Pop quiz, hotshot: what do Kula Shaker, Thomas the Tank Engine and serial killer Charles Manson all have in common? The clock is ticking… Any answers? It’s the same link that unites vegetarian sausages, Cher and massive traffic jams along Abbey Road. Okay, so that was a major giveaway. They all have been inspired by, or owe their success to, The Beatles.
There are some things we readily associate with the Fab Four – silly mop-topped hair, swathes of screaming teenage girls and ridiculously long lie-ins – but their influence can still be felt in music, fashion, philosophy (and imitation meat products) to this day. Pete Ellender
Read on to discover 50 things we wouldn’t have, or wouldn’t be quite as good, if Beatlemania hadn’t swept the world in the ’60s.