It’s a classic music debate: Lennon or McCartney? Using its Music Genome Project, Pandora has tried to weigh the two musicians’ careers against one another.
The Music Genome Project helps recommend music for Pandora listeners by analyzing their listening habits alongside large amounts of historical musical data. In a blog post, Pandora’s Steve Hogan breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of the two famous Beatles musicians: Vocal performance? Paul had a better range, John had better special effects. Lyrics? John went for the abstract, Paul is sentimental. The comparisons go on to include melody, rhythm, and instrumentation, but leave the reader hanging with this generic statement:
“So, what do you think? We’d love to hear where you fall in the great McCartney/Lennon debate! Genomic differences aside, there’s no question that John and Paul were two of the most influential pop music songwriters ever.”
But for what it’s worth, even years after his death, the Internet is still far more interested in Lennon: