Paul McCartney's 40 Greatest Solo Songs

The definitive guide to his post-Beatles best – chart smashes, psychedelic curiosities, punk, folk, disco and plenty of silly love songs

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6. "Jet"

Every Seventies rocker had to reckon with David Bowie somehow, but only McCartney could outdo him with a hit as swank as this one. Recorded in Nigeria, "Jet" opens with stately horn fanfare, before exploding into glam-rock guitars, groovy overdriven synths and a one-word window-rattler of a chorus. "Jet," it turns out, was the name of one of his dogs; the rest of the lyrics are quizzical even by McCartney standards, full of tantalizing riddles about space travel and suffragettes. "I can't really explain what it is," he later said. "It sounded silly, so I liked it."

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