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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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