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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10. "Venus and Mars"/"Rock Show"

"The whole idea behind Wings is to get a touring band," McCartney told RS in 1976, "so that we are just like a band, instead of the whole Beatles myth." But nothing he touched in those days could be "just" anything. The two-part suite that kicked off each night of the Wings Over America tour is a sweeping head trip – from the golden acoustic opening to the rip-roaring crescendo, which rhymes "rock show" with the Dutch "Concertgebouw" and includes a jokey nod to arguably the biggest arena star of the day, Jimmy Page. 

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