The Beatles: 1

Music review by
Gregory Isola, Common Sense Media
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Some of the best music out there.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

"Yesterday," "Eleanor Rigby," and "Help!" address adult themes of loneliness and self-doubt.


"Day Tripper" alludes to a less-than-romantic liaison.


"The Ballad of John and Yoko" repeats the exclamation, "Christ, you know it ain't easy!"

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Get Back" has some controversial references to drugs ("JoJo left his home in Tucson, Arizona, for some California grass").

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Yesterday," "Eleanor Rigby," and "Help!" address adult themes of loneliness and self-doubt. "Day Tripper" alludes to a less-than-romantic liaison. In "Get Back," there are controversial references to drugs ("JoJo left his home in Tucson, Arizona, for some California grass") and to "Sweet Loretta Modern" (who "thought she was a woman, but she was another man"), but they don't seem quite so inflammatory 30 years after the fact.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byliam casavan August 1, 2019

great! but....

not all songs are for kids well kinda. for example john lennon says "shoot me" in come together. but of course there are songs like yellow submarine a... Continue reading
Parent Written byd a i f i d November 10, 2013

The Cultural Phenomenon That Is Endless!

I just don't think introducing The Beatles to ANY news listeners can ever be anything but a VERY positive thing to do. It's 50 years now since Beatle... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bydankthosepepememes October 27, 2016

The Beatles

The Beatles are the greatest band of all time,and it's exlemplafied by the album.If you have have never heard the Beatles,go and listen to the,
Kid, 11 years old August 28, 2011


The Beatles will always be a trillion times better than Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, and Ke$ha. The Beatles have wonderful, creative songs that every o... Continue reading

What's the story?

For more than 40 years, Beatles music has held surprising appeal for kid audiences, and this collection of #1 hits presents the band's biggest songs ever. Many parents relish this opportunity to inject a little Beatle magic into their kids' lives. Lots of teens, too, appreciate the remarkably high quality and far-reaching influence of this enduring pop music. Also, taken as a whole, THE BEATLES: 1 presents a concise overview of the moods, motivation, and musical experimentation that characterize the band's storied career.

Is it any good?

It's easy to overlook lyrics that have become so familiar, but don't discount valuable messages in "Can't Buy Me Love," "We Can Work It Out," "All You Need Is Love," "Hey Jude," and many others. Classic light-hearted romps ("Yellow Submarine," "Penny Lane") still garner giggles from preschoolers and early grade-schoolers, but even some of the more straight-faced songs ("The Long and Winding Road," "Let It Be," "Help!") continue to resonate with sensitive young listeners. Simply put, this is some of the best "kids'" music ever recorded for grown-ups.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this music represents pop music nirvana. Each song is a gem, and hearing them one after another offers young listeners a mind-boggling treatise of the Beatles' lasting contributions to 20th-century music history. Discuss the music chronology with interested young fans.

Music details

  • Artist: The Beatles
  • Release date: November 14, 2000
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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