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Oct 14th, 2009 at 15:23 GMT
I must admit that most of my information comes from Wikipedia, but I have looked around other places and confirmed most of it: Silly Love Songs (1976, US) and Ferry Cross the Mersey (1989, UK) were number ones for McCartney.
Oct 14th, 2009 at 15:51 GMT
Silly Love Songs has to be on there. It was the #1 song of 1976. "Ferry" is questionable since McCartney is one of several acts credited on this charity record. If you include that, you probably have to add "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Ferry Aid, which also featured McCartney.
Oct 14th, 2009 at 15:52 GMT
You should accept John's 2nd #1 without the parenthetical (I didn't even know it had a parenthetical!)
Oct 14th, 2009 at 17:18 GMT
Don't know how I missed Silly Love Songs, thanks guys. Also, John's 2nd can be accepted without parenthesis.
Oct 15th, 2009 at 04:10 GMT
"Girls' School" was a double A side with Mull of Kintyre, so it should be listed as a Number 1.
Jun 22nd, 2010 at 12:40 GMT
@rockgolf: Ferry Aid did "Let It Be", not "You'll Never Walk Alone"; that was The Crowd, and Macca was on the B-side of that single. But since he was a member of a group for those they weren't really solo so they shouldn't be included.
Game published: Jun 23rd, 2011 at 19:03 GMT
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 19:22 GMT
I was surprised to see that "All Those Years Ago" never made it to #1.
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 19:24 GMT
It's still not accepting "Girls School".
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 19:36 GMT
It's amazing how much the quality of their output dropped after they broke up, even if the sales didn't at first.
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 19:53 GMT
You'd think that people would have had enough of silly Beatles quizzes. I look around and I see it isn't so. Some people like to fill the world with silly Beatles quizzes, and what's wrong with that? I'd like to know.
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 20:14 GMT
Good to see some of these quizzes that have been around for a long time getting some front-page love.
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 20:33 GMT
Suprised "Hope of Deliverence" didn't hit #1 at some point.
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 20:59 GMT
Paul McCartney needed the John to remind him to write some Rock and Roll, occasionally. He was more interested in being a crooner/pop star/folky guy when left to his own devices. John Lennon clearly needed someone to keep him off the drugs, and his songs were improved by Paul's populist input. George Harrison wrote the same stuff before and after being a Beatle, but the Beatles only let him record the best of it. And Ringo, well, we all like Ringo, but he was never a real talent. He was a steady older guy who helped keep 'the talent' together as long as they did. Ringo was the only one who always seemed to be having fun.
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 21:13 GMT
Watching the Wheels, When We Was Fab, The Girl Is Mine. Surprised none of those made #1.
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 21:21 GMT
Live & Let Die, Jet, Venus & Mars/Rock Show, Hi Hi Hi, Helen Wheels, Old Siam Sir, Girls School, Rochestra. I'd say Paul had his more-than-decent share of rockers amongst the ballads and pop.
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 21:23 GMT
Can it be a solo if someone else is singing with you?
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 21:25 GMT
There may be some inconsistency here (though maybe you just have a better source than I'm relying on), since I can't tell which songs you are counting for McCartney (for instance, whether Wings songs count). You don't include Band on the Run (which wikipedia at least lists as #1 in the US on June 8, 1974), presumably because it's Wings, not just Paul McCartney. But you do include Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, which is credited to Paul and Linda McCartney.
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 21:27 GMT
"Maybe I'm Amazed" didn't get to #1? Shocking! No "Live and Let Die" either.
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 21:43 GMT
@Tk925: Band on the Run
on the list.
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 21:55 GMT
: ...Let Me Roll It, Smile Away, Medicine Jar, Soily, Junior's Farm, even Getting Closer, the list goes on...
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 23:08 GMT
huge Beatles Fan!!! not fan of their solo careers, agree with what Tommy C said, the combination of all four is what made them the FAB FOUR!! btw great quiz!!
Jun 23rd, 2011 at 23:12 GMT
it should say Paul Mccartney's duplicate since he actually died in 1923
Jun 24th, 2011 at 01:19 GMT
Tommy_C hit it right on the head with his comments. The way I've always thought of it is that McCartney needed Lennon to add some edge to his music - and without McCartney, Lennon's music had too much edge.
Jun 24th, 2011 at 01:50 GMT
I completely disagree with Tommy_C, and I totally agree with rockgolf and caramba, if anything McCartney could rock as hard or harder than Lennon. So many myths and misconceptions are perpetuated on the subject, mostly based on utter ignorance. You want a wimpy song, how about Lennon's 'Woman'?..
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Jun 24th, 2011 at 02:17 GMT
Oh God, yet another list featuring the pretentious , plodding , worst Beatle-connected song ever...Imagine.
Jun 24th, 2011 at 04:34 GMT
@jasper: "All Those Years Ago" got stopped at #2 on the Hot 100 (rather ironically behind Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes"). The song DID reach #1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart. It stalled at #13 in the UK.
@Meltha: "Hope of Deliverance" stalled at #83 on the Hot 100 and made it to #9 on the AC chart (it only reached #18 in the UK).
@Tar2: "Watching the Wheels" only reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #30 in the UK; "When We Was Fab" stopped at #23 in the US and #25 in the UK; and "The Girl Is Mine" got stuck at #2 in the US and #8 in the UK (behind Hall & Oates's "Maneater" but they got revenge the next year when "Say, Say, Say" caused Hall & Oates's "Say It Isn't So" to stall out at #2;).
@Happ: "Maybe I'm Amazed" only charted in its live version in both the US and UK where it peaked at #10 and #28, respectively. "Live and Let Die" peaked at #2 in the US and #9 in the UK. (G'n'R's remake of the song peaked at #33 in the US but made it to #5 in the UK.)
Jun 24th, 2011 at 16:22 GMT
While I think it is oversimplifying it a bit to say that Paul needed John's edge and John needed Paul's sense of pop, I think, as generalizations go, that it's more or less accurate, though both were eminently capable songwriters in their own right. Paul could write rockers and John could be sweet and tender. I can't bear to see Ringo maligned as "never a real talent," though. Granted, he didn't have the songwriting or musician's chops that any of the others did, but it's far too easy to relegate drumming to the "anyone can do it" category. Ringo's grooves are always perfect for the song, and if you listen carefully, each one is unique and distinct. Not a technical drummer, to be sure, but he did something more important: he always serviced the song first and foremost, and not his ego.
Jun 24th, 2011 at 21:36 GMT
i thought alot of the 'Paul McCartney' songs were actually 'Wings' songs????
Jun 25th, 2011 at 00:51 GMT
Surprised that "Instant Karma didn't reach #!
Jun 27th, 2011 at 10:11 GMT
got caught up on imagine because of the year. i tried every double fantasy song....then i thought about it
Jul 1st, 2011 at 18:29 GMT
for those who acommenting on paul needing john to add more edge. are forgetting that majority of the white album songs mostly written individually and paul busts out helter skelter which is possibly the hardest beatles song
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