Jun 22, 2015 at 8:33 PM Post #106 of 116
The review of The Beatles by Piero in the first post is blatant self promotion. Critics have to be critics to make a writing job for themselves. That's OK as everyone needs to eat.

Still to realize that here at Head-Fi we now have kids who were not even around at the time of The Beatles shirt-tail onto such a farce and try to explain how they even have a real-life concept of what they are talking about is just silly.

Most posts here condemning the Beatles suffer from a very commen form of self importance. That's OK too as music is a personal thing which everyone enjoys in their own small way.

The truth is the impact they made will not even be able to be judged for another 50 years. The myopic view is still blurry as the nuclear bomb The Beatles detonated is still exploding out.

Still a thread like this is good fun, close to troll thread in concept it sells lots of web page advertising for Head-Fi. So it's all good, unless you choose to believe it as fact.
Jun 24, 2015 at 12:03 AM Post #107 of 116
Yikes, what a debate... Just had this one with the guitarist in my band.
The Beatles aren't the best band in the world. However, the fact that so many cite them as an influence and claim them as giving them ideas (and many including me do today) shows that they're one of the most important. They've shaped a half-century of music. Still today, in our pop, we can see influences that, when traced back, eventually started with The Beatles.
I don't think anyone argues that Harrison is the best guitarist or Paul the best bassist, however their ideas are what matter. Personally, I love their music, but even if you don't, I think it's undeniable that their style, experimentation, and creations were very important to music. Some may overrate The Beatles' musical abilities (though I think all of them were at least decent musicians and great singers), but their praise isn't overrated because of how influential they were due to their ideas that they brought to the rock genre.
Jun 24, 2015 at 4:30 AM Post #108 of 116
This is an age old debate, as @Redcarmoose said, re-ignited by an original post + article that verges on trolling. I'm not a fan of TB myself (hur hur), but having debated this with friends many many times before, I have been forced to concede their lasting influence on rock and pop. I still think their influence on contemporary music in general is overstated though: electronic music for instance, in all its forms, is far more indebted to Kraftwerk, and before that, the likes of Morton Subotnick, Steve Reich and Karlheinz Stockhausen, than it is to The Beatles.
Jan 3, 2016 at 1:25 PM Post #109 of 116
To answer the thread's title:
No they aren't!
Jan 3, 2016 at 7:04 PM Post #111 of 116
I have respect for them but I think most of their notoriety is due to them being in right place at right time stepping out with pop rock and getting noticed.  They made a lot of decent music but simple cord pop stuff.....they just happened to be the first.  C'mon....with a straight face you can't say any one of these guys are great musicians....they wrote a bunch of good songs.  None unlike The Carpenters, Three Dog Night, Bread....Chicago?  No.....Chicago is a much better band.  Not even close.
Jan 4, 2016 at 2:36 PM Post #112 of 116
Seriously lol at the moron who wrote this laughable drivel. The Beatles were writing Michelle, Girl and Norwegian Wood in 1965..all of them far ahead of anything in their time. In fact they were so far ahead that people love them 50 years later. Like they love Mozart 200+ years later. There were better instrument players than Mozart or the Beatles, but it's their speaking to the the human soul that makes people care about their music aeons later. 
Jan 5, 2016 at 9:58 PM Post #113 of 116
  The Beatles were writing Michelle, Girl and Norwegian Wood in 1965..all of them far ahead of anything in their time.

PLEASE...tell me you are joking????   Ahead of their time?  Like how?  Based on what?   Kind of like Michael Jackson?
Heck, AC/DC makes similar 3 chord music that has withstood 30-40 years (and I detest AC/DC) with catchy riffs.
Take off the blinders and go back and look at the music that was being made in 1965-1975.  Beatles....grossly over rated.
Jan 6, 2016 at 5:58 AM Post #114 of 116
The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, from 1966 - much better album than Revolver 
Jan 21, 2016 at 9:25 PM Post #115 of 116
one of the best music ever recorded in my opinion....side two of Abbey Road
also Paul McCartney's Tug of War, great music and recording
to call the Beatles over-rated is just wrong, to you they may be but not to most music lovers out there
It also helps to have grown up with that music
Look at all of the great pop and rock artists and albums that were either musical descendants of the Beatles, Stones or Dylan
(or heavily influenced stylistically).
Case in point, one of my most loved albums, Simon and Garfunkle's Bookends, very Beatles influenced.
BTW, Paul Simon is fantastic!
Jan 23, 2016 at 7:45 AM Post #116 of 116
To judge a band you have to look at several factors.

Did they change the direction of music. Were they leaders or followers. You can argue that the Beatles changed the direction of music 3 times in their run. Changing the direction cannot be dismissed as being in the right place at the right time

The Beatles also had a major effect on society as a whole. Fashions changed, the concept of 3 guitars and drums as a band was novel.

They wrote their own music. Their songs are still covered today. Their songs connected and spoke to my generation like no one else. Maybe it makes a difference if you were there

Are they the best band from technical standpoint. No, but the band is greater than the sum of its parts

Are they over rated. Not in my opinion

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