Paul McCartney explains why the Beatles "were better" than the Stones

listen 17/04/2020

In a new episode on The Howard Stern ShowPaul McCartney phoned in to chat about various topics, including his thoughts on the ancient rivalry between his ex-band, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Stern suggested that the Stones could never top the Beatles and Sir Macca agrees.

"You know you're going to persuade me to agree with that one," McCartney replied. "[The Stones] are rooted in the blues. When they are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues. We had a little more influences. … There's a lot of differences, and I love the Stones, but I'm with you. The Beatles were better."

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Stern also brought up Stones' album, Their Satanic Majesties Request, which was a homage album to the Beatles' Sgt Peppers. "We started to notice that whatever we did, the Stones sort of did it shortly thereafter," McCartney responded. "We went to America and we had huge success. Then the Stones went to America. We did Sgt. Pepper, the Stones did a psychedelic album. There's a lot of that. We were great friends, still are kind of. We admire each other. … The Stones are a fantastic group. I go see them every time they're out. They're a great, great band."