With the release of New this week, Paul McCartney has now released 24 albums since his time as a Beatle ended. That is damn impressive, and at age 71, McCartney is showing no signs of slowing down. Not every album has been a triumph (Kisses From the Bottom anyone?), but that is not a scar on a career as impressive as Sir Paul’s.
As has become our custom when one of the all-time greats releases a new album, we like to look back on the storied career and cherry pick the top ten songs which exemplify what the artist has achieved. With all of his Beatles work and solo offerings, McCartney made this more of a chore than usual. But a worthwhile chore can also be a delight, and it was certainly worthwhile to leaf through Paul’s immense catalog.
We limited any Beatles tunes to those credited exclusively to McCartney or those credited as “McCartney, with Lennon”, so if you have any qualms with a Beatles song being left off the list, go back and check to see how the songwriting was credited. Enjoy the list, and as always let us know where we overlooked anything or what some of your personal favorites are.
10. “Fine Line”
Off of 2005′s Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, “Fine Line” proved McCartney could still pound the piano keys with the best of them. The lyrics may sound a bit forced, but the song reasserted McCartney in popular culture and is a testament to his staying power.
One year ago, LxL brought you our top ten songs of Autumn. We decided instead of simply reposting the list, we would add a bit to it. So here on this Top Ten Thursday, we give you our top FIFTEEN tracks we feel represent Autumn at it’s best. Do we insist the song make mention to falling leaves, postseason baseball, or pumpkin patches? Do we go by feeling? We did exactly what we always do, which is whatever the hell we want:
Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Little by Listen, where we explore deep into the galaxy for the best space songs of all-time. Alfonso Cuaron’s brilliant and frightening new film Gravity inspired this list, which got us thinking about the surprising surplus of great galactic tunes. So without further ado, our voyage begins.
With the Congress bringing the almighty U.S. government at a stand-still (you know, except for Congress receiving their own paychecks), we decided to craft a list of the top ten songs to accompany this government shutdown. The last time the government took this route, there were actually some fitting tracks ruling the airwaves: “Another Night” by Real McCoy, “Run-Around” by Blues Traveler, and “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio are just a couple where the title rings all too true. Not to be outdone, 2013 gives us “Blurred Lines”, “We Can’t Stop”, and “Radioactive” to appropriately jam to.
Pop corollaries aside, we decided to make this list for those that are mighty frustrated, and want to rage against this inefficient mess. Not much lighthearted fare on this list, just bombast after frustration, followed by some heavy indictments. Whether this shutdown affects you or not, get your riot gear on and hit the streets (or at least your nearest dive bar). Enjoy, and as always shoot us some favorites of yours that we missed.
10. M.I.A. – “Born Free”
Contrary to the beliefs of the uninitiated, flipping off all of ‘Merica during her Super Bowl performance was just a mild dose of M.I.A.’s anachronistic career. M.I.A. has always had strong views, but her big coming out party for her views may be her lead single for her third album Maya. Accompanied by a shocking video, “Born Free” takes to task the ever more oppressive role of government.
In September of 2011, Wes, Austin, and I took a Facebook thread that we used to vent and express our opinions on current music to each other, and transferred it to this music blog. For some reason, people decided to read what we wrote. Now two years later we are still doing it. Typing out our thoughts on albums, describing our favorite songs as of recent, and making these lists on a weekly basis has become a part of our lively routine. So we thank all of you that are actually reading these posts of mindless musical dribble for making our opinions seem as if they actually matter. Now, as is tradition, we will celebrate with a list. In our debut list, we gave you our favorite debut albums. Approaching our second year, we made the sophomore albums list. Now as we approach our third year, we present to you this week’s list: our favorite albums of the third kind. Simply put, this is a list of what we consider to be the best third album put out by any band or artist. Thanks for your continued support, and we hope you enjoy:
10. Modest Mouse – The Moon & Antarctica