Fun with Infographics: Charting the Beatles


A new infographic project pointed out by our friends at The Morning News proves that Beatlemania is as alive as ever; a set of techies have created Charting the Beatles , a visual analysis of the Fab Four’s collaborations, references, notes, and work schedules. The result is pretty damn cool. Not to mention juicy — songs are broken down into a color-coded graph that portrays authorship statistics. While some of you may choose to study the graphs and come to your own conclusions about the band (were the lack of collaborations in the late 1960s cause for breakup?), others may find it too technical. More about the project and a few of our favorite charts after the jump.

An analysis of collaboration and authorship breaks their creative process down to the granular level. But can we be so sure that “A Day in the Life” was 40/60 percent McCartney/Lennon? Seems pretty specific to us…

The sleek looking Self-Reference chart maps out explicit and implicit lyrical references, as well as lyrical parallels between songs, with “Love,” Lucy,” and “Strawberry Fields” reaching some of the greatest overlaps.

This mock color wheel provides a breakdown of the Mop Top social calendar with a tour-heavy 1963, and a relatively low key 1966. We’re trying to figure out why March seemed to be the preferred month to film.

Although Charting the Beatles channels the likes of William J. Dowdling’s Beatlesongs and Mark Lewisohn’s The Complete Beatles Chronicle, this project is based on a strong fan base collaboration. Your own infographics can be submitted and featured in the collection, which is due to be released online in the near future. One of our favorite fan-created infographic is this simple pie chart.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

What do you think? A good use of creative energy, or all around too invasive? Will you be submitting to the project? Sound off below.