American Idol Contestants 'Haven't Heard Of The Beatles'

To a certain demographic of American Idol hopefuls The Beatles don't figure too highly on their top influences list.

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For many years, they have been considered the most important group of all time. To a certain demographic of American Idol hopefuls, however, The Beatles don't figure too highly on their top influences list. According to a report from misformusic.com, American Idolhost Ryan Seacrest has revealed that some of this year's hopefuls had never heard aBeatlessong before they entered the competition.

One of this season's episodes will feature contestants performing the hits of the Fab Four in Las Vegas, something that a number of the would be pop-stars found more of a challenge than others: They went to perform Beatles songs, about 60-something [of them]. A handful of them, I asked, What do you think about the songs?' and they said, I've never heard a Beatles song before in my life!'

This report comes in spite of what has arguably been a period of renewed popularity for the Liverpool born legends. Rock Band: The Beatles was released in 2009 to rave reviews and mega sales, while the band's back catalogue was finally re-mastered and distributed through iTunes in 2010. A May edition of 2007's American Idol show even dedicated an entire episode to the songbook of Lennon and McCartney, making the admission of contestants' ignorance towards the band even more surprising.

You'd hope that the contestants would at least know some of the words to Yesterday, even if they hadn't heard the original. The Guinness Book of Records reports that it is the most recorded popular song of all time, with over 1,600 cover versions recorded to date.

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    Barkeeper
    SyN005 wrote: Why am I not surprised ?
    Because the contestants' IQ is equal to the amount of fingers you have.
    BigSpence
    Fail on my part I'm not a fan of The Beatles, but I still know how their songs go. Another reason why American Idol contestants are tools
    Lion_Slicer
    If I was Ryan Seacrest, my reaction would be: "Yeeeah... you can just go home, we won't be needing you anymore." I wholeheartedly believe that everyone should listen to the Beatles occasionally, if only so that they have SOME point of reference for, you know, every piece of pop or rock music since then. I just threw on Sgt. Pepper yesterday. Aside from being influential/revolutionary/bigger than Jesus, there are some damn good songs. I'm definitely more partial to their later, more progressive/experimental/awesome work than the early poppy songs they wrote for teenage girls.
    Krieger91
    I guess you can't really be openminded about this..this is just annoying. This is proof that everyone whop hates this stuff are to a certain extent right.
    barden1069
    DDJJ wrote: Who cares? F the Beatles, I hate their music
    But you've at least heard them. If someone hasn't heard the Beatles then I have no interest in their musical opinions.
    ZA58
    Im a guitarist who can't sing to save my life and even though I like music that fouces on the guitar still I like a least one Beatles song. So thats my reason Im not a hug fan but if your main act is singing then you should problity look up some beatles
    guitarist41
    It's nice to see that there's more people who think THe Beatles are yawn-material. Like somebody said, it's got nothing to with ignorance or anything, they just sound dull to a lot of people. I know somebody who's a classically trained singer, peforms in (big, legit) choirs, and basically, knows a lot about music...he hates The Beatles.
    radioplay
    Barkeeper wrote: SyN005 wrote: Why am I not surprised ?Because the contestants' IQ is equal to the amount of fingers you have.
    More like their IQ is equal to the number of living Beatles. AKA a number they probably wouldnt know anyways.
    IggyMorrison
    We were talking about the space between us all And the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion Never glimpse the truth Then it's far too late When they pass away We were talking about the love we all could share When we find it To try our best to hold it there With our love With our love we could save the world If they only knew Try to realize it's all within yourself No-one else can make you change And to see you're really only very small, And life flows on within you and without you We were talking about the love that's gone so cold And the people who gain the world and lose their soul They don't know They can't see Are you one of them? When you've seen beyond yourself then you may find Peace of mind is waiting there And the time will come when you see We're all one and life flows on within you and without you George Harrison
    JaimeLeonel
    Black Revolver wrote: Music never died, we just forgot what it sounded like.
    Indeed
    mattplayscheap
    im not trying to get hated on but i am not a fan of the beatles at all. they simply have no influence over me.
    Yoorai
    vayne92 wrote: Seriously, who gives a shit.. The Beatles are way overrated. Go ahead and flame me for it. DO IT!
    My thought exactly. The Beatles is only classic band I really dont like. Way too overrated.
    TheChosen1One
    YEAH I NO RITE Li3k, if they dun no the beetlez, they can't possibly have talent!!!!11 You're all ****ing idiots who believe that not knowing a popular band makes you have no talent. Also if I may add: Not knowing the beatles also doesn't mean the person has any talent in the first place.
    ktrogm
    tbh, there's nothing wrong with disliking the music The Beatles made, but to claim they are 'overrated' 'boring' 'crap' and to have 'no care for their music' without having listened to a decent amount of their music is just outright ridiculous. I mean you must have either A) followed the opinion of someone else B) Avoided listening to it because of the genre C) have some other just as ridiculous reason not to listen to them Seriously, I'm a metal fan to the bone, but my influences range from Jason Becker, Paul Gilbert, Sabbath to The Beatles, Oasis. Hell, i would even list lots of J-pop under my influences (sad, i know).
    CSguitarvocal
    clearfin wrote: Things which the beatles did first: -feedback on an album -double tracking -sampling -backward tape looping -multi-track innovation -Invented Most distorted sound, (plugged straight into mixing board) They did this for songs such as Revolution
    Let's not forget they were the first band to ever implement an orchestra in with their rock
    Metallicam
    UG, that title is not misleading, it's outright wrong. I don't really mind the misleading titles, because it brings in readers, but you can't just lie on your title.
    blakewaters23
    clearfin wrote: Things which the beatles did first: -feedback on an album -double tracking -sampling -backward tape looping -multi-track innovation -Invented Most distorted sound, (plugged straight into mixing board) They did this for songs such as Revolution
    i thought jeff beck did feedback first
    jonseyisgod
    well at least real music doesnt go out of style in 3 months....like the music people these days listen to...
    Enix165
    Well that amazes me, I've had them shoved down my throat all my life. Never did like them either. *flameshield*
    CSguitarvocal
    For many years, they have been considered the most important group of all time.
    No, UG. For many years they ARE the most important group of all time.
    vegetassj4
    That's pretty fail. I mean, I don't really like The Beatles, but at least I know who they are and respect them for the way they forever changed music.
    leftlobe
    hudsonstradlin wrote: I'm not going to get judgmental. TV and music have never blended together properly, so don't even get me started on the topic... But I don't understand how they haven't even heard a Beatles song. I was brought up on the Beatles, so obviously I'd know the songs, but even if you weren't, you hear them EVERYWHERE! There's a tribe in rural Uganda (probably) where Helter Skelter is a battlecry!
    lol i live in uganda and its a shame....they dont listen to them. a few people have but its hard to find someone that likes it. i happen to love their music, however.
    Rogue Hermit
    Who cares in any way about this? They are nice and famous, but if people aren't familiar with them, is it really a big deal?
    padlockband
    Seattle'sFinest wrote: I don't like the beatles at all, but even I've heard of them. Who hasn't?
    Apparently these fools haven't... I'm 15 and have seen the "Yellow Submarine" Movie over 100 times and have at least a few tracks from all of their albums.
    bigred395
    Seattle'sFinest wrote: I don't like the beatles at all, but even I've heard of them. Who hasn't?
    These American Idol contestants.
    Exhumed91
    There has NEVER been a good artist that has come out of American Idol. Every single one of them regurgitates the same generic, inoffensive soft pop garbage. Having said that, if you're reading Ultimate-Guitar, you probably realize that already. Fun Fact: Ke$ha has pretty decent music taste despite her Ke$ha-ness.
    atkm2891
    Wow, great news UG, really interesting.....Come on guys, who cares about this crap?
    Amuro Jay
    Wanna know what's more appalling than someone not liking The Beatles? The insane amount of asshattery going on in these comments. Checked
    Johnnybizzoy
    No, everyone has heard a beatles song, they just don't know it. They are everywhere but the radio.
    deadstring_3000
    don't make enemies guys. right and wrong are not what separates us from each other, it is our different view points... so for me, let's just stop giving a shit to this, we all know (hopefully) that Beatles is the root cause of music, got that? it's like a family tree, trace your influences and you'll end up in the beatles, even though you're not a direct branch from them... got the idea ?
    .6.bullets.
    Jesus. I don't even know how anybody can not know a Beatles song. Even for all the people who are boo-hooing over how much they hate them or think they're overrated have at least HEARD their music. Not knowing a single Beatles song though, that's just ridiculous. I was raised on their stuff though, loved The Beatles since I was little, probably always will. I appreciate music from every genre out there, but something about the fab four is indeed timeless and transcends many musical barriers.
    spartanfrets
    haha ikr? like the american idol contestants are the authority on music? The Beatles are gods.
    guitarist41
    Stop saying stuff like "People who have never heard The Beatles should be shot!". When I heard 'Revolution' I felt nauseous. Seriously. They just sound terrible, IMO. I love very different kinds of music, but The Beatles...no. It's not a big deal. Get over it. Snobs.
    SEAMUSS
    I love the Beatles, but I can understand how they wouldn't be an influence on some people and might seem bland or old to some. However if you have never heard a Beatles song before there is something wrong with you.
    gapazian
    Nothing wrong with not liking The Beatles. It's not a law to like them. I personally love them, as much as I love hip hop (noted to blackbird51). Also nothing wrong with liking that genre amongst other genres. However, not knowing a song of The Beatles is close to impossible. Everybody knows at least Yesterday. Or All You Need is Love. Everybody should grow up listening to The Beatles, their music just never gets dull, even if you've heard an album multiple times.
    thereverendsoup
    And for the record, I would never take a rock musician who says they don't like the Beatles seriously unless they have some pretty damn good, well thought-out reasons for it.
    thereverendsoup
    blackbird51 wrote: to all the idiots who try to speak for all youths in the world: I listen to the Beatles and I'm 19, go back to listening to your shitty hip hop music.
    I'm 25. I listen to more music from the 60's and 70's than anything, but I also love hip-hop. You don't have to choose one or the other.
    joelisonfire
    doesn't suprise me, when you manufacture music as much as american idol alot of those "plastic" artists aren't gonna have any idea what real music is!
    metalhed0294
    The title is incorrect. It should be "Haven't heard the Beatles," not "Haven't heard OF the Beatles." I personally dislike the Beatles greatly, but if you honestly haven't heard OF the Beatles something is seriously wrong.
    Solomon Wreath
    Barkeeper wrote: SyN005 wrote: Why am I not surprised ? Because the contestants' IQ is equal to the amount of fingers you have.
    Lol that is true. Most of these contestants probably haven't ever heard of Australia.
    Vectis624
    arnob_oblique wrote: SkepsisMetal wrote: barden1069 wrote: DDJJ wrote: Who cares? F the Beatles, I hate their music But you've at least heard them. If someone hasn't heard the Beatles then I have no interest in their musical opinions. And I'm sure they have no interest in yours. For that statement, I no longer do. I think the only Beatles song I've heard the original of is With A Little Help From My Friends, and that was because someone in my music class did if for their project and I played guitar on it. I just don't care for their music, and therefore do not go out of my way to listen to them because thats just pretentious and stupid. Who cares if someone hasn't heard of them? I'm sure there are a lot of big names from the late 1800s or early 1900s that we've not heard of. Should our opinions now be null and void because of that? Shut up, the lot of you how old are you? 12??
    I actually doubt most 12 year olds have a vocabulary containing the word 'pretentious'.