Best Songs by Paul McCartney


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The Top Ten

Maybe I'm Amazed
One of the best songs of all time
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Whenever The Beatles played live there was screaming throughout their songs. The exception was this song Yesterday. You could hear a pin drop when McCartney took the stage.
When McCartney hit the last note normal service resumed and the crowd screamed once more.
50 years on and McCartney still gets the same reaction when he sings the song at his concerts. The audience is in awe of the song.
One of the best songs of all time...great lyrics
The master at his best
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3Hey Jude
If this list deals with any song he wrote, whether with the Beatles, Wings, or solo, this is the best song he wrote. One of the most iconic songs in popular music history. It can have so many different meanings and interpretations, even though we all know why he wrote the song. The greatest song that involves audience participation, and probably one of the top 5 greatest rock songs ever written.
What! This song is awesome and easy listening! This should be in top 5

4Band On the Run
Easily the best Paul McCartney Song.
Just listen to it, and be free! ! !
3 instrumentals into one classic song, its just GREAT!
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5Live and Let Die
This song was in shrek 2
Possibly the best James Bond theme song.
This vote is supposed to be of his solo songs, what is wings and Beatles doing in here..
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6Let It Be
One of the great masterpiece by paul mccartney, this simple yet powerful song instills one with hope that though in the darkest of time, we should search for a silver lining and just relax, let it.
Let it be is amazing my dad says it is a masterpiece and I agree I have grown up around this music it is awesome nothing like Miley Cyrus or jz the difference is nothing beats this and everything beats that both are great!
My favorite beetle: all of them hahah


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7Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / the End
Nothing compares abbey road
Nothing beats abbey road

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9Eleanor Rigby
A poetic statement on loneliness, isolation, life and death... The sum of one's life. One of the MOST unique and ground breaking compositions in rock's history. An amazing ARTISTIC statement in a music that had NOT been considered ART prior! The Beatles, through McCartney, found a new sophistication and depth with Eleanor Rigby. Paul's "story in a song" approach was never more vividly realized! Haunting melody atop a classical string quartet..."Ah look at all the lonely people"... As Paul suggests we ALL should "look" more often... We nee dent look too far as McCartney reminds on Eleanor Rigby! A masterpiece!


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The Contenders

11Beware My Love
Love this song. Great guitar.
Wings were so cool. They could do proggresive rock epics in the late 70's. When punk was trying to destroy prog, Pink Floyd and Wings showed whos boss.
Great Proggresive Rock from the 4th greatest band of the 70's. Long Live Wings
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Great up-beat Rock/Power Pop song from 1973. Probably my favourite Paul McCartney song, he did this single with The Wings.
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13Say Say Say
A combination of both legends of our time who will never be replaced again for sure
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14Here, There and Everywhere
Paul has said this is his favourite song he ever wrote. Listen and you will understand. John Lennon also said that this is one his favourite Paul songs


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15The Long and Winding Road Listen to sample

16Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
The best Paul McCartney in my opinion. Amazing harmony and the instruments all perfect played. In this song McCartney sings fantasticly and his lyrics are very good. I would recommended as the best with no hesitation.
An absolute obscure gem from his better solo period. He did justice with it when he started to play the song live on latest tours.
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17The Fool On the Hill
A MIRACLE composition... Dark yet light, seemingly effortless melody woven between D and Dm... Arguably one of THE BEST lyrics McCartney has ever written. Fool On The Hill is based on Paul's personal feelings of isolationism YET once again Paul broadens the tone somehow and includes ALL OF US! Written in an era when many social, political, artistic and religious leaders were breaking new ground AGAINST the odds and against THE established "norm"... Fool On The Hill could easily be construed as an empathetic observation of the plight (s) experienced by Gandhi, MLK, Malcolm X, RFK and Jesus Of Nazareth. (not to mention The Beatles themselves) Fool On The Hill clearly expresses the frustration of one who is gently preaching to a reluctant, if not hostile "flock". The tone of world events "SEEM" to have filtered into this personal song's narrative in a poignant manner... Paul's live presentation of Fool On The Hill during the "Tripping The Live Fantastic Tour" lends validation to this theory for sure! Fool On The Hill is Paul McCartney alive, aware, in the thick of it, introspective and at his VERY, VERY BEST!
What I believe to be of the most natural and true songs ever written! True brilliance was put into this song.
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18My Love
My Love represents the best in McCartney ballads of love. Filled with exquisite vocal range and beautiful melodies! Written for Linda and performed for, to quote Paul: " all the lovers out there"... My Love's openening Bbmaj7 chord sets up a subtle and melodic tension that comes to rest on the solid foundation of an Am chord as if Paul has just arrived home to his Linda... Safe and assured at last! A beautiful marriage of lyric and melody indeed. Recorded live with full strings and a stunning guitar solo My Love is Paul McCartney "pop" for sure BUT with a unique SOUL of it's own!


Got to be one of the best love songs of all time.
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19Helter Skelter
With this song paul prove the he not only wrote ballad, but he can write some loud and dirty music
1968 - The first heavy metal song.
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20Here Today
A heartfelt song to John Lennon after his death. definitely a higher contender.
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21This Never Happened Before
How is this song not on the list? It has such strong Beatle-esque feel to it. Paul is a genius!
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22Hope of Deliverance Listen to sample

23Pipes of Peace
Harmonies, melodic, uplifting, nostalgic... My favorite song ever... Does not get the recognition I feel it should
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24Through Our Love Listen to sample

Melodic, meaningful, clean and evocative
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26My Valentine Listen to sample

27Little Willow Listen to sample

28She's Leaving Home
One of the most beautiful musical pieces to ever bliss the ears of pop music fans. Not only that the song is on the greatest album of all time (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band), but it also tells the story of a young girl who runs away from home. It's so beautiful that even Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and his wife cried when Macca played to them a rendition of the song on piano. Not to mention the beautiful orchestration and the flawless production of George Martin
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29All My Trials
A sentimental inspiring old song with added lyrics by macca which moves and gives hope
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30For No One Listen to sample

31Oh Darling
Gritty,and a plain classic howling song all from the gut. One I can listen to over and over again.


Under estimated song, great lyrics, sang really well.

32The Back Seat of My Car Listen to sample

33Penny Lane Listen to sample

34Let Me Roll It Listen to sample

35Back In the U.S.S.R. Listen to sample

36I Saw Her Standing There Listen to sample

37Hello, Goodbye Listen to sample

38Ebony and Ivory Listen to sample

39Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey Listen to sample

40My brave face Listen to sample

41Winter Rose/Love Awake Listen to sample

42Get Back
Why is this not on the list already? The pounding beat, the great vocals, the guitar solo, it is all there!
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43No More Lonely Nights Listen to sample

44Letting Go
Great song, fantastic intro
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45Junk Listen to sample

46Mull of Kintyre Listen to sample

47Got to Get You Into My Life Listen to sample

48Put it there Listen to sample

49Coming Up Listen to sample

50Queenie Eye
Great song in his great new album called NEW
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51Dear Friend
Dedicated to his pal john! It really touches my soul! Another one that touches me most is Waterfals from the McCartney II album. It makes you think of all the mistakes you can make if you just go jumping waterfalls!
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52Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Listen to sample

53Goodnight Tonight Listen to sample

54The Girl Is Mine Listen to sample

55Waterfalls Listen to sample

56Mrs. Vanderbilt
This song has so much energy! Absolutely amazing in concert!
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57Ever Present Past

58And I Love Her Listen to sample


60Alligator Listen to sample

61Cafe On the Left Bank Listen to sample

62Calico Skies Listen to sample

63The Man Listen to sample

64The End Listen to sample

65Wonderful Christmastime Listen to sample

66Bluebird Listen to sample

67Spies Like Us

68Heart of the Country Listen to sample

69Secret Friend Listen to sample

70Dance Tonight
2007 Top 40 hit for Sir Paul McCartney taken from his album 'Memory Almost Full'. A great up-lifting song with a simple, but infectious beat, great to sing along too as well. I remember him performing it on T.V..
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71We All Stand Together
We all stand together

72Michelle Listen to sample

73C'mon People
An optimistic song who gives us strength and sense for life.
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74Cut Me Some Slack Listen to sample

75So Bad
A catchy song in pipes of peace
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76Junior's Farm Listen to sample

77Hi, Hi, Hi Listen to sample

78Rock Show Listen to sample

79Listen to What the Man Said Listen to sample

80Take It Away Listen to sample

81Good Times Coming / Feel the Sun Listen to sample

82Flaming Pie Listen to sample

83Everybody Out There Listen to sample

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This list was created 4 years, 19 days ago and has been voted on over 500 times. This top ten list has been remixed 9 times and has been blogged about 1 times.

Updated Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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