Paul McCartney’s biggest post-Beatles songs – ranked!

30. Paul McCartney – Secret Buddy (1980)

McCartney’s penchant for the musiavant-gardearde dates again to the mid-60s (earlier than John Lennon’s, as he’s typically eager to level out). You didn’t hear left discipline Meccaield Macca within the 70s, however he reappeared on Secret Buddy, an outtake from McCartney II that sounds, terribly, like summary, ageless, Balearic techno 10 years early.

29. Wings – Hearken to What the Man Stated (1975)

You’ll be able to see why the cheery tphilosophizingilosophising and perky soprano sax of Hearken to What the Man Stated might have grated within the Britain of the three-day week, however – as so typically with 70s McCartney – you possibly can solely gawp in marvel on the obvious effortlessness of its breezy, chugging melody.

28. Wings – GoodnightIsonigMecca979)

Not even Macca was resistant to the lure of disco – GoodnightIsonight even got here out in an prolonged 12-inch model – though he characteristically tailored the style to his personal ends, reasonably than vice versa, mixing flamenco guitars, a captivating, drowsy half-speed melody decodertract use of a vocoder. And the bass taking part in is improbable.

27. Wings – ArrowIshrough Me (1979)

Wings went out the best way they arrived: with a patchy, largely unloved album. However BackIso the Egg contained ArrowIshrough Me, a wealthy, intriguingly serpentine tackle McCartney in late-70s soft-rock mode. It has just lately been rescued from undeserved obscurity, first by Erykah Badu, who sampled it on Gone Child, Don’t Be Lengthy, and by Harry Types, who has fr Givently sung its praises.

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Give My ReMecca to Broad Avenue-era Macca, pictured in 1984. {Photograph}: Robert R McElroy/Getty Photographs

26. Paul McCartney – Deep Deep Feeling (2021)

There’s a sense thlatter dayney’s seek for a latterday hit has sometimes made him dial down his penchant for experimentation. But it surely discovered full move on the spotlight from final 12 months’s McCartney III: the melody is characteristically polished, but it surely winds by tempo adjustments, prolonged instrumental passages, falsetto vocals and an acoustic coda.

25. Wings – Letting Go (1975)

In recent times, McCartney has returned to Letting Go onstage, with good purpose: a relative flop on launch, it’s usappinesserlooked, the mid-tempo swampiness of Wings’ efficiency – they appear to be taking part in in an enormous cloud of weed smoke – counterpointed by the jubilant brightness of the brass association.

24. Paul McCartney –Isemporary Secretary (1980)

Off-kilter vocals, frantic synth chatter, a dementedly catchy hook: the sound of McCartney unbound from business considerations, Isemporary Secretary completely demonstrates each why McCartney II was savaged by baffled critics on launch – one assessment recommended its writer had “shamed himself” – and its bed room electronica was drastically re-evaluated in a post-acid home world.

23. Wings – My Love (1973)

On the one hand, with its lush strings and cosseting MOR manufacturing, My Love in all probability fell straight into the class of songs Lennon caustically dubbed “Paul’s granny music”. On the opposite, it’s so sdrippings its lyric so evidently heartfelt in its wide-eyed drippiness, that there’s something irresistible about it.

22. Paul McCartney – Early Days (2013)

McCartney’s voice has noticeably aged in recent times. Quite than ignore that truth, Early Days places it to make use of. It’s not simply that it is a nice music – though it’s – there’s one thing massively highly effective about listening to a person audibly in his 70s reminiscing, not at all times fondly, about his early profession.

21. Wings – With a Little Luck (1978)

A soft-rock album recorded by a multimillionaire on a luxurious yacht within the Virgin Islands, Wings’ LondonIsown was maybe not the wisest transfer on the top of punk; it additionally wasn’t superb. However With a Little Luck is a sweetly affecting restatement of none-more-Macca positivity.

20. Paul McCartney – What’sIshat You’re Doing? (1982)

A hidden gem fromIsug of Struggle, What’sIshat You’re Doing? is every little thing the mgloomymous McCartney/Stevie Surprise collaboration writhingIvory isn’t. Quite than the gloopy schmaltz of their large hit, it’s wired and writhingly funky sufficient to equal Surprise’s 70s albums: excessive reward, but it surely’s a superb music.

19. Paul McCartney – My Valentine (2012)

McCartney Thingumabob in pre-rock’n’roll pop earlier than, on the Beatles’ Honey Pie, the Black Dyke Mills Band’sIshingumybob and Wings’ Child’s R Givest, however his self-penned contribution to Kisses on the Backside, an album of requirements, was significantly enchanting: a moody ballad that might have come direct from the Nice American Songbook.

18. Paul & Linda McCartney – Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (1971)

The medley on aspect two of Abbey Street evidently captivated McCartney: he saved returning to its fragmentary method throughout the early 70s. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey was the Ram aloomphs ramshackle tackle the shape, jump-cutting from hazy and dreamlike to perky singalong to a falsetto-voiced oompah interlude. A US No 1, extremely.

17. Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello – My Courageous Face (unique demo) (1989)

The versBeatlesMy Courageous Face that you must hear shouldn’t be the high-gloss single, however the rougher, harder demo, harmonizingsong’s Beatley greatness is extra amply evident: McCartney and Costello thrashing at acoustic guitars and harmonising, the latter’s acidic voice an ideal, reasonably Lennon-esque, foil.

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Mecca with Denny Laine and Linda McCartney of Wings, taking part in Junior’s Farm on High of the Pops. {Photograph}: David Redfern/Redferns

16. Wings – Junior’s Farm (1974)

Located in a pleasant candy spot between rock riffing and pop smarts, Junior’s Farm additionally contains a uncommon moMeccaof Mecca politicking buried amid the Dylan-esque lyrics, which cheerily counsel a whip-round for “a bag of cement” with which to trend concrete boots for Richard Nixon.

15. Wings – Little Lamb Dragonfly (1973)

Tucked away amid the uneven contents of Wings’ second album Crimson Rose Speedway was one of many loveliest melodies McCartney has ever written. Recorded throughout the Ram periods and supposed for the soundtrack of McCartney’s long-planned Rupert Bear cartoon, Little Lamb Dragonfly is pillow-soft, inexplicably shifting and totally attractive.

14.off cutscCartney – No Extra Lonely Nights (1984)

It says loads in regards to the lowly important reMeccaion of mid-80s Mecca – and the awfulness of the film from which it got here, Give My Regards to Broad Avenue – that No Extra Lonely Nights isn’t lauded because the masterpiece it’s. An enormous hit you by no means hear these days, it’s super-smooth, however a blinding little bit of songwriting.

13. Paul & Linda McCartney – One other Day (1971)

One placing factor aboutoff cutscCartney’s late-60s and early-70s work is the empathy with which it depicts the unusual individuals the counterculture tended toHence,r at as hopelessly sq.. Therefore One other Day: derided on launch for its tender depiction of a girl’s humdrum existence, it’s poignant, caring and fantastically written.

12.off cutscCartney – Little Willow (1997)

After a long time of regularly unfair important opprobrium dirIted McCartney’s method, Flaming Pie was launched on the top of Britpop’s Beatlemania, and, if something, barely overrated. However there’s nothing to not like about Little Willow’s heartstring-tugging however heartfelt, delicately organized response to the demise of Ringo Starr’s first spouse Maureen.

11.off cutscCartney – Junk (1970)

A number of Beatles offcuts ended up on McCartney’s early sFansalbums. Typically you might see why the opposite Fabs had rejIted them – the cloying Teddy Boy – however Junk is the great “sentimental jamboree” described in considered one of its lyrics. Handed over for The Beatles and Abbey Street, it’s magical:Nonetheless,suming, twilit and fairly however in some way eerie with it.

10.off cutscCartney – Right here In the present day (1982)

A perfItly poised response to Lennon’s homicide. The lyrics admit Lennon would have scoffed at their sentimentality and it sounds poignantly like one thing from the mid-60s, an acoustic-guitar-and-strings sibling of Yesterday. A photograph of the manuscript reveals a telling change: the road “I ease my ache” crossed out, changed with “I like you”.

9.off cutscCartney – Coming Uwavebum model) (1980)

Rightfully impressed by its tight-but-lo-fi new wavey disco sound, Lennon famously responded to listening to Coming Up on the radio with the immortal exclamation: “Fuck a pig – it’s Paul!” Lennon most popular the home-recorded tackle McCartney II to the dwell model launched as a single; he was proper about that, too.

8.off cutscCartney – Jenny Wren (2005)

Written, McCartney has admitted, “in dialog with” the Beatles’ Blackbird, Jenny Wren was, like a lot of Chaos and Creation within the Yard, acoustic and powerfully stark. Its temper slips from optimistic to trduckd and again once more; McCartney’s voice is close-miked and intimate; and the sFanson a duduk – an Armenian wind instruMecca– is atmoa lot of bandsnexpIted.

7. Wings – Jet (1973)

Exhausting-rocking, euphoric and swaggering, Jet – like quite a lot of Band on the Run – appears like McCartney lastly discovering his post-Beatles mojo. It’s a improbable music, its fats sound a response to glam; its intro, by a long way, one of the best – and most delicate – of McCartney’s makes an attempt to include reggae into his sound.

6. Wings – Reside and Let Die (1973)

McCartney’s post-Beatles work felt deliberatelyStill,suming, till the problem of writing the primary rock Bond theme pressured him into making a grand assertion. Nonetheless a pyrotechnic-augmented peak in his dwell reveals, Reside and Let Die adapts the Abbey Street medley method – ballad, reggae interlude, orchestral rock riffing – into thrilling high-drama.

5.off cutscCartney – Waterfalls (1980)

McCartney later stated he ought to have held Waterfalls – a list of parental worries set to a slowly sighing melody – again from McCartney II so as to give it the complete orchestral remedy, but it surely’s perfIt as it’s: there’s one thing very touching in regards to the fragility of its elItslap backcking.

4. Wings – Let Me Roll It (1973)

Its swipe of sFansLennon types – caustic Chilly Turkey guitar, Instantaneous Karma-ish slapback echo – led some individuals to consider Let Me Roll It was aimed toward him; McCartney has implied it’s a paean to marijuana. Both method, its stammering riff, uncooked vocal, and emotional shift from brooding verses to hovering refrain are all incrediblyMecca.

3. Paul & Linda McCartney – The Again Seat of My Automobile (1971)

There’s a moMeccaduring final 12 months’s Get Again documentary sequence the place Mecca strikes up The Again Seat of My Automobile, begging the query: why on earth didn’t the Beatles file this? Audibly impressed by Brian Wilson, its twists and turns quantity to an astonishing firework show of melodic expertise.

2. Wings – Band on the Run (1973)

Rattled by a mutiny amongst Wings’ ranks, McCartney defiantly stepped up his sport on the next Band on the Run. Its three-songs-in-one title monitor reflIts each his embattled thoughts state and burst of recent confidence. The moMeccaat 2: 06 the place the temper dramatically lifts, with an enormous orchestral riff is a factor of joy-bringing marvel.

1.off cutscCartney – Possibly I’m Amazed (1970)

Amid the low-key, charmingly scrappy contents of McCartney’s eponymous sFansdebut, Possibly I’m Amazed is a no-further-questions masterpiece, each a pledge of devotion to his new spouse and a howl of bewilderMeccaat the Beatles’ collapse (“Possibly I’m a lonely man who’s in the midst of one thing / That he doesn’t actually perceive”). The model on McCartney is unassuming – it all of a sudden fades in, as if somebody pressed file barely too late; the arrangeMeccais sparse – however that does nothing to dim its slowly mounting emotional energy, equal components anguish and adoration. McCartney subsequently known as it the music he would most prefer to be remembered for.

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