Ultimate Pipedream McCartney Setlist

Posted 04/29/2013 by cal

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I used to concoct dream setlists for my favorite bands all the time; not sure why I stopped, but with Paul McCartney--i.e., the greatest artist in pop music history so far--playing Miller Park in July, I couldn’t help geeking out.  This playlist does not necessarily support the outrageous claim I just made, but it does demonstrate that as of his latest album of original material, 2008’s Electric Arguments, he was still writing amazing songs completely different from anything he’d done before.  I would’ve made a very different playlist if I really wanted to make a case for his total dominance throughout the past five decades, but you don’t get a full sense of the character without his cringe-inducing cheese.  (Let’s assume that the author of “Silly Love Songs” is at peace with his sentimental tendencies.)  McCartney has written quite a few awful songs, and stubbornly recorded them and played them live over and over, but nobody else ever hit 70 years of age still writing and performing pop music at such a high level.  So, here’s what a live show made up of all my favorite McCartney songs would look like.  Except I excluded “Oh! Darling” because God knows he couldn’t possibly sing that nowadays.  Absurd, yes, and perhaps a BIT lengthy, but only four more songs than at Wrigley two years ago...

Link to the Spotify playlist: Ludicrous Pipedream McCartney Setlist

[Note: Since many of these tracks aren’t *on* Spotify, I suspect you can’t listen to them unless you also have them on your device…not exactly sure, feel free to let me know in the comments or whatever.]


Palo Verde
Oo You
Rock Show
Old Siam, Sir
Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight
Style, Style
Let Me Roll It
Every Night
Heart Of The Country
A Taste Of Honey
The Night Before
Souvenir
Vintage Clothes
Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
Hi Hi Hi
Junior's Farm
Down To The River
Sing The Changes
Travelling Light
I Will
For No One
Wild Life
I've Just Seen A Face
Magneto And Titanium Man
Paperback Writer
She's A Woman
Band On The Run
Kicked Around No More
Où Est Le Soleil?
Bison [jammed out for a good 20 minutes, naturally]
Helter Skelter
Rockestra Theme
Let It Be
Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five
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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End
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Got To Get You Into My Life
I Saw Her Standing There
Mull Of Kintyre

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