Since the Baby Boomers first frantically screamed over the Beatles, generations of Americans have battled over who is the best Beatle. Friendships have been ruptured and judgments have been dished out over the topic. It's fraught.
The Fab Four stormed the stage of the Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago this week. To celebrate the anniversary, this Sunday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m., CBS (CBS) will air "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America -- A Grammy Salute." Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and a slew of musicians will perform in the show.
In short, it's a good time to revisit the controversy.
Now, thanks to a nationwide survey conducted for TheStreet by GfK, and after years of angry argument, we now know who is the most loved Beatle.
The results are statistically significant to within 5%. In other words, Paul has been scientifically shown to be the most favorite Beatle -- at least here in the U.S. TheStreet commissioned GfK's Omnitel to survey more than 1,000 Americans about their feelings about the lads from Liverpool. (Yes, TheStreet is mainly a serious newspaper about business and finance, but sometimes Beatlemania becomes too much to resist.) The final numbers are:
- Paul: 26%
- John: 22%
- Ringo: 15%
- George: 7%
- No preference: 30%
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