Paul and Linda McCartney

For the year 1961 Sutcliffe left the band which led McCartney to take the instrument for which he would become known to all, the bass. One year later in 1962 Ringo Starr he would take over the drums, thus forming the quartet that would make history: Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr.

Until the separation of the Beatles in 1970, the four from Liverpool would deliver records and songs that would impact popular culture like no band had done before and without a doubt like none has been able to do so far.

Paul was one of the main people responsible for the success of the Beatles. Account of that is given by his compositions in pairs with Lennon, of which there are many that are said to have only been the product of Paul’s creative mind.

McCartney was the first to submit his resignation, there were many years of accumulating tensions within the group. Once the band came to an end, the challenge was great for all its members..

The separation was for Paul the moment to show that he still had a lot to give, and he did and continues to do so, currently he has been linked to music for five uninterrupted decades.

Below and as a way of celebrating his 80th birthday, a list with 10 of the most outstanding songs in the career of Paul MCCARTNEY post-Beatles.

“Maybe I’m Amazed” from “McCartney” (1970)

It’s a beautiful love song with rock sounds, like a glorious continuation of the double white of the Beatlesa “Helter Skelter” less furious and more emotional, without a doubt one of Macca’s best love songs, dedicated to his wife Linda Eastman, McCartney thanks him for accompanying him throughout that winding road, always showing him the love he feels for him. The album on which Paul played all the instruments was recorded at the studios of abbey road in 1969.

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“Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” from “Ram” (1971)

It was McCartney’s first post-Beatles number one and it’s quite a feat: a craft made of song fragments and sound effects in less than five minutes. Composed with his uncle albert kendall as a source of inspiration, and with the orchestral help of George Martin and the New York PhilharmonicIt had a very Beatle sound. Even Lennon, who trashed the rest of the album, admitted that he liked this song.

“Another day” single (1971)

Paul returns to playing all the instruments in his own home studio on this gorgeous pop ballad he had written during the album sessions. “Let it be”a song like Eleanor Rigby. It was the first official single of McCartney’s solo career.

“Live and Let Die” single (1973)

One of the most rock and hard songs, was composed for the film of james-bond of the same name, for whose soundtrack they had hired George Martin. He helped arrange the orchestration, and a reggae-style middle section. The song would go on to be one of McCartney’s biggest hits, reaching the Top 10 in both the UK and the US. To this day he continues to have a special place in his recitals.

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Cover art for “Band On The Run”

“Band On The Run” from “Band On The Run” (1973)

Composed of three different sections, as if it were once again a medley put together from fragments of songs, in this song Paul tells us the story of a fictional gang on the run from the police. With strong winks to escape from his past in the Beatles “Band On The Run” it earned McCartney a Grammy Award.

“Jet” from “Band On The Run” (1973)

Recorded in Nigeria, “Jet” it opens with horns, before exploding with glamrock guitars, distorted synths, and a one-word chorus. Apparently “Jet” was the name of one of his dogs; the rest of the lyrics are full of mysterious riddles about space travel and suffragettes

“Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” from “Band On The Run” (1973)

It is the theme that closes McCartney’s best album with Wings. Paul has proven to be a talent when he sits down at the piano, but the riff he composed for “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” It has no comparison, even before giving it a formal name called “Piano Thing”.

“Silly Love Songs” from “Wings at the Speed ​​of Sound” (1976)

in 1975 John Lennon said Paul MCCARTNEY I just wrote silly love songs, and that was all the inspiration Paul needed to write this song. “Silly Love Songs” it was the first composition to break into the sound of popular disco music, with the bass as the leading sound.

“No More Lonely Nights” from “Give My Regards to Broad Street” (1984)

The song is a power ballad with a sound typical of the decade, but the most spectacular thing about this song is that a great guitar solo appears in the middle of it all. David Gilmour. The single reached #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #2 on the UK chart. UK Singles Chart.

“Hope of Deliverance” from “Off the Ground” (1993)

A joyous anthem, in which McCartney exchanges Creole guitar solos with Robbie McIntosh. It was not a hit in the United States, but it was very popular in post-Cold War Eastern Europe, where its optimism acquired great resonance.

Bonus Tracks

As it is impossible to condense Paul McCartney’s solo career in just 10 songs, here are some songs that deserve to be mentioned: “Let Me Roll It” (1973), “blue bird” (1973), “Venus and Mars””Rock Show” (1975), “ComingUp” (1980), “Give Ireland Back to the Irish” (1972), “My Valentine” (2012) and “Queenie Eye” (2013)

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