Skip to comments.11 bands better than The Beatles?
Posted on 02/07/2014 10:54:23 AM PST by US Navy Vet
It was 50 years ago today that The Beatles landed in America for the first time. Could any other group ever hope to top the talents of these beloved moptops? Well ...Yeah, yeah, yeah! Check out 11 bands that I think took the Fab Fours pop revolution and made it even better, way beyond compare
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What moron put that list together? LOLOL
I take it you’re a Doo Wop fan.
No respect for Spinal Tap?
were it not for the Everly Brothers there never would have been a Beatles
The Jackson Five!
The Partridge Family!
Lawrence Welk & His Orchestra!
Nope, The Blues, Rock-a-Billy, Southern Rock and OLD TIME ROCK AND ROLL!
X-Gen or Me-Gen 20-something.
Meh. I can agree to about 2 bands if they reflect back on the Fab-4 as inspiration.
Karen & Richard Carpenter!
“A Star on Earth and Now a Star in Heaven!”
I can’t believe you left “Georgia Satellites” off the list.... :) What a crazy list...
The Velvet Underground
Without reading the article, I’m going to guess that I haven’t heard of at least half of these bands...
Yes, Led Zeppelin really did kill the music. Overrated song ripper-offers.
What he really meant was “11 bands I like better than The Beatles?” I have no gripe with that because everybody is entitled to their personal taste, but there’s not one band on that list that has had anywhere close to the influence or impact the Beatles had.
I agree with Led Zeppelin.
What this “YOU” CRAP? I DIDN’T CREATE “The List”!
I almost took the list seriously until I saw Bruce Springsteen. The rest of the list I could see someone being able to make a reasonable argument. BS is on this list is pure BS. Most overrated and horrible performer of all time. I refuse to call him a musician.
While I’ve never been a Beatles fan that list is rather suspect. U2 started off well and got boring fast. Radiohead has never impressed. The Band could be brilliant but when they weren’t brilliant they were terrible and that usually happened on consecutive songs. I love the E Street Band but I just don’t like Bruce. IMHO you’ve got to get The Kinks in there, they did almost every innovation rock had before 1980 first, laying down the basis for metal, punk, theater rock, art rock, not to mention inventing distortion. Any list of defining bands that pushed the boundary that doesn’t start with The Kinks has missed the point.
I agree with Zeplin, Stones, and Rush, though!
I vote for the Rubber Band and its close cousin, the Castrating Band.
I take that back. I’ve heard of (and heard) every single one of them.
But I have to disagree with them putting Rush at only #7. I think they should be at the top, but maybe that’s just me.
With a title of “11 bands”, there is no way they could be right. Face it, most of what the Beatles generated was bubblegum. If you even compare them with the Rolling Stones, and just to the point when the Beatles broke up, the Stones were artistically much, much better, and far more creative.
And comparisons fall apart when you bring in fully orchestrated groups like Pink Floyd, or Fleetwood Mac, ELO or Blue Oyster Cult, even simpler arrangements like The Doors were far more creative. The list just goes on and on.
I always thought it was funny that Jake Holmes waited almost forty years to sue Jimmy Page for plagiarizing “Dazed and Confused.”
I agree with Led Zepplin.
But this is an excercise in futility if every there was one... not everyone likes the same music.
The Beatles started out doing Chuck Berry and Little Richard covers. They even recorded a few.
Absolute BS! I’m betting that every member of those eleven bands would agree that The Beatles were the superior band.
The Beatles are overrated, and there’s nothing intrinsically special about them. Their fame derives from them being on the scene at the right point in time.
The Beatles changed it all. Absolutely awesome. May like others better but their influence is unmatched. Altered the landscape.
Any list without the Angry Samoans isn’t worth the paper it’s written on!
I disagree, they did add innovation, just in their own mold and style. It`s not bad stuff, I`m just a bit younger then that generation who adored them. I was a VERY little kid when they broke up and never really listened to them as an avid fan. As a little kid I was more into MoTown, till I discovered Rock.
The best he ever did, he wasn't the one "doing", much at all.
Jungleland Clarence Clemons Solo [youtube]
Sorry about the poor quality, and how the drummer seems a bit dumb, too dumb to know he needs lay back, and more lay out of this portion. Sadly enough, the best take that I know of is on the studio version of the song, which runs ten minutes of so to get about 3 of Clemons playing sax.
the phenomena known as the beatles is so much more than their mediocre musical abilities. it was their departure from the main, their hair, the way they were marketed, the things they inspired. taken together, has anybody else even a small degree of effect upon society as the beatles?
My point also. It really depends on what you grew up listening to. In my opinion, musical tastes are fairly well set by the late teens or early adulthood, barring some artistic epiphany that is.
Everyone will have to defer to me on this... The Beatles will survive beyond all the others because their music has the elements that are timeless: melody, harmony, and elegant prose. Led Zeppelin may have been “better” in a sense, but their music does not translate well to simple note by note comparison. (Ever heard Stairway to Heaven on piano? God-awful, truly.) The Kinks get a nod because they were in many ways the first to band to push rock into the 21st century. The Beatles, Stones, and The Who used early Kink classics as templates. There are greats and there are the Beatles, who are in a class by themselves... Period.
Springsteen’s best work was any cover of his crap by any band.
Manfred Mann comes to mind. Talk about polishing a turd, MannyMan’s IrfBand did it.
The Who were the best rock band ever. Babba O’rielly baby!
I agree with the placement of Zeppelin, who went way beyond the confines of the word “band.” But the rest? Forgettable.
Where was Queen in that list? An oversight.