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McCartney’s ten best vocals solo

Paul McCartney has one of the most versatile voices in the music scene. Whether it is a solid rocker, ballad, folk, jazz, country, music hall, or whatever kind of music he has done, he can adjust his voice on it. Here are my ten favorite post-Beatles vocals by McCartney, in no particular order:

Cut Me Some Slack
In 2012 McCartney, then seventy years old, proves he still got it when he records Cut Me Some Slack with former Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. His screaming voice hasn’t lost much strength and it brings him a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song of the year.

Early Days
On the song Early Days from his latest album NEW  the old McCartney can be clearly heard for the first time. The song is about Lennon and McCartney’s teens, a song by an old man looking back on his childhood; And that’s exactly how it sounds.

Tropical Island Hum
The children’s song Tropical Island Hum is a showcase how McCartney is able to play with his voice. He takes multiple vocals of several cameos on his behalf, including English accents as cockney, American and Jamaican. He could have been a great voice actor.

The Pound is Sinking
This song from the 1982 album Tug of War is actually made up of three different tracks, each with different voices, ranging from pop, soul to screaming bluesy.

Dear Boy
It took Paul and Linda McCartney five days to record Dear Boy, partly because of the very complex and layered harmonies.

Don’t Let It Bring You Down
London Town’s hidden gem is  a fusion of rock and folk. Seemingly effortlessly McCartney knows how to vary his voice from deep bass to high falsetto.

Call Me Back Again
In the mid-seventies McCartney’s voice is probably at his peak. The live version of the roaring and bluesy Call Me Back Again is one of the highlights of the triple live album Wings Over America.

Shake A Hand
McCartney singing is strongly influenced by Little Richard, especially his screaming voice. In this Little Richard cover, from the album Run Devil Run (1999), McCartney shows that the student has surpassed the master.

Maybe I’m Amazed
You could call this the ultimate McCartney song. It got everything you can expect from Paul: a strong melody, power, emotions, almost every instrument is played by himself, and it has fantastic vocals.

Monkberry Moon Delight
The absurdist and rocking Monkberry Moon Delight has one of the best screaming vocals by anyone ever. Just inimitable.

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André Homan

André Homan is a Dutch writer and journalist.

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