“I’m Down” – The Beatles

Recorded during the same 1965 session as “Yesterday,” “I’m Down” is in my opinion, the Beatles’ best flat-out rocker and the best B-side of all-time.  Yes, “Revolution” and “Helter Skelter” may sound “heavier,” but “I’m Down” is much more ferocious in terms of speed and attitude.  McCartney tries to out “Little Richard” Little Richard here and he comes really damn close to achieving his goal.  A phenomenal tune that again … shockingly … was merely the B-side to “Help” and wasn’t included on a proper album until the late 1970s, when it appeared on their “Rock n’ Roll Music” compilation.

“Queenie Eye” – Paul McCartney


Folks, I had zero expectations when I heard Paul McCartney was releasing a new album. Yes, the man is a songwriting genius, but he hasn’t done much in recent years that’s impressed me … until now. “Queenie Eye” is not only the best McCartney song in several years, but one of his best period. OK, maybe not compared to the Beatles, but certainly compared to much of his solo output. What can I say? I’m sold! From his recently released album “New.”