Created By: AlexThePrettyGood on August 26, 2010 Last Edited By: AlexThePrettyGood on August 28, 2010

Beatles Crossing

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A stock pose and Stock Parody.

The cover for The Beatles' Abbey Road. It's an image that is instantly recognizeable. Four people (usually), belonging to the same group, cross a road one after the other. If the author is really showing their work the front person will be in white, and the third person will be walking barefoot.

Often used as a cover or poster. Expect long running bands to use it sometime in their career.

Movies or episodes discussing long-gone Glory Days of a Bob & Alice's band will often feature this pose as well.

For some collections of these images (some better than others), go here or here.


  • Seen in an American Express commercial with Jerry Seinfeld touring England.



Live Action TV

  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers repeated the image for their Abbey Road ep. Being the Chili Peppers, they did so wearing only the wang-covering gym socks.

Western Animation
  • It's Been Done in the Beatles parody Homer's Barbershop Quartet. One of the records Homer shows to Bart and Lisa. It includes a barefooted Barney.
  • In the Total Drama Action special, four of the guys had formed a band, The Drama Brothers. During their segment, the image appears briefly.
    • And in the intro to TDWT Leshawna & Noah are valking over the abbey Road Crossing.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • August 26, 2010
    Seen in an American Express commercial with Jerry Seinfeld touring England.

    It might also be worth noting that the name of the album Homer shows to the kids with the parody pose was titled after another bit of Beatles lore, "Bigger Than Jesus." Homer's barbershop quartet is even walking on water.
  • August 26, 2010
    There was a scene just like this in the Lindsay Lohan version of The Parent Trap.
  • August 26, 2010
    The whole Simpsons "Bee Sharps" thing was an extended Beatles parody. Which is not to say it wouldn't count for this, but this was only one small part of it.
  • August 26, 2010
    I think the title picture is more known as Abbey Road, there is no need for making up a new title.

    Abbey Road Reference?
  • August 26, 2010
  • August 26, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Seen on The Powerpuff Girls, "The Beat-Alls".
  • August 26, 2010
    I think this should just be called Abbey Road.
  • August 26, 2010
    This Sinfest-strip features spoofs of 3 famous album-covers, including Abbey Road.
  • August 26, 2010
    Vote for Beatles Crossing. Abbey Road would be okay, but seems to close to the album name (which, granted, wouldn't get a page) and the studio (which is a viable page).

    The Simpsons Did It had a name change to avoid that sort of use. </pedantic semantic>
  • August 27, 2010
    I wasn't sure whether to call this trope for Abbey Road or for The Beatles. All things considered, I still think that there are more people who would recognize this picture as being a reference to the Fab Four than that they would remember the album's name.

    Also, by using the more generic "crossing" in the title, people can also find the trope if they don't know the album's name or even the original source and are just looking for "a trope for four people crossing a road".
  • August 27, 2010
    Abbey Road is of course the name of the actual road with the crossing, close to the EMI recording studios, and the album was so famous the studios named themselves after it.
  • August 27, 2010
    • Eric Idle's Mockumentary about a Fake Band with a career that very much mirrored The Beatles' history, The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash, gave us the album "Shabby Road." While Paul was barefoot on the original cover, Stig (who is actually a stand-in for George) is not wearing pants on the joke cover.

    Also, this links to 40 separate imitations of the album cover, mostly from other albums.
  • August 27, 2010
    The cover of the soundtrack to VVVVVV, PPPPPP, has the V-men crossing the road... upside down, of course.
  • August 28, 2010