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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 09:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Quite a question isn`t it?

For me, obviously Queen, I also adore The Beatles, but Queen is Queen... I would like to know most Queen Fans` opinions about both bands.

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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 09:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In terms of sales ? Concert attendance ?
Talking of music I am sure there a loads of people who think that Aqua is the greatest band ever. Or N'Sync. Or 5ive. Or even New Kids on the Block. You just can not define it as long as personal taste is involved.

But if we stick to that, seeing it only as personal opinion in terms of the impact a band has on music (you said the "greatest", that implies a discussion about achievements and influence on other artists), the greatest band for me are the Beatles. Simply because they started the whole craze and influenced generations of musicians (incl. our 4 lads) - and still do.

But Queen obviously is by far my favourite band ! A love-affair for 18 years now...


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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 12:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Beatles had such a huge effect on popular culture that will never, ever be repeated. Queen may have bettered certain things, but they did not pioneer things the way The Beatles did.

Sure, Queen concerts were better. Sure, Queen lasted longer as a band. But The Beatles changed the world. Queen did not, not even close to the extent of The Beatles.

Queen will always be my favourite band, but I completely bow down to what The Beatles stood for and accomplished in less than a decade.


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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 12:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sir GH<br><font size=1>ah yeah</font> wrote:

The Beatles had such a huge effect on popular culture that will never, ever be repeated. Queen may have bettered certain things, but they did not pioneer things the way The Beatles did.

Sure, Queen concerts were better. Sure, Queen lasted longer as a band. But The Beatles changed the world. Queen did not, not even close to the extent of The Beatles.

Queen will always be my favourite band, but I completely bow down to what The Beatles stood for and accomplished in less than a decade.


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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 12:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If eiter bands are "the greatest" (whatever the fuck that means!) then its The Beatles. They made a bigger impact than Queen socially & musically- plain and simple.
Theyve influenced many bands/artists that are still around today, which can't really be said for Queen unfourtunately... the only particuarly Queen influenced band around today are that pseudo-rock band The Darkness that look and sound like a bunch of music teachers who heavily rely on high pitched vocals and fret-wanking due to lack of actual songs.

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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 12:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Each band has their time, The Beatles were the greatest at that time, Queen's big time came later.
I don't think you can compare them at all, not even say which band is better because they were so different.
I don't think that any band in the world could ever top The Beatles and the impact they had.
Plus, I don't even think Queen would've been the same band without The Beatles. They were a huge inspiration.
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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 13:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah, pick two groups that I obsess over. I'm being Switzerland on this one. I ain't choosing. That way I can stay on my OWN good side.

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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 13:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

damn it
Queen are the best!
the Beatles suck


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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 13:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm with Bob.


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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 14:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fuck**g Question.

Queen is the best band ever!

There is no doubt.


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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 14:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

For me, it's Queen. I think The Beatles are great, and it's amazing how much they changed the face of music in such a short span of time, but I've never fully appreciated their work the way I have with Queen. I think that Queen perfected what The Beatles had accomplished.


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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 15:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen were better musicians, singers, producers and arrangers than the Beatles. They were arguably equal as songwriters. Queen's live shows were spectacular, and they wrote the song of the century and had arguably the greatest frontman in rock and roll history.

The Beatles changed the world and have a catalogue that will never be matched. And teh winner is???

The Beatles by a mile.


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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 15:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's got to be Queen - no-one even comes close in my opinion. I know I must be in the minority but I am not a Beatles fan - their music is ok but in my opinion there are/were better bands than the Beatles.

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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 15:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Debbie1 wrote:

It's got to be Queen - no-one even comes close in my opinion. I know I must be in the minority but I am not a Beatles fan - their music is ok but in my opinion there are/were better bands than the Beatles.


Yes, but you have to ask yourself "Would those bands even exist(or if they would, would they be any good?) if it hadn't been for the Beatles?" I doubt it.

I'm not choosing. The Beatles invented it and Queen perfected it.


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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 15:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What if "the best band ever" is out there and you don't even know it? Who cares about rankings?

Anyway, you don't find anything in European / US pop music that's "bigger" than The Beatles, it's pretty obvious, and that's probably all we can say.


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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 15:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Just to add one thing- The Beatles as a band grew and changed so much over their 10 years. Their early stuff was simple, catchy boy band material. Then George's sitar music, and John's psychedelia gave birth to Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The White Album, I always see as not so much the Beatles as a band. More that each song is "Paul and the band" or "John and the band", etc., etc. A seperation of Lennon/McCartney. They took another direction with Abbey Road, which is IMO, their best album. Queen reached into a ton of different genres, too, not to such an extent, I think, but it was the Beatles' concept.


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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 15:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen, of course!

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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 16:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think that the question is wrong, because you can't compare two bands who grew up in different years. Moreover Queen, who came up later, have been inspired from the Beatles, as they said lots of times Freddie & co. Surely, what the beatles did is more innovative because in '60 the musical situation was more limited. Queen had their best time from '70, when rock was consolidated with groups such as Led Zep, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix and many more. For the Beatles rock was Elvis, Little Richards, Jerry Lee Lewis...you can compare rolling and beatles or queen and aerosmith..uff...so hard to explain! I love them both so much!


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Posted: 29 Oct 04, 17:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You simply cannot compare the two.

The Beatles influenced pop culture all over the world, especially in the UK and US. Their branch from the everyday pop scene as a Fab Four icon truly altered not only the music scene, but the culture of society.

Queen came in a different era with a different style of music. Both groups had great harmonies, but Queen had an impecable zing with their vocals that no one can do justice to. As far as their musical talent in writing and playing, they were simply amazing. We cannot deny that.

Both bands have influenced the world and the rock and roll scene in many ways to the point that we cannot compare the two. They are different in so many ways as well, that choosing one would not make any sense at all. I love them both.


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