Formed in Liverpool in 1960, not only are The Beatles the best-selling band in history, but they were also revolutionary musicians, songwriters, and artists.
Coined the "Fab Four," the best-known members of The Beatles are John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Musicians Pete Best (drummer) and Stu Sutcliffe (bassist) played with the band briefly in the early years, but did not receive world recognition for their involvement.
The Beatles music started out as a blend of skiffle and 50s rock-n-roll, but later evolved to include a variety of genres like pop ballads, classical, and psychedelic rock.
Beatlemania took over in the United Kingdom in 1962 and by 1964 The Beatles led the "British Invasion" on the American pop market.
From 1966 on The Beatles produced what many critics consider to be their best music, including the innovative and widely influential albums Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (White Album), and Abbey Road.
The band broke up in 1970.
As of 2012, The Beatles hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart with 20 and have won seven Grammy Awards and an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score.
The awards and accolades The Beatles have received are impressive, but their music is what makes them legendary.
If you only have time to sample one song from The Beatles, it sucks to be you.
If you have more time, try anything from The Beatles White Album, Sgt. Pepper's, or Rubber Soul. Close your eyes, hit play, kick back, and embrace the genius that is The Beatles.