The Beatles

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The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", but as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the counterculture of the 1960s.

The Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960, with Stuart Sutcliffe initially serving as bass player. The core of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison went through a succession of drummers, most notably Pete Best, before asking Starr to join them. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act and producer George Martin enhanced their musical potential. They gained popularity in the United Kingdom after their first hit, "Love Me Do", in late 1962. They acquired the nickname "the Fab Four" as Beatlemania grew in Britain over the following year, and by early 1964 they had become international stars, leading the "British Invasion" of the United States pop market. From 1965 onwards, the Beatles produced what many consider their finest material, including the innovative and widely influential albums Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (commonly known as the White Album, 1968) and Abbey Road (1969).

After their break-up in 1970, they each enjoyed successful musical careers of varying lengths. McCartney and Starr, the surviving members, remain musically active. Lennon was shot and killed in December 1980, and Harrison died of lung cancer in November 2001.

According to the RIAA, the Beatles are the best-selling music artists in the United States, with 178 million certified units. They have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act. In 2008, the group topped Billboard magazine's list of the all-time most successful "Hot 100" artists; as of 2015, they hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart with twenty. They have received ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. Collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the twentieth century's 100 most influential people, they are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 600 million records worldwide. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, with all four being inducted individually as well from 1994 to 2015.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1963 Please Please Me The Beatles 3.9 15
1963 With The Beatles The Beatles 3.7 15
1964 Introducing… The Beatles The Beatles 2.65 4
1964 Meet The Beatles! The Beatles 4 4
1964 Twist and Shout The Beatles 5 1
1964 The Beatles’ Second Album The Beatles 3.35 2
1964 The Beatles’ Long Tall Sally The Beatles 4.5 1
1964 Something New The Beatles 3 1
1964 Beatles for Sale The Beatles 3.65 13
1964 Beatles ’65 The Beatles 3.5 2
1965 Beatles VI The Beatles 5 1
1965 Rubber Soul The Beatles 4.4 20
1966 Revolver The Beatles 4.65 23
1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles 4.6 25
1968 The Beatles (“The White Album”) The Beatles 4.4 22
1969 Abbey Road The Beatles 4.7 26
1970 Let It Be The Beatles 3.9 18

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 The Beatles with Tony Sheridan and Guests The Beatles with Tony Sheridan 3 5
1964 The Beatles Beat The Beatles 1 4
1964 The Beatles' First The Beatles feat. Tony Sheridan & Guests 4 6
1964 Les Beatles Les Beatles 4 2
1964 Ain't She Sweet The Beatles & The Swallows 3 4
1965 The Early Beatles The Beatles 2
1965 The Beatles' Greatest The Beatles 1
1965 Greatest Hits The Beatles 5 1
1966 Yesterday… and Today The Beatles 5 2
1966 A Collection of Beatles Oldies The Beatles 4
1966 And Now: The Beatles The Beatles 1
1966 Greatest Hits Volume 1 The Beatles 1
1970 Hey Jude The Beatles 4 8
1970 In the Beginning (Circa 1960) The Beatles feat. Tony Sheridan 4 6
1973 1962–1966 (“The Red Album”) The Beatles 4 9
1973 1967–1970 (“The Blue Album”) The Beatles 3.75 7
1976 Rock 'n' Roll Music The Beatles 4
1977 Love Songs The Beatles 2
1978 Rarities The Beatles 2
1978 The Beatles Collection The Beatles 2
1980 Rarities The Beatles 2
1981 Beatles Box (8 LP Australian Press) The Beatles 1
1981 Historia de la musica rock The Beatles 1
1982 Reel Music The Beatles 2
1982 20 Greatest Hits The Beatles 2
1983 23: The Number Ones The Beatles 1
1984 The Early Tapes of The Beatles The Beatles / The Beatles with Tony Sheridan / Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers 4 7
1987 Perfect Collection The Beatles 9
1988 Past Masters, Volume One The Beatles 5
1988 Past Masters, Volume Two The Beatles 4.5 4
1988 The Beatles Box Set The Beatles 1
1988 Past Masters The Beatles 5 3
1992 CD Singles Collection The Beatles 1

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