Rock history has rather unfairly rewritten The Beatles as omniscient free love gurus. This is unfortunate because it both alienates fans of more aggressive musical styles who are told that The Beatles aren't for people like them, and because it neuters the boys from Liverpool's legacy by treating their music as loftier than street-level rock'n'roll.
But it's all bullshit – The Beatles were dark, difficult weirdos, introducing the world to menacing acid fantasies and telling America they were bigger than Christ himself. In his autobiography, Motörhead's own Lemmy Kilmister – an avowed Beatlemaniac – laid it down: "…The Beatles were hard men too. Brian Epstein cleaned them up for mass consumption, but they were anything but sissies… Ringo's from the Dingle, which is like the fucking Bronx."
The truth is, even if you're a fan of the most stark, bloodthirsty black metal imaginable, you owe The Beatles a nod of respect. Today, we look at 15 songs on which The Beatles channeled the darkness that would later imbue heavy metal. Paul, Ringo, if you're reading this: we learned it from you, okay?! We learned it from you!