The four boys from Liverpool made their name in the 1960s. Their music was considered a real revolution that drove people crazy. After their first single "Love me do" was released, it became immediately clearstartlingly different from anything else on the pop scene of that time.
Their records were consistently top of the pop music charts in the mid sixties. First hit of the Beatles was the song "Please Please Me". It was followed by "She Loves You" and "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" which sold over 1 million copies in a year.
In the beginning, the Beatles performed music, which was influenced by American rock'n'roll and rhythm-and-blues. In the process of time, however, John Lennon and Paul McCartney's songs became more and more sophisticated and experimental. They developed their own specific style, and their imaginative lyrics and memorable melodies put the band in a class of their own. One of the most successful and unique albums at the time was "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts club Band", released in the year 1967.
The late sixties brought a slight change in the Beatles' style. Their music, influenced by Indian mysticism and drugs, became softer and more reflective. A good example of this change is the song "The Long and Winding Road" from the album "Let it Be".
The Beatles broke up in 1971. The strongest individual of the group, Lennon, was murdered in New York in 1980. Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr still record music and have their own groups, but they aren't so popular as they used to be in the 60s.