Here is a list of references to a creative work by The Beatles
. These references mostly will be to one of the group's songs but also includes their album covers and movies. It also encompasses the solo projects of John Lennon
, Paul McCartney
, George Harrison
, and Ringo Starr
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- Marvel Comics' Rocket Racoon is a direct shoutout to "Rocky Racoon."
- Vertigo Comics' Greatest Hits is about a Beatles-like band who also have superpowers.
- According to this eight part blog post, DC Comics' "Scooter" is based directly on Paul McCarteny.
Film - Live-Action
- The opening of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, with Austin running in the street followed by hundreds of screaming fans, is a direct reference to A Hard Day's Night.
- The pivotal Crowd Song "Twist and Shout" in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
- Hans Zimmer's film score to Inception features a composition titled "#9 Dream Within a Dream" which is a reference to John Lennon's "#9 Dream" from his Walls and Bridges album.
- In Quantum of Solace, the first name of the doomed Agent Fields (which is only revealed in the closing credits) is Strawberry (a reference to "Strawberry Fields Forever").
- April Wine's song "I Like to Rock" includes the riff of The Beatles' "Day Tripper" along with The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction".
- Elvis Costello's "The Other Side Of Summer" contains a Take That reference to Lennon's "Imagine" ("Was it a millionaire who said 'Imagine no possessions'").
- The verses in Def Leppard's "Rocket" contain references to the group along with the Rolling Stones, David Bowie (twice), Elton John (also twice), Thin Lizzy, Queen and others
- Early in The Flaming Lips' career, they made a habit of referencing The Beatles: "The Spontaneous Combustion Of John" quotes "The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill" ("Like the first time Captain Marvel zapped him right between the eyes"). Oh My Gawd!!! is book-ended with Beatles samples - opening track "Everything's Explodin'" starts with a Spoken Word In Music clip from "Revolution #9" ("Take this, brother, may it serve you well") and closer "Love Yer Brain" ends with a loop taken from "Tomorrow Never Knows". And "Out for a Walk" includes a clip of "La Marseillaise" that seems to be taken straight from the intro of "All You Need Is Love".
- The parade theme adopted by My Chemical Romance during their performances of The Black Parade is an allusion to The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
- Peter, Paul and Mary's "I Dig Rock-And-Roll Music" name-drops the group.
- The Rutles career is basically an Affectionate Parody of the Beatles.
- During Sugarloaf's "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You", the signature riff of "I Feel Fine" is heard when the song's lyrics mention "John, Paul and George".
- Veruca Salt have made a number of Beatles shout outs.
- Eight Arms To Hold You was a Working Title for the Beatles album that became became Help! instead.
- Another Beatles reference, the bridge to "Volcano Girls" parodies "Glass Onion":
Told you 'bout the Seether before
You know the one who's neither or nor
Well here's another clue if you please
The seether's Louise
Live Action TV
- In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Yoko factor", comparisons are drawn between the split up of the main characters and to the Beatles in a speech by Spike.
- Gilligan's Island episode "Don't Bug the Mosquitoes". The title musical group (which is clearly based on the Beatles) arrives on the island hoping for some peace and quiet. Boy are they in for a disappointment.
- The title of the "Hard Day's Pete" episode from The Adventures of Pete & Pete is a reference to the song and movie, A Hard Day's Night.
- Kingdom of Loathing has the Swarm of Scarab Beatles, one of several music-themed monsters that live at the Oasis. There are several shout-outs to Beatles' song titles and lyrics in its description and attack messages, and it drops items such as Maxwell's Silver Hammer, a Rocky Racoon, a warm gun called 'happiness', and a set of Jackets with names that reference Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
- The Powerpuff Girls:
- The "Meet the Beat-Alls" episode is one long string of Beatles references. Just about every other sentence is a direct Beatles quote.
- In another Powerpuff Girls episode, Princess lures the Girls to Mojo Jojo's lair by calling for help in a line that quotes the song "Help!"
- The Simpsons have made many Beatles references during their long run.
- In the "Last Exit to Springfield" episode, Lisa's surreal dream under narcosis parodies Yellow Submarine.
- Homer's flashback to his time in a barbershop quartet is basically a Whole Plot Reference to The Beatles' career - from their first album "Meet the B-Sharps" (one wonders if it was called "With the B-Sharps" in the UK) to the impromptu rooftop concert.
- SpongeBob SquarePants: