Who inspired The Beatles?
The Beatles grew up in post-war Liverpool, a busy shipping port on the west coast of England. Because of the shipping, sailors (known locally as Cunard Yanks) were constantly coming and going with goods they had brought home from, amongst other places, the USA. These goods were frequently American recordings of blues, jazz and rock and roll artists that were not available in England at the time, England still being in the grip of post-war rationing.
The US rock and roll imports had a great impact on the soon to be Beatles and they were listening to Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and others when the rest of the country was barely aware of their existence. Buddy Holly has also been cited as an early Beatles influence.
They found inspiration from their contemporaries as well. Bob Dylan heavily influenced Lennon during the 60's. Lennon often borrowed Dylan's songwriting formula, in which the songwriter writes very poetic, indirect lyrics, which leave the listener to interpret the true meaning of the song. Several Bob Dylan-influenced Beatles songs include "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away".
The Beach Boys also influenced the Beatles, especially Paul McCartney. The album Pet Sounds was a particular favorite of his.
Many musicians were inspired, directly, or indirectly by the Beatles. The Rolling Stones recorded a Lennon/McCartney song as an early single and it was seeing the speed and ease at which the song was written that made Jagger and Richards start writing themselves. More generally, many top 70s band (10cc, Squeeze etc) have said that they were influenced by the Beatles.
The Beatles not only helped create modern alternative; what they stood for, believed in, and wrote about in their music inspired everyone who listened. The Beatles and individuals from the band, such as John Lennon, took part in many charity events and gave to the poor. This is why the Beatles have endured for over half a century.
Aside from "Drive My Car" (and the end of "You Never Give Me Your Money"), the Beatles didn't go in for songs with automobiles. George Harrison did two songs involving cars in the 1970s; "It's What You Value" (inspired by drummer Jim Keltner's taking a Mercedes for payment, when he toured with Harrison) and "Faster" (inspired by his race-driving friends).
The Rolling Stones, obviously. Edit: Actually The Rolling Stones came after The Beatles. They were really inspired by Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, and Ravi Shankar.
There are some that have been considered similar. The Monkees are often referred to as their American counterparts, and they even met each other once. The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys are others. Fun fact: The Beach Boys' album 'Pet Sounds' was inspired by The Beatles' 'Revolver' and in turn, 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' was inspired by 'Pet Sounds'.
The Beatles were very influential to 60s music. They ushered in a new sound, which was more bold and brash than the American music at that time. As they grew as songwriters and performers, they inspired their peer musicians at that time to write better songs. The Beatles were always entertaining. Even their early songs bear a certain charm. As they grew musically and lyrically, they inspired many groups that followed in songwriting, instrumentation and…
Nature inspired George Harrison's; Life's beauty and simplicity, yet underlying features inspired Ringo; John and Paul... that's complicated. It depends on what song(s) you are talking about. A lot of the time it was love. A lot of the time it was drugs. The world inspired them! Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds was written by John, inspired by his son's drawing. Hey Jude was written by Paul. Its inspiration was John. Paul wrote it…