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 musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963 their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", and as the group's music grew in sophistication in subsequent years, 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, including Pete Best, before asking 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 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 the next year, and by early 1964 became international stars, leading the "British Invasion" of the United States pop market. From 1965 onwards, the Beatles produced increasingly innovative recordings, including the 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.

The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 800 million physical and digital albums worldwide. They have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act. According to the RIAA, the Beatles are also the best-selling music artists in the United States, with 178 million certified units. In 2008, the group topped Billboard magazine's list of the all-time most successful "Hot 100" artists; as of 2017, 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. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and all four were inducted individually from 1994 to 2015. They were also collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the twentieth century's 100 most influential people.

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Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Radio-Active, Volume 4 The Beatles 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 The Beatles’ Story The Beatles 4
1964 Open-End Interview The Beatles 1
1992 Interview Disc The Beatles 2
1995 Rare Photos & Interview CD, Vol. 1 The Beatles 1 1
1996 Rare Photos & Interview CD, Vol. 2 The Beatles 1 1
1996 Rare Photos & Interview CD, Vol. 3 The Beatles 1
2005 Uncut: The Beatles: Press Conferences 1964-1966 The Beatles 1
2007 The Ballad of John and Yoko The Beatles 1
'Quote' Unquote: The Sixties Interviews The Beatles 1
Beatlemania The Beatles 1
Interview Picture Disc, Volume 2 The Beatles 1
Interviews 1 The Beatles 1
The Beatles Talk Downunder, Volume 1 The Beatles 1
West Coast Invasion The Beatles 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Posters, Incense And Strobe Candles The Beatles 1

Broadcast + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1963 1963-10-24: The Beatles Popgrupp Fran Liverpool Pa Besök I Stockholm: Karlaplan Studios, Stockholm, Sweden The Beatles 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 The Golden Beatles The Beatles 1
1990 Michelle The Beatles 1
1990 The Beatles The Beatles 3
1994 As Nature Intended The Beatles 1
1998 The Ultimate Beatles Christmas Collection The Beatles 1
1999 Beatles II The Beatles 1
2000 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band / A Collection of Beatles Oldies The Beatles 1
2000 The Beatles - 1967 The Beatles 1
Beatlemania The Beatles 1
Beatlesmania The Beatles 1
Get Back The Beatles 1
Get Back Project 3 - The Apple Rooftop Concert The Beatles 1
Let It Be Sessions, Volume 2 The Beatles 1
Norwegian Wood The Beatles 1
Pawn Shop Hits The Beatles 1
Savage Young Beatles The Beatles 1
Stars of '63 The Beatles 1
Talk Down Under The Beatles 1
The Beatles The Beatles 1
The Beatles The Beatles 1
The Beatles Conquer America The Beatles 1
The Core of the Apple The Beatles 1
The Garage Tapes The Beatles 1
Upgraded Collection The Beatles 1
Volume 2: Tesco Store The Beatles 1
with the beatles The Beatles 1
Yesterday The Beatles 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 The Ultimate Collection, Volume 1 The Beatles 1
1994 The Ultimate Collection, Volume 2 The Beatles 1
1994 The Ultimate Collection, Volume 3 The Beatles 1
'69 Rehearsals The Beatles 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 The Complete BBC Sessions The Beatles 2
At Shea Stadium The Beatles 1
Ed Sullivan Feb 23 1964 The Beatles 1
Swedish Radio Show The Beatles 1
The Ed Sullivan Shows The Beatles 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 What's a Black Beatle? Kanye West & The Beatles 1

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