Saturday, October 3, 2009

Oldies Hits From the Beatles

By Jeff Bachmeier

The oldies are classified as music from the time period of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Most oldies music is classified under the genres of pop, rock and R&B. There were a lot of progressive musical movements including Motown, the British Invasion, and doo wop which inspired fashion styles, community, and a way of life.

An oldies band that never went out of style was the Beatles. Their music has inspired the world for years and started the hype with the British Invasion. The British Invasion was a group of bands from Great Britain whose music became popular in the United States. Just recently, Rock Band video game came out with a Beatles edition. Rock band allows users to act as if they are in the band and play music on game controls such as a guitar, bass guitar, or drum set. The Beatles edition for rock band is a compilation all of their greatest hits.

The Beatles fame lasted for a span of ten years from the 1960s until the 1970s. The band originated in Liverpool and consisted of members John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. They were dubbed with the nickname, "The fab four from Liverpool." Not only were they a success in England, but their fame and fortune reached the United States.

The RIAA, Recording Industry Association of America, states that they have sold more albums than any other band or solo artist in the United States ( The Beatles produced number ones hits that are still popular today and can be heard on internet radio and traditional radio.

From 1962 until 1976 they had 42 number one hit singles. A list of all the number one singles can be found on The Beatles Number One Hits singles website ( Their first hit in 1962 was called, "Love Me Do." This song first became popular in England and didn't top the number one charts in the United States until 1964.

In 1963, they had 5 chart topping hits. One of the more memorable hits during that year was "Twist and Shout." Not only was it a great song, but there were also fun dance moves to accompany it. They almost doubled the amounts of number one hit singles in 1964 with nine songs. A memorable song during that year which most people know and can hear on oldies radio station is "A Hard Day's Night."

They continued to dominate the charts with eight singles in 1965. After that the amount of singles started to taper off. Between 1966 and 1969 they only produced four number one hits per year. Success for the Beatles started to slow down in the 70s when they only had two hits in 1970 and one in 1976.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50's thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit

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