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Paul McCartney: Best of the Solo Years

Four decades of hits and near misses

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Paul McCartney’s 15th studio album, Kisses on the Bottom, is a collection of covers of Hit Parade-era songs that he loved while growing up. McCartney, of course, has compiled an incredible songbook of his own, and not just with his little band called the Beatles: 34 of his solo singles have made the U.S. Top 40. Some of them – “Band on the Run,” “Live and Let Die” – are as ubiquitous as his greatest work with the old band. Following is a selection of the highest highs of McCartney’s four-decade solo career, including some of his biggest hits and best album tracks. 

By James Sullivan

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‘Only Mama Knows’

No, he's not going quietly. The aching strings that open this standout from McCartney's last studio album, Memory Almost Full (2007), are soon trampled by the feisty garage spirit of his excellent recent touring band.

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