POLL Those Years Ago: The Beatles Solo Careers Poll Results Thread

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here we go!

Some general stats:
- A whopping 476 individual tracks received votes
- Not surprisingly, the general split between members had a lot to do with the volume of their respective outputs. In terms of songs they played on that got votes, Paul had 232, John had 117, George had 119 and Ringo had 58.
- In terms of overall points McCartney was again favored just by virtue of the fact that so many of his songs were voted for. So in terms of the points allotted to songs they played on, Paul had 47,173, John had 42,892, George got 34,472, and Ringo got 32,013.

Bear in mind these statistics have little bearing on where songs actually place in the poll results. I'm going to roll these out pretty fast, starting from 100.

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:24 (one year ago) link

down for a fast rollout

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:25 (one year ago) link

Alright!! This is going to be cool.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:25 (one year ago) link

100. Calico Skies - Paul McCartney (feat. Paul) (320 points, 5 votes)
http://images.45worlds.com/f/cd/paul-mccartney-8565002-4-cd.jpg

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:27 (one year ago) link

aw what a lovely song to start with

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:28 (one year ago) link

has anybody already started a spotify playlist / should i?

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:28 (one year ago) link

99. Getting Closer - Wings (feat. Paul) (328 points, 7 votes)
http://images.45cat.com/wings-getting-closer-1979-16.jpg

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:29 (one year ago) link

do it, brad

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:29 (one year ago) link

YEAH

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:30 (one year ago) link

I'M GETTING CLOSERRRR

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:30 (one year ago) link

my salamander

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:31 (one year ago) link

98. Long Haired Lady - Paul & Linda McCartney (feat. Paul) (342 points, 7 votes)
http://webpages.charter.net/ram71/01-11-71h%20Ram%20Sessions%20Long%20Haired%20Lady.jpg

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:31 (one year ago) link

kinda loving the images you found shakey

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:31 (one year ago) link

97. Give Peace A Chance - John Lennon (feat. John) (344 points, 7 votes)
https://www.beatlesbible.com/wp/media/john-lennon-give-peace-a-chance.jpg

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:33 (one year ago) link

ugh what an endless song

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:33 (one year ago) link

kudos to john i guess for writing a protest song that's as simple and direct as a slogan but actually listening to it sucks imo

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:34 (one year ago) link

otm

flappy bird, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:35 (one year ago) link

yeah the song is not good

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:37 (one year ago) link

i feel bad for "long haired lady"

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:37 (one year ago) link

96. How? - John Lennon (feat. John, Ringo) (346 points, 5 votes)
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81kJinEks%2BL.jpg

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:38 (one year ago) link

and here's the first (of many!) songs released under a non-Beatle's name and featuring a Beatle

95. Greenfield Morning I Pushed An Empty Baby Carriage All Over The City - Yoko Ono (feat. John) (349 points, 5 votes)
https://assets.catawiki.nl/assets/2017/9/30/6/b/5/6b5a2c66-ef2c-4a52-ad1c-7034118e5c9f.jpg

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:40 (one year ago) link

side two of imagine is one of my favorite sides of any record ever and “how?” is a big reason why; wandering, cosmic john is maybe my favorite mode of his

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:41 (one year ago) link

"greenfield" is the first yoko track i put on my ballot, it is just wild

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:42 (one year ago) link

94. Crippled Inside - John Lennon (feat. John, George) (359 points, 5 votes)
https://static.wixstatic.com/media/e58f00_cf3f3d8fec06478cbbb5c7f708602744.jpg/v1/fill/w_498,h_459,al_c,q_90/file.jpg

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:42 (one year ago) link

93. Oh My Love - John Lennon (feat. John) (363 points, 5 votes)
http://images.45cat.com/john-lennon-instant-karma-1992-6.jpg

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:44 (one year ago) link

92. What A Bastard The World Is - Yoko Ono (feat. John) (364 points, 5 votes)
http://images.45worlds.com/f/ab/yoko-ono-yang-yang-1973-8-ab.jpg

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:44 (one year ago) link

"crippled inside" is kinda like if the sound of jl/pob were turned inside out, jaunty ass tune about depression

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:45 (one year ago) link

somehow missed calico skies in my runthrough, what a gorgeous little song

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:45 (one year ago) link

god this is goin' real fast lol

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:45 (one year ago) link

"what a bastard the world is" is just perfect songwriting and storytelling

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:45 (one year ago) link

YES! Two Paul songs that I would have voted for 'Calico Skies' and 'Getting Close', and one John that I would have voted for 'Oh My Love' - which is way too low. I really should have submitted that ballot.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:46 (one year ago) link

(*'Getting Closer')

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:46 (one year ago) link

pretty irritated that this beat the above Yoko tune, I must say. A worse song in every way imho.

91. Mull Of Kintyre - Wings (feat. Paul) (368 points, 6 votes)
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/fd/Mull_of_Kintyre_%28Wings_song_cover_art%29.jpg/220px-Mull_of_Kintyre_%28Wings_song_cover_art%29.jpg

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:47 (one year ago) link

voted for long haired lady i think, love linda's honky backing vocals

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:48 (one year ago) link

kudos to john i guess for writing a protest song that's as simple and direct as a slogan but actually listening to it sucks imo

― flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, June 4, 2018 4:34 PM (eleven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This is OTM.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:49 (one year ago) link

90. Monkberry Moon Delight - Paul & Linda McCartney (feat. Paul) (370 points, 6 votes)
http://images.45cat.com/curtiss-mason-monkberry-moon-delight-columbia.jpg

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:50 (one year ago) link

also fyi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL6GJ10OBPE

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:50 (one year ago) link

'Mull of Kintyre' is an absolute classic - brilliant song, and a million-seller in the UK too. No way is 'Monkberry Moon Delight' better.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:50 (one year ago) link

pretty irritated that this beat the above Yoko tune, I must say. A worse song in every way imho.

fair exchange for “give peace a chance” even appearing. also i assume most ballots weren’t full of yoko songs

“mull of kintyre” is good

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:51 (one year ago) link

comments claim Screamin' Jay said Paul had written the song with him in mind, which makes a lot of sense really

xp

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:51 (one year ago) link

“monkberry” is such a great song and also a solid lol every time i hear it

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:51 (one year ago) link

WELL I KNOW MY BANANA IS OLDER THAN THE REST!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:53 (one year ago) link

absolutely adore monkberry moon delight.

it's my favorite paul song and i voted for it at #3

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:55 (one year ago) link

So I sat in the attic, a piano up my nose,
And the wind played a dreadful CANTATA.

(can-ta-ta)
(can-ta-ta)

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:55 (one year ago) link

i like mull of kintyre, one of the rare occasions that i don't head for the hills when i hear bagpipes

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:56 (one year ago) link

i really should've voted for "calico skies," dang

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 4 June 2018 17:00 (one year ago) link

I've gotten so many pedantic remarks on my blog about Yoko: WELL SHE WASN'T A BEATLE YOU KNOW

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 4 June 2018 17:02 (one year ago) link

And Im like, "Well, yeah, she was. After she refused George Martin's invitation to join in 1962, she consoled herself with dating Paul a couple years, after which she joined on second wind."

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 4 June 2018 17:03 (one year ago) link

89. Power to the People - John Lennon (feat. John) (376 points, 6 votes)
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51s9grx-mwL._SX355_.jpg

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 June 2018 17:08 (one year ago) link

all of that sounds v encouraging :D

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 6 July 2018 16:19 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

so I ranked Paul's shit.

The Silky Veils of Alfred (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 6 September 2018 17:14 (ten months ago) link

that's p close to how i'd rank them myself -- i've definitely played his debut more than anything else he ever did.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 6 September 2018 20:49 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

If he’d cut... “No Words"

lolwhat. best song on the album!

good writeups, cheers

glumdalclitch, Friday, 2 November 2018 13:18 (eight months ago) link

best song?!

I like queer. You like queer, senator? (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 November 2018 13:21 (eight months ago) link

to me, it's up there. I wish it was twice as long

glumdalclitch, Friday, 2 November 2018 13:23 (eight months ago) link

"no words" was in my top five? it's totally the best song on band on the run

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 2 November 2018 13:25 (eight months ago) link

I love you, ILM.

I like queer. You like queer, senator? (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 November 2018 13:25 (eight months ago) link

it's sublimely produced disco-ballad-rock.

glumdalclitch, Friday, 2 November 2018 13:29 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

88. One of These Days - Paul McCartney (feat. Paul) (394 points, 7 votes)

I pretty much know duck-all about Solo Beatles, but “Temporary Secretary” (a recent discovery) led me to McCartney II — and the above closing track is a very fine song.

i stan corrected (morrisp), Saturday, 19 January 2019 20:49 (five months ago) link

McCartney II is pretty much the hipster/Pitchfork readers choice.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 19 January 2019 22:13 (five months ago) link

Yr starting at the wrong end of the list morris

Οὖτις, Saturday, 19 January 2019 22:30 (five months ago) link

The first 4 or 5 tracks (and that final track) are great — for a minute I was like, “Is this gonna be a one-guy skewed bedroom-pop classic? — but then there’s some real bloozy shmooz in the middle. I do like a few of the instrumentals. I guess it was a big deal for a guy like McCartney to release an album full of that stuff, showing that he’s not weighed down by his rep?

It also sent me off listening to other stuff that seemed related in my personal taxonomy, like Fred Frith’s Cheap at Half the Price (that’s a lot more “unconventional,” of course).

i stan corrected (morrisp), Saturday, 19 January 2019 22:31 (five months ago) link

Nah, he'd already released McCartney ten years prior, which was mostly him pissing about at home. In between those two, it was all stuff with (Paul McCartney &) Wings and Ram (which was billed as a Paul & Linda album) ...

The first album released solely under his name (i.e. not Wings) to have high production values is Tug of War, which was designed to be a blockbuster.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 19 January 2019 23:26 (five months ago) link

The first Wings album sounds like it was written and recorded in the same amount of time as it takes to listen to it!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 19 January 2019 23:28 (five months ago) link

Hmm. I tried listening to the first McCartney LP, but it didn’t jibe (“Maybe I’m Amazed” notwithstanding)

i stan corrected (morrisp), Saturday, 19 January 2019 23:30 (five months ago) link

Usually I do dig “musician messing around with a multitrack and lots of instruments” type albums

i stan corrected (morrisp), Saturday, 19 January 2019 23:31 (five months ago) link

mccartney I is more interesting than mccartney II imo, the later album has some cool stuff but feels way blander than its reputation

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Saturday, 19 January 2019 23:39 (five months ago) link

It's a mixed bag of stuff - 'Junk' and 'Teddy Boy' were songs that didn't make it onto The Beatles, I think 'Hot as Sun' was written pre-Beatles even (I'll have to double check that) ... most of the songs were just made up as he was recording. 'Maybe I'm Amazed' is the best song on there, IMO, and it's tempting to think of it as an obvious Beatles single had they stayed together.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 19 January 2019 23:44 (five months ago) link

The reputation of MII comes from its re-release during a particular time: the apogee of Hot Chip, Junior Boys, etc. Lots of stories praising "Secret Friend," for example.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 19 January 2019 23:46 (five months ago) link

The first McCartney is pretty much McCartney pissing about at home and trying to take his mind off the whole Beatles fall-out, whereas McCartney II was McCartney pissing about at home in between Wings projects and possibly trying to come up with something for the next Wings album. 'Wonderful Christmastime' came out of the same sessions.

Of course, the Japan thing happened and Wings broke up and a solo album was cobbled together from the demos.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 19 January 2019 23:57 (five months ago) link

one of these days >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> maybe I'm amazed

flappy bird, Sunday, 20 January 2019 00:53 (five months ago) link

This isn't the controversial opinions thread.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 20 January 2019 01:14 (five months ago) link

one of these days >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> maybe I'm amazed

no way. more like
one of these days >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> maybe I'm amazed

Karl Malone, Sunday, 20 January 2019 02:31 (five months ago) link

otm

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 20 January 2019 02:41 (five months ago) link

like mccartney ii isn’t the best mccartney record or anything but it’s got a lot of cool stuff on it

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 20 January 2019 02:41 (five months ago) link

McCartney II is pretty much the hipster/Pitchfork readers choice.

not Ram?

billstevejim, Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:06 (five months ago) link

I agree. It's not the best McCartney album but nor is it down there with his worst (Pipes of Peace, Off the Ground) and it does have some neat stuff on it. 'One of These Days' is a middle table McCartney song at best, though, whereas 'Maybe I'm Amazed' is one of his finest songs.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:07 (five months ago) link

Ram is another one beloved by hipsters and Pitchfork readers, yeah. I'm glad they haven't discovered Back to the Egg or Flowers in the Dirt yet.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:10 (five months ago) link

i don’t really give a shit about who particularly prioritizes ram, a great record

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:18 (five months ago) link

iirc it made vh1’s 100 greatest records ever, it’s reputation cant be isolated to pfork in the way mccartney ii’s can

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:22 (five months ago) link

i apologize for enjoying this pbr. i hope the other bar patrons don’t discover the wonders of peroni or modelo especial

budo jeru, Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:24 (five months ago) link

man, I've tried to like Ram but can't get beyond the obvious stuff and "Eat at Home." Give me Press to Play and Flowers in the Dirt.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:28 (five months ago) link

Alfred OTM, and I like Ram!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:34 (five months ago) link

“One of These Days” is one of those (rare) songs whose melody feels both ingenious/inspired and natural/“inevitable,” if that makes sense.

i stan corrected (morrisp), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:34 (five months ago) link

Like, “someone had to compose this melody sooner or later, it makes perfect sense, and it’s beautiful”

i stan corrected (morrisp), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:35 (five months ago) link

(But also — “it took a great songwriter to do it”)

i stan corrected (morrisp), Sunday, 20 January 2019 03:40 (five months ago) link

otm x3

flappy bird, Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:59 (five months ago) link

I understand hearing it as middling McCartney. but it's one of those simple, sad, understated songs that, if you they get to you and hit you at the right time, they become favorites, unspeakably beautiful and suddenly offering shelter, inspiration. I had McCartney II for three years and knew the song before I got stuck on it.

flappy bird, Sunday, 20 January 2019 05:03 (five months ago) link

“One of These Days” is one of those (rare) songs whose melody feels both ingenious/inspired and natural/“inevitable,” if that makes sense.

― i stan corrected (morrisp), Sunday, January 20, 2019 3:34 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Like, “someone had to compose this melody sooner or later, it makes perfect sense, and it’s beautiful”

― i stan corrected (morrisp), Sunday, January 20, 2019 3:35 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

(But also — “it took a great songwriter to do it”)

― i stan corrected (morrisp), Sunday, January 20, 2019 3:40 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This pretty much sums up a lot of McCartney ballads to me. At his best, he makes it sound all so effortless.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 21 January 2019 00:38 (five months ago) link

i don’t really give a shit about who particularly prioritizes ram, a great record

Of course but I haven't heard every great record played multiple times in different coffee shops.

billstevejim, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:31 (five months ago) link

The echo on Paul’s voice on One of These Days is sublime.

The first /McCartney/ is pretty much McCartney pissing about at home and trying to take his mind off the whole Beatles fall-out, whereas /McCartney II/ was McCartney pissing about at home in between Wings projects and possibly trying to come up with something for the next Wings album. 'Wonderful Christmastime' came out of the same sessions.

Of course, the Japan thing happened and Wings broke up and a solo album was cobbled together from the demos.

I’ve certainly heard the Japan bust story before but never read that the McCartney II sessions were anything but an album proper. Where did you see this?

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 28 January 2019 05:34 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

I ranked his solo top tens. He had a lot.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 26 April 2019 02:08 (two months ago) link

Where’s Uncle Albert?

mourning joe (voodoo chili), Friday, 26 April 2019 02:23 (two months ago) link

ah yes -- corrected!

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 26 April 2019 02:29 (two months ago) link

'My Love' and 'Live and Let Die' both far too low, but no complaints about anything at the top.

'Spies Like Us' is aural excrement, IMO. The sound of McCartney phoning it in and scraping the bottom of the barrel for a good idea.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 26 April 2019 16:18 (two months ago) link

I adore "FourFiveSeconds" but it's hard to compare - my faves here are probably "Uncle Albert," "Goodnight Tonight," "Band on the Run," and "Take It Away."

timellison, Friday, 26 April 2019 22:48 (two months ago) link


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