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)
FormatCD Single
GenreCountry
Length3:58
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)Jeb Stuart Anderson, Steve Dukes
Producer(s)Joe Diffie, Johnny Slate
Joe Diffie singles chronology
"That Road Not Taken"
(1995)
"Bigger Than The Beatles"
(1995)
"C-O-U-N-T-R-Y"
(1996)

"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.

Content[edit]

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 background chorus at the end of the song is intentionally reminiscent of the Beatles' She Loves You while the title is a pun on the band'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]

This song was parodied by country music parodist Cledus T. Judd on his album I Stoled This Record as "(She's Got a Butt) Bigger Than the Beatles".

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Deaton-Flanigen Productions and premiered in late 1995.

Chart positions[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 (1995–1996) Peak
position
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

References[edit]

  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.

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