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“More Popular Than Jesus”

Imagine being in the first stadium filled with 50,000 screaming teenager girls chanting the name of four young members of a band that changed the world forever. The year 1963 will forever be known as the start to a rock/pop culture movement started by the young english band called The Beatles.  The Beatles were an english band that quickly took over much of europe during the early 1960’s that went on to be the best selling band in history. The Beatles were quite different than other bands as they pushed a new form of culture that inspired the world to follow the movement they had started.  The Beatles are one of the most influential bands in history as they created a mass movement of culture the world had never seen before and they created unique songs and albums the world had ever heard of.

Before this historical band made their debut in 1962, the popular music of the decade was Rock and Roll.  During the 1950’s, Rock and Roll was taking the world by storm and famous singers during this time consisted of names popular to this day such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and of course, Elvis Presley. Considered the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley was idolized and praised for his key roll in music during the 1950’s. Everyone loved Elvis and it took only one band from Britain to take elvis out of the spotlight and change the game of music.  It all started in the summer of 1960 where four guys got together in Liverpool to start a band. It only took three years for this young talented band to quickly gain in popularity and in reputation. The four band members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Nicknamed the “Fab Four”, this band by Early 1964 soon began producing albums and songs which went viral across the globe. The Beatles first single “Love Me Do”, sang by lead singer John Lennon, was the breakout song that first put the Beatles name out to the county of Britain. The reason this song became so popular was because John Lennon had a unique way of singing that the world had never seen. Soon after this, The Beatles continued to drag in number one singles left and right resulting in the fame that they fought to get for many years.  Before The Beatles, Pop and Rock culture during the late 50’s and early 60’s consisted of massive movement of Rock and Roll lead by Elvis Presley however the rock and roll music began to be repetitive and the people of the world were looking for a new type of music… And that is when The Beatles came in, crushing all music records becoming the world’s most popular band.

The Beatles were taking the world by storm and it did not take long for the world to recognize the unique culture trends The Beatles brought to the world.  All over the world, people began dressing like The Beatles, singing like The Beatles, and even changing appearances to look more like The Beatles. The Beatles even had a haircut names the “Mop Top” that the people of the world wanted to also have.  The impact The Beatles had on Rock and Roll even was enormous. No other band in history has transformed the sound of Rock and Roll in the way the Beatles had done. They proved to the world that Rock and Roll could have different sounds, harmonies and structures while all still sounding brilliant to the human ear.  On top of all this, on August 15th, 1965 The Beatles had the world’s first live concert in a stadium filled with 55,000 people. No entertainment group had ever done this and this event set the bar for music during this time period. The word “Beatlesque” was even created to describe similar sounding artists and fashion trends compared to as The Beatles.  Even though the Beatles were crushing all the top music charts, popular close competitors such as The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan were closely followed behind the Beatles. The Beatles were the start to a mass culture movement that had changed the way people look at the world, however some people might have had different opinions on what the Beatles were singing about and what they were doing not in public.

The Beatles, during the 1960’s, may not have been as perfect as most people thought of them.  The Beatles were known for experimenting with many different kinds of drugs in the mid sixties and they are technically what made drug use cool in the world.  It is obvious that The Beatles influenced hairstyles, clothing and culture however there drug use impacted society in the same way. Some drugs they were known for taking was LSD, Mushrooms, Cocaine, Weed and even Heroin.  The Beatles started a mass wave of trying to get some of these drugs legalized such as Weed and they went as far as being on a full page London newspaper ad. The world population started to realize the drugs these young band members were doing and the impact they had on there fans.  People started to question The Beatles and the choices they were making as there young fans would think it is ok to take some of these horrific drugs such as LSD since The Beatles thought these drugs were fun, enjoyable and had no harm in taking. The Beatles even had a song named after LSD called “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and a song about weed called “Got to Get You Into My Life”.  Some people might say that The Beatles were trying to be normal and they could do anything they want, however millions of people looked up to The Beatles during the 1960’s and whatever they did, the people of the world wanted to do also.

In all, The Beatles should be remembered as the greatest band in history as they pushed their own culture creating a mass movement of “Beatlesque” and they created a new form of music the world had never seen before.  Even to this day, singers and songwriters are using The Beatles songs as a platform to make new music in the way they did so many years ago. John Lennon, the lead singer of The Beatles, even once said in an interview that The Beatles were more popular than jesus and he might have actually been right as the whole world knew who The Beatles were in the 1960’s.  The people of Oak Ridge High School need to come together and make it mandatory to learn about this historical band in all high school’s across the globe for this band conquered the world and changed history for the better. This inspiring band will without a doubt go down in history for being the greatest pop and rock culture band in history and to this day, 50 years later, there music is still played across the globe.

Article by Nico Gambetta & Video by Matt Jenner

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