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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7. "Junk"

McCartney originally wrote "Junk" for the White Album – check out the excellent demo on the Beatles' Anthology 3. But it fits even better on his solo debut: A young man looks in a junk-shop window and gets a glimpse of his future, picturing himself as old and forgotten. You can hear McCartney's determination to make music on his own homespun terms. "I rather fancied having just the plain tapes and nothing done to them at all," he told RS in 1974. "It's got the door opening, the banging of the tape recorder, a couple of people giggling in the background." 

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