* AmericansHateTingle: "Mull of Kintyre" was one of [=McCartney=]'s biggest solo hits, a smash all over the world, except for the U.S.A., where it was ignored. His US label, figuring that your average American would have no idea what the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mull_of_Kintyre Mull of Kintyre]] was and thus wouldn't care about the song, promoted the single's B-side ("Girls' School") instead.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Arguably, "Here Today". May also overlap with TearJerker.
** "Maybe I'm Amazed", which he wrote for Linda.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
** The joyful, ringing guitar chords that open the third section of "Band on the Run".
** His 1982 duet with Music/MichaelJackson, "The Girl is Mine". Particularly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHp0s2wKajw&t=2m39s when he enters bass territory]].
* CultClassic: ''[=McCartney=] II'' is this for a lot of fans. He knocked it off by himself in a month, partly as a way to test his new synthesisers, while Wings was preparing what would be its final tour, and it was released to what had become predictably negative reviews. In the early 2010s it was began to be hailed as a precursor to a lot of modern indie pop and it now sounds like one of his freshest, quirkiest and most interesting albums.
* EarWorm: A master of the art.
* HarsherInHindsight: Paul wrote a lot of songs about financial insecurity--most notably "You Never Give Me Your Money"--that started to hit a lot closer to home after his [[DivorceAssetsConflict messy divorce]] with Heather Mills. Select lines from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeWBrsnaG_8 "If You've Got Trouble"]] ("I don't think it's funny when you ask for money and things") and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMM_LNcNV-E "I've Had Enough"]] ("I earn my money and you take it away") seem especially prophetic.
** If you consider it to be about Paul and Linda, "Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People" from Venus and Mars is one after Linda's death.
** "When I'm Sixty Four" is one as well, if you think of it as Paul addressing Linda. [[TearJerker Linda never did get to see Paul turn sixty-four]] (nor Heather Mills due to their divorce), as many journalists pointed out in 2006. Heather actually broke up with him ''just before he turned 64'', leading to a lot of BigNo jokes.
* LoveItOrHateIt: Depending on who you ask, "Wonderful Christmastime" is either a fun singalong that captures the warmth of the holiday season, or the leading cause behind December suicides.
* MemeticMutation: [[OlderThanTheNES Paul is Dead!]]
** More recently, [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/who-is-paul-mccartney Who is Paul McCartney?]], much to the chagrin and [[BerserkButton outrage]] of millions of music fans worldwide.
* TheScrappy: Paul seemed to be this among the four Beatles critically, [[CriticalDissonance yet his albums kept selling]]. Partly a case of ItsPopularNowItSucks. Also a case of TrueArtIsAngsty, as Paul was unapologetically writing SillyLoveSongs while JohnLennon and GeorgeHarrison were dealing with (allegedly) weightier subjects. As time goes by, this trope is wearing off and not only is [=McCartney=]'s contribution being revalued upwards -- he was the most cosmopolitan Beatle, and the one who first investigated avant-garde art and music -- his solo work is being revalued too.
* SignatureSong: "Maybe I'm Amazed".
* TheStoryteller: His lyrics (especially compared to other Beatles') are notable for often telling stories rather than pondering about abstract subjects. He's also a master storyteller during interviews, his age and career certainly help.
* YokoOhNo: Ironically, considering the TropeNamer, Linda [=McCartney=] is a pretty good example of this trope, especially her dubious contributions as a performer and songwriter in Music/{{Wings}}. Her standing with the fans improved significantly following her death and Paul's failed marriage to Heather Mills.
* VindicatedByHistory: ''Ram'' was largely panned when it was first released (even [[Music/RingoStarr Ringo]] hated it). These days it's considered one of Paul's finest post-Beatles records.
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