The Top 10 Solo Songs Performed by a Beatle

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

After The Beatles broke up, each member faced the colossal task of making music under the shadow of the biggest band in history. Paul McCartney took a lot of heat and his early solo albums were not well received by critics. Looking back, the McCartney I and McCartney II home recordings are pretty special.

John Lennon wanted peace and George Harrison wanted a different kind of peace. The quiet kind. Ringo Starr is beloved but he won’t break this Top 10 list.

After The Beatles, the dismantled parts of the greater sum had to learn to create on their own.

“Handle with Care” could have been a solo George Harrison song. Instead, the session featuring Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and Roy Orbison resulted in a new band, Traveling Wilburys. Otherwise, “Handle with Care” is most definitely on this list. “Got My Mind Set on You” almost made the cut. Alas, it’s a cover.

The Beatles were a supergroup formed in reverse. Here are the top 10 solo songs by a Beatle.

10. “Jenny Wren” by Paul McCartney (2005)

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