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Paul McCartney at 70?!? OK, let's honor top 5 McCarney songs of '80s

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ebony.jpgPaul McCartney turns 70 years old today. And there's no combination of Beatles or Wings lyrics that can possibly make us feel better about that. (Maybe I'm Amazed? Predictable. Live and Let Die? Bad karma!)

Sir Paul didn't do bad by the '80s either. He released seven (SEVEN!?!) albums during our magical decade, making him by far the most prolific former Beatle in the '80s. (Give Lennon a break, obviously.) He also scored six Top 10 tunes in the U.S. during that time, so today's Top 5 list grows by just a teeny bit. These are in order of sales, not preference. (Anyone who sits near me at work knows which McCartney song of the '80s that I whistle constantly.)

TOP 6 CHARTING PAUL MCCARTNEY SONGS OF THE '80s:

6. SPIES LIKE US: Which was better: The movie or the title track from the soundtrack? (No, that's not a trick question.)

5. NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS: Yes, clearly better than Give My Regards to Broad Street, the movie from which it came.

4. THE GIRL IS MINE (with Michael Jackson): Proof positive that we bought anything McCartney gave us in the '80s -- good or very, very bad.

3. COMING UP: Barely sneaking onto the list by hitting No. 1 in April 1980. John Lennon reportedly liked it so much, he would later say it inspired him to record again.

2. SAY SAY SAY (with Michael Jackson): McCartney also played most of the instruments on this song, which hit No. 1 in 1983.

1. EBONY AND IVORY (with Stevie Wonder): No. 1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. Its seven-week stay at the top of the charts makes it the most successful song (commercially) of McCartney's post-Beatles career.

[Last modified: Monday, June 18, 2012 12:45pm]

    

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