The Beatles: 1

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Some of the best music out there.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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

Language

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

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

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Kid, 11 years old April 7, 2011
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Kid, 10 years old April 27, 2011
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AWESOME!!!!! :-)

BEST MUSIC EVER!!!! PURE ROCK!!!! GET RID OF THE BIEBER!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bySweetDisposition March 5, 2011
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Truely, there is no better music.

The Beatles are amazing, and I'd basically reiterate what everyone else has said. But parents, raise your kids around this type of music. uplifting yet deep music. It will help your child's music taste in later years.
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