Paul McCartney once said, “It’s hard to follow my own act. But the only answer to that would be to give up after the Beatles. I only had two alternatives. Give up or carry on.” He carried on alright, and at the age of 71, Sir Paul has spent the majority of the year headlining major festivals, teaming up with Nirvana, touring the globe, playing late night TV, and popping up for impromptu shows in places like a high school auditorium and Times Square. As if that weren’t enough, today he releases his 16th solo studio album, New. So, in honor of all things Macca, we bring you the 10 best tracks that are all his. No Beatles, no Wings, just McCartney.
Photography by Heather Kaplan.