10 Underappreciated Solo Paul McCartney Songs
Ten songs from Paul McCartney's solo career that just don't get the love they deserve.
"On the Way" from McCartney II (Paul McCartney, 1980)
McCartney briefly topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1980 with "Coming Up," a song that battled it out with Lipps Inc.'s "Funkytown." (Why do I know this stuff?)
But besides "Coming Up" and, to some degree, the album's second single, "Waterfalls," the rest of McCartney II has faded into the land of early Eighties obscurity. Which is a shame, particularly in the case of "On the Way," a stark, blues-based number that features McCartney on heavily delayed vocals, bass, drums and lead guitar.
And while no one is implying that the former Beatle is some great, unheralded bluesman, he does a pretty nice job on this track, especially in the terms of the guitar work.
For more examples of McCartney's lead guitar playing, check out this story about his top five guitar solos on Beatles songs.
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