Was John Lennon the greatest Beatle? | The Tylt
John Lennon would have been 77 years old on October 9. The legendary songwriter changed the direction of popular music, but Beatles fans still debate whether he was the best member of the band. While some call it "the impossible question," the Lennon vs. Paul McCartney debate has raged for decades. Lennon loyalists say he was the true original and innovator. McCartney fans say he was both a pop genius and a far more accomplished musician. Which Beatle is truly the greatest?
Was John Lennon the greatest Beatle?
It's a debate that has raged for decades, and will probably never end. But try to settle this.
Paul has plenty of defenders, many of whom cites his ability to play more than 20 instruments and his genius in the recording studio, as well as his hit-studded post-Beatles career.
But John is considered the innovator as well as the social justice advocate.
John’s melodies are complex, including more notes than the standard four chord progression that comprises the majority of pop music. But the songs of John’s solo career, such as “Give Peace a Chance,” and “Imagine,” are generational anthems, supporting and contributing to everything that was the 1960s and early 1970s.
So while Paul wrote the pop anthems, establishing the very pop music formula still used today, John helped propel social justice, composing the soundtrack of a great public movement.
Listening to John Lennon's music. The man was a musical powerhouse. By far the best Beatle in my opinion! 😁— Luke Affolter (@LukeAffolter) July 30, 2017
Paul's gift for a pop hook was unparalleled, however. Yoko Ono claimed it even intimidated Lennon:
"John was very human. In the middle of the night he would say, 'They always cover Paul's songs, they never cover mine'."
Lennonites say Paul may have written the songs that made the young girls cry, but Lennon changed the world.
John Lennon is the best beatle it's not up for discussion— fre$h prince$👻🕷🕸 (@gabbytreadwell1) September 2, 2017