Skynyrd, Aerosmith, Rush, AC-DV, Black Sabbath, Queen, etc.). I'm not trying to say that they aren't good/ they have a good harmony and have well written songs, but the mere fact that they weren't as skilled/ talented as many other bands should justify them not being considered he best band of all time.
Not one person in the band was the best at what they did. Ringo is not the best drummer of all time, George Harrison was not the best bassist ever, Paul McCartney was not the best guitarist ever, and John Lennon is not the best vocalist ever. The only category they could possibly win is best song writing duo, And even then a lot of their songs are totally nonsensical (i.E. I am the Walrus). Their early songs are almost entirely made to sell themselves to a young, female audience. When they start branching out after they have achieved fame, they start doing so many drugs the lyrics do not make sense in the slightest what so ever.
Additionally, they preached messages and helped a movement they had no real relation to. This being the hippie movement, or counter-culture. John Lennon (yes I know this is solo career) wrote "Imagine" a song where he asks you to imagine a world without possessions. He had millions of dollars, drove a rolls royce and had excessive displays of his wealth everywhere. Not to mention he was a dead beat Dad to his first son Julian.
Overrated? That's an under statement
Though they are not my favorite, they are overrated. But I guess everyone likes what they like. Guess it was cute guys playing guitar and drums and vocals that made women go crazy. THE BEATLES ARE OVERRATED. THE BEATLES ARE OVERRATED. THE BEATLES ARE OVERRATED. THE BEATLES ARE OVERRATED. AGREE?
I never liked the Beatles. Not to be "anti"; simply because I don't like their music. Yes, it's possible. No, I don't care who thinks I'm nuts or stupid for it.
Some of their music (e.G. "Yellow Submarine") is so awful to my ears it actually induces my anger.
They did not invent Rock n' Roll. They were not the first. Even if they were, so what? Being foundational is not the same as being good, nor should it command respect. There have been a great many awful things that inspired truly good things. But the inspiration is still awful.
This is about as rational as Beatles defenders can get:
As much as the next guy, I'll turn up a good Beatles song if it comes on the radio. But it's just ridiculous how much they've been worshipped in the last 50 years like none of the bands that came after them even mattered. They had a very large, loud generation of baby boomers adoring them hyping them up and that is how they reached their current overrated status. 30 years ago, Elvis was held in the same high regard as the Beatles, but he rightfully fell from his perch. I wish the Beatles would do the same, but admittedly they were more talented and did the most to invent white person rock. So maybe they'll never go away. I get tired of all these retired people arguing about what Paul ate for breakfast the day John and George were recording an accordion part on some crappy b-side. Who cares? Music has moved on, let that crap go already.
So So musicians compared to The Faces, Kinks, Hendrix, Clapton ya get the idea. Was at the right place right time like alot of the things in life. Feel they kinda copied Buddy Holly's style and ran with it. Ringo basic drummer NO vocals, Paul decent vocals basic bass player. George and John basic compared to other talent of that time period. They were the New Kids on the Block-Bay City Rollers of the 60s but came to music at a time when music was changing so they rode the wave and the rest is history
Having said that, they did come out with some good catchy tunes and certainly knew how to promote and sell themselves. They mostly just turned up at the right place and time and hit a spark with the public.
So definitely set their place in history, and pretty original, but when you break it down to fundamentals not the best. Average vocals, mediocre guitar. Some good tunes.
It seems like the opposition has no substance to their argument. Just saying that "all artists" use the Beatles as inspiration is not enough. Many bands have been influenced more by more imaginative and creative works such as led zeppelin. The Beatles are a great band and I'll always attest to that but if you are arguing whether they are overrated or not is not even a question.
Many Beatles songs are classics. Nobody can deny that. But think about, of their entire catalog how many beginning to end solid albums did they produce. Sure, everyone points out Sargent Peppers and, rightfully, they should. Ok, but what else. What other album really uses all of the individual songs collectively to lift the entire listening experience? Half the time I am listening to The Beatles I feel like I am stuck in traffic through Taxman or Yellow Submarine or Ob la di or Come Together or any of their "we are inventing the entire pop/rock genre phase." You can argue for any of these songs if that is your taste the simple fact is that the entire catalog has tons that can be argued about. Where is the truly solid album that has withstood the true test of time?
Maybe what I'm saying is unfair because irregardless of my tastes or opinions they still produced some amazing stuff and they definitely left a major mark on the greater musical landscape. Maybe my issue is with the fans out there who just won't let it go... Or if that is too much, honestly put there total body of work again the subsequent direction that music took since 1970.
The Beatles changed the musical landscape worldwide and earned the respect of musicians across genres. Tell me who among subsequent artists that are said to have further revolutionized music had that privilege? Nirvana? The Clash, Sex Pistols? Eminem? Not one. The Beatles are simply beyond comparison; no other band was every near their league
I believe entirely that the Beatles were at the center of nearly every good rock and roll scene. Bob Dylan was inspired by the Beatles, the Byrds were inspired by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones were inspired by the Beatles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inspired by the Beatles- Heck, nearly everyone I can think of was inspired in some way by the music of the Beatles. And who wouldn't be? When the witty lyrics of John Lennon are combined with the musicianship of George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. Who wouldn't want to spend a summer's evening, listening to I am the Walrus? Well, who then? Who??
Let me make this perfectly clear: the Beatles have had a greater impact on the development of contemporary music than any other band or individual. Period. The introduction of sophisticated "non-love" themes into pop music was mostly the Beatles' invention. The introduction of Indian tones and styles: thank the Beatles. Establishing the album as an art form rather than a collection of singles: the Beatles. As far as output is concerned, Abbey Road is still arguably the best album ever recorded, sans Pet Sounds. Their songs have endured for over 50 years, and for good reason. Their recording style was unique, yet inspired a legion of imitators. The entire 60s pop explosion in 1964-65 could be traced directly to Beatlemania. The Beatles cemented the psychedelic tones of the era into popular consciousness. Recordings such as "Revolution" and "Helter Skelter" were the harshest recordings of their time. Thus, proto-punk, hard rock, heavy metal, punk, New Wave, and even modern alternative owes nearly EVERYTHING to the Beatles. Greatest band in rock history: no question.
Not only was the Beatles' music completely different than anything heard before 1964, but the members themselves changed our culture. They started the "long hair" trend that still exists today, in an age where military cuts or the "Elvis pompadour" were the norm. They changed fashion by wearing the collarless suits and Cuban-heeled boots in the beginning (unheard of until then), then wearing psychedelic clothing later on that started a huge trend. They changed society's attitudes about a number of things: Gender stereotypes, what the definition of "music" could entail, the generational gap, youth and its new visions of the future, sociological norms, etc., etc., etc. They changed musical and recording technology far past what it had been previously. Best of all, they opened people's minds. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO OVERESTIMATE THEIR INFLUENCE ON THE WORLD, even 43 years after their breakup.
Before I begin, I believe most people have said Yes due to people searching "Beatles Overrated" or something similar.
The Beatles are one of the greatest bands of all time due to their varying genres they delved into and how they managed to appeal to many different groups of people.
While I would agree that some of their songs like "Let it Be" or "Here Comes the Sun" are a bit overrated they are still fantastic, But in my personal opinion the best part of the Beatles are their songs that aren't hits. Songs like "Lovely Rita" and "For No One" are favorites of mine.
The very different sounds between their music shows the fact that they are willing to do different sounds even though it may not appeal to a mainstream audience. Their songs always seem to hit the right balance between mainstream and niche-hits.
Bands today are influenced by the Beatles. Most guitarists learn their early stuff and they wrote and performed some great tunes. They were not the best musicians, But great long lasting tunes outweigh long, Boring tunes that might be more musically superior. Their early hits were great, But the later ones were not and some were awful.
But to deny their influence would be silly.
Without The Beatles, virtually all pop/rock music since would not exist. They successfully integrated countless styles of world music into their pop repertoire, exposing the world to diverse sounds never before heard. As a millennial, having not been alive during any of their success as a band, I can still, in virtually all rock and roll, hear remnants of the Fab Four. Kurt wanted Nirvana to be the Beatles. Glenn Kotche from Wilco regularly uses Ringo fills and grooves. Their inspiration is seen everywhere.
They were most successful act in the history of recorded music and one of the most influential. Period.
They changed how music was recorded, performed, broadcast and sold: Music videos? Double-tracking? Stadium Concerts? Concept albums? Artist-own labels? The studio band? Artists that write their own material? Singles longer than 3-minutes? Long-haired men? Rock acts that don't dance?
The Beatles may or may not have invented all of these things but they pioneered them all. And all of these things became staples of popular entertainment because of The Beatles.
So if we are talking about their influence and impact on popular music they are by no means overrated. They literally changed everything. They were basically the blueprint for every popular rock band that followed them.
Also: Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Tom Petty, Billy Joel, David Gilmour... And many, many other great, popular musicians have said that everything started with The Beatles for them. Their creative influence is immeasurable.
But you can certainly can debate the artistic merit of their material. And you can argue about the quality of their singing and playing. Personally, I think they are actually UNDERRATED on those fronts. But that's me. I like what I like.
I like the Beatles. I like everything about them.
Everybody needs to be aware on what criteria we use to judge the quality of a band. Personally I love Hendrix and deep purple a lot, ( including other bands like Santana, aretha franklin, sly stone, Stevie wonder, jethro Tull etc),,,they have always been my faves, but the Beatles without a doubt were in a class of their own having had the most amazingly crafted songs and most beautiful and variable melodies and vocal harmonies ever heard on the face of the earth. ( the bee gees, abba, eagles etc are also contenders but we're not quite on the same level, however abba did come close),,Whereas bands like deep purple were masters at their skill and could improvise and play very powerful music for example, ( which the Beatles did not have to the same extent), the Beatles will be remembered forever for their monopoly on the greatest melodies and harmonies ever to grace the earth in popular music. Period, anyone who really does not recognise this, is either tone deaf or simply living in a different world!!!!
The Beatles crafted songs but did not forget that music should move you in many ways. Make you happy, make you feel regret, echo lost feelings, energise love and yes, simply bring toe-tapping fun.
They were simple in make up- four brash, true-to-themselves young lads .... But had the talent to take the world by storm. Two words stand head-and-shoulders above all other in the swinging decade of the 1960's: THE BEATLES!
They were unafraid to experiment without detracting from the demanding task to continually produce memorable song after memorable song. By the mid sixties they had established themselves as musical masters of popular must-hear songs. The songs that now play like old friends.
Their platform built out of hard sweat in the studio, and in isolation, they were able to offer new visions and surrealism to take their listeners on the Magical Musical Tour reaching great heights with Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
To achieve such a continual level of success while still sounding fresh and at times ahead of their times (even today), is The Beatles great achievement. A Monumental achievement in music, culture and creativity. A great gift to humanity. Put simply: The Awesome Foursome.