You don't get out of the "generic" label for being the best? The Beatles weren't just a generic pop band.
I think the word carries a negative connotation that's undeserving.
It does, that doesn't mean its not true. Generic bands are some of my favorites, and it doesn't mean they're bad in anyway, they just don't reinvent the wheel with their music. Early Beatles were definitely just a generic pop band. Plus 'the best' and generic are really subjective, kind of useless to argue with it.