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The year is 1969. The most iconic music festival, Woodstock, was held in the summer of this year. The decade was filled with rebellion, protest and the hippie movement. The British Invasion by the Beatles was in full swing. And in December 1969, the Beatles’ second album, “Abbey Road,” was the Billboard top album.
The album has two of the most well known Beatles’ songs on it: “Here Comes the Sun” and “Come Together.”
“Here Comes the Sun” is inescapable. It’s a staple for piano players in malls and cheesy montage videos. It’s perfect to listen to when you wake up in the morning. And for those in my generation and younger, it’s in two prominent movie soundtracks: “The Bee Movie” and “Parent Trap.” The song is peaceful, energetic, hopeful and happy. The beat is catchy, the lyrics are sweet, and the “doo doo doo doo” is hard to not sing along to.
“Come Together” sounds like non-sense, but it is an inspirational song. The lyrics capture the spirit of uniting to protest that was unavoidable in the 1960s. When I hear this song, I can’t help but dance. (Full disclosure: I dance when I listen to many songs, but I dance to this song even when I don’t want to.)
When this song was first released, it was criticized for sounding too futuristic and technological, but now, it seems so simple.
This song is also used in many high-profile movies. My favorite use of this song is in the 1998 movie, Armageddon, where an Aerosmith cover of this song is used. The “Come Together” scene is also one of my favorites in the Beatles’ soundtrack movie, “Across the Universe.”
While these two songs are the ones on the “Abbey Road” album that are the most listened to today, the album still has other hits like “Something” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).”
One thing that has catapulted “Abbey Road” to extreme album fame is the photo used on the cover. If you are a fan of conspiracy theories, I highly recommend reading this theory that the photo “proves” for conspiracy theorists.
This photo has been recreated thousands of times. As someone who has tried their hand in photography, I can only imagine how awesome it must feel to take an iconic photo like this. The crazy thing is that people don’t just recreate this photo in front of Abbey Road Studios; they also try to recreate it in New York City, Dallas, Texas and Columbia, Missouri.
The Beatles will forever be one of the most influential music groups of all time. Their fame and music spans continents, age groups and decades. “Abbey Road” is just one of their amazing musical accomplishments, and it was the perfect way to end the creative and expressive decade that the 1960s were.