Who is better: The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? This is quite possibly the most debated question in the history of rock music. Unfortunately, many debaters don’t learn the facts about these two legendary bands before plunging into heated arguments about this topic. What is surprising about these two groups is that they are exceptionally alike. Though they are minuscule, there are distinctions that set The Beatles and The Rolling Stones apart.
The Beatles are known, respectively, as the fathers of modern pop music. After their first #1 hit “Please Please Me” was released in 1963 the Beatles were set in motion to become one of the most influential groups of musicians to ever rock our world. With over forty-nine records, 37 #1’s, and thirty- four number one albums (the highest amount of any band in history), there is no denying that they made a monumental ripple in the musical world. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr surprisingly all come ...view middle of the document...
Consequently, The Beatles took first America, then the world, by storm gaining their current unconquerable status. To the fans great enmity, the band officially split in 1970. But The Beatles were not the only band profiting from the frenzy of culture and musical admiration during the 1960s.
The Rolling Stones, too many, are also considered one of the great pioneer bands of pop and current rock music. Although, numerically speaking, the rolling stones had less success in the charts than The Beatles with only 9 #1’s, they did have sixty-one records, most likely due to the fact that they are still going strong as a band today. Unlike The Beatles, The Rolling Stones consisted of six members: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, and Ian Stewart. These six men all come from the same city, known around the world as a place of large meaningful events, London. Both groups started out as cover bands preforming songs from the greats of their time such as Elvis, Buddy Holly, and Chuck Berry. For The Rolling Stones, their big break wasn’t until 1963 when they were signed to Decca records. Unfortunately, their first number one song didn’t reach the charts till 1964, a hit written by Bobby Womack and Shirley Womack and covered by The Rolling Stones called “It’s All Over Now”. Like The Beatles before them, The Rolling Stones climbed their way to the top and cemented their name in the pages of music. Unlike The Beatles, The Rolling Stones are still together and as lively as ever producing extraordinary songs and touring around the world.
Although they many have looked and sounded different, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones might as well have been brothers side by side completely revolutionizing the world of music. They had different origins, and different timelines as far as their careers go, but they also had similar beginnings and both wanted nothing more but to make great and soulful music for millions to hear and enjoy. Evidentially, the question still stands: Who is the best band? I feel the answer to that lies within the heart of the fans, not necessarily on a chart or an amount of numbers. If you ask me my only answer can be, and will be that they are both superior to each other, but in their own incredible ways.