On February 7, 1964 four young British men from Liverpool with matching bowl haircuts arrived in the United States to change not only music, but culture forever. Following their arrival, The Beatles blew up. Everyone knew their short, poppy songs and every teenaged girl swooned and swayed whenever they heard John Lennon shred his vocal cords as he sang “Twist and Shout”. After recording thirteen studio albums, The Beatles became a household name by not only creating catchy music, but also by growing up and changing with their audience. Like many bands The Beatles experimented with their music and morphed from writing rock songs to psychedelic music as the 1970s began. What separates The Beatles from any other band that has ever played is how they are not only influential artists in musical history; rather they represent a stage in our music development, which makes them irreplaceable. [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Df-LvrRcEo[/embedyt]
While everyone’s musical tastes develop differently, The Beatles are often a constant in people’s musical taste. Many people grow up listening to their parent’s music, the radio, or they hit their rebellious stage and listen to the exact opposite of what they were raised on; only to eventually settle into the music they enjoy later in life. The Beatles are typically present somewhere, and at some point in their lives most people experience a phase where all they listen to is The Beatles. 24/7 their songs play, and for some reason, something within their music speaks to us and we connect immediately to their catchy choruses and iconic guitar riffs.
Because of this deep connection and relationship that music lovers share with The Beatles, it is impossible for them to ever be replaced. While new bands appear in droves almost every day, the reason why they can never live up the cultural icon status that The Beatles possess is because of today’s media. When The Beatles made their trip to the US, no one had really heard of them. They were unknown to everyone, and people were curious to hear them. Today, information is circulated all over the world within mere hours, which prevents this curiosity. For example, imagine if The Beatles were an up and coming band right now. We wouldn’t have to wait for them to fly over to hear their music, instead we can just Google them, watch some YouTube videos of their performances, or find their SoundCloud. Due to how fast media spreads, The Beatles never would have gained so much excitement and hype for their arrival because everyone would have already discovered them, successfully halting the explosion of their careers.
While The Beatles got very lucky by coming to the U.S. and becoming an instant hit almost overnight. Many new bands struggle with this, and need support to have a chance to become almost Beatle-like, even thought it isn’t technically possible to become cultural icons over night. At the end of the day, The Beatles hold a special place in our hearts when it comes to music. From the beginning of their career to the very psychedelic end, people have listened to and fallen in love with The Beatles’ music, but they can never be replaced because of their longevity and staying power.
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