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I hear what you are saying about the Beatles being a little weak lyrically early on, but there is a bigger picture. The reason they NEED to be #1 on this list, and any other subsequent lists of this nature, is because of the EFFECT. I love John Lennon. I feel he was just about the greatest artist ever and love his music. But the Beatles changed the way music was made. Period. Changed the way it was recorded. Part of me thinks we should get specific and say The Beatles plus George Martin, but it was The Beatles so that’s the end of it. Can you make an argument that another artist had MORE of an influence on music and musicians? If you tried, all the musicians themselves would rebuke that argument..