In the beginning, The Beatles were a unit, but they drifted apart and developed their own songwriting styles before ultimately calling it quits and embarking upon solo careers in 1970. Their solo work could never hope to measure up to the influence of their work as a band, but the talented foursome that made up The Beatles produced plenty of classic material on their own, perhaps none moreso than Paul McCartney. The Beatles’ greatest master of melody, romance and playful theatricality, McCartney continued to write songs that endure long after the big breakup. These are some of his best.
1. “Maybe I’m Amazed”
A bulk of Paul’s songs focus on the subject of love and romance — more on that later — but few are as moving, honest, and well-executed as the loving tribute of “Maybe I’m Amazed,” which works equally well as a minor piano ballad and a soaring rock epic of overflowing emotion. Paul’s alternating between crooning and wailing provides one of the best showcases for his voice, and his lyrics make a convincing case for the redemptive power and impact of life upon one’s life. Released as a single in 1970 from his first solo album McCartney, “Maybe I’m Amazed” is likely the most convincing case for Paul’s talents as a solo artist.