5. Paul McCartney and Wings - 'Band on the Run'
Paul McCartney formed Wings in 1971, but the group didn't really take off until Band on the Run hit in 1973. It was their third album, and many see it as their finest work. The title track is a tale of a band that feels confined by the business side of the industry until they break free and get back to their roots by playing small, impromptu shows. This was how Paul McCartney hoped to save the Beatles when they were falling apart in 1969. He wanted them to agree to a series of club shows, but the others weren't interested. Wings went on such a tour in their earliest days, and it inspired this song. It's over five minutes on the record, but they chopped it down to 3:50 for radio.