Over the past few years, we’ve lost many music and movie icons, and such tragedy really gets an art appreciator to start thinking; we should honor our living legends while they’re still here. Perhaps one of the greatest living legends still with us today is the one and only Paul McCartney. While listening to the master songwriter, it gave cause for pause: what are Paul’s greatest achievements in songwriting? He had some great ones with The Beatles and some great ones with Wings, but which is the best?
In celebration of McCartney’s 77th birthday, here are 10 of the iconic musicians greatest songs. Enjoy!
10. “Let ‘Em In” (1976)
He was well removed from the Beatles for many years at this point, and flying very comfortable with Wings. Fans of the Beatles who thought none of the lads could hack it on their own were more disappointed about the breakup than possessing the foresight of a music executive. Considering Paul is still selling out any venue he steps in 40 years after this release, we’re gonna lean toward putting him in the “highly successful solo artist” category. There’s something about “Let ‘Em In.” The jump from the bell tones to the rhythmic piano, and the lead in with the lyrics: “Someone’s knockin’ at the door, somebody’s ringin’ the bell.” You can imagine Paul McCartney sitting at the piano, and someone ringing the doorbell, and no one answering the door. Worthy of note: a listener can really hear the maturity in Paul’s voice as he croons. And there’s a rare trombone solo.