Bunch approvingly links to this piece of music criticism from ESPN (?), the thesis of which seems to be that the Beatles, while great for their time, haven’t aged very well. I’ll leave the rest of this rant below the fold, but suffice it to say that I don’t find this very convincing.
Obviously, different genres appeal to different people. If you’re a huge fan of noise or house or free jazz, I can understand why the Beatles might not appeal to you, even if I don’t share your musical preferences. The author of this article, however, is an unabashed fan of pop music. He admits to enjoying Blink-182, Oasis and Weezer. Leaving the merits of each band aside, they’re all famous because they record catchy pop songs. One of the bands – Oasis – has actually made a career of marrying 60s-style pop with arena rock. In fact, I’d venture that one of the most common adjectives associated with Oasis is “Beatles-esque.”
So look: if you like conventional pop music, you should probably like the Beatles. I’m not saying they have to be your favorite band, but copping to enjoying Weezer or Oasis (both of which are occasionally enjoyable, thoroughly derivative rock bands) means that some aspect of the Beatles’ immense back-catalog should appeal to your musical sensibility. Maybe “I wanna hold your hand” doesn’t hold up very well. But that’s not a reason to dismiss the rest of the band’s body of work.