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Who's greater, The Beatles or Michael Jackson??

  1. awsydney profile image60
    awsydneyposted 7 years ago

    As a musician and music lover, I have grappled with an answer to this question since MJ's sad passing, if there ever will be one.

    To me, good music entertains us. But great music must inspire and fuel passion within us. It may even change the way we view the world and hopefully for the better.

    For Elvis fans, I have not forgotten The King either.

    1. nikki1 profile image60
      nikki1posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      BEATLES OF COURSE big_smile

    2. lady_love158 profile image59
      lady_love158posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I'd have to say given the choice the Beatles are better. Jackson really only had one big album, Thriller and hadn't done much since that release, plus the Beatles have been around a lot longer.

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        Yasshii-kunposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Michael Jackson had a longer and more successful career, plus he still holds records from when he was NINE that no one has broken yet and it's 2011. -.-

    3. OpinionDuck profile image61
      OpinionDuckposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      The Beatles,

      I like their voices better, and their music was more complex. plus they didn't dance.

    4. Shinkicker profile image90
      Shinkickerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Beatles, no contest

    5. 6 String Veteran profile image88
      6 String Veteranposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      WOW, that's like: what's better, the Les Paul or the Strat?

      Ok, I'll throw a curve: was watching Creole King (an Elvis flick--one of his self-favorites) the other day and saw where MJ--and Prince--got 'mad' moves from 'the King'.

      To me, Robert Johnson, Bo Diddley,  Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Ike Turner, Elvis (and perhaps Jerry Lee Lewis) were all KINGS of R+R. MJ just didn't have the manliness those guys had. And to me, any King of Rock, including Run-DMC--LOL--has to be manly...no ''yee-hees'' allowed.

      As for the Fab Four (Beatles), I simply don't count them on the same level as the aforementioned persons...They were--to me--the Kings of Rock's 2nd Wave, which was the Brit Invasion (which hasn't ended, btw).

      JMHO (just my humble opinion)


    6. deblipp profile image60
      deblippposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      It has to be the Beatles for the extraordinary diversity of their output. The Beatles pushed themselves to change and grow, to experiment, to explore. They did soft ballads (Michelle, Blackbird), hard rockers (Helter-Skelter, I Want You), sound experiments (Revolution 9), and Tin Pan Alley  (Honey Pie). They experimented with chord dissonance (Strawberry Field) and Eastern sounds (Norwegian Wood).

      Michael Jackson was great, extraordinary, and highly influential but he cannot approach this level of complexity and variety.

      1. Daffy Duck profile image60
        Daffy Duckposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        The Beatles.  As good as MJ was, he was, in my opinion, a child molester.

        1. platinumOwl4 profile image44
          platinumOwl4posted 5 years ago in reply to this

          This allegation was never proven, and the FBI released 600 pages indicating there was absolutely  no PROOF. And If you never met Micheal Jackson it is impossible to make comments with out fact to substantiate you claim.

      2. Freegoldman profile image60
        Freegoldmanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        For me its the beattles

      3. MickeySr profile image88
        MickeySrposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Easily The Beatles. Michael Jackson was gigantically talented, but he took a musical art form (Soul, specifically Motown style Soul) and advanced it further and performed remarkably well - but The Beatles made Beatle music. They did songs that simply weren't reasonable songs for the radio of rock & roll fans to count as Pop or Rock music, had anyone else put some of their songs out they would have been laughed at - but The Beatles were so huge and so hugely influential, that whatever they did became an acceptable from or style of Pop/Rock music . . . it was now ok to listen and perform songs like 'that' because The Beatles did it. They changed the course of music in a way Jackson, and nobody else but Benny Goodman, Bing Crosby, Elvis, and Sam Cooke did.

      4. Abhaque Supanjang profile image45
        Abhaque Supanjangposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Both of them are great. But for me, Michael Jackson is the greater one, because he grow to be the great one in my era. I also like some songs of the Beatles like "yesterday, Michele, mother", but there are many more songs sung by Michael Jackson that I like better --- like Ben, Black and white, Thriller, Billy Jean, earth song, and many more.     


      5. dspallino profile image60
        dspallinoposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        JUST between those 2, The Beatles. Now if I had to say as a general opinion, I'd say neither.

      6. afunda profile image83
        afundaposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        For me this is like comparing pears and apples.
        Both acts were great. Both rightfully deserved their places in music history, by taking their music where noone dared to before them. Both made music that will be remembered for years and years to come.
        But at the same time, MJ was a true pop artist. Beatles were a pop-rock band.
        Eras when they created were different, so were the styles their nurtured.

        With all that, I can not truly say who was greater. Both? None?
        No conclusion from my side.

    7. mommyfreelancer profile image86
      mommyfreelancerposted 7 years ago

      I have a hub about MJ, I respect his genius. But my all-time love will be the Beatles. I'm in my mid-30s, was born after their heyday, discovered them during my high school years, and was - is - hooked! smile

      1. awsydney profile image60
        awsydneyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Will check out your MJ hub. I grew up in the 70s but never quite related to The Beatles.

        I was more of a Carpenters fan (don't you dare laugh!) and only caught on with MJ's music from his Thriller album in the early 80s as a teenager.

        I have since discovered how great Off The Wall among hit other hits! I was a late bloomer!

    8. BristolBoy profile image83
      BristolBoyposted 7 years ago

      Got to be The Beatles.  And I would guess that even worldwide The Beatles are much more popular as proven by Wikipedia statistics. 

      So far in 2009 on Wikipedia The Beatles is the second most popular page (on average of 111,896 views a day), with MJ's page being only 3rd (an average of 79,734 views per day in 2009), despite the fact that there was the death which would be expected to increase traffic. 

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/w … -2008.html

      1. IrishLass2121 profile image60
        IrishLass2121posted 2 years ago in reply to this

        "Proven" ??? "Wikipedia "??? You joking?

        Facebook is the biggest social networking site in the world at present, yea!?! Well ....Beatles have approx. 40 million Likes ...Michael Jackson?  ....MJ has 70+ million Likes.

        As I've said before...Michael Jackson was - is TRULY *Global*!!

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      ralwusposted 7 years ago

      IMO the Beatles changed the world more than anyone else in this category, Elvis  made us rock early on, but then he was drafted and came back to make those silly movies. He luckily rebooted himself and became King in his own right.

    10. Eaglekiwi profile image74
      Eaglekiwiposted 7 years ago

      In my opinion both affected two different generations and most music lovers respect, and enjoy both for uniqueness and entertainment value.

      Im glad I dont have to choose, I love both styles smile

      1. awsydney profile image60
        awsydneyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I feel the same way, so maybe it reinforces my belief there may not be an answer to this question.

        1. Eaglekiwi profile image74
          Eaglekiwiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          That is my answer 'Neither' smile

    11. Don W profile image84
      Don Wposted 7 years ago

      Greater in terms of what? Sales, number of fans, influence, originality, albums, singles, top 10 records, songs recorded, albums recorded, uses of the phrase cha mon!? Be more specific.

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      cosetteposted 7 years ago

      The Beatles. Michael entertained. The Beatles sparked a cultural revolution.

    13. RooBee profile image84
      RooBeeposted 7 years ago

      Beatles. Final answer. smile

    14. rmcrayne profile image94
      rmcrayneposted 7 years ago

      Beatles, easy one.  BTW, I saw Elvis perform ~1974.

    15. AEvans profile image73
      AEvansposted 7 years ago

      Michael Jackson..... smile

    16. tony0724 profile image60
      tony0724posted 7 years ago

      No Doubt The Beatles .

    17. SweetiePie profile image83
      SweetiePieposted 7 years ago

      The Beatles are the greater of the two smile.  Michael Jackson was talented and I did enjoy a few of his songs, but who can beat Abby Road.  One thing I do admire about Jackson though is he enjoyed listening to the Moody Blues, who I will always like more than the Beatles smile.

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      Ghost32posted 7 years ago

      Never much cared for either of  'em.  Now, Johnny Cash vs. Waylon Jennings....

      1. tony0724 profile image60
        tony0724posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Johnny Cash !

    19. HubTub profile image85
      HubTubposted 7 years ago

      No doubt, The Beatles!

    20. broadex2 profile image25
      broadex2posted 7 years ago

      its me

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      LEWJposted 7 years ago

      The Beatles are greater,  both in scope of influence and scope of contribution.
      Yet it may be a little slanted to compare them broadly; there were 4 of them but only 1 of him.

    22. sunforged profile image67
      sunforgedposted 7 years ago

      michael who?  ..compared to the beatles, no contest

    23. DrPPoorluk profile image61
      DrPPoorlukposted 7 years ago

      Hands down the Beatles. Jackson Perfected his talent/art above & beyond others in his genre. The Beatles plowed through to create their own.

    24. GoldiString profile image59
      GoldiStringposted 7 years ago

      Britney Spears. YAY! haha.. oh wait, The Beatles. Final answer.

    25. missalyssa profile image59
      missalyssaposted 7 years ago

      Absolutely, without a doubt...The Beatles!!! The greatest, most influential band of all time.

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      Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago

      I'm going to have to say....The Beatles. smile Oh and Disney is going to do a remake of The Yellow Submarine and it'll be 3D just so ya know

    27. Rebecca E. profile image89
      Rebecca E.posted 7 years ago

      Beatles. enough said.

    28. Flightkeeper profile image79
      Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

      Michael Jackson for me.  Never could understand how people like the Beatles. My favorite from that era was The Beach Boys.

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      A Texanposted 7 years ago

      Who's greater, The Beatles or Michael Jackson??

      Lynyrd Skynyrd

      I don't care if its not a choice!

      I'm a Rebel!

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      Louidam1posted 7 years ago

      I'm going with Michael Jackson since I grew up with his music.

    31. Valerie F profile image60
      Valerie Fposted 7 years ago

      Knowing what a big fan Michael Jackson was, I bet he would say the Beatles were greater.

    32. Flightkeeper profile image79
      Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

      Off topic but one singer that a lot of people liked and I couldn't believe they would like was Bob Dylan. What's the appeal? People have said he's very poetic and profound, but I couldn't get past the voice.

    33. litasongs profile image59
      litasongsposted 7 years ago

      Two word for you Michael Jackson.
      His music not only made the world dance, but it changed the world. One person at a time. I know it changed my life.

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      LEWJposted 7 years ago

      Considering 10 Categories By Way Of Comparison, I'd say;


              STAGE PRESENCE--MJ








      Of course, another way to look at it is---both did great work.

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        Rahul2118posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        good way to look at it,Though in popularity it can be split into-Popularity in US and UK-The Beatles,Popularity the world over including Asia, Africa and South America-Michael Jackson Hands down

    35. Maira818 profile image83
      Maira818posted 7 years ago

      its four against one. so yea the beatles win

    36. stealthystitcher profile image60
      stealthystitcherposted 7 years ago

      The Beatles...'nuff said

      1. Luciendasky profile image77
        Luciendaskyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        you stole my words right out of my mouth big_smile

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      cosetteposted 7 years ago

      there were four Beatles and only one Michael Jackson - that is true. but The Beatles' music was four guys writing, singing, and playing the drums and the guitar. they didn't have an army of mixers, technicians, well connected handlers (Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, etc.), publicists (when John Lennon made the gaffe - "we are bigger than Jesus", he handled it himself with a short statement), dancers, lyricists and costume designers...

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      mtsi1098posted 7 years ago

      this is interesting as both were icons in different eras...my vote goes to the Beatles

    39. Randy Godwin profile image94
      Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago

      Unless you went through "Beatlemania" you cannot imagine the impact and influence they had on music and society.  I've never witnessed anything like it since.  Their lyrics and music was so different than anything before.  As a musician myself, I am still enthralled with many of the songs they wrote and performed.  No two songs are alike, rare for a successful group, then and now.

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      lollieblossomposted 7 years ago

      Just listen to Norwegian Wood and you will know there is no comparison. Hey Jude, Mother Mary......need I say more?

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      ms. BADposted 6 years ago

      michael jackson,

    42. ChristinaScibona profile image87
      ChristinaScibonaposted 6 years ago

      I think that whichever decade you grew up in will determine a person's vote here.  I grew up in the 80's so I was influenced more by HJ than the Beatles, but my Mom is a big fan of the Beatles and not MJ.  Different eras, different influences.  Both great musical icons however!

    43. thisisoli profile image72
      thisisoliposted 6 years ago

      The beatles, however ther eis no dount that michael jackson also gave a great many contributions to the world of music!

      1. ChristinaScibona profile image87
        ChristinaScibonaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Thriller will go down in history just like Hey Jude!  LOL we should just call it a tie!

    44. TerryGl profile image61
      TerryGlposted 6 years ago

      Michael might have contributed to the music world but I am not too sure that any child who was molested would listen to him.

      I'll go the Beatles on this one.

    45. ChristinaScibona profile image87
      ChristinaScibonaposted 6 years ago

      Okay, I'll give you that! I am not a fan of the man himself....just the music!

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      Pani Midnyte Odinposted 6 years ago

      Gonna have to say The Beatles. I liked one or two of MJ's songs, but he was never exactly my cup of tea.

    47. Glenn S. profile image61
      Glenn S.posted 6 years ago

      The Beatles, no doubt,

      1. rebekahELLE profile image91
        rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        ...with MJ a hairlength away from the top.

        I have to get my MJ fix often. if you've never seen his powerful Earth Song video, check it out on youtube. he spoke to and for the world.

    48. prettydarkhorse profile image65
      prettydarkhorseposted 6 years ago

      my father said the Beatles

      I say both!

    49. Greek One profile image79
      Greek Oneposted 6 years ago

      The Beatles

    50. getitrite profile image81
      getitriteposted 6 years ago

      Tough questiion!

      Being a musician I was influenced by both, and I like them both.

      In the end Michael Jackson was the greatest entertainer of all time.

    51. N. Ramius profile image83
      N. Ramiusposted 6 years ago

      Easy. Michael Jackson as I only like one of his songs and none of the Beatles.

    52. Jackson Riddle profile image68
      Jackson Riddleposted 6 years ago

      MJ BABY!

    53. isinson profile image62
      isinsonposted 6 years ago

      I've grown up listening to MJ's songs and I'm quite fascinated by it and stirred a deep yearning to make our world a better place even in my own little way. lol big_smile anyway,i love his moves!

      I've also heard songs from The Beatles but i have to admit it didn't quite catch my interest.

    54. IzzyM profile image86
      IzzyMposted 6 years ago

      MJ did great songs, but they couldn't touch the Beatles! Their songs are largely dated now, but I'm sure if John Lennon was still alive he'd still be writing those great songs. All the Beatles were singer/songwriters - with maybe the exception of Ringo Starr? Or did he write any?
      What did Michael Jackson write?

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        Rahul2118posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Many of the hits like 'Billie Jean,Heal the world,Earth song,Man in the mirror,Bad ' to name a few.

      2. johnwindbell profile image63
        johnwindbellposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        .....and who was it that bought the rights to who's songs?

      3. cynamans profile image75
        cynamansposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Michael Jackson the king of pop wrote at least 181 songs dumb ass. Here is a list of some of them.

        Scream, Beat it, another part of me, black or white, jam, can you feel it, remember the time, heal the world, the way you make me feel, liberian girl, dangerous, shake your body (down to the ground), i just can't stop loving you, in the closet, we are the world, smooth criminal, stranger in moscow, say say say, wanna be starting somethin, will you be there, give into me, the girl is mine, can you feel it, break of dawn, you rock my world. billie jeane,  dirty diana, bad, lovely one, leave me alone and state of shock to name a few. The list goes on and on. Educate yourself before you post bullshit.

    55. Rafini profile image81
      Rafiniposted 6 years ago

      In regard to the Beatles or Michael Jackson, both are top of the line artists for their time.  I enjoy both and couldn't possibly choose one over the other.

      I'm not sure who I discovered first...Michael Jackson as a little man within the Jackson 5 or the Beatles after hearing Paul McCartney and Wings for the first time.  It seemed as if I heard something else by the Beatles (something I hadn't heard before) every year, and at the same time Michael Jackson was always heard on the radio with something new.

      The Beatles artistry lies within their songwriting and their mastery of performance.  Michael Jackson's artistry was evidenced throughout his life by way of pure talent in singing, dancing, songwriting, image make-overs, and visionary videos. 

      Which do I listen to the most?  It depends on what mood I'm in.  smile

      1. Rajab Nsubuga profile image61
        Rajab Nsubugaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        In this part of the world, the Beetles don't make much sense. But if am to go with this thread, I think both played their part and both still move us in our different ways. Michael, was a genius.

        1. Castlepaloma profile image26
          Castlepalomaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Hand down by the books the Beetles over everyone

          Best 100 Musicians   
          Greatest Artists of All Time
          Greater entertainer than MJ

          I love Both

          1. IrishLass2121 profile image60
            IrishLass2121posted 2 years ago in reply to this

            “Greatest Artists of All Time “ ???

            You mean *Group*, don’t you? We are talking a group and one entity – different dynamics altogether!

            "Greater *entertainer* than MJ" ???

            “entertainer” or entertainer(S)? Again…we are talking a group and one entity – Apples and an Orange! Or, Oranges and an Apple!

            Here is the more realistic way of putting it:

            Now...Take all the Beatles as a *Solo* (just as MJ was) "entertainer"....(I LOVE Paul with Wings / solo and 2-3 Lennon songs)....However...Not ONE of the Beatles as SOLO artists has had the *Global* impact / influence that Michael had. You can’t dispute that fact!

            There lies the answer!

            1. Castlepaloma profile image26
              Castlepalomaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              The none of the Beatles were millionaire until they Brock up and went solo.

              A strong group compared to a solo one, more often wins, plus three of the solo artist of the Beatles lived to a longer life span.

              When we look at the whole body of work and world wide positive influences , Beatles wins.

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                Beth37posted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Plus they never molested anyone.

                1. Castlepaloma profile image26
                  Castlepalomaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  Personally I don't believe that story, yet no doubt few entertainers are stranger than Jackson. The guy miss out on this own childhood.

                  Do believe the Pope molested some, they were just better at covering it up. All those massive strange secretes and BS to protect along with much greater money to protect themselves with.

                  1. Castlepaloma profile image26
                    Castlepalomaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    It's all show biz.