I can’t explain what the Beatles were like if you weren’t there to experience it. I was ten in 1964 and I had a Beatles poster on my wall, my first transistor radio which was taken away from me in grade school for listening to Beatles songs, and I remember Beatles on Ed Sullivan. I remember finding out that the White Album had 31 songs and I was determined to hear more than half of them on the radio (I made a list) before I bought it (my God, it was like $9.99 or some such exorbitant price). The Beatles grew up with us, they matured and explored new things while we did. They’re more than just a band.
Having said that, Playing the Beatles Backwards is a wonderful retrospective with cool facts about every song on the list. All 185 of them. You can argue with the rankings (actually, I think they’re pretty good), but the fun facts are fun.