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Initial post: Oct 5, 2010 12:29:34 AM PDT
What were the worst songs Paul McCartney ever did throughout his career?

My vote of the worst songs he ever did was

"Ob la di, Ob la da" (Beatles)
"Michelle" (Beatles)
"Silly Love Songs" (Wings)
"My Love" (Wings)
"Goodnight Tonight" (Wings)
"Ebony and Ivory" (duet w/Stevie Wonder)
"The Girl is Mine" (duet w/Michael Jackson)
"We All Stand Together" (solo)
"Spies Like Us" (solo)

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 11:22:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 5, 2010 11:24:03 PM PDT
"Silly Love Songs " was ... well plain silly.
It was around this time that Lennon and even Harrison were becoming critical of McCartney's solo work.
But you can't really blame them can you?

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 11:40:34 PM PDT
Cory Geurts says:
Eight Days A Week (Beatles For Sale)
She's Leaving Home (Sgt. Pepper)
When I'm Sixty-Four (Sgt. Pepper)
Your Mother Should Know (Magical Mystery Tour)
All Together Now (Yellow Submarine)
Maxwell's Silver Hammer (Abbey Road)
The Long And Winding Road (Let It Be)
Junk (Wings)
Girlfriend (Wings)
I agree with Darian on the two horrible duets "The Dog-Gone Girl Is Mine" and "Ebony and Ivory" - at least the latter had some funky keyboard solos from Stevie.

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 12:47:31 AM PDT
Do you people even listen to Paul McCartney albums? "The worst songs he ever did" and all you can think of are Beatles songs (mostly good ones, at that) and solo hit singles? The only truly bad song any of you have mentioned so far is "All Together Now", and that's from the Yellow Submarine movie soundtrack, which was just a bunch of throwaway songs that the Beatles wouldn't have even bothered to record otherwise. (I mean, okay, "All Together Now" is weak, but are John's "Hey Bulldog" and George's "It's All Too Much" really that much better? Not exactly "Strawberry Fields Forever" or "Here Comes the Sun", are they?)

If you really want to know the worst songs Paul has ever done, you need to listen to some of his worst post-Beatles albums. For the true musical masochist, I recommend "Wings Wild Life" and "Back to the Egg". No other music Paul has ever been involved with comes close to the awfulness of those two. It's hard for me to say which songs are the worst of the worst on those albums, because even though I actually have listened to them all the way through, I can hardly remember any of the songs. Neither album had any hits, as best I can recall, which makes them unique among '70s McCartney albums.

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 10:03:15 AM PDT
"Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time"- sheer mindless repetitive torture, is still used at Guantanamo and Bagram to crack terror suspects.

"Let 'Em In" was his prototype torture test. Almost, but was not quite as effective as "Simply having a Wonderful Christmas Time".

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 10:18:39 AM PDT
Isleman says:
Say, Say, Say
Biker Like an Icon
Temporary Secretary
Mumbo
Bip Bop

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 10:27:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2010 10:27:59 AM PDT
Thats like asking....What are the worst songs Mozart ever did?

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 2:23:04 PM PDT
Honestly, there really have been many songs I've haven't liked from Paul. There were very few songs I honestly didn't like from his solo works like Wonderful Christmas, and honestly The Girl Is Mine with Michael Jackson. Other than that, not much I haven't liked from Paul. He has had some really solid solo songs.

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 2:23:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2010 3:32:41 PM PDT
Wonderful Christmastime
Biker Like an Icon
After the Ball (part of a medley)
Kreen-Akore(Sp?) [Drum Solo]
Girlfriend
Your Loving Flame
So Bad
Talk More Talk
Gratitude(Sp?)
The Girl is Mine
...there are others...

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 2:34:24 PM PDT
Zolar Waka says:
Anything penned by "McCartney" and not "Lennon-McCartney."

Just kidding.

I thing McCartney's work in the Beatles grows on you as you age. I have to be honest....I haven't revisited his solo albums in a LOOOONG time.

What do people think of the last few....the ones since, say 2000? Do any of them have any grit? Are any of them worthwhile?

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 3:24:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2010 3:26:03 PM PDT
Let 'em in

Coming up

>>All Together Now" is weak, but are John's "Hey Bulldog" and George's "It's All Too Much" really that much better?<<

These are two of my favorite Beatles songs, and I rate "It's all too much" as one of two Beatles songs by George that I like the most, the other being "Within you, without you".

So, this is about personal taste, after all.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 3:29:59 PM PDT
>>What do people think of the last few....the ones since, say 2000? Do any of them have any grit? Are any of them worthwhile?<<

Although he's post 2000 work gets a good wrap, I think the best thing he's done in the last ten years was Electric Arguments with Fireman.

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 3:41:08 PM PDT
"Don't Say It" - don't sing it either .. haha

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 4:02:06 PM PDT
Zolar Waka says:
Buck: Funny you should say that about "Hey Bulldog" and "It's All Too Much." I have always loved these songs and I thought I was the only one to recognize how great they were!

Thanks for the info on post 2000 McCartney. I tuned out on McCartney's solo stuff way back...like early '90s...last new thing I bought (I think) was "Flowers in the Dirt."

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 4:29:19 PM PDT
"Ebony and Ivory" (duet w/Stevie Wonder)
"The Girl is Mine" (duet w/Michael Jackson)
" Martha My Dear "
just to name a few...Lennon he wasn't

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 10:41:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2010 10:44:32 PM PDT
I love Hey Bulldog and the video is great. All Together Now is a children's song. I think the lyrics are charming when taken in that context.

Someone mentioned She's Leaving Home. To be appreciated, the listener must, first of all, understand that this song is a SATIRE ! In the mid-sixties, young people leaving home or running away was a new phenomenon and one that was symptomatic of the growing "generation gap." Paul's surprise twist at the end, "Fun is the one thing that money can't buy!" is brilliant!

The songs I DON'T like by Paul are Let 'Em In and Silly Love Songs. I love all of his Beatles work and a quite a lot of his solo work as well.

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 10:55:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2010 11:00:09 PM PDT
Your all way off...those you claim that were his worst are actually pretty good if you really want to hear bad Paul McCartney music get "Press to Play" CD/LP and listen to the songs on that one...i never liked Driving Rain either those were some pretty bad songs as well...like the post before this she says 2 former #1 songs and alot of the others also mention #1 songs and at worst top 10 songs...not even album tracks for the most part...so get out your albums and rethink this...but overall Paul McCartney's music has been brillant and almost all his albums/CDs have great to pretty good at worst songs on them...only driving rain and press to play were the only 2 albums i never really got into...i listened to them but never really got into them

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Posted on Oct 6, 2010 11:25:58 PM PDT
GePop says:
When put to McCartney's body of work, this question is more relative than usual, because his "worst" music (speaking in terms only of his solo career) is invariably as good as, if not better than, a great deal of other music out there. I honestly don't know that he's ever put out a truly "bad" song, but again, we're speaking relatively, so all we can do is judge his work against his work.

From about 1968 onward, Paul squandered a lot of his gift as a lyricist, often preferring what he himself calls "dummy lines"...cutesy, cloying, comical, or just plain odd...to the more traditional poetic pretensions of his earlier music. And so we get a man hailed as one of the 20th Century's greatest songwriters giving us tunes like "Bip Bop" and "Big Barn Bed" and "Wonderful Christmastime"...pure chimera that's almost insulting to the memory of songs such as "Yesterday" and "Penny Lane".

BUT, here's the kicker...Macca's greatest musical strength, the ability to forge a catchy tune, has never dimmed. So even his so-called worst songs remain fairly listenable, and even kind of likable, because they're so damned hummable. And you really can't say that about any other artist, honestly.

That said, the awful likes of "Silly Love Songs" and "Ebony & Ivory" don't need a listen more than once every decade or so, just to refresh the recollection of the riffs.

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Posted on Oct 7, 2010 12:53:39 AM PDT
Most of Pipes of Peace, most of Press, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Ebony and Ivory, most of Off the Ground, and A Wonderful Christmas Time.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 1:52:24 AM PDT
Mr. Hobbs says:
My Love and anything from Wild Life.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 5:50:09 AM PDT
James Simon says:
"Wonderful Christmas Time" isn't that bad, it's just overplayed every December. "C Moon" is infinitely worse!!!

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 6:03:03 AM PDT
Here we go.. the worst Macca songs ever!
Love Comes Tumbling Down (Beautiful Night CD single)
Used To Be Bad (Flaming Pie)
Riding To Vanity Fair (Chaos
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