Bigger Than the Beatles
|"Bigger Than The Beatles"|
|Single by Joe Diffie|
|from the album Life's So Funny|
|B-side||"Whole Lotta Gone"|
|Released||November 27, 1995|
|Songwriter(s)||Jeb Stuart Anderson, Steve Dukes|
|Producer(s)||Joe Diffie, Johnny Slate|
|Joe Diffie singles chronology|
"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 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.
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."
The music video was directed by Deaton-Flanigen Productions and premiered in late 1995.
"Bigger Than the Beatles" debuted at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of December 2, 1995.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||1|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||34|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||19|
- Nash, Alanna (12 January 1996). ""Bigger Than the Beatles" review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
- "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2889." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 19, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "Joe Diffie Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
- "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1996". RPM. December 16, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "Best of 1996: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
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