In your opinion, who's the best band of all time? Watch
In terms of mass influence on popular culture / other bands, The Beatles.
But they were fortunate to be at the start. There have been some very special bands at the same time and since too. Paul McCartney has been a fan of Crowded House for instance. REM and Radiohead are certainly greats, The Verve, The Stone Roses.
Something I notice about The Beatles is that they never really made a song that was a forerunner to 1980s music. In that respect, they were not as 'before their time' as some people imagine. Separately, they were far patchier, apart from Lennon. Harrison's solo work is mostly overrrated.
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