I can’t remember how many times I’ve had this conversation with now almost everyone in this world. Trying to explain why The Beatles is the best band ever. And most of the times, I’ve been successful, but there are few times when they just don’t get it. It’s not about the music, it’s about how that music makes you feel like. It’s not about a dream, it’s about dreaming together and making it a reality. It’s about love, peace and little innocent and necessary things in life that everyone can relate to. It’s about making those things eternal. It’s about appreciating that we are alive.
Things like, “I wanna hold your hand”, “All you need is love”, “Let it be”, “Imagine”.
Simple. Innocent. Beautiful.
I found this simple reasoning that explains why The Beatles made it so big. And it strikes home.
“You know the reason The Beatles made it so big?…’I Wanna Hold Your Hand.’ First single. Fucking brilliant. Perhaps the most fucking brilliant song ever written. Because they nailed it. That’s what everyone wants. Not 24/7 hot wet sex. Not a marriage that lasts a hundred years. Not a Porsche…or a million-dollar crib. No. They wanna hold your hand. They have such a feeling that they can’t hide. Every single successful song of the past fifty years can be traced back to ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand.’ And every single successful love story has those unbearable and unbearably exciting moments of hand-holding.”
― David Levithan, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist