Paul McCartney turns 70 today, a gargantuan cultural milestone. Having outlived the other songwriting members of The Beatles, McCartney remains our last best touchstone to a generation that changed everything.
Born just as the U.S. entered World War II, McCartney was at the crest of a generational wave that shed the fear and paranoia of the post-war era and embraced peace and love. As the Hope and Change generation struggles to create any real change or find any real hope, McCartney’s accomplishments loom perhaps larger than ever.
To celebrate 70 years, we humbly submit 7 picks for McCartney’s best love songs below, although there are dozens.
“Martha My Dear”
“Silly Love Songs”
“Maybe I’m Amazed”