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After The Beatles.....The solo hits of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

  • Oct 19, 2010
When The Beatles finally called it quits back in 1970 we wondered what would become of them all. Everyone assumed that John and Paul would be fine on their own but could George and Ringo make it as solo acts? Well as we discovered in subsequent years the answer to that question was a resounding YES!  In fact, much to my surprise I thought that George might have made the best music in the post-Beatlesyears. Here is a list of the most popular singles from John, Paul, George and Ringo.  So many great tunes..so many wonderful memories.
Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
The kind of good old rock and roll that John really loved to play.
Goodnight Tonight
One of my very favorite Paul McCartney singles of all-time!
Give Me Love - (Give Me Peace On Earth)
A terrific #1 tune from 1973.
Only You
Ringo's very fine rendition of The Platters 1950's Buck Ram hit. John Lennon plays acoustic guitar while Harry Nilsson helps out on background vocals.
One of the prettiest tunes John ever wrote. From his comeback album "Double Fantasy" in 1981.
My Brave Face
Paul's final Top 40 hit in 1989 reminded me a lot of The Beatles early hits. Tons of energy in this one!
This Song
Terrific uptempo tune recalling the litigation surrounding "My Sweet Lord" back in 1970. Enjoy Billy Preston's fine work on piano and organ on this one.
One of Ringo's biggest solo hits went all the way to #1 in 1973.
Working Class Hero
Although never released as a single this one got lots of airplay on FM radio back in the day. Still enjoy hearing it today.
Listen To What The Man Said
Paul's first hit with WIngs back in 1975.
All Those Years Ago
George recalls his time with The Beatles. A huge hit in 1981.
Instant Karma (We All Shine On)
John and the Plastic Ono Band featuring George Harrison on guitar and Billy Preston on keyboards.
My Love
If you remember the album "Red Rose Speedway" you are definitely dating yourself. This was the album that gave this huge 1973 love song.
What Is Life
When I heard this 1971 hit I had no doubt that George was going to make it as a solo act. One of the best songs he ever recorded to be sure!
No No Song
I would have to say this is my favorite Ringo single. Once again we find Nilsson doing backing vocals.
I think it's safe to say that this was John's most popular solo recording of all time. What's not to like?
The Girl Is Mine
This duet was a huge record back in 1982 and as I recall the video was a fixture on MTV in that networks earliest days. Paul and Michael Jackson worked very well together.
Got My Mind Set On You
1987 found George still very much in the game making great music. George had always wanted to remake this James Ray hit from the early '60s and does a fabulous job with it.
It Don't Come Easy
This was never one of my personal favorites but this was Ringo's first big hit as a solo artis back in 1971. With all four ex-Beatles involved in solo projects at this time Apple records must have been working overtime pressing vinyl to keep up with the demand.
Nobody Told Me
This was a song John originally intended for Ringo but as a result of his untimely death the song was never used. Several years later it was decided to take John's raw demo recording of the tune and finish it. The result was a #5 hit in 1984.
Live and Let Die (song)
The title song from the James Bond film of the same name. One of the great movie themes of all time!
My Sweet Lord
Do you really think that George subconciously stole this melody from The Chiffons 1963 recording of "He's So Fine"? After all it does sound quite similar. I'm glad that I was not the one who ultimately had to make that decision. A great tune nonetheless. From late 1970.
Mind Games
By no means was this one of John's biggest hits but it ranks right near the top of my list of John Lennon songs.
Silly Love Songs
This one topped the charts for 5 weeks in the late spring/early summer of 1976. Paul McCartney was often criticized by some for his tendency to write pop tunes. And as the song says: "What's wrong with that??
When We Was Fab
Another look back at the Beatle years this would prove to be George Harrison's final charted single in 1988. Sadly, George would pass away of cancer in 2001.
You're Sixteen
Ringo always loved the oldies and this remake of Johnny Burnette's 1960 hit topped the charts in early 1974.
(Just Like) Starting Over
When "Double Fantasy" was released back in 1980 it looked for all the world like John Lennon was on the precipice of a major comeback. But just 2 days after the album was released John was gunned down outside his home in New York City. He was just 40 years old.
No More Lonely Nights
Paul was still making great music in 1984. This one was from the movie "Give My Regards To Broad Street" in whic Paul had the starring role.

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October 27, 2010
Thanks, Paul- this list rocks! I've actually only heard a handful of these, so I'm going to have to check out the rest and then, give you my thoughts! The Girl Is Mine is one of my favorites, of course...
October 25, 2010
This is an interesting list, Paul. I am considering doing my own now, because my list of solo songs would be quite different than this one. I am going to have to go back and revisit Harrison's "What Is Life" based on your recommendation. Great idea!
October 25, 2010
I've heard a few of these, but I never realized that the Beatles members had so many hit songs collectively after the band! Thanks for sharing, I'll have to check out some of these :)
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