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The Beatles

Almost 50 years on, it's hard to believe there was a time when not everyone liked The Beatles. In fact, quite a few people hated them and found their music as appealing as nails on chalkboard.

For example, in 1964, National Review founder William F. Buckley described them as "so unbelievably horrible, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art, that they qualify as crowned heads of anti-music."

When Decca Records rejected them after their 1962 audition, The Beatles famously said, "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."

The most profoundly erroneous verdict came from Ray Bloch, musical director for "The Ed Sullivan Show," who said, "The only thing different is the hair, as far as I can see. I give them a year."

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