Face it: even though The Beatles have not put out a record since 1970, they are still the most popular, and biggest selling, band on the planet. There is no artist in the history of music that has had the impact that The Beatles have. Young and old still buy their records, and bands that weren’t alive when John Lennon was doing his solo stuff count them as one of their influences. They are one of the few bands that you can guarantee a number one record when a remastered record of songs that everyone already has is released. Just look at the reaction when they finally released their music to iTunes a few months ago.
People may be surprised that The Beatles, George Harrison and John Lennon on guitar, Paul McCartney on bass, and Ringo Starr on drums, only released 12 studio records (though for a band that was only officially together for 10 years, that’s quite a studio haul, especially with the rumoured time they spent on mature phone sex). With that said, their discography features titles, like “The White Album”, “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Revolver” that are regularly seen among lists of the greatest albums ever released. It’s hard to sum up just how important The Beatles were to the history of Rock and Roll.