Bigger Than the Beatles

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"Bigger Than The Beatles"
Joe Diffie - Bigger Than The Beatles.jpg
Single by Joe Diffie
from the album Life's So Funny
B-side"Whole Lotta Gone"
ReleasedNovember 27, 1995 (1995-11-27)
Songwriter(s)Jeb Stuart Anderson, Steve Dukes
Producer(s)Joe Diffie, Johnny Slate
Joe Diffie singles chronology
"That Road Not Taken"
"Bigger Than The Beatles"

"Bigger Than The Beatles" is a song written by Jeb Stuart Anderson and Steve Dukes, and recorded by American country music artist Joe Diffie. It was released in November 1995 as the lead single from the album, Life's So Funny. The song reached Number One on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, becoming the fifth and final Number One single of Diffie's career. It also reached number-one on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.


The song talks about an amateur rocker and his cocktail waitress girlfriend. The narrator talks about how they see each other as stars, since they are in love. It says, "She thinks he looks like Elvis, when he runs his fingers through his jet black hair." The narrator states that the couple has a love "bigger than the Beatles". Meaning that even though they aren't stars, they look like it to each other. The "yeah yeah yeah yeah" background chorus at the end of the song is a reference to The Beatles' "She Loves You", as well as a reference to "All You Need is Love" in the last line of the bridge, while the title is a pun on John Lennon's controversial "bigger than Jesus" claim.

Critical reception[edit]

Alanna Nash of Entertainment Weekly gave the song a C-minus rating, with her review calling it a "lighthearted tale of an amateur rocker and his shopgirl squeeze" and "just a lame device to evoke the names of beloved rock heroes."[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Deaton-Flanigen Productions and premiered in late 1995. It depicts the male half of the couple as a karaoke singer in a club, and the female half as a waitress at the same club. The female notices the male singing and eventually goes up and duets with him. Scenes also feature the pair lounging poolside. Diffie is shown in the background singing and playing guitar in both scenes. It was filmed in Miami, Florida.

Chart history[edit]

"Bigger Than the Beatles" debuted at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of December 2, 1995.

Chart (1995–96) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 34
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 19


  1. ^ Nash, Alanna (12 January 1996). ""Bigger Than the Beatles" review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2889." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 19, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  3. ^ "Joe Diffie Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1996". RPM. December 16, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "Best of 1996: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.