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McCartney's biggest hit song
« on: July 19, 2004, 09:42:57 AM »

... Or "most well-known song" might suit the query better.

I was talking with a friend of mine (non-fan) about the Beatles solo careers, where she told me that they all, post-Beatles, had made at least one great song non-fans could keep as a quick-reference, so to speak, about which is which.

Her list:
John had Imagine of course
George had Got my mind set on you and My sweet Lord
Ringo had, well, I pointed out Photograph but she hadn't heard it...
But she couldn't tell Paul's most well-known song - she had heard a handfull, but didn't know which to pick for her little list.

I couldn't really say, because of a total coincidence I grew up listening mostly to Pipes of peace, which she hadn't heard of at all (Keep in mind she is my age)

So what do you think? What is Paul's greatest non-Beatle hit, for my friend's quick-reference list? :) We had to simplify this whole list, although I'd wish she could listen to more of it...
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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2004, 09:46:56 AM »

Band on the Run is by far his most well known solo track.......at least stateside, anyway.
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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2004, 09:49:16 AM »

Live n Let Die has to be up there for me.

He is well known in UK for Mull Of Kintyre. I think that was his most comercially successfull solo tune over here. .....(I may be wrong.) Not the biggest fan of that tune but it's an endearing Macca track.
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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2004, 11:20:58 AM »

Mull of Kintyre wasn't on an album though.......Band on the Run was a hit single and part of a big album......so I think it's been at least played more/more widely known around the world than any other Paul song.....Live and Let Die, Kintyre, Maybe and Jet would probably round out the top five.
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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2004, 03:54:35 PM »

MULL OF KINTYRE does stand as his biggest hit, in England, though.

In general, I'd say his biggest or best known solo song is probably MAYBE I'M AMAZED.
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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2004, 11:19:03 PM »

[quote by=Joe_Karlosi link=Blah.pl?b=mccartney,m=1090230177,s=4 date=1090252475]In general, I'd say his biggest or best known solo song is probably MAYBE I'M AMAZED.[/quote]

It's weird, that wasn't even a single over here (UK) till the live version (Wings Over America) was released! It's such a strong track - what a waste! Paul really could've really started his solo career with a bang... instead we got Another Day!

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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2004, 12:21:10 AM »

I believe Mull Of Kintyre was his best selling solo single.
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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2004, 02:38:11 PM »

say, say, say and ebony & ivory are macca's biggest selling singles.
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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2004, 03:27:27 PM »

I copied this from some website:

The 1970s were filled with a multitude of number one hits for Wings, such as 1972's "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" and "Hi Hi Hi" (which both elicited controversy), "Jet", "Band On the Run", "Listen to What the Man Said", "With a Little Luck", and "Mull Of Kintyre", which became the best-selling 45 in the UK ever.
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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2004, 11:57:10 PM »

i don't know much of paul's solo stuff, the only song i know is "maybe i'm amazed". i've heard of "ebony and ivory" but i've never heard the actual song...and i know "the girl is mine" and "say say say" from michael jackson's duets w/ him. if this helps any lol
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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2004, 12:30:12 AM »

i really enjoy my love

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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2004, 02:49:54 AM »

Mull of Kintyre might be the best selling Macca single but I think that Band On The Run is more well known
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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2004, 06:48:35 AM »

[quote by=The_End link=Blah.pl?b=mccartney,m=1090230177,s=5 date=1090279143]Paul really could've really started his solo career with a bang... instead we got Another Day![/quote]

A quiet bang, my friend. One of his best imo.  ;)

You have to remember that Band on the Run was popular everywhere....Kintyre barely cracked the top forty here I believe....and as I said, Kintyre wasn't on an album, so it made buying the single far more desirable. Why would you buy "Band on the Run" if you're going to get the album anyway? Then again, Beatles fans are particularly obsessive.... ;)
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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2004, 01:07:14 PM »

[quote by=Bruno link=Blah.pl?b=mccartney,m=1090230177,s=11 date=1090378194]Mull of Kintyre might be the best selling Macca single but I think that Band On The Run is more well known[/quote]

best selling in the uk, maybe, but certainly not in the u.s.
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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2004, 08:37:31 PM »

Band on the Run is a very well known Macca track
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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2004, 09:30:48 PM »

Live and Let Die seems to be a well known song, Maybe I'm Amazed is a close second
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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2004, 11:18:28 PM »

[quote by=pc31 link=Blah.pl?b=mccartney,m=1090230177,s=10 date=1090369812]i really enjoy my love[/quote]


I was going to say the same. "Silly Love Songs" and "With A Little Luck" are probably up there too, but I agree that "Band On The Run" is probably his most famous.

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Re: McCartney's biggest hit song
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2004, 06:13:11 PM »

the problem here is, how does one define "famous"?  if it's sales, the answer is almost certainly his work w/ michael jackson (say say say) & stevie wonder (ebony)
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