Top 455 Beatles Quotes

In this post, you will find great Beatles Quotes from famous people, such as Donovan, Andy Partridge, Denny Laine, Alessia Cara, Britt Daniel. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.

Myself and The Beatles thought surely there was a way t

Myself and The Beatles thought surely there was a way through our fame and success to bring something to our generation to help chill the future out.
You know, I was such a big Beatles fan, and when I’d buy a new album I’d invariably hate it the first time I heard it ’cause it was a mixture of absolute joy and absolute frustration. I couldn’t grasp what they’d done, and I’d hate myself for that.
Andy Partridge
Paul forced the Beatles to work a lot harder than they would have otherwise, and he did the same thing with Wings.
As a kid, my parents would always listen to a lot of Beatles, Queen, Elvis. My mom was born and raised in Italy, and my dad was born in Canada and moved back and forth between Canada and Italy, so they would also listen to all the big Italian stars like Eros Ramazzotti, Gigi D’Alessio, Tiziano Ferro, Laura Pausini.
I was 16 when I started playing. I borrowed a friend’s acoustic guitar, and I had a Beatles chord book. I just taught myself that way.
Britt Daniel
They gave their money, and they gave their screams. But the Beatles kind of gave their nervous systems. They used us as an excuse to go mad, the world did, and then blamed it on us.
Before the Beatles could give us ‘The White Album’, they had to achieve disorienting success.
It’s insane that, since the Beatles and Dylan, it’s assumed that all musicians should do everything themselves. It’s that ridiculous, teenage idea that when Mick Jagger sings, he’s telling you something about his own life. It’s so arrogant to think that people would want to know about it anyway!
A song is a song. But there are some songs, ah, some songs are the greatest. The Beatles song ‘Yesterday.’ Listen to the lyrics.
The Rolling Stones are constantly changing, but beneath the changes they remain the most formal of rock bands. Their successive releases have been continuous extensions of their approach, not radical redefinitions, as has so often been the case with the Beatles.
Coming from art school, I had a great sense of style – as did The Beatles and the Stones – and I enjoyed projecting that. Image, attitude, great music and great lyrics – that was the ’60s.
I’m very influenced by the work of George Martin and the string arrangements that he did for the Beatles.
The Beatles were here in the 1960s, with their wives, at the Maharshi’s ashram. And they wanted my advice on various matters in India.
And I said, ‘Why not? It’s the truth! Why can’t I say I’m a Beatles fan?’ I used to get criticized for that.
It happens in this business – The Rolling Stones were ripped off, so were the Beatles. George Harrison hardly had anything left in the end.
I must have been six or seven – standing in front of a full-length mirror with a yardstick, pretending to be John Lennon. In my head, I was always going to be a singer, and The Beatles were probably the first musicians that had a major impact.
There were screaming girls, I had to learn as a blind person how to run to a limousine otherwise they’d take my clothes off and stuff. I thought to myself ‘how could this happen?’ I mean I could see it, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, but Jose Feliciano? It was a mystery to me.
When the Beatles cut old rock n’ roll, they were recording music still in their performing repertoire, and besides, they never thought of the music as old.
The Beatles exist apart from myself. I am not really Beatle George. Beatle George is like a suit or shirt that I once wore on occasion, and until the end of my life, people may see that shirt and mistake it for me.
My mom and dad have two very different tastes in music, so they were playing everything from Prince to the Beatles to Aaliyah.
My favorite artists have always been Elvis and The Beatles and they still are!
I mean, Beatles songs were two and a half minutes long, and they’re fantastic.
Rolling Stones came later for me. I was a Beatles guy. All of us were pretty much more along the lines of Beatles guys than we were Stones or Elvis.
The best pop music is the songs that a group of people can dance to, but you can also listen to in your bed and cry. That’s something obviously that The Beatles started and… so having that darkness there opens another door.
I actually didn’t listen to the Beatles song ‘Nowhere Man’ when I was writing my book of the same name. What I listened to a lot was ‘Abbey Road.’ Its disjointedness and its readiness to confuse only to delight were inspiring to me.
The Beatles and Ray Charles were in the same charts together, and that was just called pop music – it wasn’t called soul or rock. The best pop music just stands out as something that’s just original, and I think it should all be called pop again.
The Beatles set the rules. And the rules were: now just because we have long hair doesn’t mean that we’re rebellious.
I’ve always loved music. I grew up with older brothers and sisters who were into music, played The Beatles and the Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin.
Paul McCartney and The Beatles in general are my idols. And I love Sting. I got to meet Sting. That was really cool. Dustin Hoffman is my favorite actor. Also, I think of Magic Johnson as an idol.
We always had a guitar at home, but it wasn’t until I was 14 when I picked it up myself when my father handed me these sheets of music of the Beatles and some other classics. That’s where I learned all the chords and learned how to play and sing at the same time.
Jose Gonzalez
I’ve been a big Bob Marley fan forever. Forever. Like big, huge. Bob Marley and the Beatles, that’s my big, giant music influence. I can listen to them all the time.
The Beatles had a huge impact on me. I did 'Strawberry

The Beatles had a huge impact on me. I did ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, and we worked it out in an open tuning. That’s such a beautiful song, and I think I did it in a different way.
Even the Beatles lived their lives as a soap opera.
The Beatles and The Stones were basically inspired by American Rhythm and Blues.
The Beatles are here, and if you could see me my hand is on the ceiling. Styx is here, and my hand is in the basement.
I remember when I was a kid, every time the Beatles were on the radio, my dad would say he’d give me a dollar if I could tell him what band it was. So by the time I was about nine, I knew to just say ‘The Beatles,’ and I’d get a dollar out of it.
I got this Christmas gift with the entire Beatles catalog. I had fun trying to duplicate what I was hearing on these records, only using the instruments I had at hand – an acoustic guitar, and that’s all. It was endlessly amusing to me to try to imitate John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s harmonies using the guitar.
When I go back to seek inspiration – whether it be from Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, the Beatles, Hank Williams, Ray Charles or Bob Dylan – it’s from the performance. Those artists are in the studio playing their instrument and singing. There’s no going back and redoing the vocals.
When the Beatles first came out, you had to go to a certain amount of trouble to have long hair. You just couldn’t have it immediately. Anything you can just go out and get – like platform shoes – is not going to inspire people as much as something they have to go through a little bit of hell to have.
Beethoven and Beatles, Mozart and Michael Jackson, Paganini and Prince – I like them all.
Vanessa Mae
The Beatles were a phenomenon, but they were also ordinary blokes like anyone else. I was lucky enough to see that side.
The Beatles kind of pervade everything. They’re always kind of part of everyone’s lives.
Himesh Patel
So to compare the Beatles, obviously the Beatles are the Beatles, but in hip-hop terms, Tribe is the Beatles. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are the Beatles. Big Daddy Kane is Jimi Hendrix. It means that much to people that grew up with it.
I was 11 years old when the Beatles broke up. I was a Lennon fanatic – I mean, I loved Paul too, but Lennon was the guy – and there was always this dream of the Beatles getting back together; there was always this hope.
From a very young age, music was very much in my house. I would sit with my mom, with the old LPs, listening to The Beatles and Carly Simon and Lionel Richie. The old LPs used to have the lyrics. From there, I would put on dance and music displays for my family, just to entertain them and make people laugh and smile.
We’ve got an electric organ, a sax, drums, guitar and bass guitar. We sound less like the Beatles than most of the groups.
I really like The Beatles.
All my friends in art school used to run around with this sort of what you call Beatles haircut. And my boyfriend then, Klaus Voormann, had this hairstyle, and Stuart liked it very, very much. He was the first one who really got the nerve to get the Brylcreem out of his hair and asking me to cut his hair for him.
The Beach Boys already had about four or five albums under our belt when these newcomers, The Beatles, took the U.S. by storm in early 1964.
I think the four men of the Beatles are an apt comparison for one Robin Lopez.
I just got exposed to electronica, and I really liked it. I am also good with alternative rock. I like Lana Del Rey, Adele, Dido, Jack Johnson, and I love the Beatles and the Beach Boys.
I thought if Oasis could get away with sounding like The Beatles, I could get away with sounding like Abba.
Pete Waterman
From 1958 to 1964, that’s real rock n’ roll. Then the Beatles hit and everyone sounded like them.
It was in 1967, and I was on a spiritual pilgrimage to India to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. That was before the Beatles saw him, by the way, when not too many people knew of him. Anyway, I visited the Taj and noticed its wonderful sound.
Paul Horn
My music was typically continental – nothing like, say, The Beatles.
There are so many reasons to mark the passing of the great Joe Cocker – as many songs as he wrote, recorded and performed in his remarkable concerts. For me, Cocker was also the only performer who successfully covered and even improved on The Beatles.
The Beatles just changed everything right across the board. They just had that right combination of clean-cut good looks – a cute band – but under that they had a real rock n’ roll thing going on.
Some genres of rock ‘n’ roll attract more of the party animals. I guess the Stones partied a bit. I think The Doors were more like The Beatles backstage – friends hanging out and whatever. It wasn’t crazy. Everything was pretty subdued.
The Beatles in 1963 came to America and became international celebrities, but Bobby Fischer was one of the first, as Elvis was, more in terms of the message created around him.
Growing up, I was listening to a ton of Motown music, Otis Redding, Aretha, and then there was the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin. These were all people that I felt as though they truly felt every single lyric they said, and they weren’t afraid of imperfection.
It was my love for the guitar that first got me into music and singing. Growing up, I was inspired by The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Damian Rice was a huge influence for me musically.
When I heard The Beatles, that was my turning point. They were like my mentors. You know, the funny thing about that, when I heard ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand,’ at first I said these guys are like a flash in the pan. But the second album, I had to take all that back. John Lennon – one of the greatest writers in the world.
Billy Paul
The Beatles had just come out, and everybody had a band

The Beatles had just come out, and everybody had a band. It was incredible competition out there.
I’m like, ‘Would you be the person in the room that would boo when Dylan went electric? I know I wouldn’t. Or are you the person that left The Beatles after ‘She Loves You,’ or ‘Drive My Car?’ You weren’t on board for ‘Revolution 9’ or ‘Day In The Life,’ were you?’
I’m touched by rock n’ roll. I’m touched by the Beatles. I want some of the music I do to reflect that.
We were pretty good mates until the Beatles started to split up and Yoko came into it. It was more like old army buddies splitting up on account of wedding bells.
I’m the worst on facts about me or facts about the Beatles.
People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.
I used to listen to the Beatles and Stones, whereas Angus was more into the heavier stuff – Cream, Hendrix – with the lead guitar.
In terms of what influenced me, I grew up on The Beatles, and I always was struck by their dry British sense of humor.
The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Phil Spector. Those were my idols.
You’re not a baby boomer if you don’t have a visceral recollection of a Kennedy and a King assassination, a Beatles breakup, a U.S. defeat in Vietnam, and a Watergate.
The Dave Clark Five had more appearances on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ than The Beatles.
I just got into the Beatles a couple years ago, you know, I like it.
I don’t think you’d say we’d be rivals because we’ve got a completely different line-up to The Beatles.
There was always a lot of American music in England until, obviously when the Beatles came around, then there was a shift towards English music, but before then American music was the main thing.
You’re always frustrated, you don’t have the chance to do a song on the album, like the Beatles did with Ringo and George, or like Led Zeppelin, where everybody was given a chance to contribute. There never is a chance with the Stones.
Bill Wyman
I remember when I discovered The Beatles with music and The Beatles peaked before I was born and when I discovered them I felt really special.
The first year with the success that we had and let me point out that the time frame changes depending on which decade you look at it. In the seventies acts were kind of expected to do an album a year. If you look at the Beatles they were doing three a year.
Gerry Beckley
I got the idea of meditation from The Beatles. It was a fad, but I’ve found it beneficial in my crazy life.
When I was little, I was listening to the Beatles, Bob Marley, Janis Joplin, and stuff. I had a big soul music culture, and not so much a French one.
I don’t think the Beatles were that good. I think they’re fine, you know. Ringo’s got the best backbeat I’ve ever heard… Paul is a fine bass player… but he’s a bit overpowering at times.
If you look at these bands like The Beatles, they did something that was new for that time, whether it was shocking or just a new direction that they were going.
I wouldn’t know how I would have coped with The Beatles’ sort of fame.
Noel Redding
I wish I lived in the ’60s because I’m a big fan of the Beatles.
Celine Buckens
I don’t care if it’s rap, metal, whatever. You still should play Beatles records mixed with Limp Bizkit mixed with Foghat mixed with Creedence Clearwater Revival, stuff like that.
I could be just as happy playing a Beatles song as I am when I’m thrashing out the double bass stuff with Adrenaline Mob.
When I first started making music, it was learning other people’s songs and putting them onto four-track. Like Beatles songs and stuff. When I started writing, I used the singing side of the production as a vehicle for melody and lyrical ideas.
There’s so many influential albums my parents would put on. Like the first album I ever heard was ‘Help!’ by the Beatles and from there I just loved rock music.
I like the Beatles. They’re at the core of my musicality. And John Lennon’s my spiritual father.
I respect my dad, and he’s amazing. He’s my hero. He’s the Beatles, man – or one of them.
James McCartney
What the Beatles did was something incredible, it was more than what a band could do. We have to give them respect.
It’s like this – these five members have been influenced of course by other groups, because that’s where this generation‘s groups came from – an environment like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, and The Who. People like that.
Walter Cronkite was the last newsman everyone trusted i

Walter Cronkite was the last newsman everyone trusted in the same way that the Beatles were the last music everyone loved and Marilyn was the last star everyone concurred was worthy of the word.
I was so aware of the stage clothes versus the everyday-life clothes, and the extremeness of the stage clothes that my parents had designed. Even coming across my dad’s old Beatles suits from Savile Row and the history attached to them – the masculinity and simplicity compared to the ’70s glitz and glamour of Wings.
I was wanting something new, and for me the Beatles were… outstanding. I was breathless, speechless.
I ain’t the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I’ve dedicated my life to music since I was 7 and my dad bought me a guitar and the ‘Meet the Beatles’ album.
I like the Beatles very much, and there are certain things about the Stones that I like.
And my biggest revelation that will never be beaten is the Beatles. I couldn’t believe that I’d gone my whole life without knowing all those songs.
‘The White Album’ is so cool because it was around the time when the Beatles started to not like each other, so they would each go off and do their own thing. It’s all over the place, but that’s what makes the album so brilliant.
He will go down as a legend along with Elvis and the Beatles and Michael Jackson. Bob Marley is right up there. He was a leader for reggae music – he really made it appeal to a world audience.
But times changed, and I changed, and I didn’t feel that way anymore. The Beatles were happening. I think that was probably the main thing. The Beatles just changed the whole world of music.
The Beatles will go on and on.
In the early ’70s, coming out of the ’60s, it was very hippy or it was very uniform, like The Beatles all wearing the same suit. Into the ’70s, it became much more about a personal style. You had the glam period, which was a lot of fun, and then you went into punk.
While other girls swooned over The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, I worshipped Rudolf Nureyev and Isadora Duncan.
If it weren’t for the Beatles, I would not be a musician.
There’s never going to be a new Beatles because we don’t consume things in that way anymore.
You can put the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the same category, but the types of music, the colors each band evokes, are completely different. It’s the same with Mozart and Beethoven – they express two very different aspects of music.
I was a huge Beatles fan. The Stones, Dylan. Later on, I got into Stevie Wonder, and Bill Withers – he’s one of my heroes. Al Green, too.
For me, the Beatles are proof of the existence of God.
The Beatles were great; we know that. But we were trying to do a new thing. Why do we need to recreate the Sixties?
My first introduction to pop music was probably the Osmonds, the Jackson 5, the BeeGees… Then the Beatles eventually. My father was pretty specific about what we listened to early on.
Paul Hicks is the only guy The Beatles will allow to arrange, mix and engineer their music, so he did the Cirque du Soleil ‘Love’ show.
When I was a kid, and Elvis Presley broke through to a middle class, white audience, it was a sociological phenomenon that lasted through the Beatles and even a bit through Fleetwood Mac.
Also, right at that particular time in the music business, because of people like the Beatles, people began owning their own publishing. I’ll just say this really quickly – they used to divide the money for the music that was written in two, just equal halves.
Many people say some of their best ideas come from dreams. Arguably the greatest Beatles song, ‘Yesterday,’ came to Paul McCartney in a dream.
I grew up on a lot of early Beatles, DC5, Cream, Clapton, Page, Beck and Hendrix.
As a kid, I loved classical music. Composers like Beethoven were like rock stars to me. Then there were the real rock stars: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan.
When the Beatles broke up, I thought to myself, ‘Dude, seriously?’
The Beatles were raw musically, but I think they really had something.
Brenda Lee
George Martin recorded a lot of my stuff before the Beatles, so I observed their meteoric rise.
It was a free-for-all; the BBC wouldn’t play anything so we had pirate radio playing the African-American music and the Beatles and greats like Howlin’ Wolf and Robert Johnson and Motown’s Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Otis Redding.
When I was 9, I was into T. Rex, Gary Glitter, and Alice Cooper. I knew The Beatles because my nan introduced me to them, but T. Rex was the first band I got into myself. I got ‘Metal Guru‘ a few months after hearing ‘Children of the Revolution’ in Pwllheli in North Wales at a market.
I had a guitar when I was 6 or 7, a plastic guitar with the Beatles’ faces on it. It would be a collector‘s item now. It would fetch a hefty sum, I imagine.
I'm very lucky; I have a lot of knowledge. My favorite

I’m very lucky; I have a lot of knowledge. My favorite band is The Beatles, so a lot of inspiration for my music comes from them, too.
The Beatles are the most credible band in the history of music.
Ryan Tedder
I think the Beatles are a lot of people’s favorite band.
I really like the cute Beatles, the beginning. I don’t really like the moustached Beatles very much. And then the hippie Beatles I’m not super-thrilled with, although they had good songs.
For me, the music of the Beatles then was serious and very, very serious art. So I couldn’t take a picture of John laughing his head off or pulling funny faces because he was a serious artist, even when he was only 20.
By 27, Bob Dylan had already written ‘Highway 61 Revisited,’ the Beatles had releasedRubber Soul,’ Bruce Springsteen had recorded ‘Born to Run’ and U2 had delivered ‘The Joshua Tree.’
The Beatles are the ‘on switch‘ to my life.
I think the ’60s was a great time for music, especially for rock and roll. It was the era of The Beatles, of The Stones, and then later on The Who and Zeppelin. But at one point in the ’70s, it just kind of became… mellow.
We don’t ever spread ourselves too thin. And sometimes it’s a little bit to the chagrin of our fans; they don’t get albums… I mean, The Beatles were doing two albums a year at one point.
Ringo isn’t the best drummer in the world. He isn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles.
So whenever I hear The Beatles I always feel I’ve got a lot in common with everybody else.
It’s like Christians who want to be like Jesus. We’re just trying to follow in someone‘s footsteps. Might as well be The Beatles.
I’m not exactly a huge Beatles fan, but when I have a chance to visit a legendary place like the Beatles museum, I definitely use it. It’s historic.
I think it’s all about the music you listen to along the way. For me, my parents always played Motown music and The Beatles, so I was drawn to the soul.
A short story collection can be as exciting as a novel. It is a real complete experience, like when you listen to a real good recording, a Beatles record, and there are so many good songs.
Some of the best art in the world is collaborative, a mix of voices that are stronger together than separate. Take the Beatles, for example. Or every great movie ever made. We like to say they’re the director‘s vision, but really, they’re huge collaborations between directors, writers, actors, even producers.
I think the people who are sitting in their living room doing those, ‘Let’s take country music back’ blogs and all that stuff, that’s crazy to me. No one’s saying that about rock & roll, and no one sounded like the Beatles since 1960. No one says that about R&B, and no one sounded like the Commodores since 1970.
The Beatles saved the world from boredom.
Before hip-hop existed, we were listening to soul songs from the ’70s. I grew up with Motown, Elton John, and the Beatles. To me, that’s good music.
As far as I’m concerned, there won’t be a Beatles reunion as long as John Lennon remains dead.
Every Shania Twain interview ends with someone asking, ‘Which Beatles album have you always wanted to cover, given the chance?’
I grew up loving classic rock music – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones – and then one day I heard ‘Baby One More Time’ on the radio and I thought ‘What is this?’ I was eight and it changed my life.
Every member of the Beatles drove a Radford. Enzo Ferrari, Steve McQueen, Peter Sellers, Twiggy, they all had one. So it had this really kind of cult, celebrity following.
When the Beatles were on ‘Ed Sullivan,’ life went from black and white to color like in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ – and the irony I’m in the band Toto is not lost on me.
I translated Beatles songs for my English class.
Christian Lacroix
Listen to the Beatles’ ‘Things We Said Today.’ Ringo Starr does not play a fill in the entire song. It doesn’t need it. ‘A Day In the Life’ has gorgeous fills, but there, the song needs it. When I play on any record, I’m striving to get where Ringo is. You play what doesn’t take you out of the song.
Hanson has rapid female fans, which I’m completely proud of, but a lot of fans are a contingent that have grown up with us really – our peers. There’s younger fans. More and more guys are Hanson fans, musicians or kind of guys who were into a Beatles record.
Taylor Hanson
Music as a whole industry is growing exponentially, but in terms of the actual music file, when you look at the actual value there, to me, ‘The Beatles’ catalog should be worth more than Spotify.
I wanted to have a band that could rock as hard as the Who and sing like the Beatles and the Beach Boys; a band that could play concise, three-and-a-half minute songs with power and elegance.
What good are three Beatles without John?
I did have quite a different upbringing to a lot of my peers. We all have a sort of code that we get, especially as Beatles kids. It’s an unspoken sort of word of understanding. But I’m comfortable around a lot of different types of people.
Even if you're not a fan of the Beatles you just know t

Even if you’re not a fan of the Beatles you just know their songs by default. I had probably got bored of the Beatles by the time I was like 15 because I thought I had heard enough.
Joel Fry
Maybe ‘Can’t Stop Feeling’ and ‘Turn It On’ we’ll just release as singles. It’s a thing The Beatles used to do which I really loved, the idea of releasing something as a single completely on its own.
You know how the Beatles broke off – they all did their solo projects and they came back together and they were even stronger!
The similarity between my music and The Beatles’ music is it has within it a very positive quality. It’s woven with humor.
You can’t beat The Beatles, you join ’em.
Peggy Lee
Duane Eddy is somebody I wanted to play like. I discovered him before The Beatles, and he totally got to me. He sent me a note back in 1977 and said that he really liked what Cheap Trick were doing. That’s one of those ‘Wow!’ moments, you know?
Personally speaking, I think the Beatles were our biggest influence.
In 1968, I bought a 114-foot yacht, built in 1946, and lived on the Greek islands for a while. We had an extraordinary time in it. Then I gave it to The Beatles.
A classic song is timeless. You’ll never outlive a classic song. I’ll never put The Beatles ‘In My Life’ on one day and say, ‘That doesnt move me any more.’
Probably every band – you get back to like, The Stones are kind of the tough guys, Beatles are kind of psychedelic, Led Zeppelin was kinda mystical, The Who are kind of mods. You know, you just go right through. Everyone’s kind of adopted their so-called persona or flavor if you will.
If I were in the Beatles, I’d be a good George Harrison.
My brain has been programmed to listen to music a certain way because of the Beatles.
Contrary to reports, this boy is not a billionaire or going to be richer than any Beatle… and not just in the sense of money, by the way; the Beatles are untouchable – those billionaire reports are a joke.
The muse of music isn’t just from Greek mythology, but living in people like the Beatles, Chuck Berry, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin.
Ernie Isley
I think of talent as being God-given. I know that contradicts what a lot of people believe, but that’s how I see it. I think the Beatles were meant to be, you know? So when I listen to Paul McCartney, I think, ‘Here’s the person that God gave the gift of allowing him to write ‘Let It Be.’
To the best of my knowledge, none of the Beatles can read music.
I do remember actually learning chords to Beatles songs. I thought they were great songwriters.
I was such a massive fan of all the ’60s pop bands, but if I had to single out one band, it would definitely be The Beatles.
It’s true that when I was younger and I first got interested in music, I used to read books about the Stones and the Beatles and how they listened to Muddy Waters and people like that when they were starting out, who are much less well known now than the Rolling Stones. The Stones really changed blues.
There’s no outdoing The Beatles.
Everyone’s seen the Beatles.
I never saw The Beatles live. I was very aware of them, though.
Many of what are now considered historic events, such as John and Paul McCartney’s only jam session after The Beatles split up, weren’t photographed. I’m surprised I captured as many moments as I did.
I did not become great by association of The Beatles! Beatles make Maharishi great? Pah! It is a waste of thought.
Growing up in the neighborhoods I did in Oakland, you don’t know the Beatles, but I started learning their songs.
I grew up with Jilly and Tamsin driving Volvos. But I wasn’t one of them… I always felt more comfortable with Cockney and working-class people. My heroes were the Beatles and people like Michael Caine.
I’m touched by the Beatles. I want some of the music I do to reflect that. Here I am. I love Sly Stone and James Brown and Stevie Wonder, and I want my music to reflect some of that. Here I am. I’m touched by Jon Hendricks. I want some of my music to reflect that. And when I write, you’re going to hear it.
I love the Beatles.
Every once in awhile, the world will push up an Elvis Presley or a Beatles. But that’s really outside the realm of show business.
The Beatles were basically a vocal band.
It was only later that I found out there was good ’70s rock like the Raspberries and the Flaming Groovies. I always gravitated toward the ’60s music more, though, like the Kinks, the Who and the Beatles, of course.
I knew The Beatles before because we did our first tele

I knew The Beatles before because we did our first television with them, ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars.’
Charles Manson loved the Beatles but didn’t understand them. Governor Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen but doesn’t understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, Rage Against the Machine.
And so we went away to play, and we’d come back to Liverpool. And while we were doing this – ‘cuz we did it for two years. And then we’d go to Germany, and that’s where I met the Beatles.
The Beatles created something that never trailed off. What a gift that was to their fans. If you’re into the Beatles, you loved them from beginning to end.
The Beatles had some juice when it came to distortion, but Clapton was finally able to break through those early studio engineersfear of overloading. He defined the sound that guitarists spend the rest of their lives trying to get.
Oasis are not just influenced by the Beatles; they actually take stuff. Then they get praised.
While the Beatles always had George Martin around to clean up their act, the Rolling Stones had Andrew Loog Oldham to coarsen theirs.
We lived out in the middle of nowhere – the most random places – because of my father’s work. We spent a lot of time in the car on long drives, just to get anywhere. We listened to oldies rock on the car radio, and the most-played group on oldies rock radio is the Beatles.
Some people’s parents listened to the Beatles… but my family is Alquimia, Celia Cruz, and Carlos Vives – this old, rich Colombian music. I loved hearing that while I was growing up.
I didn’t like any British music before The Beatles. For me, it was all about black American music. But then I became a successful pop singer, even though the kind of music I liked was more elitist, which is what I’m trying to get back to.
Lulu
My first band was an Argentinian folk group when I was 10. When I was 12 I had my electric guitar, and by the time I was 13, the Beatles came into the scene, and that was over. So I have a mixture of all these traditions, and I think that’s who I am, a mixture of everything.
Gustavo Santaolalla
I think between The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and innumerable acts after that… rock music became a huge economic force.
Anything to do with the Beatles is very complicated.
Robert Stigwood
Our influences are who we are. It’s rare that anything is an absolutely pure vision; even Daniel Johnston sounds like the Beatles. And that’s the problem with the bands I’m always asked about, the ones derivative of the early Seattle sound. They don’t dilute their influences enough.
The Beatles were from Liverpool. It’s a hard town. The Stones weren’t the hard men. They just dressed up. The Beatles were the hard men.
I love Radiohead, which most people don’t expect, and I listen to everything from Stevie Wonder to Steely Dan, Carole King, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Beyonce Knowles, Vampire Weekend, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Burt Bacharach, and Paul Simon.
I grew up listening to the Beatles and being an ardent Beatles fan when I was in third grade all the way to adulthood, and listening to all kinds of music that came to us either at the flea market or in our living rooms or on the ‘Ed Sullivan’ show – all these places we were influenced by.
My sister discovered the Beatles when she was about 11 and I’m four years younger. So we had nothing but Beatles paraphernalia. Every night I fell asleep to a different Beatles album.
My parents were always playing records: My mom was really into the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac, and my dad was more Billy Squire, Whitesnake, ’80s hair metal. But I think there’s that crucial point where you become an adolescent and you don’t want to listen to your parents’ music.
I love the Beatles.
I grew up watching English films and listening to The Doors and The Beatles.
I’m wide open and will entertain anything anybody has to say, but if it’s MTV and radio, well, they’re great things, but can’t be the only thing. I don’t know that it would work even for the Beatles.
I don’t think anybody comes close to The Beatles, including Oasis.
As every teenage girl, I was absolutely obsessed with The Beatles, and the first record I bought was ‘Please Please Me.’ I’d have been 13 at the time.
Danny and I wrote 10 songs in seven days, which I thought might be close to the record until you probably look at some of the Beatles statistics.
Jerry Only
I knew all this Beatles music. I knew the songs phonetically. It was like my whole experience of that music was out of focus, and somebody put the perfect glasses on me, and all of a sudden I could see everything.
You have to be a bastard to make it, and that’s a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
I always wanted to merge heavy metal with pop music, but I think that because I grew up more with pop, the Beatles and the Stones, I tended to affiliate myself with those projects.
Growing up with a dad who was a classic-rock guy, I felt out of place with what was happening in pop culture. The Beatles, Zeppelin, T. Rex – that, for me, was the music that could never leave our vocabulary.
I think comedy has a range, with multiple peaks in different areas. It’s like trying to compare Beethoven and the Beatles. Sometimes I hear from people, ‘I think you try too hard in your comedy.’ And that’s what I worry about.
If you look in my CD case, you’ll see it’s Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, now I can’t think of anyone else, but all that stuff.
Michael Angarano
If you want to be negative about the whole thing you ca

If you want to be negative about the whole thing you can say all guitar bands after the Beatles were just a waste of time because the Beatles were the best. I think it’s far better to give new records a try.
I was lucky enough to see the Beatles play live.
Jon English
Both the Beatles and The Rolling Stones broke on the music scene the summer I was in England. I can vividly remember hearing ‘She Loves You’ in August 1963.
I love bands like Queen, Zeppelin, The Beatles.
One day, Travi$ is going to be moving like The Beatles.
We listened to a lot of Rolling Stones and Beatles records when we were recording. They were really good at not playing loud, but generating really big sounds out of everything.
Mike Lowry
‘The Beatles’ did whatever they wanted. They were a collection of influences adapted to songs they wanted to write. George Harrison was instrumental in bringing in Indian music. Paul McCartney was a huge Little Richard fan. John Lennon was into minimalist aggressive rock.
I was singing totally jazz then, but when I heard the Beatles and heard the gospel influence and everything, I just said, ‘I can make jazz with R&B.’
Billy Paul
When the Beatles came in, I really concentrated on making a lot of movies. Those beach films that we did were a lot fun. They hit with an audience that related to what we were trying to do on the screen. That kept me going all through that Beatle period.
The true treasure lies within. It is the underlying theme of the songs we sing, the shows we watch and the books we read. It is woven into the Psalms of the Bible, the ballads of the Beatles and practically every Bollywood film ever made. What is that treasure? Love. Love is the nature of the Divine.
As a writer, I’ve always been the sum total of my influences, and those are all over the spectrum: Rachmaninov, the Who, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Lesley Gore, Burt Bacharach and Leonard Bernstein, the Rolling Stones and the Small Faces.
The Beatles were a group made up of four very complex men, and my small hand could not have broken these men up.
When I got into the Beatles, I must have only been about six or seven but old enough to take notice. We used to have an old radiogram which, for readers of a certain age, was like a big cabinet thing with a record player inside it.
Being in The Beatles was a short, incredible period of my life. I had 22 years leading up to it, and it was all over eight years later.
Over the years, I’ve come to realize that writing ‘I Ain’t Living Long Like This’ was an exercise in combined musical influence, mostly that of Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan – artists no one has ever heard of.
I love the Beatles, but I don’t listen to them at all regularly. Most of my friends are bigger Beatles fans than I am. I respect them, and I love them – ‘Abbey Road’ is probably one of my favorite albums, but I don’t think I’ve ever listened to the ‘White Album’ the whole way through.
I wasn’t good in school. I didn’t do sports. I sat in the bedroom and listened to records. Because the Beatles did whatever they wanted to, I took that as a kid and said, ‘That’s what rock is.’
All I can say is thank God my stepdaughter’s favourite band in the whole wide world is The Beatles. We do have dance parties to ‘Wannabe’ though.
Emma Ishta
I can’t actually believe how good ‘The Sopranos‘ is. I genuinely am dumbfounded by it. It’s like when you realize how good The Beatles are, and you think, ‘How did they do that?’
It’s always been easy with Mark, he’s a rock fan and we speak the same language. He’s a big Beatles fan too. We worked a lot via CLI calls, though only meeting up once every couple of months.
Like any family, like any group – the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, EPMD, Public Enemy – they’ve had bumps in the road. I just think that because A Tribe Called Quest is so precious to fans, they were concerned about unveiling some of those things.
Instead of the Beatles and the Stones, my mum and dad were listening to Michael Jackson, Barry White.
I remember, when I was a kid, listening to the radio and hearing ‘Big Bad John’ by Jimmy Dean – and it just blew me away. I used to sit there and call the radio stations and request that song. And then the Beatles were obviously out already, but I really didn’t know about the Beatles.
I just got so fed up with the bad vibes. I didn’t care if it was the Beatles; I was getting out.
I never tried to emulate The Beatles, and I never really wanted to be like The Rolling Stones. I never really felt that I had the look or the demeanor of veteran musicians.
People have made a living deconstructing Lennon and The Beatles songs because of their compositional sophistication. But what’s so exciting about John is that he never had any of that training on musical theory; something just spoke to him, and he just knew what sounded right.
I listened to oldies radio stations as a kid; lots of Kinks and Beatles and ’50s hits.
I remember when I was younger I used to sing that Beatles song, ‘When I’m 64’, and think that’s light years away for me – I was 18 when it came out. Now here I am.
I was about twenty and the Beatles were meditating and I heard about it and they had a center in New York and I came to the center and I learned about it.
Even at al my mother‘s concerts, I had never seen people go crazy the way they did with the Beatles.
I think of the Avengers as The Beatles, and the Guardians are the Rolling Stones. That is really how I feel about the groups.
I had girlfriends who really irritated me by their devo

I had girlfriends who really irritated me by their devotion to the Beatles. I didn’t begrudge them their interest, and there were songs like ‘Hey Jude’ that I could appreciate. But they didn’t seem to be essential to the kind of nourishment that I craved.
When I first started writing songs, I looked around at the bands that were making it, and they all had the original material. Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, the Stones – everybody was writing their own songs. That’s the way that you established your own identity.
Joe Sample was one of my heroes. I met him at the Curacao Jazz festival, and I fanned out like he was the Beatles!
The Beatles, ‘Revolver.’ It’s pop. It’s classic. It’s experimental. It’s revolutionary.
I had some crazy friends, girlfriends too. We had our share of parties and drunken escapades as well. Once when in college I ran out of money and had to sleep at a bus stop. It was fun, as all of us on Delhi‘s Hindu College campus were happy children of the Beatles’ generation.
Elvis Presley’s music said, ‘Free your body.’ The Beatles said, ‘Free your mind.’
In maybe 1963, we had ‘Collier’s Encyclopedia,’ and they sent us their yearly LP. I heard the Beatles talking on there. That was the first time I tried altering my voice, doing a Liverpudlian accent.
Prior to ‘Insidious Chapter 3,’ I was happy to write movies for James Wan to direct as I felt very much that I was one half of a duo. I looked at us as a team who works together and I was happy to be part of that, I was happy to effectively be the bass player in The Beatles.
India brings out so many different feelings in me. I’ve been fascinated with India and Indian culture as long as I can remember – ever since the ’60s with the Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Musicians of any era – whether it be The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Rage Against the Machine, or, of course, Madonna – will inspire fashion. And we, in turn, will inspire them.
Renzo Rosso
In the late ’60s, there were the the three B’s: The Beatles, Batman, and Bond.
One day when I was like 9, I heard the Beatles on the radio, and I asked my dad who they were. He told me they were the best band in the world, and I became obsessed. He started giving me their albums in sequential order, and I listened to them – and only them – until I was probably in high school.
Lukas Haas
Everyone dreams of being in a band because they want to be like the Beatles, but even the Beatles weren’t always that happy.
I don’t know any Beatles songs. My dad never listened to Elvis or Sting or Bowie. Any band name that’s on a t-shirt, I probably won’t know their music, like AC/DC or whatever. I don’t know what that is. As a kid, I would sing along to artists like Tania Maria.
Somebody said to me, ‘But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.’ That’s a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, ‘Now, let’s write a swimming pool.’
I am a big Beatles fan. And, you know, unbeknownst to anyone, I used to be one. But I have no problems of putting titles and lines from other songs in my songs, because they’re great lines and great titles.
I liked a lot of the things other people liked – Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC – but if I compared it to my dad’s music, there just seemed to be elements missing.
I fantasized that I went to art school with the Beatles.
Black people created rock music, it’s a fact. Black people created bluegrass and rock and roll way before Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each others‘ negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts.
I’ve had dinner with two Beatles and a Rolling Stone;I’ve said ‘hello‘ to Whitney Houston and shared a cab with Larry Adler.
I like the Beatles, of course, but that’s when I grew up.
Elizabeth Moon
When the Beatles wrote ‘Paperback Writer,’ it couldn’t have been the same old thing. You can hear so many influences in it, from the blues to Bach, and it’s not just verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge chorus. They start off singing a cappella, almost like a Bach chorale, and the song goes into this bluesy guitar riff.
The first time I heard The Beatles, I cried. It was ‘Let it Be’.
James Durbin
Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Dead, Zeppelin, the Beatles – I paint to this music all of the time.
I get my inspiration for my songs and the lyrics from experiences in my life, but I’m also very inspired by the Beatles and Cyndi Lauper, as I really like their music.
Growing up, I put a lot of pressure on myself. I felt with The Beatles legacy that there was pressure on me to do music, and while I always loved music and it was always around me at home, I thought about doing other things.
James McCartney
The Beatles did treat me as a member of the group. And that was a great honor, you know?
Billy Preston
The Beatles mean so much to so many people, you know? Everybody has at least one song of The Beatles that’s one of their favorite songs of all time.
I loved ‘Rain’ and its take on the Beatles. The way they used a timeline and news reel to create a mood, and crafted set changes throughout, it was stunning.
My inspirations include the Beatles – love, love, love them – Elton John, Carole King, and Stevie Wonder.
Cole Archer's Chillout Mix. That's my son's mix. He's t

Cole Archer’s Chillout Mix. That’s my son’s mix. He’s ten weeks old, and this is what he listens to: ‘Valerie’ by Amy Winehouse, ‘Everyday People‘ by Arrested Development, The Beatles’ ‘Rocky Raccoon,’ and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Atlantic City.’
I don’t know about friends, but what time I spent with The Beatles they were very courteous to me.
Right after we recorded ‘Satanic Satanist’ and ‘American Ghetto‘ here in Boston, we decided we’d grow our hair out. This is – was – like the Beatles thing. I wanted to see these pictures later in life.
I don’t have an iPod. I don’t get the whole iPod thing. Who has time to listen to that much music? If I had one, it would probably have Sinatra, Beatles, some ’70s music, some ’80s music, and that’s it.
I’m just old enough to be able to say I got those very first Beatles records right as they were hitting America. My father brought them home. It was definitely the earliest musical influence on my life, and still one of the greatest.
I love the Beatles. Now I know I’m a good few decades late on this one, but I’ve always been behind the curve.
Alfred Enoch
I listen to music – Lady Gaga, Kanye, Jay-Z, the Beatles, Robert Plant – while I’m walking down Fifth Avenue to my office in the Trump Tower early each morning.
My whole experience with the Beatles was really no different from any other band, except it was the Beatles.
Glyn Johns
My dad played guitar, and he taught me enough to play some Beatles’ songs. But primarily, I was a bookworm. I loved reading and still do. My whole family does. It was part of the family culture. Accomplished literacy was a value.
If you think about it, for almost any moment, any mood that you might be in, there’s probably a Beatles song that will address that mood, that feeling, that set of emotions. I don’t know that that can be said about very many groups, if any.
I like records that are all over the place. That’s why I think my favorite Beatles record was always ‘The White Album.’
People listen to The Beatles, but while they were muscially influential, they weren’t culturally influential in quite the same way. You can go into the back of beyond in a little Indian village, and they will listen to Bob Marley. But they’re not going to be listening to The Beatles or The Rolling Stones.
It was an experience being on a Beatles tour. They weren’t very good. The singing was great, but the playing was a bit weak.
Robin Trower
I listen to everything: The Pixies, The Beatles, The Avett Brothers.
I was in about in the 8th grade when I started recording R&B, so much of what was on was the Motown sound, and The Beatles had pretty much come over and taken America by storm.
I think I initially started inventing characters in my songs because I didn’t want to write directly about myself. Also, as a kid, I loved all the character names in Beatles songs, like Eleanor Rigby and Lovely Rita and Mean Mr. Mustard and Maxwell and Rocky Raccoon.
I try to create something that draws you in without overthinking it. Something that resonates with you automatically that you don’t have to think about. That’s what the best pop is about: Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Nirvana – these guys made some of the most authentic and popular music.
My dad bought a Beatles tape when I was in fifth grade, and that was the first time I ever really – I mean I was into music, but that was the first time it really blew my mind. When I heard the ‘Red Compilation,’ which wasn’t like a proper album, I thought, ‘music was more than I had ever thought it was before.’
Andrew Dost
There are only four people who knew what the Beatles were about anyway.
I just found out last week – my sister told me – that my father had some Beatles records. So I must have heard them quite a bit, but it never registered, really. Now I listen to them with new ears.
We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow‘s nest of that ship.
‘Helter-Skelter’ was the motive for the murders. Manson borrowed that term from a Beatles song on the ‘White Album.’ In England, helter-skelter is a playground ride. To Manson, helter-skelter meant a war between whites and blacks that the Beatles were in favor of.
I love that Euro-pop dance music, but with girl power. I also listen to Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan. I have a Beatles song tattooed on my foot. I’m all over the place.
That was something we were trying to figure out: Are we allowed to do a jazz song? Are we allowed to do cabaret? Just from hearing the Beatles, it was like, ‘Well, they did it. It’s okay to write something other than a standard rock song.’
The Beatles were a huge influence on me to write really good melodies.
Even the Beatles found it hard to escape their image; they were trapped by it.
The Stones were more dangerous than other bands of the Sixties. It looked like they had more fun than the Beatles – like they stayed up later.
We copied our hairstyle from Prince Charles, not the Beatles.
Before the Beatles, America was musically a very conservative country. You can see film footage of people at a baseball game, they all had hats and ties on, and the women were dressed up like they were going to church. That was the America that I started getting interested in musically.
I grew up in the day when the Beatles sold 1 million singles in a week. And all you’ve got to do now is sell about 10,000 singles and you’re in the charts.
Hip-hop kind of absorbed rock in terms of the attitude and the whole point of why rock was important music. Young people felt like rock music was theirs, from Elvis to the Beatles to the Ramones to Nirvana. This was theirs; it wasn’t their parents’. I think hip-hop became the musical style that embraces that mentality.
The Beatles were something everyone had in common; this

The Beatles were something everyone had in common; this was thirty years ago, there was Dr. Who and everybody knew who the Daleks were and there was The Beatles and everybody knew who George Harrison was.
Many people, especially young people, have started listening to sitar since George Harrison, one of the Beatles, became my disciple.
Growing up, I was inspired by The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Damian Rice was a huge influence for me musically.
The Rascals are something else. They’re up there with the Beatles, and Stones and Byrds. That level of musicality. They have a real chemistry. It is like magic.
I’m a huge music fan. I usually say that if I had been born with a musical inclination, it would’ve been great. The Beatles changed everything for me, and I wanted to be a journalist for ‘Rolling Stone.’ I’m a big music fan in a Cameron Crowe way, kind of in a spectator way.
I don’t really hear the Beatles when I listen to my own music.
I wrote ‘Yellow Submarine‘ for the Beatles. I wrote the screenplay for ‘The Games,’ about the Olympic Games. I wrote ‘Love Story,’ both the novel and the screenplay. I wrote ‘RPM’ for Stanley Kramer. Plus, I wrote two scholarly books and a 400-page translation from the Latin, and I dated June Wilkinson!
Erich Segal
All I can say is, it’s not very easy for a woman to be associated with The Beatles.
From one generation to the next, The Beatles will remain the most important rock band of all time.
With every song that I write, I compare it to the Beatles. The thing is, they only got there before me. If I’d been born at the same time as John Lennon, I’d have been up there.
I’m more in the Stones camp than the Beatles camp.
Ready, Steady, Go!’ was the show of the ’60s in London, where the Beatles, the Stones and the DC5, and every other major act started.
Your band members? Your band members don’t want to be tied to a machine. They want to be playing. That’s what the Beatles did. And the Beatles’ stuff is timeless. That’s what I would suggest. Just get back to sweating, playing hard, hammering, and having a blast.
The Beatles will exist without us.
I grew up listening to a lot of classic jazz, and stuff like The Beatles, and old Motown stuff, and a lot of classical music. I just loved all of that.
The Beatles, even Radiohead, all of my favorite stuff I’d play on the piano. But it was all very secret – for me, for fun. I wasn’t going to record myself playing those songs, and it never occurred to me to write a song of my own.
Haiti is my country. The same way the Beatles are received in England – that’s how Wyclef Jean is received in Haiti, do you know what I mean?
When you think about rock at its origin, and you think of the Beatles and millions of kids screaming as loud as they can and running as fast as they can towards the Beatles, there’s no one who is that kind of lightning rod, who commands that kind of power and has that kind of creative magma.
I think when I was a kid, and I was in England and it was all about The Stones, The Who, The Kinks and The Beatles and that’s what my dad was into.
The British invasion was the most important event of my life. I was in New Jersey and the night I saw the Beatles changed everything. I had seen Elvis before and he had done nothing for me, but these guys were in a band.
We came from the ’60s era, when we started and made so many hits. The song value from the ’60s was so darn good, you’ve got The Beatles, The Beach Boys, all of Motown, and plenty of other people, too… amazing records, amazing songs.
It’s hard for a country performer to make a living in a Beatles society.
Probably my two biggest musical influences were the Everly Brothers and the Beatles, in chronological order. Both of them have had a very simple-sounding musical style that’s actually quite complex as far as popular songs are concerned.
My first two records were influenced by the Beatles and the Beach Boys.
I was inspired by the classic rock radio of the Seventies. They separated Chuck Berry and the Beatles from the Led Zeppelins and Bostons and Peter Framptons of the time. In many ways, classic rock became bigger than mainstream rock.
I have a very eclectic iPod. So I’ve got my cardio people – so it’s anything from Beyonce to some Jay-Z to Janelle Monae, her song ‘Tightrope,’ that’s a good cardio song. And then I’ve got Sting. I’ve got Mary J. Blige. I’ve got The Beatles. I’ve got Michael Jackson. I try to pick the songs that I personally love.
Just coming from a musical family, I was always surrounded by it. On the car rides to school, my mom loved playing A Tribe Called Quest and the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ and then my dad was listening to a lot of Bill Withers and Stevie Wonder.
By 1968, both The Beatles and The Beach Boys had plenty of fame – we were looking for something deeper. The Maharishi taught us how to go beyond thinking and action in order to grow from within.
I wanted to pay tribute to my musical influences: Buffalo Springfield, Lightfoot, the Beatles, the Hollies.
Dan Fogelberg
All the best British groups were inspired by black American music. With The Beatles, it was Motown and the blues. With me, it was a mixture of British styles and the more sophisticated Seventies soul of Barry White and Marvin Gaye.
I haven‘t been afraid of John Coltrane or Miles Davis or Bill Evans or Wayne Shorter or Herbie Hancock. Why would I be afraid of the Beatles?
For me, they are still my dear friends, not the Beatles

For me, they are still my dear friends, not the Beatles.
I’m a big Otis Redding fan, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye. My hero is David Bowie. But I like the Beatles, the Stones.
It was great fun to hang around the Beatles. They had amazingly fast minds, and they were incredibly amusing and funny and witty. They were great. There was a very high energy surrounding them.
When you think after 25 years of Mao, Chinese people had no idea about western music or even western culture. They had no idea about James Dean or the Beatles or Charlie Chaplin, modern music or modern cinema.
It’s in the vein, somewhere in a cross between The Beatles, Cheap Trick, The Stones, Badfinger, you know, but it’s not retro at all. But it is very pop.
Steve Brown
If you noticed, I wear high-water pants and white socks, which is inspired by the mod ’60s, like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, what have you. That style of dress during that time is really, really dope to me.
I can still remember the first time I heard a Beatles song. It was the fall of 1964, my second year in an American school after my family moved back from overseas, and I was standing on the corner of 64th street and First Avenue with my friend Larry Campbell.
Growing up, as much as country was a big influence in my life, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles and Led Zeppelin were such a close second. My first concert ever was the Rolling Stones in Denver. I snuck a camera backstage and filmed Mick Jagger during sound-check.
I was really inspired while I was pregnant and I wrote a whole album for my baby. I wanted to write a kids album that didn’t annoy parents. I used The Beatles ‘Rocky Raccoon’ as sort of a starting place for my writing.
I play guitar and I love the Beatles and melodic music.
At the end of the Beatles, I really was done in for the first time in my life. Until then, I really was a kind of cocky sod.
I looked at all the superstars. What is their different thing? Their hair. Beatles, Elvis, James Dean, James Brown, Marilyn Monroe. I wanted to be a star. I said, ‘I have to fix my hair.’
I liked the Beatles because there was so much melody. Jimi Hendrix is still one of my heroes.
Robert Cray
I don’t relate to the ‘Twilight‘ books or movies at all, but I’m obsessed with it as a pop culture phenomenon – all these people just screaming like it was the Beatles.
I don’t care about the word ‘pop’. The Beatles were pop; it’s just what’s popular.
Jake Bugg
England was always very special. It was so important because the reason Benny and I started writing was the Beatles. During the Sixties, England was everything. To be number one in England was more important than being number one in America because England set the tone.
My grandfather lived across the garden from us, and in his attic he had a lot of radios, appliances and inventions that he had made over 50 years, such as a keyboard called a clavioline, which can be heard on some Beatles songs – it was popular in the 60s. So we had all that at home.
I listen to a lot of Beatles. I have a very specific Beatles discography that I go to.
Gnash
My big love was the Beatles. I was more into music.
In my fiction, there’s a lot that’s borrowed from music. It’s never like I’m taking a lyric, but more the mood of a particular song. ‘The Boy Detective Fails‘ was like listening to ‘Eleanor Rigby’ by The Beatles, this very melancholy-but-poppy song.
Joe Meno
It was a weird stage of my life, to leave Simon & Garfunkel at the height of our success and become a math teacher. I would talk them through a math problem and ask if anyone had any questions, and they would say, ‘What were the Beatles like?’
Everybody trusted Cronkite because he reminded them of their favorite uncle or trusted family physician. Being square in the age of the Beatles made Cronkite retro cool.
I liked the Beatles and all the folk rockers.
I’d bite off the Beatles, or anybody else. It’s all one world, one planet and one groove. You’re supposed to learn from each other, blend from each other, and it moves around like that.
But in my imagination this whole thing developed and I started mixing up old folk songs with the Beatles beat and taking them down to Greenwich Village and playing them for the people there.
The big turning point, really, was the Beatles’ influence on American folk music, and then Roger took it to the next step, and then along came the Lovin’ Spoonful and everybody else.
I don’t listen to anybody’s full record anymore and when I did, I don’t think I listened to the whole record. I’m sorry, and I don’t care who it is, if it’s the Beatles, I can’t listen to an hour and a half of anybody straight so I guess that’s just my personal preference.
I’ve heard Jerry do mini concerts while driving, especially when the music of The Beatles or a handful of other ‘British Invasion’ bands aired. Hearing Jerry Lawler sing with a British accent is quite an experience.
I love the Beatles, and when I was very young, I had young parents, so Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles constantly were big influences on my life.
I always loved LeAnn Rimes and especially Clint Black for his soulfulness. As I’ve gotten older, my influences have broadened – John Mayer, Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, Stevie Ray Vaughn, the Beatles – all of these artists have somehow been a part of my development as a songwriter.
I hope fans will go back and listen to the Beatles and the Beach Boys or Led Zeppelin, or put on ‘Tommy‘ and let them experience like I did that moment when ‘Pinball Wizard’ comes on.
I heard Q-Tip on the Jungle Brothers' song 'The Promo.'

I heard Q-Tip on the Jungle Brothers’ song ‘The Promo.’ It was very exciting. It was very new. The music and the culture around hip-hop was evolving. I think there’s an emotional quality to their music and there’s a vulnerability to the music. For me, A Tribe Called Quest was my Beatles.
Guided By Voices was huge when I was 16. Then I got into the Beatles, then classical music, Beethoven.
In the sixties when Paul was with the Beatles and I was with the Moody Blues, we shared the same bill and tried to blow each other off the stage.
It’s funny because if you ever ask anyone in England to try and do a Beatles accent, no one knows what they really sound like. If you ask anyone in America, they would try and give it a go. English people just know their songs.
Between 1963 and 1975, I worked very little. The Beatles had come to New York and changed music – all the solo singers were out of work.
The awesomeness of God is that even in the works of the Beach Boys, Beatles, etc., the beauty of the music is a mere reflection of what God does everyday. He creates music of all kinds and moods.
John Foster
I was a huge Beatles fan. We could talk about who I listened to growing up and what my sources were, but certainly the Beatles were a late, important resource for me, and I just took my guitar and a handful of songs, and I decided, well, I’ll just go over and travel around Europe and see what comes of it.
I’ve been playing my instrument since I was about three or four. That’s when I started banging around on the piano, trying to be like The Beatles.
The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, these are just some of the people who threatened to sue if we used their songs.
The Beatles changed everything . I knew I couldn’t compete, couldn’t be as cool, so I went completely the other way.
It’s easier to be the art school band than to be the Beatles.
I’m bigger than the Beatles!
I grew up on the Beatles; I love Linkin Park and Green Day. I heard hip-hop for the first time at 11 and realized what I was missing.
I’m going to try and make you take the Beatles and Eric Clapton as seriously as the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle.
I’ve bought clothes based on record covers. Particularly from the formative music that turned me onto it in the first place when I was a kid, with the Beatles and the Small Faces. A lot of those Sixties soul artists were in really sharp sharkskin or mohair suits, and Motown artists looked amazing.
The biggest break in my career was getting into the Beatles in 1962. The second biggest break since then is getting out of them.
My parents raised me on Spooky Tooth and The Band, Derek and the Dominoes, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, all that stuff. Rock n’ roll was just in my subconscious.
Our music did not sound like the Beatles in any way, shape or form. I could never find it in myself to use those Beatles tricks in Styx records because they were sacred to me. But what they did always influenced my thinking.
I went from being a kid-kid, listen to everything from The Beatles through Kiss, Peter Frampton, Jethro Tull classic rock, classic stuff into immediately, it seemed like, Iron Maiden and stuff like that. The first Iron Maiden record and then, obviously, the first Metallica record.
It’s nearly redundant to enumerate the reasons The Beatles are important. There are probably different reasons why The Beatles are important to a musician like myself and to the millions of Beatles fans who just enjoy listening to the music.
I actually felt sorry for Liverpool bands like Bunnymen and Wah!, having this immense pressure of following the Beatles. I suppose I responded to that challenge by being nothing like them. I carved my own thing.
The reason I got into music was obviously because of bands like The Beatles and Pink Floyd, things like that.
I used to love the Beatles and the Stones and I’d always want to hang out with them, even though they were about seven years older.
Peter Noone
We’ve grown up on the Beach Boys and the Beatles and Blur and Bowie and the Clash. Also E.L.O. and Hall and Oates. Those are all artists who write songs that are accessible but still left of center. It’s intelligent pop. There’s still something different and complex about it.
I think the Beatles is one band that, if I’m working on a song arrangement or if I have some idea for a song, and there’s a little bit of a Beatles quality to it, I never avoid that. I always will steer into it.
I grew up a massive Beatles fan.
I think great songs appeal to people at any age. Kids love the Beatles, too. Kids love Tom T. Hall. Of course, Tom T. wrote some things that were specifically for kids. But I think kids recognize quality more than they get credit for sometimes.
At 18, I moved to L.A. with my heavy metal band Avant Garde, which was very much influenced by Metallica. At 19, I got a job at Tower Records, and everything started to change very quickly. I started listening to the Velvet Underground, Pixies, early Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and also earlier music like the Beatles.
When I was growing up, my brother liked the Beatles, and I liked the Rolling Stones. I think if I were a girl, Keith would be the one I fancied.
Although the Beatles were big to the world, within the business, we’re all very, very equal.
I don’t think there’s anything anybody’s doing that the Beatles didn’t at least try at some point.
I have been influenced by many different artists at man

I have been influenced by many different artists at many different stages of my life. Starting out, it was people like Elton John, Billy Joel, Ben Folds, and Fiona Apple. As I got older I got deeper into the work of bands like the Beatles, artists like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Etta James, and Joni Mitchell.
The best pop music is the songs that a group of people can dance to, but you can also listen to in your bed and cry. That’s something obviously that The Beatles started and… so having that darkness there opens another door.
Andrew Dost
I never thought that I would share a hit parade with the Beatles.
As a performing group, the Beatles began by playing old rock favorites, for dancing, to tough audiences in Liverpool and Hamburg. When they began writing seriously, they discovered that they couldn’t compose in the early American rock tradition.
If the Beatles made England swing for the young, then Bond was a travel-poster boy for the earmuff brigade. The Bond films even put a few theme songs, such as Paul McCartney’s ‘Live and Let Die,’ on the pop charts.
We didn’t want to be the girlfriends of the Beatles. We wanted to be the Beatles.
I think The Meters are like The Beatles to us in New Orleans, you know.
My father used to say, ‘What the hell are you listening to? Put that bloody rubbish off.’ And it was The Beatles.
People always say I write a lot of pop culture references. Can somebody please count the pop culture references in ‘Firefly?’ Because I don’t know how to put this to you, but there was one. I referenced The Beatles in the pilot.
Everybody can dig The Beatles, but why should everybody dig us?
Bruce Johnston
Being a guy who was a geek with tape machines in the early days and really interested in how records get made, I was inspired in particular by how the Beatles were innovating when they were making those records late in their career while using the studio in a maximal way.
Look at The Beatles: how they struggled, how they worked in order to become such a good little band. And that’s why they had such longevity and are still admired today.
When I first started playing in a band, before the Beatles, working bands played standards and they saved their rock material til the end of the night when they were really stretched out. It could be pretty lame.
Wayne Kramer
Scarborough never really began to live until the summer of 1964 when the Beatles played the Futurist Theatre, and no one in the audience, least of all me, heard anything but the screaming.
From their ’61 Cavern Club debut to their last rooftop concert eight years later, The Beatles gave every serious artist in their wake the songbook and sound for their career. It’s the musical trough from which nearly every musician drinks.
I never went to rock concerts when I was a kid. I didn’t see any rock & roll bands. I had posters on my wall. I had Beatles records.
It’s such a great honor to be mentioned along The Beatles.
Because when the film was first mooted, the Beatles didn’t like the idea at all. In fact they wouldn’t have any part in it. And when Brian had committed them, it was part of a deal he did with United Artists, I think.
George Martin
Almost everything The Beatles did was great, and it’s hard to improve on. They were our Bach. The way to get around it may be to keep it as simple as possible.
T Bone Burnett
I love Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Brandi, Sade, Nat King Cole. I like the Beatles. I listen to a lot of that.
I think all of The Beatles were from an era when certainly playing was important to them, and they were cutting edge. But for all time, they’re master composers.
Imagine a music business where all the music press talked about, all day long, was cover bands of old rock and pop groups. Beatles cover bands, Rolling Stones cover bands, The Who cover bands, Led Zeppelin cover bands. Cover bands, cover bands, everywhere you go.
I had this image before Boy George, before the Beatles, before the Rolling Stones.
I think my favorite song is by Led Zeppelin called ‘Good Times Bad Times,’ a Rolling Stones song called ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want,’ and every song The Beatles ever wrote.
I tried to emulate my favourite guitar players, the old bluesmen like Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy. I used to sit by the record player and copy Chuck Berry and the Beatles. You can never copy someone completely, so you end up developing your own style.
Stevie Wonder doing ‘We Can Work It Out’ by the Beatles is one of my favorite records of all time.
Obviously the people that I admired, like the Beatles, were really into rock’n’roll, but it was already a little past rock’n’roll when I started listening and making my own choices about music.
Listening to the Beatles’ music figures into pretty much all of my childhood memories.
We idolized the Beatles, except for those of us who idolized the Rolling Stones, who in those days still had many of their original teeth.
People in Russia learned English off the Beatles. People in Japan learned English off the Stone Roses. Noel Gallagher says music can’t change the world, but the Roses made him want to start a group, so it changed his world.
I’m a huge Beatles fan, but I’ve only really gotten into them as an adult.
'The Whale' was in the category of so-called serious mu

‘The Whale‘ was in the category of so-called serious music, and yet it brings together a wide series of musical styles. It was influenced by people such as The Beatles, the spirit of the times, and I think ‘The Whale’ certainly had a pop element to it.
The Beatles once approached Stanley Kubrick to do ‘The Lord Of The Rings.’ This was before Tolkien sold the rights. They approached him, and he said, ‘No.’
The only people playing the roles of classic rock stars are hip-hop artists, now. Kanye’s stage persona, and the way he approaches making albums, and the way he wants to be better than everyone else? That’s reminiscent of Freddie Mercury. That’s reminiscent of the Beatles.
Every wedding is slightly different from the other. But you always get to meet the funny uncle and the weirdo relatives, and there’s always someone trying to beat you up for not playing enough Beatles songs or something.
When I was in school, the first song I learned was of Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles. I couldn’t even pronounce their names but I was singing ‘Hello Darkness my old friend‘ and ‘Yellow Submarine.’
I met The Beatles and Stones at the same time, because Michael Cooper was doing several of their album covers.
Terry Southern
I was a kid that grew up listening to The Beatles and The Stones and Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, and I wanted all of that in there. But at the same time, a large part of my playing is Tony Iommi and Billy Gibbons. I’m just a sum total of all of the guitar players that I think were really cool.
I remembered their songs but I had never owned a Beatles album.
I’ve never written to a band since the Beatles. Since the Dave Clark Five!
Elizabeth Fraser
Some people have been listening to the Beatles their whole lives; I didn’t discover them until I was 18 years old.
Danger Mouse
I loved the Beatles when they turned up, and the Stones when they turned up, and never really stopped liking them.
I do have a vague recollection of reviving the cover of The Beatles’ ‘Every Little Thing,’ but I don’t know if that was just our riffing on it in rehearsal. I don’t think we ever did it actually in the show.
No one person could have broken up a band, especially one the size of the Beatles.
I do not view myself as a psychedelic person but as a yogi. Although most link the Beatles with bringing awareness of yoga to the public, it was myself who actually brought yoga into the mainstream in the United States.
I thought my Beatles LPs sounded pretty good on a record player, but that was before I had heard a CD.
Alastair Wood
She is the rock ‘n’ roll queen. Weirdly enough, that is one of the things her reign will be remembered for. Queen Elizabeth I, we remember Raleigh; Queen Elizabeth II it’s gonna be the Beatles.
I was always introduced as the Beatles photographer and I gave it up in the end. I was so unsure of myself. Am I good or am I just the Beatles photographer? People were not interested in what I did before. I could not stand it any more.
When I was a tiny tot, we only had one record player in the house, so there was either Genesis on it or the Jungle Book or The Beatles as well, and various other things.
We will try to make the name BTS sound as cool as The Beatles.
Before the Beatles, songwriters were very anonymous people and nobody paid any attention to them.
I always kind of think if The Beatles were still around now, people would’ve lost interest quite a long time ago. Seven years of recording – it’s there forever. I think not outstaying your welcome is a vital ingredient.