Top-10 Underrated McCartney Beatles Tunes:

Except for She's a Woman as a 'B' side and a few other obscure releases - none of the following McCartney Beatle tunes were, unfortunately, released as singles.

  1. She came In through the Bathroom Window - Since it immediately precedes the famed Abbey Rd medley leading into Golden Slumbers it's recognition factor may be diminished somewhat. That, combined with the cover hit of the same song by Joe Cocker released around the same time may have kept the original Beatle version relatively in the background. Other than that, here's 2 minutes of unleashed awesome - a high-kinetic energy musical chain reaction - with plenty of good-humor to spare! Perfectly-crafted: the lead guitar and brilliant guitar flourishes, the incredible bass, perfect percussion, amazing harmonies, not to mention McCartney's exuberant vocal and cheeky lyric interplay, - it's all in there! Enjoy!

    She came In through the Bathroom Window
  2. Martha My Dear - We are well-aquainted with the keyboard troubador archetype of the 70's i.e. Elton John, Billy Joel (Piano Man) etc, but Paul was already doing that in the 60's - albeit somewhat incognito (during the Beatles live performances he didn't play piano) - just better! Some might recognize the syncopated ragtime feel of the definitive piano accompanyment but the harmony and melody are more classically influenced. Either way - IOHO underrated masterpiece!

    Martha My Dear
  3. Oh! Darling - When Phil Spector stated that Paul McCartney ''had a voice that could sing anything'' he wasn't just Whistling Dixie through a straw hat, literally, that is ..... esp. owing to the ''southern'' R&B-gospel-blues flavor of Abbey Road's Oh! Darling. Such comparisons are merely incidental, of course, since the popular appeal of any song is based on the vocal and instrumental (as well as compositional) skills of the individual performer, and here is just another instance - as Alec Baldwin cited - where Paul ''has married Rock'n'Roll to beauty!''

    Oh! Darling
  4. Mother Nature's Son - Although quite simple, yet beautiful (with much fewer moving parts than Blackbird), what stands out to the listener - other than the intimate, spontaneous and improvised feel of the performance - is Paul's totally pristeen guitar technique while playing and singing simultaneously.

    Mother Nature's Son
  5. For No One - A poignant lament in a baroque pop style (Paul plays clavichord - nobody else, except Ringo plays), McCartney's song has certainly retained it's relevance nearly 50 years later - being covered by Brit vocalist Ian McCulloch on the 2014-released The Art of McCartney. Paul was also filmed performing an impromptu studio version of his tune on acoustic guitar for the 1984 Give My Regards to Broad Street - and as Dylan says, "so damn effortless!"

    For No One
  6. Hold Me Tight - The serpentine, sinewy - almost sinister - bass and lead/rhythm sections moving in propulsive synchronicity underscores as bright, brassy and positive a melody as a delivered somewhat flat vocal perfection would allow! (Interesting how critics usually assume that all instances of pitch-waivering are unintentional!) Neither McCartney nor Lennon held the song in particularly high regard as it's status became relegated to that of ''acceptable album filler.'' We submit it for reconsideration.

    Hold Me Tight
  7. Another Girl - Major-Minor Bright-Somber Terse-Jubilant. In case you're interested, Paul's poetry (Poems) - at least compared to his songwriting lyrics ... well - maybe we'll cover that some other time. But song lyrics, though, are best served straight-up and the emotional honesty factor left intact - "I ain't no fool and I don't take what I don't want" - delivered, if it were possible, with brilliant vocals in a near-perfect musical setting. And Paul delivers!

    Another Girl
  8. She's a Woman - "She's a woman who understands - She's a woman who loves her man!" If you don't know, or can't describe, what you are looking for - then you are not very likely to find it! Paul McCartney apparently does not show any sign of having that problem. Further proof: "All she ever has to give me - love forever and forever!" - having a premise - right! Brian Epstein, by the way, put this song on his all-time list of the top 5 records he would take if he were stranded on a deserted island! She's a Woman was the only "vocal" number on the list - all of the others were orchestral and/or classical music compositions! And for the vocal alone - this song is underrated!

    She's A Woman
  9. I'm Looking Through You - A song expressing everything right - musically-speaking (you know: harmony, melody, rhythm etc) - about a relationship gone wrong! Written from the perspective of someone who was slighted or underappreciated - or their intention misunderstood - in some way, in a narrative that documents the changes in their apparent love-interest that have not gone unnoticed! It doesn't take long (in this relational ''reality-check'') for the bright bouncy upbeat acoustic intro to mutate into the somewhat-snarling edgy refrain - "You're not the same!"

    I'm Looking Through You
  10. I've Just Seen a Face - Ubiquitous! Played (in '70s / '80s) in every folk-rock, bluegrass, country-western or country-crossover bar and dance club probably throughout the world - and with the song "Amy" (Pure Prarie League) would rank #1 and #2 as the top two songs typically performed in that type of venue - but we digress! Starting right-off with the somewhat technically challenging guitar intro this upbeat, hand-clapping, knee-slapping foot-stomper - with accessible, singalong lyric - gets attention - from barnyard to nightclub (''yee-hah!'')! Recorded concurrently with Yesterday the 2 are polar opposites - though Yesterday was certainly "covered" more, I've Just Seen A Face was surely performed more!

    I've Just Seen A Face