Everyone knows The Beatles. They are one of the most popular and influential boy bands of all time and have created a legacy with their music. The band consisted of members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. But what is their music genre?
In this article, we will try to explain what the music genre of The Beatles is. Then, we will go over the genres in each of their genres.
General Music Genre of The Beatles
The Beatles were pioneers of pop music at their time. Perhaps the best that one can say is that they were a Pop Group – popular in every sense, but unique.
What we can say for sure is that they delved into a wide range of genres such as rock and roll, psychedelia, hard rock, and even ballad. The band was, at first, primarily making skiffle music. They were known for their unique incorporation of elements in their songs.
The Beatles have regarded Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, and more as their influences during their long career. They had Indian influences as well, Pandit Ravi Shankar being the most prominent.
Music Genre of The Beatles Per Album
Please Please Me (1963)
This was the debut studio album of The Beatles. The genre present in this album is predominantly Rock.
With The Beatles (1963)
Eight months after their debut, The Beatles released their second studio album. It comprises both covers and original songs. The genres present in this album include Motown R&B, rock and roll, among others.
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
The genre that is predominantly found in this album is pop. It was their first album that contained only original compositions by the band.
Beatles for Sale (1964)
In this album, The Beatles also experimented with the country genre. The other genres included were pop, pop-rock, folk, and folk-rock. The song is said to reflect the band’s exhaustion from touring due to their immense success till then.
This album is also the soundtrack to the film of the same name. Songs like Help! And Ticket to Ride were featured in the movie. The genres in this album are primarily rock and pop, with folk rock as well.
Rubber Soul (1965)
The major genres in this album from The Beatles are folk, rock, soul, and baroque. It also experiments with psychedelia and even Indian instrumentals such as the sitar.
The primary genre in this album is psychedelic rock. Other genres included are R&B, raga rock, chamber music, and other pop flavors. It is considered an exceptionally innovative album and contains many popular songs.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
There are many genres that are included in this album, including rock and roll, vaudeville, jazz, and blues. It also contained classical influences, both Western and Indian.
Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
This album was released separately in the UK and the US. The genres present in this album are alternative/indie and pop. It also has psychedelia and rock.
The Beatles (1968)
This album is also known as White Album. The styles and genres in this album are fragmented and explore genres such as folk, avant-garde, music hall, and blues.
Yellow Submarine (1969)
Yellow Submarine was released as a soundtrack for the animation film of the same name. The overarching genres in this album were folk, rock, alternative/indie.
Abbey Road (1969)
In this album, one can find genres such as blues, rock, pop, and such. It also uses many unique instrumentals.
Let It Be (1970)
This was the final studio album by the Fab Four. The album has a more simplistic sound than their other albums and primarily features rock and roll as the genre.