Sir Paul McCartney reignites “Beatles were better than Stones” debate

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Sir Paul McCartney has reignited a “who’s best?” debate between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

It’s sixty years since the groups started to make their mark on the music scene.

And the “who’s best?” question has never gone away.

When asked this week who was the best Sir Paul described the Stone as a “blues cover band”.

He added: “The Beatles net was cast a bit wider.

“I’m not sure I should say it, but they’re a blues cover band, that’s sort of what the Stones are.”

Sir Paul, 79, has asserted before The Beatles were better than The Stones.

Last year he said:

“When they are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues.

“The Beatles had a little more influences.”

“The Rolling Stones are rooted in the blues.

“There’s a lot of differences, and I love the Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”

Stones singer Sir Mick Jagger, 78, responded with:

“There’s obviously no competition between the two bands.

“One is unbelievably luckily still playing in stadiums, and then the other doesn’t exist.”


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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