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The Beatles: 1

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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"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!"

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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.

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.

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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 6 years old July 1, 2014

Best music ever!

This is one of the best set of music EVER! I have it on ITunes and I love it so much.
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 Beatlemania started in England and the Fab Four show no signs of declining in popularity EVER! I personally feel the group members were even positive in their spoken message. I am different than most as I am virtually a Beatle historian. I guess the only drawbacks they may have to anyone would be those narrow-minded enough to still be upset with John's "bigger than Christ" statement (taken out of context) and the use of the word "christ" in The Ballad of John and Yoko. That is why I picked the language choice…if I could have picked none of the above I would have. Bottom line: To not listen to THe Beatles IS JUST NOT NORMAL!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byKmfan97 January 17, 2015

this is hands down the greatest compilation album ever.

I don't exactly know when kids can listen to this but I will say that the Beatles are my favorite band of all time and this album got me into them. The only two songs I wish we're on here though are I am the walrus and a day in the life but then again those songs are both about getting high on drugs. Actually there is other songs that should be on this album like across the universe and Julia but this is still a unbelievable album and it's a great way to introduce your kids to the greatest band in history.