The Beatles have enjoyed a long history with Rolling Stone, going back to the magazine’s very first issue in 1967 when John Lennon adorned its front page. Since then, Rolling Stone has given each of the Fab Four multiple cover stories, explored the endurance of Beatlemania over the decades and rated the group’s discography as one of the most vital in the history of rock & roll. Most recently, Paul McCartney appeared on the cover in anticipation of the release of the album The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl.
To celebrate nearly 50 years of Beatles insights, scoops and tributes, Rolling Stone has picked 25 of the most memorable times the group and its members have filled the magazine’s pages, from groundbreaking and revealing interviews with McCartney and Lennon to a spotlight on how Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band became the most cherished LP in rock.