10 Beatles ‘Rip Off’ Songs
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The era of Beatlemania had a unique impact on the perception of time, fostering a belief among fans that the birth of rock and roll, psychedelic rock, and various cultural movements all originated in the early 1960s. However, a closer examination reveals that The Beatles, while immensely popular, were not always pioneers in these trends. Their historical role appears to have been more of a bridge, slowing down the embrace of 1960s innovations until the late 1960s.
Between 1966 and 1969, when other bands were getting wild with new music styles, The Beatles stuck to the basics. They didn’t rush into the cool stuff; they played it safe and let everyone catch up.
The Beatles became famous not for being super creative but for being regular. While other bands were taking risks and trying new things, The Beatles walked a safe and easy path, holding the hands of their fans along the way. (Valium)
The Beatles’ catalog primarily consists of songs that, while often charming, do not necessarily stand out artistically. They are akin to any well-crafted pop song, lacking the transformative qualities of a true work of art. Interestingly, a few of their songs sound a lot like older songs by other artists, kind of like toothpaste that stays toothpaste no matter how effectively it is marketed.
Here are ten instances where The Beatles’ songs share similarities with those of other artists:
1. You Can’t Catch Me by Chuck Berry | Come Together
2. I’m Talking About You by Chuck Berry | I Saw Her Standing There
3. Do Unto Others by Pee Wee Crayton | Revolution
4. Watch Your Step by Bobby Parker | I Feel Fine
5. Bad Penny Blues by Humphrey Lyttelton | Lady Madonna
6. Answer Me, My Love by Nat King Cole | Yesterday
7. Te Deum by John Ireland | Hey Jude
8. He’s So Fine by The Chiffons | My Sweet Lord by George Harrison
9. Baby Let’s Play House by Elvis Presley | Run For Your Life
10. South Side Shake by Dan Burley | Lady Madonna