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What Are the Most Overrated Beatles Songs?

Which "classic" songs would never catch on if a band today tried to peddle them?

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May 13, 2014 - 3:00 pm

In partnership with the new fiction publishing platform Liberty Island, PJ Lifestyle is going to begin promoting and co-hosting a series of debates and discussions about popular culture. The goal is to figure out what works and what doesn’t so that in the future we can promote and create better fiction and culture of our own. These are public brainstorming sessions for writers and culture advocates interested in developing a more vibrant popular culture. You’re invited to submit your answers to any of these questions — or a related one of your own! — that interests you:

A) in the comments

B) Via email to PJ Lifestyle editor Dave Swindle.

C) at your blog, then let us know in the comments or via email. 

The most interesting answers may be linked, crossposted, or published at PJ Lifestyle. Also check out yesterday’s question “How Did Your Music Tastes Change As You Grew Older?“ and last week’s writing prompts: 5 Geek Questions To Provoke Debates About the Future of Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

Susan L.M. Goldberg: The Religion of Beatlemania Still Going Strong

Myra Adams: How Were You Impacted by the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show?

Kathy Shaidle: The Top 3 Myths About Beatlemania

Susan L.M. Goldberg: Fifth Beatle Brian Epstein’s Unsung Revolution

What pop culture questions do you want to debate and discuss? Please leave your suggestions for upcoming Pop Culture debates also in the comments or submit via email.

Susan L.M. Goldberg: Paul, George, Ringo & the Prophet John

PJ Lifestyle Pop Culture Debates Features a new prompt each weekday to weigh the good, the bad, the overrated, the unbelievable, and the amazing throughout the worlds of books, film, and TV. We can't figure out how to build a greater pop culture until we dissect the mess we already have. Want to contribute your perspective to the debate? Email PJ Lifestyle editor Dave Swindle with your take: DaveSwindlePJM [@] gmail.com Image via shutterstock/ DarkGeometryStudios

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Beatles are overrated
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Alll of them, of course.

Now, their contribution to the destruction of America is hard to overstate. Their championing of the drug culture and Marxism was profound.

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I prefer to ignore the question and simply state that the real legend of The Beatles has and always will be their being the first rock and roll band that was marketed in the most awe inspiring way. They represent the music industries zenith and always will.
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Oh, and I once used "I Am The Walrus" as the inspiration for a nice little business raising free range chickens and selling the eggs. Goo goo g'joob !
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I'm almost 60 years old, and I still use "Here Comes The Sun" when I need to smile. Been playing it a lot lately.
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Havah Nagila
Oh Susanna
The Marine Corps Hymn
Chopsticks
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This Beatle-bashing must bring hits to the otherwise very forgettable pop culture section here. May suggest a title for next week? "Einstein was no genius" or "Elvis was a deaf paralytic".

These articles are pathetic. In the meanwhile The Beatles laugh all the way to the bank, the surviving ones at least.
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The headline asks two different questions, with two different answers. The Beatles had over 60 hit singles and 20 number 1 records in addition to their album cuts, so of course they had a few clunkers like any other band. I don't care much for "Fool on the Hill", or "Magical Mystery Tour". Both of them seem rather pretentious.

As for the second question. many of their early songs would never make it today, or any time if recorded by any other group. Only the Beatles could make them sound good, mostly through John Lennon's voice, harmonica, and the crisp guitar backbeat. The first time I heard "I want to hold your hand" it was sung by someone else and I thought it was a joke. Only the Beatles could turn it into an all time classic hit.
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I am a big fan of PJMedia, but when it comes to pop culture they seem to be run by a bunch of millenials who are jealous of the Beatles success and influence. Eat your heart out guys, the Beatles were the greatest rock band in history. No other band before or since even comes close to the Beatles success in variety and output of classic songs.

I think it really says something about the state of pop music today that during the recent televised Beatles 50th anniversary none of the contemporary bands or singers featured were even as good as Paul and Ringo when they took the stage. A couple of 70 something guys who haven’t had a big hit in years still sounded better than the pop stars of today. Pop music has been moribund for at least 40 years.
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I trust my music suggestions aren't "Millennial."
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it looks like someone can't differentiate between "being success and have influence" and "being greatest rock band in history". By what standard? IF music/composition/virtuosity, then Queen was quite quite better than the Beatles; IF popularity, then maybe the Beatles.
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Huh - after watching at least the first bit of each of the videos, I am reminded of how much I like the Beatles.
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Beatles are overrated
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