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The Beatles

September 16, 2009 - Steve Murch
The hottest act in music hasn't recorded anything new in nearly 40 years. With a remastered collection and an edition of Rock Band, The Beatles are revving music sales around the globe as if they were the next big thing, instead of a band with half its members in the afterlife.

Zogby Interactive got in the act with a new poll released Tuesday naming people's favorite Beatle. Not surprisingly, Paul McCartney is the favorite. Considering only he and Ringo Starr are alive, and Ringo hasn't released any new music in ages, the poll results are a bit predictable. What is baffling about the poll is that all the percentages don't add up to 100 percent. McCartney (27%), John Lennon (16%), George Harrison (10%) and Starr (9%) total only 63 percent. Throw in 22 percent who don't like The Beatles, and 3 percent not familiar enough to make a decision, and that still leaves 22 percent unaccounted for.

"Americans over 30 and those over 65 love Paul," Zogby International CEO John Zogby said in a press release. "It must be the crazy love songs and Yesterday. Interestingly, John is the main answer for people who never go to church. (Less than 1%) of Woodstockers are not familiar enough to make a judgment, and frankly, who could they possibly be?"

The rest of the poll is:

“Born-again Christians are three times as likely to say Paul is their favorite Beatle (25%) than John (8%). Paul is also the favorite among Woodstockers (31%) and Nikes (27%), while First GlobalsTM (19%) prefer John.

“Democrats (25%) are far more likely than Republicans (6%) and independents (15%) to say John is their favorite Beatle, while moderates (32%) are far more likely to prefer Paul. Liberals (14%) are more than twice as likely as moderates (7%) and conservatives (9%) to pick George as their favorite.

“Conservatives (30%) are the most likely ideology to say they don't like the Beatles, followed by moderates (19%) and liberals (9%) who say the same.”

The thing with The Beatles is the timelessness of the band. Yes, the music speaks of and sound like it comes from another era — but that doesn't seem to matter. The lyrics are catchy, the beat infectious and the music unforgettable. It's hard to imagine any soundtrack of a person's life not including at least one Beatles song.

Forget their movies, there have been movies created around the band's songs. Yesterday is the single most recorded song of all time by various artists. The Fab Four have sold more albums/CDs than any musical act in history. All four had successful solo careers — some better than others — but they forever will be linked in history to each other.


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