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    1. THE BEATLES

    NUMBER ONE: THE BEATLES






    Major Era: 1962-1970

    Main Labels: Parlophone/Capitol, Apple


    Best Albums: Sgt Pepperís Lonely Hearts Club Band, Rubber Soul, Revolver, The Beatles (White Album), Abbey Road, With the Beatles

    Best Songs: Strawberry Fields Forever, A Day in the Life, Girl, A Hard Dayís Night, Nowhere Man, Here There and Everywhere, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

    I donít think this band needs much of an introduction so Iíll just gloss over the highlights. Also note that I have a Reviewing the Beatles thread for more on my thoughts. But for nowÖ

    Paul McCartney met John Lennon at a Liverpool fete in 1957 where Lennon was playing with the Quarrymen. Both, as well as many British teenagers of the day, were into a form of music known as skiffle, as DIY as you could get in those days. Paul McCartney brought in his friend, George Harrison, and the three of them went through a series of drummers before finally settling on Pete Best. Lennonís friend Stu Sutcliffe played bass for a time but McCartney would take it up after he left to stay in Hamburg, where the Beatles played off and on between 1960 and 1962. In late 1961, the Beatles were signed by Brian Epstein after seeing them play at Liverpoolís local Cavern Club and, after a failed audition with Decca, secured a contract with EMI where they met producer George Martin. He convinced the Beatles to dump Pete Best and they brought in Ringo Starr, a mate they knew from the Hamburg scene. They released their first single, Love Me Do, in late 1962 with some modest success, but it was Please Please Me in 1963 when things started to take off. From Me To You followed and, when She Loves You hit the charts in mid 1963, the Beatles became the hottest commodity in England. After I Want To Hold Your Hand and With the Beatles were released in late 1963, the Beatles came to America and Beatlemania was born. No one had seen a phenomenon like this since Elvis and, with a backlog of uncharted songs from England, the Beatles would literally dominate the Billboard charts, at one point having the five top singles in the US. The phenomenon continued throughout 1964 as the Beatles made a movie (A Hard Dayís Night) and would do a proper tour of the US later in the year. More albums and another movie followed, then the Beatles began to record more serious records starting with Rubber Soul. Rubber Soul, influenced by Dylan and folk-rock in general, was part of the first wave of an expansion of rock music that would culminate in the Beatlesí own magnum opus, Sgt, Pepperís Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967. After manager Brian Epstein died in 1967, the Beatles lost some direction, though their music, now more in a back to basics mode, never lost their quality with two more classic albums in The White Album and Abbey Road. Tensions would flare over musical and personal differences as well as conflicting business interests and McCartney would announce the bandís breakup in 1970. They would never reunite as a foursome even as personal feelings became softer, particularly with Lennon and McCartney. John Lennon would be assassinated in 1980 ending any hope for a full Beatlesí reunion but the three survivors would reunite to tell their story and release the three part Anthology series in 1995. George Harrison died in 2001 after a long battle with cancer, leaving McCartney and Starr to keep the Beatle dream alive with projects like the album Love in 2006, the Cirque Du Soleil mash up. Needless to say, the Beatles are remembered by many as the greatest rock group of all time and they will go down in history much the same way as Classical artists like Beethoven did.


    Why Do I Like This Artist? What a surprise, huh? Yes, this is my number one band for so many reasons. For one thing, it was the Beatles that sparked my interest in music to begin with, probably from the time I saw A Hard Dayís Night on TV as a kid. It was the Beatles that started my album collection though I have to admit the first album I bought was actually from the Mamas and Papas. Hey, I was eleven. I would skip lunch and save my lunch money and, every couple of weeks, Iíd buy another Beatlesí album until I had their basic collection. So what is it about the Beatles that make them head and shoulders above anybody else? Letís start with the fact that you can categorize them in a genre all their own and call it Beatle music. Others have tried to sound like the Beatles but the only band that even came close was a parody band known as the Rutles. Who remembers when Capitol spread the rumor that Klaatu was secretly the reunited Beatles? Nope, not even close. So whether it was something early like All My Loving, a pensive song like Norwegian Wood, the psychedelic A Day in the Life, or the late era Get Back, you knew you were listening to unmatched greatness. And, letís face it, if the Beatles hadnít existed, would music in general sound the way it does today? I think not.


    Links to songs:

    I Want To Hold Your Hand
    A Hard Dayís Night
    Norwegian Wood
    Strawberry Fields Forever
    A Day in the Life
    Come Together

    My favorite Beatles page

    https://www.beatlesbible.com/

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  2. #142
    And that’s about it for my Top 100. The list, now in proper order



    1. THE BEATLES
    2. REM
    3. David BOWIE
    4. THE KINKS
    5. THE BYRDS
    6. ELVIS COSTELLO
    7. THE WHO
    8. THE ROLLING STONES
    9. THE DOORS
    10. THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
    11. BOB DYLAN
    12. JOHN LENNON
    13. THE BEACH BOYS
    14. SIMON AND GARFUNKEL
    15. PATTI SMITH
    16. PHIL OCHS
    17. BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD
    18. PINK FLOYD
    19. THE ZOMBIES
    20. QUEEN
    21. JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
    22. THE HOLLIES
    23. LOVE
    24. STEVIE WONDER
    25. FRANK ZAPPA
    26. KING CRIMSON
    27. JIMI HENDRIX
    28. ROY ORBISON
    29. RADIOHEAD
    30. JOHNNY CASH
    31. MIDNIGHT OIL
    32. DEVO
    33. DEPECHE MODE
    34. ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
    35. WILCO
    36. LED ZEPPELIN
    37. THE ANIMALS
    38. CHUCK BERRY
    39. DONOVAN
    40. CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
    41. THE TURTLES
    42. THE SMITHS
    43. THE PIXIES
    44. NIRVANA
    45. OTIS REDDING
    46. JOHN LEE HOOKER
    47. YES
    48. ELLIOTT SMITH
    49. MANIC STREET PREACHERS
    50. THE TEMPTATIONS
    51. ELVIS PRESLEY
    52. PAUL MCCARTNEY
    53. U2
    54. ALICE COOPER
    55. NEIL YOUNG
    56. PJ HARVEY
    57. ROXY MUSIC
    58. THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS
    59. XTC
    60. JAMES BROWN
    61. TRAFFIC
    62. JETHRO TULL
    63. GUIDED BY VOICES
    64. THE B-52S
    65. THE MOODY BLUES
    66. THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
    67. THE RAMONES
    68. VIOLENT FEMMES
    69. SEX PISTOLS
    70. CONOR OBERST/BRIGHT EYES
    71. THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR ELEVATORS
    72. ELTON JOHN
    73. THE SHADOWS
    74. THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE
    75. NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS
    76. THE PRETTY THINGS
    77. BLONDIE
    78. X
    79. HOWLIN WOLF
    80. THE REPLACEMENTS
    81. CURTIS MAYFIELD/THE IMPRESSIONS
    82. THE JAM
    83. THE WHITE STRIPES
    84. BADFINGER
    85. TALKING HEADS
    86. THE FLAMING LIPS
    87. SPARKLEHORSE
    88. SUFJAN STEVENS
    89. SAM PHILLIPS
    90. GRANDADDY
    91. CAMPER VAN BEETHIVEN
    92. EELS
    93. GEORGE HARRISON
    94. THE PRETENDERS
    95. THE SEEDS
    96. OF MONTREAL
    97. EURYTHMICS
    98. MARVIN GAYE
    99. THE FALL
    100. LESLEY GORE




    And that’s about it, Hope you enjoyed my Top 100 artists of all time. Now what are yours?
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