Loved across the universe
The Beatles are the most famous, best loved and greatest band in the history of rock 'n' roll. There are books, songs, movies, even circus shows and a video game dedicated to them. Clearly a single page feature can't do them justice.
So, with the release of their remastered catalogue flooding the charts, the SYP team answer three simple questions on the Fab Four:
1 What's your favourite Beatles song?
2 What does the band mean to you?
3 If the band were still together, what would you like to see them doing?
1 I have far too many favourites to name just one - my top three would have to be, in no particular order, Come Together, for its fabulous bass line, The Long and Winding Road for its simple expression of love, and A Hard Day's Night, because it's the theme song to a fantastic film.
2 They put Britain on the musical map - I don't often feel patriotic, but they make me occasionally proud that in an era of American rock 'n' roll, Brits could do it just as well.
3 A musical!
1 A Hard Day's Night - it's the only one where I can remember more than 70 per cent of the lyrics. And it's the title of a cool film starring the Beatles themselves.
2 Christmas. My parents were Beatles fans, so every Christmas, they'd play The Beatles instead of cheesy traditional songs.
3 I'd love to see them play live in Hong Kong.
1 Free as a Bird. It really makes you feel like you're flying, and reflects how much the band members enjoyed the freedom of creating their own music.
2 The band is nothing short of legendary. They drove the whole world crazy, both boys and girls, and still influence youngsters from all generations, from all over the world.
3 Jamming by the pool in a villa in Phuket.
1 A Day in the Life. It's kinda depressing and news-like, like myself.
2 They made the number four fab. Far out.
3 I'd like to see John Lennon's take on everything Paul McCartney's done in his name, George Harrison as British Prime Minister, Ringo Starr judging reality shows and McCartney selling steaks on TV.
1 Across the Universe. The beautiful song is so addictive that I can't help singing the Sanskrit line over and over, even without knowing what it means. And 'Nothing's gonna change my world' has become a motto I live by.
2 Their songs remind me of my childhood as my dad is a fan. They're the reason I learned acoustic guitar - but even my respect for them wasn't enough to break my curse of giving up every instrument after three years.
3 It would be great to see them at an Everton vs Liverpool FA Cup final. Imagine the banter! Or hosting a talent-spotting reality show for the world's next greatest band.