Yahoo! has once shared a list of seven most important songs of the legendary band The Beatles written (or co-written) by Paul McCartney. Since we’re celebrating the legacy of the iconic English musician this week, why don’t we revisit the said list and see if you guys agree?
When John Lennon and Paul McCartney began a songwriting partnership for their fledgling band, The Beatles, they probably didn’t expect that they would come up with some of the most unforgettable songs in history. While the lesser known between the two, McCartney remains credited with some of the band’s most notable songs. Yahoo! has put together a list featuring seven of these songs in the past, which we shall revisit in honor of Sir Paul:
Regarded as the most covered song in history, Yesterday actually “ushered in a new era in popular music.” It’s iconic mainly for two reasons: first, it was unusual at the time for rock and roll bands to use strings for their recordings, so The Beatles actually took a risk on this one; and second, it was among the band’s first forays into using strings and classical instrumentation in their music. This song also solely featured McCartney’s singing and guitar playing, which is why it came to be closely tied to the famous Beatle.
2. Helter Skelter
While it’s one of the “heaviest” songs they have recorded, Helter Skelter also came to be one of the band’s most influential songs. The song came to be famous among heavy metal rockers that many musical historians believe it to be a key component in the rise of heavy metal to status.
3. Hey Jude
One of the band’s most successful and best-selling singles in history, the 7-minute-long Hey Jude defied the conventions of 3-minute radio features typically done at the time. It was released as the A side single while Lennon’s Revolution was for the B side.
4. Yellow Submarine
A song McCartney wrote for Ringo Starr to sing, music critics say the child-like and silly-sounding Yellow Submarine fits him perfectly. So perfect in fact that it’s almost unimaginable for McCartney to sing it himself. It was yet another experimental piece gone popular, and set the bar as to what popular bands could write and record at the time.
5. Here, There and Everywhere
Reportedly written by McCartney at Lennon’s house while waiting for the latter to wake up, Here, There and Everywhere, with its bittersweet melody is without a doubt one of the most beautiful songs by Sir Paul. Even Lennon said it was “the best tune on the album” (referring to Revolver), and that it was among his favorite Beatles songs.
6. And I Love Her
Another Beatles favorite, And I Love Her was written before Yesterday and has been cited as the first example of the distinct ballads that the band, and McCartney most especially, could come up with.
Another influential and favorite Beatles ballad, especially among acoustic guitarists, Blackbird has a unique classical quality that McCartney says was inspired by Bach’s Bourree in E Minor. An interesting story tells of McCartney reportedly playing this song for the fans who were camping outside his house on the first time his future wife, Linda Eastman, stayed for the night.
So, do you agree with this list or do you have your own McCartney favorites? Why don’t you share your thoughts with us with a comment below!