The Beatles (UK rock band, “The Fab Four”)

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Previously known as: The Quarrymen (British group that evolved into The Beatles)


The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960, comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They are regarded as the most influential band of all time and were integral to the development of 1960s counterculture and the recognition of popular music as an art form. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock 'n' roll, their sound incorporated elements of classical music and traditional pop in innovative ways. The band also explored music styles ranging from folk and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As pioneers in recording, songwriting and artistic presentation, the Beatles revolutionized many aspects of the music industry and were often publicized as leaders of the era's youth and sociocultural movements.

Led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the Beatles evolved from Lennon's previous group, the Quarrymen, and built their reputation by playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over three years from 1960, initially with Stuart Sutcliffe playing bass. The core trio of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, together since 1958, went through a succession of drummers, including Pete Best, before inviting Starr to join them in 1962. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act, and producer George Martin guided and developed their recordings, greatly expanding their domestic success after they signed with EMI Records and achieved their first hit, "Love Me Do", in late 1962. As their popularity grew into the intense fan frenzy dubbed "Beatlemania", the band acquired the nickname "the Fab Four". Epstein, Martin or another member of the band's entourage was sometimes informally referred to as a "fifth Beatle".

By early 1964, the Beatles were international stars and had achieved unprecedented levels of critical and commercial success. They became a leading force in Britain's cultural resurgence, ushering in the British Invasion of the United States pop market. They soon made their film debut with A Hard Day's Night (1964). A growing desire to refine their studio efforts, coupled with the challenging nature of their concert tours, led to the band's retirement from live performances in 1966. During this time, they produced albums of greater sophistication, including Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966) and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). They enjoyed further commercial success with The Beatles (also known as "the White Album", 1968) and Abbey Road (1969). The success of these records heralded the album era, as albums became the dominant form of record use over singles. These records also increased public interest in psychedelic drugs and Eastern spirituality and furthered advancements in electronic music, album art and music videos. In 1968, they founded Apple Corps, a multi-armed multimedia corporation that continues to oversee projects related to the band's legacy. After the group's break-up in 1970, all principal former members enjoyed success as solo artists, and some partial reunions have occurred. Lennon was murdered in 1980, and Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001. McCartney and Starr remain musically active.

The Beatles are the best-selling music act of all time, with estimated sales of 600 million units worldwide. They are the most successful act in the history of the US Billboard charts, holding the record for most number-one albums on the UK Albums Chart (15), most number-one hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (20), and most singles sold in the UK (21.9 million). The band received many accolades, including seven Grammy Awards, four Brit Awards, an Academy Award (for Best Original Song Score for the 1970 documentary film Let It Be) and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, 1988, and each principal member was individually inducted between 1994 and 2015. In 2004 and 2011, the group topped Rolling Stone's lists of the greatest artists in history. Time magazine named them among the 20th century's 100 most important people.

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1963Please Please MeThe Beatles3.9570
1963With The BeatlesThe Beatles3.950
1964Introducing… The BeatlesThe Beatles2.8527
1964Meet The Beatles!The Beatles4.2532
1964The Beatles’ Second AlbumThe Beatles428
1964The Beatles’ Long Tall SallyThe Beatles4.51
1964Something NewThe Beatles4.228
1964Beatles for SaleThe Beatles3.7550
1964Beatles ’65The Beatles4.428
1965Beatles VIThe Beatles526
1965Rubber SoulThe Beatles4.4595
1966RevolverThe Beatles4.654
1967Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Beatles4.5567
1968The Beatles (The White Album)The Beatles4.3555
1969Abbey RoadThe Beatles4.661
1970Let It BeThe Beatles4.0551

Album + Compilation

1964Twist and ShoutThe Beatles4.91
1964The Beatles With Tony Sheridan and GuestsThe Beatles with Tony Sheridan35
1964Jolly What! England’s Greatest Recording Stars: The Beatles & Frank Ifield on StageThe Beatles & Frank Ifield48
1964The Beatles BeatThe Beatles34
1964The Beatles’ First!The Beatles feat. Tony Sheridan & Guests4.56
1964Les BeatlesLes Beatles4.52
1964The Beatles vs. The Four SeasonsThe Four Seasons & The Beatles31
1964Ain’t She SweetThe Beatles & Other Great Group Sounds From England36
1965The Early BeatlesThe Beatles515
1965The Beatles’ GreatestThe Beatles3
1965Greatest HitsThe Beatles51
1966Yesterday and TodayThe Beatles57
1966A Collection of Beatles OldiesThe Beatles49
1966And Now: The BeatlesThe Beatles1
1966Greatest Hits, Volume 1The Beatles1
1967The BeatlesThe Beatles43
1968The Beatles FirstThe Beatles2
1970Hey JudeThe Beatles415
1970In the BeginningThe Beatles feat. Tony Sheridan48
1970Beatles No. 5The Beatles1
1970In ItalyThe Beatles1
1972The Essential BeatlesThe Beatles3
19731967–1970 (“The Blue Album”)The Beatles4.632
19731962–1966 (“The Red Album”)The Beatles4.631
1973Pop History Box SetThe Beatles / The Rolling Stones / The Beach Boys / The Lords / Small Faces21
1973The Beatles & The Rolling StonesThe Beatles & The Rolling Stones1
1976Rock ’n’ Roll MusicThe Beatles9
1977Love SongsThe Beatles55
1978RaritiesThe Beatles2
1978The Beatles CollectionThe Beatles55
197920 Golden Hits: Original RecordingsThe Beatles1
1980RaritiesThe Beatles4
1980Rock ’n’ Roll Music – Volume 2The Beatles4
1980Rock ’n’ Roll Music, Volume 1The Beatles2
1980The Beatles BalladsThe Beatles2
1980From Liverpool – The Beatles BoxThe Beatles53
1981E.P. CollectionThe Beatles54
1981Historia de la musica rockThe Beatles1
1982Rare BeatlesThe Beatles52
1982Reel MusicThe Beatles52
198220 Greatest HitsThe Beatles5
1982Birth Of The Beatles (La grande storia del rock)The Beatles1
1982Birth Of The Beatles Vol. 2 (La grande storia del rock)The Beatles1
1982The Beatles Story (1962–1967)The Beatles41
198323: The Number OnesThe Beatles1
1983The BeatlesThe Beatles1
1984The Early Tapes of The BeatlesThe Beatles / The Beatles with Tony Sheridan / Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers4.359
1985Original Best SelectionThe Beatles41
1985Super Selection 1962–1967The Beatles41
1986A Taste of HoneyThe Beatles41
1987Perfect Collection, Volume 3: 1963–1964The Beatles1
1987Perfect Collection, Volume 1: 1962–1963The Beatles1
1987Perfect Collection, Volume 4: 1964The Beatles1
1987Perfect Collection, Volume 5: 1964–1965The Beatles1
1987Perfect Collection, Volume 7: 1966The Beatles1
1987Perfect Collection, Volume 8: 1967The Beatles1
1987Perfect Collection, Volume 9: 1967 & OthersThe Beatles1
1987Perfect Collection, Volume 6: 1965The Beatles1
1988Past Masters · Volume TwoThe Beatles4.812
1988Past Masters · Volume OneThe Beatles4.7511
1988Past Masters · Volumes One & TwoThe Beatles4.759
1988The Beatles (box set, includes 2009 stereo remasters)The Beatles510
1988The Best I (1962~1964)The Beatles2
1988The Best II (1964~1966)The Beatles2
1988The Best III (1967~1968)The Beatles2
1988The Best IV (1968~1970)The Beatles2
1992Hamburg 1961Tony Sheridan & The Beatles2
1995Ain’t She SweetTony Sheridan & The Beatles1
1995Anthology 1The Beatles2.79
1995The Greatest 3The Beatles / Queen / The Rolling Stones1
1996Anthology 2The Beatles3.49
1996Anthology 3The Beatles3.59
1997Best of the BeatlesThe Beatles1
1998Words of LoveThe Beatles1
1999Platine CollectionThe Beatles1
1999The Best of BeatlesThe Beatles1
20001The Beatles4.428
2000In the BeginningThe Beatles feat. Tony Sheridan1
2000Please Please Me / With The BeatlesThe Beatles42
2000The Very Best OfThe Beatles1
2001Beatles Bop – Hamburg DaysThe Beatles with Tony Sheridan51
2001Please Please Me / Twist and Shout / Walking the Dog / Leave It to MeThe Beatles / Rod Stewart / The Rolling Stones1
2001Young YearsThe Beatles / The Rolling Stones1
2002Big Beat BoxThe Beatles1

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