Many modern music acts are influenced by Paul McCartney and the Beatles. The band’s songwriting talent and distinct instrumentals have inspired how many people want their music to sound like. McCartney always pays attention to modern music and shares two musical acts that are among his favorites.
Paul McCartney grew up listening to Elvis Presley
Paul McCartney and the other Beatles had several rock artists they idolized. One of those acts was Elvis Presley. Elvis was a sensation before the emergence of the Beatles, but he also popularized rock n’ roll in America in the 1950s. The Beatles became global superstars in the 1960s and competitors to the King of Rock. In an interview with the Smartless podcast, McCartney discussed Elvis’ impact on him and what it was like to meet him.
“I love Elvis, and he was really huge for us,” McCartney said. “And we ended up meeting him, which is to say, it’s a goofy moment because I have to think, ‘Did I really meet him? Yeah, you did. Yeah, I actually met Elvis.’ And was he cool? Yeah, he was really cool. And it met all of our expectations.
McCartney said it was somewhat awkward because they were the rising stars who were about to replace Elvis as the kings of the music industry.
“We were the neighborhood kids who were going to erase him from the neighborhood, which was kind of embarrassing because we didn’t want to do that,” McCartney explained. “We loved him.”
Paul McCartney loves BTS because they remind him of the early days of The Beatles
Similar to the British invasion of the 1960s, the 2010s saw the emergence of K-pop, led by BTS. BTS is a Korean boy group that topped the US charts with hits like “Dynamite” and “Butter.” Paul McCartney said he follows the K-pop group because they remind him of what the Beatles were like when they were starting to become international icons.
“I had just seen children go through what we went through. BTS, Korean guys. I like watching them to see what’s going on,” McCartney admitted. “I think they are good. I couldn’t sing any of their songs.
McCartney saw his influence on BTS during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Colbert showed him a clip of the band singing “Hey Jude”. When asked why he thought his music was able to transcend foreign languages and barriers, McCartney replied, “Easy lyrics.”
McCartney believes Taylor Swift is genuine
While Paul McCartney thinks BTS is a musical group made to look like the Beatles, he said Taylor Swift is an artist he finds authentic.
“There are people who aren’t just made, like Taylor Swift,” he explained. “She’s pretty cool.”
McCartney and Taylor Swift recently sat down for a chat for Rolling Stone, where the two discussed how they fell in love with music and their songwriting process. The two released projects during the pandemic and shared how they did it with everything shut down.
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