70: Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey
Album: Beatles for Sale
Writer: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller (and Little Richard?)
Verdict: An amalgamation of two songs, sort of. This is mostly a cover of Little Richard’s version of Kansas City, as he added the whole hey-hey-hey bit. Paul knocks it out of the park. Pretty sure this is the last cover song on the list.
69: The Long and Winding Road
Album: Let It Be
Verdict: Woah this song had a lot of controversy. Not that he needed a lot of nudging, but Phil Spector’s overdubbing of the song led Paul to officially break up the band. Yeah, there’s some unnecessary harp there, but it’s one of the few things Spector did okay with on this album. Apparently John intentionally played poorly on the record which led to a lot of the drama. Anyway, the band’s final #1 hit and a really sweet ballad.
Album: The Beatles
Verdict: I have distinct memories of going to Chuck E. Cheese as a kid and the animatronic beasts belting out this song every time. The final song Paul and John worked on together; John has called it “garbage.” I love its energy. I perhaps overrated due to it being better than almost every other birthday song in history.
67: Things We Said Today
Album: A Hard Day’s Night
Verdict: A precursor to Paul’s similarly thematic “Yesterday.” I love the chord changes here, and for a nice change Paul sings with a pretty low voice.
66: Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite
Album: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Verdict: Famously ripped from an early 19th century circus poster, a musically bizarre and complex song that I enjoy nevertheless. I have a strange fascination with the underbelly of carnivals despite the fact that I can’t imagine myself enjoying being at one. For once the Hammond organ fits in perfectly and other carnival music is thrown in.