Today marks the 75th birthday for one of the most prolific and legendary musicians and songwriters of the 20th century, Sir Paul McCartney. Born on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England, McCartney has been a huge presence in music over that past half-century, undoubtedly shaping the sound of music as we know it today and indefinitely extending into the foreseeable future. His musical influence has not gone unnoticed — as Rolling Stone reports, after three-quarters-of-a-century on this Earth and twenty years after he was first knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, over the weekend, McCartney earned yet another honor. The famous Beatle’s rank was elevated to Companion of Honour for his services to music, joining musicians like Vera Lynn, Evelyn Glennie, and Janet Baker and other famous folks, such as Stephen Hawking, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, and J.K. Rowling.
The iconic musician is still going strong after seventy-five years and shows little sign of slowing down. McCartney can still be found frequently hitting the road and playing nearly three-hour shows that explore his immense catalog. The Beatle has written some of the most classic and timeless songs over the past century, regardless of whether it was with the Beatles, Wings, or as a solo artist. To honor his elevation to Companion of Honour and to celebrate Macca’s 75th birthday, we decided to give a listen to a list of songs that McCartney has written over the years. Hope you enjoy, and a very happy birthday to Sir Paul McCartney!
“All My Loving” (1963):
“Eleanor Rigby” (1966):
“Helter Skelter” (1968):
“Maybe I’m Amazed” (1970):
“Band On The Run” (1973):
“Live and Let Die” (1973):
“Say Say Say” with Michael Jackson (1983):
“Dance Tonight” (2007):
“My Valentine” featuring Eric Clapton (2012):