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Weekend Rock Question: What is the Best Paul McCartney Song of All Time?

Cast your vote in our weekly poll

February 10, 2012 4:00 PM ET
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Sir Paul McCartney performs at the O2 Arena in London.
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Paul McCartney's latest album, Kisses on the Bottom, finds the rock legend covering some of his favorite rock and soul standards. His own catalog, of course, includes no shortage of songs that have become pop standards in their own right.

Our question for you this week is: What is the best Paul McCartney song of all time? We recently counted down McCartney's finest solo tunes, but this question is open to include his entire body of work, from his solo tunes to his Beatles material to his records with Wings and, hell, even his music as the Fireman.

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Song Stories

“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

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