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5 Reasons Why The Beatles Are Still Relevant Today 🎵

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There are very few figures in the world whose influence has affected almost every aspect of modern culture. That said, out of all the bands that have come and gone, it is undoubtedly The Beatles who have shaped music as we know it today. Indeed, The Fab Four, composed of George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney, are influential, to say the least — but how deep does their influence go? Read on to know more about the lasting impact that The Beatles have left on society and culture, one that we feel to this day.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr waving at fans styling their trademark haircuts and smart attire - Photo Courtesy of Pixabay
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr waving at fans styling their trademark haircuts and smart attire – Photo Courtesy of Pixabay

Musical Innovations ?

While many musical innovations are often attributed to The Beatles, one stands out as it resulted in a new form of experiencing music. Experts have debated through the years whether or not Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was the world’s first concept album.

No matter what the answer to that question is, there’s no denying that The Beatles brought the idea of the concept album into the mainstream.

Artists such as Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, and Green Day owe a lot to The Beatles for paving the way for such experimentation in modern music.

Influence on Fashion ????????

Celebrities have always been style icons. From Madonna to Kanye West, famous people have always dictated fashion trends for the masses to follow.

The Beatles are no exception to this, as their iconic looks in the 1960s still serve as an inspiration for contemporary fashion pieces. In fact, TIME named The Beatles one of their all-time fashion icons – cementing their place in the world of fashion, as they continue to influence what people wear decades beyond their time.

Going Strong After 50 Years ✌️

The Beatles’ iconic album, Abbey Road, turned 50 earlier last year and was met with a worldwide celebration. Fans marked this occasion by hosting gatherings all over the globe, with most accompanied by memorabilia.

Case in point, the Abbey Road Fuzz Factory 7 was released specifically to commemorate the album’s 50th anniversary, complete with psychedelic artwork that’s inspired by the iconic half-a-century old photograph of the band.

On the more traditional side, a remaster of the album was also released in the form of the Abbey Road: Deluxe Edition vinyl set that includes bonus material, such as studio outtakes and demos from the legendary album. In fact, the reissue was so successful that it pushed Abbey Road back on the top of the charts  – solidifying its place among the greatest albums of all time.

Presence in Films ?

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Another example of The Beatles’ relevance to today’s audiences is the movies about the band and its members. These range from the trippy animated film Yellow Submarine from 1968 to 2009’s Nowhere Boy, which told the story of a pre-Beatles John Lennon. While these examples are rather dated, there are more recent instances that prove how The Beatles are still the subject of some films to this day.

Look no further than 2019’s Yesterday directed by Danny Boyle that reintroduces the band’s greatest hits, such as ”Eleanor Rigby”, ”Yesterday”, and ”Back In The U.S.S.R.” to newer and younger audiences. Himesh Patel plays Jack Malik in the movie, written by the legendary Richard Curtis.

The Music Lives On ?

Aside from the multitude of bands that The Beatles have influenced that carry on hints and pieces of their musical legacy, the songs themselves have stood the test of time, thanks to the various covers from artists through the years.

This includes Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie’s cover of ”Helter Skelter” back in 2018, Amy Winehouse’s cover of ”All My Lovin’”, and Fiona Apple’s cover of ”Across the Universe” made for the film Pleasantville back in 1998.

There’s no questioning that The Beatles remain relevant to this day, simply because the songs are as beloved, or perhaps even more so, as when they first came out.

Post exclusively written for by Beige Jinni

Written by Beige Jinni

Music historian, writer, and vinyl record hoarder Beige Jinni has always been fascinated by how much musicians can influence the world. When she's not rummaging through vinyl shops to add to her growing collection, she scours Soundcloud, Instagram, and Twitter for underrated new rock, folk, and indie acts to stan. While Beige believes that the '60s was the best era for music, her cat Thomas who loves late '80s to mid '90s grunge begs to differ.

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