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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3. "Too Many People"

By his second solo album, McCartney had every reason to be pissed off: His beloved band had dissolved, and everyone seemed to be blaming him. His frustration spilled out in this startlingly biting track, recorded in New York. "That was your first mistake/You took your lucky break and broke it in two," he scoffs – a direct swipe at John Lennon. "He'd been doing a lot of preaching, and it got up my nose a little bit," McCartney said in 1984. Yet the song's incredibly sweet melody is proof that McCartney could use his charm as a weapon when he wanted to. "It's so harmless, really," he said in 2001. "Just little digs." 

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