Poll: Paul McCartney’s best Beatles song

We all know which Paul McCartney songs are our favorites. Easy. But have you ever tried ranking them? Hard. Really hard. Yank-all-of your-old-LPs-off-the-shelf-and-watch-three-hours-of-your-life-vanish hard.

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After lots of toe-tapping agony, I came up with this list of my top nine McCartney-penned Beatles tunes, and my one favorite side of a Wings album.

1. “Hey Jude.” Perhaps not the most original pick, but this is my list so “na-na-na-nya-nya-nya-nya.”
2. “We Can Work It Out.” One of those rare 50/50 collaborations with Lennon and pure ecstasy to me.
3. “Eleanor Rigby.” It scared me as a child.
4. “Carry That Weight.” What a singalong.
5. “Let It Be.” It delighted me as a child – at first on Sesame Street as “Letter B.”
6. “Helter Skelter.” The sound of a nice boy being nasty.
7. “All My Loving.” A young lesson: love is so much happy-sadness.
8. “Yesterday.” Aw.
9. “Good Day Sunshine.” The cutest one from the cute one?

And that best Wings album side: Side A of “Band on the Run.” What a suite. Once it goes on my turntable, it doesn’t come off until the outro guitar squiggles of “Let Me Roll With It” fade to silence.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about summer songs, festival fatigue, metal drumming and D.C. rap star Shy Glizzy.



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