10 Greatest Denny Laine Songs

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Denny Laine, often overshadowed as the guy in Wings who wasn’t Paul McCartney, holds a rich musical legacy. Beyond his time with Wings, Laine made significant contributions to the Moody Blues and pursued solo projects. We’ve delved into his entire career to compile a list of the Top 10 Denny Laine Songs.

10. “Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)” – Band on the Run (1973)
Kicking off with a serious tone, this popular Wings song takes a surprising turn into a lively funeral party. Laine’s collaboration with Ginger Baker adds a unique touch, making it a memorable track.

9. “Spirits of Ancient Egypt” – Venus and Mars (1975)
Initially seeming like a typical Wings track, “Spirits of Ancient Egypt” transforms into a powerful prog rocker in live performances. Paul McCartney’s counterpoint vocal and the band’s musical prowess elevate this song from a potential throwaway to a standout piece.

8. “I Lie Around” – Live and Let Die Single (1973)
Hidden on the B-side of McCartney’s 007 theme, “I Lie Around” stands out as a delightful gem about doing nothing. It marks a unique moment as the first Wings song where someone other than McCartney takes the lead.

7. “I Would Only Smile” – Japanese Tears (1980)
Drawing inspiration from the Beatles’ Rubber Soul era, this country-pop tune carries John Lennon-style melancholy. Featuring Wings’ Red Rose Speedway-era members, it’s a standout from Laine’s post-Wings solo album.

6. “No Words” – Band on the Run (1973)
The first official collaboration between Laine and McCartney, “No Words” is a beautiful meditation on wordless love. Born from Laine’s unfinished tune, it became a highlight of the Band on the Run sessions.

5. “The Note You Never Wrote” – Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976)
With a thoughtful guitar solo by Jimmy McCulloch, this mid-tempo McCartney number stands out on an uneven Wings album. Positioned strategically in the track listing, it competes for the album’s best song.

4. “Mull of Kintyre” – 1977 Single
Wings’ Celtic-tinged anthem, “Mull of Kintyre,” blends McCartney’s love for Scotland with Laine’s underrated songwriting. Despite its massive success in the UK, it’s a testament to Laine’s craft, recorded during a break from the London Town sessions.

3. “Again and Again and Again” – Back to the Egg (1979)
A desperate reflection on relationship struggles, this track from Wings’ final album brings a punk-style edge, courtesy of producer Chris Thomas. Laine’s contribution, amid a changing lineup, adds depth to this compelling song.

2. “Go Now” – The Magnificent Moodies (1965)
A staple in Wings concerts, “Go Now” originated during Laine’s time with the Moody Blues. The original version captures the gritty R&B essence that defined Laine’s early career.

1. “Time to Hide” – Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976)
Laine’s most dynamic contribution to Wings, “Time to Hide,” combines a heavy blues interplay with McCartney’s walking bass line. The result is a Beatles-meets-Cream vibe, with Laine’s intense vocals making it possibly his best work of all time.

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