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Sir Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942 and turns 72 today. Yes, it has been eight years since he turned 64. He is one of the richest musicians in the world, thanks to his years with The Beatles and his success as a solo artist and with his band Wings during the 1970s.
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McCartney has written some of the most famous songs in the world, from “Yesterday,” “All My Loving” and “Hey Jude” with the Beatles to “Band on the Run,” “Silly Love Songs” and “With A Little Luck” with Wings. However, since Wings officially broke up in 1981, McCartney has continued to write hit after hit after hit.
So, if you think you know McCartney based on his greatest hits albums, you would be very, very wrong. That’s because no widely-released McCartney hits album has ever covered his post-1984 work. Even the 2001 release Wingspan stopped at “No More Lonely Nights.”
To mark McCartney's birthday, I’m looking at some of the best McCartney songs (solo and with Wings) that you won’t find on a hits album. These are obscure cuts, but still fine examples of his genius. As a note, this only includes officially released album tracks, because if we get into unreleased material and B-sides, then we’re opening a whole other wormhole.
Also, here’s my Top 10 list of his best albums from 2012.
Without further ado, it’s time to start the “Rockshow.”