I think I’ve made it pretty clear by this point that I love the Beatles! As I’ve delved into the world of Beatle music, I’ve noticed that many other musical artists have recorded Beatlesque music that clearly shows an influence from the Beatles. Here are a few of my favorite Beatlesque songs, some of which are like a particular Beatles song, and others which are more generally Beatlesque.
1. Start! (The Jam)
This song isn’t just Beatlesque… For those of you Beatlemaniacs who noticed it right away, you are correct: the bass and guitar lines from the Beatles song “Taxman” are directly copied here. This is a well known comparison in the world of musical similarities, and honestly, I don’t really mind the fact that Start! and Taxman are eerily similar. I love both songs, and I appreciate that the members of The Jam liked the Beatles so much that they wanted to use part of a Beatles song on their song.
Here’s Taxman, just to clarify:
2. Karma Police (Radiohead)
This song has been compared to the Beatles’ “Sexy Sadie” before, and I read that the members of Radiohead openly admitted that Sexy Sadie inspired this song. It’s a really cool song, and I love how the wonderful music of the Beatles has inspired so much other wonderful music in the world. It makes me feel like good music that touches the soul will always be around as long as people don’t forget the Beatles.
Here’s Sexy Sadie, just for comparison:
3. Dawned on Me (Wilco)
This song isn’t as Beatlesque as the others, but it’s definitely very Harrison-esque. I can picture George singing this song on his album Cloud Nine in my head. The lead singer even sounds a little like George.
4. And She Was (Talking Heads)
This is my favorite of the four songs I’ve listed here, for one main reason: It really sounds like a Beatles song! Everything about it, from the lyrics, to the song structure, to the guitar riff, to the solo at the end, screams Beatles to me! I can picture John writing and singing it, with a little help from Paul, probably. This could fit right in with the Day Tripper/Ticket to Ride era Beatles singles. You may or may not agree, but it’s a great song in its own right.
If I think of any more Beatlesque songs I love, I’ll post them. Have a great week!