‘Kind of an emotional one for me': Paul McCartney (reluctantly) selects his favorite Paul McCartney songs
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SEPTEMBER 4, 2014
Like most artists, Paul McCartney is loathe to talk about his favorite songs, often comparing the process to picking one child over another. And with a career stretching back five decades through chartopping bands like the Beatles and Wings, not to mention his record-smashing solo career, it can’t be an easy proposition.
Pressed, however, via a BBC audience Q&A session, McCartney offers a trio of suggestions — beginning with “Here, There and Everywhere,” from 1966’s Revolver.
“I have a lovely memory,” McCartney adds. “We were filming Help! with the Beatles, and I was sharing a room with John. We played that track, we were listening to the album, and he just sort of turned to me and said: ‘That’s a great one, that is.’ And, you know, he didn’t give a lot of praise — so that, to me, was like, ‘Whoa, come on!'”
McCartney goes on to select the title track from 1970’s Let It Be (“just because my mom came to me in a dream, and she gave me the idea of that”) and “Here Today,” a tribute to Lennon which appeared on his 1982 solo effort Tug of War. “That’s kind of an emotional one for me,” McCartney says, before hastily adding: “That’s my three — for today.”