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.