Dolenz described The Monkees as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band… that wanted to be the Beatles that was never successful". Ironically, the success of the show led to the actor-musicians became one of the most successful bands of
The Monkees have sold more than 75 million records worldwide making them one of the biggest selling groups of all time with international hits, including "Last Train to Clarksville" ,"Pleasant Valley Sunday", "Daydream Believer",
and "I'm a Believer". Newspapers and magazines reported that the Monkees outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined in 1967, but Nesmith claims in his autobiography Infinite Tuesday that it was a lie that he told a reporter.