The Beatles’ Influence

The Beatles’ Influence

It has been decades since their prime, and the rock legends of the 1960’s have not lost an ounce of their impact. It would be shocking to come across someone today that doesn’t at least know of The Beatles’ influence, if not also feels a nostalgic connection to them and their music. The Beatles were, and still are, widely considered the most influential band in music history. Musicians of every decade and genre, from Brian Wilson to Gene Simmons to Lady Gaga, have agreed on all the influence and inspiration The Beatles gave to other artists. However, it was not just the music industry that the band affected so greatly.


Before the era of The Beatles, the world was used to male artists like Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys. These musicians were similar to The Beatles in some ways; they all brought a “heartthrob” element to the world of music, but The Beatles had their own special niches that made them stand out. For one, they were British, and it goes without saying that their accents made the girls go wild. Beatlemania was established in the United States, officially kicking off the British Invasion. This was a cultural phenomenon in which aspects of British culture, primarily music, became exceedingly popular in the United States.

The Beatles were also one of the first bands to include art and film so heavily in their musical presence. They starred in numerous movies based off of their music, the biggest being A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Yellow Submarine, and The Magical Mystery Tour. Some showed a more documentary-style of filming, giving behind-the-scenes looks at their touring life. Some exhibited the psychedelic side of the band and their wild imaginations through the art that complimented work like “Yellow Submarine” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

Thanks to this change in art, film, and music, society was beginning to evolve along with The Beatles’ influence. Their somewhat hippy, laid-back attitudes were contagious, and went along with their ever-popular music perfectly. As word got out that they used drugs such as LSD and marijuana, songs like “Day Tripper” and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” helped fans to put the pieces together. However, the band only continued to exude messages of peace and love. As the 1970’s approached, more people began to adopt these habits and messages as well.

Outlook on Life

The 1950’s and early 1960’s shaped a society that had specific boundaries and expectations for every gender and age. In the late 60’s and 70’s, a large chunk of society challenged that norm. It was largely The Beatles’ influence, along with Woodstock, hippies, happiness, peace and love that brought about this change in culture. Many of the Beatles’ songs preached these lessons, such as “All You Need is Love”, “Let It Be”, “With a Little Help From My Friends”, and more. People were against war, fighting, and hate, and these songs helped them express that. John Lennon continued this legacy with his iconic ballad, “Imagine”.

“Imagine No Hunger”

With Lennon no longer with us, his spirit continues to spread the message of good he so deeply believed in. California’s new “Imagine No Hunger” campaign reflects many of the same ideals that Lennon and The Beatles had. Its goal to end hunger in California through the purchase of license plates that feature the famous John Lennon self portrait and the slogan “IMAGINE No Hunger”. 

The plates will be issued once 7,500 plates have been pre-ordered, and all proceeds will go to the California Association of Food Banks. The best part is that Yoko Ono herself has authorized the use of the self-portrait. In her own words, “imagine is a great word to spread around and I was happy to do this because it is helping a very important charity.” Lennon, as the humanitarian he was, would be proud to have his song and his self-portrait representing such a noble cause. Click here to order a plate today!

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