25 Greatest Beatles Songs by Paul McCartney
Sir James Paul McCartney turns 70 years old on June 18. While the kids may be wondering who's this Paul McCartney dude -- use the Internets, kids -- those of us who have been following music for a few years know he was the guy who put out that awesome Liverpool Oratorio! and who played bass in The Beatles and The Wings. If it matters, according to Wikipedia, he is one of the most successful songwriters and musical artists of all-time. Sales numbers for Bach back in his day are not available.
What I've foolishly done here is put together the "25 Greatest Beatles Songs by Paul McCartney" and left off "Let It Be," "The Long and Winding Road" and "When I'm Sixty-Four" because I like these other songs better.
My own choices are what they are. The order is nearly nonsensical, since if you asked me to reproduce this list without referring to it, even right now -- it would come out very different. Fact is, you can't go wrong with any of the 25 songs listed. You likely can't go wrong with another 25 Paul McCartney songs that didn't make the list. But I'm sticking to 25! To think, I didn't even make it past anything after he left the Beatles! Wow! I really have wasted my life!
25) Hey Jude: You could shave off a couple minutes of the Na-Na-Na-Na part and I don't think most people would feel bad. It's important that he did it at the time (1968). He gave us the Beatles' longest hit single, but we're not on the clock anymore and I'd like to spend more time with friends and family and the first part of the song, which, true to McCartney's talents, sounds both as natural as breathing and as carefully thought out as an atomic bomb. Well, a peaceful atomic bomb.
24) Yesterday: Yes, yes, the working title was "Scrambled Eggs" and while McCartney's performance with Jimmy Fallon proved it was probably a good idea that he changed the words, the melody is indestructible. Perhaps, because I don't listen much to radio, I've never developed an aversion to this song or maybe it's because it's less than three minutes. I don't have time to grow tired of it or time enough to change it before it's over.
23) The Fool On The Hill: Magical Mystery Tour was a lousy film. The music for it, however, was fantastic. The beauty of the melody suggests Macca was still feeling the heat of Pet Sounds. In my own mind, I like to imagine what rock 'n' roll would've become if, by 1968, people weren't getting back to basics and to the land and instead got weirder and weirder.
22) Helter Skelter: Determined to make the loudest track he could -- why should The Who have all the fun? -- McCartney put this ear-bleeder to tape. It is often considered the Beatles' heavy metal track. I consider it very loud folk music.