Scapp70's Top 20 Favorite Beatles Songs from their Solo YearsOct 24, 2005 (Updated Jan 10, 2007) Write an essay on this topic.
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I loved the write off that what's his name started about the top 20 Beatles songs. Since I have been listening to solo/post-Beatles music as of late, I thought it would be a fun idea to see what people thought of as their favorite post-Beatles songs, another top 20 by the way.
I don't think there should be any rules or anything, except there should be a list of 20 songs if you can, and of course that the songs should be from the solo careers of The Beatles, nothing off of a Beatles album.
If you wish to write something like a short summary about each song, then that's up to you, I think it makes it more interesting if you do.
20. George Harrison's What is Life? from his double CD/triple album All Things Must Pass. One of George's more upbeat numbers, the lyrics ask the question "What is my life without your love? which makes me think of 1 Corinthians 13, the Bible verse that people always read at weddings when the ceremony is held at a church. I'm sure it was just a coincidence the similarity. I say again that this is one of George's best.
19. John Lennon's My Mummy's Dead is so sad and honest that it automatically tugs at your heartstrings. It sounds as if John is singing alone with his acoustic into a tape recorder for about a minute. Another tiny tribute to Julia from the Plastic Ono Band album, the album where John Lennon gets his feelings out, projects his thoughts and feelings onto into the music. This happens to be my favorite Lennon album; this CD is more like a diary in Lennon's life.
18. Isolation is another from the Plastic Ono Band CD. The song is so simplistic, the drumbeat, the piano chords and John's voice double tracked in some places. The lyrics and the melody compliment the music beautifully.
17. Watching the Wheels is my second favorite from Lennon's Double Fantasy album. The album tells the story of Lennon (of course) and his five-year retirement from music. The song is instantly catchy and brilliant in the long term. This song was a huge hit for Lennon even though it was posthumous.
16. Paul's commercial breakthrough album of 1973 is aptly titled Band On The Run because it's probably the best song on the album. Band On The Run is a song with a timeless quality (like all his songs) and with a masterful arrangement that is like candy to my ears. The critics had a field day bashing McCartney previous releases before this album, only because they were too dimwitted to get it. All of McCartney was great (except for Wild Life), and now McCartney has become commercial with a hard edge. The critics had to eat their words, including his worst critic John Lennon, who said in a 1975 Rolling Stone interview:
" Band on the Run is a great album. Wings is almost as conceptual a group as Plastic Ono Band. Plastic Ono was a conceptual group, meaning whoever was playing was the band. And Wings keeps changing all the time. It's conceptual. I mean, they're backup men for Paul. It doesn't matter who's playing. You can call them Wings, but it's Paul McCartney music. And it's good stuff. "
15. Single Pigeon is another McCartney song that comes from the amazing Red Rose Speedway album. Besides the hit single My Love, this LP was not commercial enough to launch McCartney into superstardom like his next album (Band On The Run) did, but there were still some amazing work on this record. Single Pigeon is one of those songs that makes me love McCartney music. The music is a simple piano, with great lyrics and a wonderful melody line. This is a very hidden classic and in my opinion, everybody should check it out.
14. Hold On is a John song, and again off his greatest CD, Plastic Ono Band. It seems to be a song about how John and Yoko are going to have to plow through life and a musical career without The Beatles. But not unless these lyrics received a rewrite as this song is a product of John's writing sessions around the time of The Beatles 'White Album'.
"When you're by yourself
And there's no-one else
You just have yourself
And you tell yourself
Just to hold on"
13. Silly Love Songs is such an amazing song for so many reasons. The funky and complicated bass line through out the song is such a toe-tapper, the lyrics are fun to sing along to, and the myriad of counter vocal melodies that zig zag over each other and mesh perfectly and masterfully. This song is the exact opposite of Paul's latest efforts from Chaos and Creation In The Backyard. Paul was king in 1976.
12. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) is George's song, and every time I hear those Hawaiian style guitars in the beginning of the song when it comes on the radio, I get mad when they start singing because it's never George's song, it's always America's song Sister Golden Hair. It fools me every time, because they sound so similar. It's very George, a big acoustic guitar song and his usual lyric, a prayer for peace.
11. Let Me Roll It comes off the Band On The Run album and is my favorite from it. This song has such a cool guitar lick. This song really rocks, and this was included on many Paul tours over the years. The lyrics are cool too;
" I can't tell you how I feel
My heart is like a wheel
Let me roll it
Let me roll it to you"
10 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) from John was always a song that I would sort of dismiss, and after hearing it so many times I got sick of it. Now, after viewing my Lennon: Legend DVD, I have a whole new appreciation for the song. I see it now as an extreme anti-war song, like hope you had a happy Christmas opening presents near the fireplace, these other people here are dying or were killed because of war. The song has become so passionate to me now, and I know this video comes out 25 years after John was murdered but I refuse to give Yoko credit for this new vision, I like to believe it is John's old vision and only now can I comprehend what it was and is.
09. With A Little Luck is from Paul McCartney & Wings London Town album, released in 1978. This song shows a new musical turn for Paul & his band. The song is still poppy, but his use of keyboards here differs from his past efforts. Again, the band Wings has broken up and here is left just Paul, wife Linda and musical sidekick Denny Laine, just like on Band On The Run, fortunately the band members recorded their bits before leaving.
08. Say Say Say is another Paul McCartney song, and a duet with Michael Jackson. This 1983 collaboration was completed in the days when all was right in the Beatles musical rights world, and everybody was still friends, except Yoko still. Say Say Say was hugely popular, and the video was very entertaining. Some fans dismiss this song because of Michael Jackson's involvement, but I say a great song is a great song.
07. Six O'Clock In The Morning is my absolute favorite Ringo song. Having said that, I should point out that Paul McCartney wrote the song. The song comes off of Ringo's 1973 album, Ringo. All or some of the Beatles would usually kick in a song or two per Ringo album and it would result in a pretty good album of songs. John would usually write some sort of throwaway, George would give him some great material, and in this case, Paul gave a true gem of a song. This is a tender love song lyrically, yet upbeat and catchy musically. Paul and Linda also perform on the song.
06. It Don't Come Easy is another Ringo song, and written by Ringo himself (although I'm sure George Harrison had his hand in the writing as well). This was a single released in 1970. This song has become classic over the years.
05. Photograph is a song written by George Harrison and given to Ringo. The song took on a whole new meaning when Ringo sang it at George Harrison's memorial concert.
04. Maybe I'm Amazed is Paul's first solo hit. The version that always gets played on the radio is the 1976 live version from Wings Over America. I prefer the original version from Paul's first solo outing, McCartney. Since his album came out so close to The Beatles final studio release, Let It Be is probably the reason why the song sounds like it could have fit easily among the songs on that album. Paul's songs about Linda were always among his best, for example She's My Baby, My Love or Long Haired Lady, I miss Linda, without her Paul's music seems lost, (see my upcoming review of Chaos and Creation In The Backyard).
03. Sally G was originally found on the flip side of Paul McCartney and Wings 1974 single of Junior's Farm. Paul has always dabbled in country music, even way back in the early days of the Beatles, but here he really went all the way. Sally G is such a fun song, and the authenticity makes it classic.
02. Beautiful Boy is John's song to his youngest son, Sean. He wrote it for his Double Fantasy album that came out in 1980. Remember when you cried when they used this song in the film Mr. Holland's Opus? I know I couldn't sing this song to my four-year-old son and not have tears well up in my eyes, John's words are perfect and the gentle melody accented with the steel drums is unforgettable.
01. Mull Of Kintyre from Paul and Wings again, this song was the biggest selling single in British music history ever until 7 years later when Band Aid released the charity single, Do They Know It's Christmas? in 1984. The bagpipes really make an already great song shine.
I started out thinking that I could actually put these songs in order from 20 down to 1, which ones were my favorites, but that quickly fell apart. Anyway, here they are, my top 20...for this week anyway.
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