The Beatles are considered one of the most influential bands in history. They were pioneers in the music industry and set the standard for many bands that followed. So, it’s no surprise that there have been countless bands over the years that the Beatles have influenced.
Here are ten bands similar to the Beatles in sound and style.
1. The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys are often cited as one of the most influential bands of the 20th century. Like the Beatles, they are known for their harmonies and catchy melodies.
They had multiple hits in the 1960s, including “Good Vibrations” and “Wouldn’t Be Nice.” The band released 29 studio albums and sold over 100 million records.
Badfinger was a Welsh rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band was formed in 1968 and was originally known as The Iveys.
Badfinger was signed to The Beatles’ Apple Records label and released their first album, “Magic Christian Music”, in 1970. Badfinger had multiple hits in the early 1970s, including “No Matter What” and “Day After.”
Queen was a British rock band formed in 1970. The band is best known for their hit songs like “We Will Rock You” and ” Bohemian Rhapsody.” The band achieved massive commercial success in the mid-1970s and 1980s.
Queen has been cited as an influence by many bands, including Metallica, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Foo Fighters. They gained prominence for their flamboyant style and theatrical performances, peaking with the “Live Aid” concert in 1985. The band has sold over 300 million records and is considered one of the best-selling bands of all time.
4. The Who
The Who is an English rock band formed in 1964. and considered one of the most influential bands of the 20th century. The band is known for their hits “My Generation” and “Pinball Wizard.”
The Who was a pioneer of the rock opera genre with their album Tommy in 1969. The use of lasers and pyrotechnics in their live shows helped define the rock concert experience. They disbanded in 1983 but have reunited on several occasions since then.
5. The Kinks
The Kinks are an English rock band formed in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. The Kinks are considered one of the most influential bands of the 1960s. The Kinks were heavily influenced by the Beatles and played a similar style of music.
They are best known for songs like “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night.” The band released 24 studio albums and sold over 50 million records.
6. Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin was a British rock band formed in 1968. The band is considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential bands of all time. Led Zeppelin has sold over 300 million records and is one of the best-selling bands of all time.
The band is known for their hits “Stairway to Heaven” and “Whole Lotta Love.” Led Zeppelin’s sound was a blend of blues, folk, hard rock, and heavy metal. They were also known for their energetic and chaotic live shows; they broke up in 1980.
7. The Byrds
The Byrds were an American rock band formed in 1964. The band is best known for their hits “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!” The Byrds pioneered the folk-rock genre, combining folk and rock music elements.
The band was also influential in developing country rock and jangle pop. The Byrds disbanded in 1973.
8. Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd was a British rock band formed in 1964. They rose to prominence with their psychedelic and progressive rock sound.
The band is known for hits like “Another Brick in the Wall” and “Wish You Were Here.” The band’s 1974 album “The Dark Side of the Moon” is one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Pink Floyd achieved commercial success in the 1970s and 1980s, and they sold over 200 million records, making them one of the best-selling artists. The band has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
9. The Doors
The Doors were an American rock band that was formed in 1965. The band is best known for their hits “Light My Fire” and “Hello, I Love You.”
The Doors fused blues, jazz, and classical music elements with 1960s psychedelic rock. They were known for their dark and introspective lyrics.
The Doors disbanded in 1973, two years after the death of their lead singer, Jim Morrison. They’ve reunited on stage in several configurations throughout the years.
10. The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones is an English rock band formed in 1962. The band is considered one of the most successful, influential, and longest-running bands of all time.
They have sold over 250 million records and are one of the best-selling artists of all time. The band is known for their hits “Paint It, Black” and “Gimme Shelter.”
The Rolling Stones were also at the forefront of the British Invasion of the United States in the 1960s. The band is still active and has toured extensively in recent years.
The Beatles were a pioneer of rock music and paved the way for many British invasion artists to break into American cultures, such as The Rolling Stones. The Beatles also helped define the sound of 1960s rock music, and their influence is still heard in modern music, and they are one of the best-selling artists of all time. The Beatles have influenced many bands, and this list shows some of them.
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