Originally Posted by Wonderful Monds
Second? I'm more of the mind that they're the undisputed number 1.
I tend to agree though, I'm not as big of a fan as others are of The Beatles. I do think their music is good. It's not hard to understand why they were big; they were the first to do what they did. But their musical style has been copied wholesale an infinite number of times by now, so it's kind of hard for the magic of that sound to *not* be diluted to younger generations.
Elvis Presley had double their chart success. I've said this before and I think it bears repeating:
At one point Billboard's top 5 artists of all time included the Beatles and Paul McCartney and Wings.
If you combined their points, they still didn't equal Elvis. Number 1 was better than 2 and 4 combined.
I guess you can argue that chart success doesn't mean anything, and I'm sure that there are many lists where the Beatles are on top.
But 100 plus top 40 hits all by yourself is pretty tough to beat.