- Americans Hate Tingle: "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 note . His US label, figuring that your average American would have no idea what the Mull of Kintyre was and thus wouldn't care about the song, promoted the single's B-Side ("Girls' School") instead.
- Awesome Music:
- The joyful, ringing guitar chords that open the third section of "Band on the Run".
- His 1982 duet with Michael Jackson, "The Girl is Mine". Particularly when he enters bass territory. His other duet with Jackson, "Say Say Say", was absolutely awesome as well.
- The moment in the above-mentioned "Mull of Kintyre" when the pipe band kicks in, especially in his more recent concerts, which feature guest appearances by local pipe bands.
- Cult Classic: 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 was when it 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.
- Epileptic Trees: There's a common conspiracy theory saying he actually died in the '60s and a Doppelgänger took his place, an event believed to be alluded to in some of The Beatles' works and album covers. This makes very little sense when you consider that the doppelgänger needs to do a perfect Liverpool accent and play the guitar like he did. And Paul is left-handed.
- Fair for Its Day: McCartney was in blackface for portions of the video for "Say, Say, Say". Even though it was appropriate for the context of the video (he and Michael Jackson were depicted as performing a minstrel show late in the video), even with that it probably wouldn't fly today.
- Harsher in Hindsight:
- 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 messy divorce with Heather Mills. Select lines from "If You've Got Trouble" ("I don't think it's funny when you ask for money and things") and "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. 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 Big "NO!" jokes.
- Vindicated by History:
- McCartney and Ram were largely panned when first released (even Ringo didn't like Ram). These days they are considered among Paul's finest post-Beatles records.
- This applies to Paul as a whole after The Beatles broke up. Back in the day he was less popular than John Lennon and George Harrison critically, yet his albums kept selling. Partly a case of It's Popular, Now It Sucks! Also a case of True Art Is Angsty, as Paul was unapologetically writing Silly Love Songs while John and George were dealing with (allegedly) weightier subjects. In later years, this began to wear off, and not only have Paul's musical contributions been revalued upwards — he was the most cosmopolitan Beatle, and the one who first investigated avant-garde art and music — his solo work has been revaluated too.
- We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: He got accused of this when he released the disco-infused "Goodnight Tonight" in 1979.
- Yoko Oh No: Ironically, considering the Trope Namer, Linda McCartney is a pretty good example of this trope, especially her dubious contributions as a performer and songwriter in Wings. Her standing with the fans improved significantly following her death and Paul's failed marriage to Heather Mills. To be fair, Paul was the one who pushed Linda into joining his band, and she always admitted she wasn't that good. She was a photographer, not a musician.
YMMV / Paul McCartney