The most influential band of all time, Beatles arguably helped shape the modern-day music culture.
- The Beatles created a dramatic impact in popularizing the guitar-electric bass-drums format for rock bands, and inspired the fan phenomenon “Beatlemania”.
Beatles opened up a world of possibilities to energized teenage fans and even helped change attitudes about Western culture in communist bloc countries during the Cold War era.
- The Beatles’ triumphant tours of America opened the doors for a “British invasion” that allowed other bands, including The Rolling Stones, to become huge in the US.
- They changed their sound which helped them with the idea of the full-length album in the late 60s, laying the template for other bands’ musical evolutions like Pink Floyd’s 1973 masterpiece, The Dark Side of the Moon.
- They introduced analogue recording technology into a new era which resulted in the production of Sgt Pepper.
- 700 hours of work went into recording the album. The new tech helped blend Western music with Indian music, jazz with psychedelic rock and pop.
- Beatles made a lasting contribution to the world of cinema through five influential movies – A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Help! (1965), Magical Mystery Tour (1967), Yellow Submarine (1968) and Let It Be (1970) which made irreverence fashionable in mainstream culture.
- The Beatles changed the attitude of the teenagers in terms of walking, talking and dressing. The shaggy haircut, known as a mop-top, suddenly became popular in the early 60s and long hair became more socially acceptable.
- The band performed at Liverpool’s Cavern club 292 times, before going on to find international stardom which has now been renovated and now attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year.
- The University of Southern California has been teaching a course called The Beatles: Their Music And Their Time for more than two decades.
- In all, 1.6 billion Beatles singles have been sold in the US and more than 600 million albums sold worldwide.