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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5. "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"

McCartney's first post-Beatles Number One is a tour de force – a quilt of song fragments and sound effects that clocks in under five minutes, but feels much longer with all its transitions and funny voices. "I was in a very free mood," he said in 2001. "It must have freaked a few people." Written with McCartney's real-life uncle Albert Kendall in mind, and with orchestral help from George Martin and the New York Philharmonic, it had a decidedly Beatles-y feel. Even Lennon, who bashed the rest of Ram, had to admit he liked the song. 

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