The Beatles

I know when we plug in our earphones the first music we play are mainstream pop tunes, Kpop, the list of genres go one. But how many of us actually jam out to the oldies from time to time?

When was the last time you listened to one of the classics? Was it this morning on the way to school or years ago when you were stuck in the backseat of the car as a little child and lacked rights to controlling the car radio? I’m betting on the latter.

The Beatles have been one of my favourites since young. Of course, I don’t listen to it as much as other songs in recent years, but when it comes on the radio sometimes, I can’t help but take a moment to appreciate one of the greatest bands in history. It’s nostalgic in a sense, it reminds me very much of toddler days.

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 in innovative ways. They gained popularity in the United Kingdom after their first hit, “Love Me Do”, in late 1962. They acquired the nickname “the Fab Four” as Beatlemania grew in Britain over the following year, and by early 1964 they had become international stars, leading the “British Invasion” of the United States pop market.

They have received ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. Collectively included in Time magazine’s compilation of the twentieth century’s 100 most influential people, they are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 600 million records worldwide. After their break-up in 1970, they each enjoyed successful musical careers of varying lengths. After their break-up in 1970, they each enjoyed successful musical careers of varying lengths.

It is indisputable that they have made a large impact on the entertainment industry, even till this day. So next time The Beatles comes on the radio, don’t fumble to switch the station, sit back and appreciate one of the biggest bands in history. They are an oldie, but definitely a goodie.

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Sarah Lam ( 4U )

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