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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16. "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five"

A tasty end to Wings' finest LP. A sci-fi spectacular driven by McCartney's barreling bar-room piano, it was just a single line at first: "No one ever left alive in nineteen hundred and eighty five." "That's all I had for months," McCartney later said. "'No one ever left alive in nineteen hundred and eighty … six?' It wouldn't have worked!"

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