14 Reasons Every Teenager Should Know Who Paul McCartney Is
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On New Year's Eve, Kanye West and Paul McCartney dropped their collaboration "Only One," an Auto-Tuned, Stevie-tinged meditation on parenthood that a spokesperson calls "the first publicly available recording from what has become a prolific musical collaboration between these two legendary artists."

Some folks — most likely joking — started posting variations of "Who is Paul McCartney?" and a cyclone of activity soon took over Twitter. There were smug folks angry or saddened that kids don't know their hugely famous elders; there were equally smug people defending a teen's right not to know someone whose biggest hit came out 46 years ago; there were headlines from news organizations that fueled the fires.

Let Rolling Stone soothe the worried minds of anyone trolled by these pranksters: Assuming that a teenager has been actively aware of pop culture in the last 10 years, here are 14 reasons why there's really no excuse that millenials aren't mindful of Macca.