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."