John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr: the four most iconic names in pop music. Parting Ways: An unauthorized story on life after the Beatles' examines the phenomenon that was Beatlemania. Four decades after the band broke up, The Beatles are still on top of every conceivable list of the greatest recording artists of all time. No other pop act has surpassed the Fab Four in terms of innovation, or social impact. Because of this, whatever they chose to do as solo performers would forever be judged against what was achieved as a part of the most popular group in music history.