The Beatles: "Don't Let Me Down"
The Beatles: "Don't Let Me Down"

Sir Paul McCartney is an icon. He is known for his charisma, his songwriting, his vocals, and both his band and solo work. He has even received recognition for his acting! In fact, Sir Paul is famous for so many other things that his masterful approach to playing the bass is often all but forgotten! At least considering the general public’s view of the legendary artist. When it comes to other musicians, however, McCartney’s playing has drawn praise from everyone from Sting to Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre). He has a style that is rooted in Motown, favors melodic lines, and thrives on the unexpected. McCartney’s inventive take has made the bass far more than an instrument simply relegated to anchoring the song sonically, his astute ear finds the perfect vibe to make each song truly come alive with it’s own distinct personality.

There are countless tracks that have been lifted to a new height by Sir Paul’s playing. Here are 5 of the greatest!

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“She’s a Woman”

The propulsive bounce of this dancing line is what gives the song its unique energy and intrigue.

“Don’t Let Me Down”

The subtle acrobatics that McCartney employs in this track are just brilliant.

“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”

The bass’ descent at the opening of this mesmerizing classic immediately draws you deep into the song. When the chorus hits, it turns into a multi-colored splendor that adds a twinkle of real magic to the track.

“And Your Bird Can Sing”

The restless nature of Sir Paul’s work on “And Your Bird Can Sing” is the fuel that drives the song.


The inventive bottom-end wizardry in “Rain” is as important as the melody.

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