Silly Love Songs

Album: Wings At The Speed Of Sound (1976)
Charted: 2 1
Play Video


  • This was the answer to much soul searching on McCartney's part as to whether he put too much stock in "love songs." He once commented: "The fact is, deep down, people are very sentimental. If they watch a sentimental movie at home, they cry, but in public they won't. We don't like to show our emotions; we tend to sneer at that. And in the same way, people may not admit to liking love songs, but that's what they seem to crave." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington
  • Paul wrote this in response to a post-Beatles breakup comment by John Lennon, in which Lennon claimed that the only songs that Paul wrote for the Beatles were "Silly Love Songs." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mark Rosvold - Riverton, NY
  • Like John Lennon, Paul McCartney made lots of music with his wife. Linda McCartney is credited as a co-writer on this track and was a member of Wings (the writing credit is sometimes listed as just Paul, but it's published with her name on it as well). This track is very lovey-dovey, with both of them singing "I love you" throughout the chorus. It would be very cloying if it wasn't so genuine: they had a very tight bond and were together until Linda's death in 1998. She was not a musician by trade (she was a photographer), but family was very important to Paul so he made her part of his professional life, which was the only way he could spend significant time with her. Their three children accompanied them on tour.
  • This probably isn't the first song that comes to mind when you think of Paul McCartney, but in America it was his biggest hit with Wings and bigger than any of his solo hits. Billboard named it the #1 song of 1976, when it topped the Hot 100 for five weeks.
  • The cast of the TV series Glee brought this back to the charts in 2011 with their version, which went to #45 US.
  • In the first episode of the 1990 TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Carlton Banks (Alfonso Ribeiro) sings this in the shower, horrifying Will Smith. The song was also used in an episode of True Blood ("Turn! Turn! Turn!" - 2012), and in the 2011 movie Super 8.

Comments: 40

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaTHANK YOU PAUL for those Silly Love Songs. and I feel sad for those who have been told you cant show your emotions in public/ although quite often I wish I didn't so much.
  • Dave from Wheaton, IlMy favorite part is when Paul, Linda, and Denny Laine sing the 3 lines, at the same time.
  • Rmatrix from Las VegasIn earlier post I said that right before this song was released that the new music at the time was of lesser lyrical quality and had as much impact as clanging metal. That's why Paul McCartney opened the Song with clanging metal to match the public's sentiment of the latest songs during this time. Read my previous post. Sir Paul saved the day! Thank you, Sir Paul!!
  • Rmatrix from Las VegasIn 1976, after years of great, new, and revolutionary music, the well went temporary dry and the world held its breath. Everyone in the music listening world actually got tired of Love Songs, and the quality of the lyrics wore kind of thin. The top 40 hits were bleak, like clanging metal. Then one day a song came on the radio. The bass line was so awesome and it crossed through all genres of music, and it hit the groove.

    Paul McCartney said then that he recognized the lull in temperament. Silly Love Songs saved the day, saved our hearts from waxing cold. By the time the listener heard the whole song, the world was back in love again.

    The dance had slowed, but the Paul McCartney got the party started again. You can ask pop radio affectionates of that era and they will confirm this. A Beatle has more value than imaginable. "I can't explain the feelings... I only know that when I'm in it: it isn't silly..."

    This is the story of this song that should never be forgotten. I was only 16 yrs old, and already had several years of following Casey Kasem's Top 40s, as early as 1971.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 12 1976, "Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney and Wings peaked at #2 {for 1 week} on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...
    It was kept out of the #1 spot by a song titled "Combine Harvester" by the Wurzels; I never heard of this song so I went to You Tube and immediately exclaimed, ' W H A T ' ! ! !
    Give it a listen at
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 10th 1976, Paul McCartney and Wings performed in concert at the newly-opened Kingdome in Seattle, Washington...
    At the time the group's "Silly Love Songs" was in its second of five non-consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart a little over two months earlier on April 4th at position #58 and stayed on the Top 100 for 19 weeks...
    The song was the 24th in their 27 song set, plus they performed two more encore songs...
    The concert was the fifty-first in the group's sixty-five dates of their '1975-76 Wings Over the World' tour*...
    The tour was first time Paul McCartney performed 'live' in concert since 1966 with the Beatles.
  • Don from Sevierville, TnI wouldn't exactly call this song disco, it's not monotonous enough, but it does have a blue-eyed soul/early Motown beat. I can still see why disco fans would like this song.
  • George from Belleville, NjOne of the catchiest pop songs ever written in my opinion.This is solid listening pleasure.Great bass playing.I believe Paul is the best at songwriting and bass playing,he has such a long track record of great songs and huge hits,and this is yet another one.
  • Jar from Cleveland, OhI read something on another blog--and I agree. Paul responded to the "silly love song" bashing, by singing "I love you" over and over and over and over; while playing the hell of his bass; tied to a brilliant musical and vocal feast; then, said to the naysayers, folks like love songs--what's wrong with that? Anyway, here I go again... deal with it!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 22nd, 1976 "Silly Love Songs" reached #1 for one week, then "Love Hangover" by Diana Ross became #1 for two weeks. But "Silly Love Songs" reclaimed #1 and stayed there for the next four weeks!!!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyThe British are coming, the British are coming!!!
    "Silly Love Songs" was the No. 1 song in America on the 4th of July, 1976; our 200th Birthday!!!
  • Paul from Quincy, MiIt was my understanding the comment was made by John during a practice session for the Hello Goodbye song which John loathed and didn't want to record because he said "People are tired of your silly love songs"
  • Norman from Jakarta, IndonesiaSara Nashville, Guy Woodinville, Steve Birmingham, John and Paul were not in their best relationship when John died but They were OK. In last interview with Playboy before he died, these are his words, "That was a period when Paul just kept turning up at our door with a guitar. I would let him in, but finally I said to him, 'Please call before you come over. It's not 1956 and turning up at the door isn't the same anymore. You know, just give me a ring.' He was upset by that, but I didn't mean it badly. I just meant that I was taking care of a baby all day and some guy turns up at the door... "
    For complete interview, check this out
    In this interview, John said quite many good things about Paul.
  • Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, MiI love the Silly Love songs,it sort of sounds like Allentown by Billy Joel.I love the music video to Silly Love Songs.
  • Kevin from Mobile, AlGreat song with a beautiful message and a MONSTER bassline.
  • Brian from Cincinnati, Ohthis song is simply beautiful.great song paul.
  • Deb from Melbourne, AustraliaThis is the only song where Linda doesn't totally ruin the sound.
    The Give My Regards to Broadstreet version is good; in answer to someone's question I do think it's actually the actor Brian Brown's "zippedy-do-dah".
    But I hope people stop going on about it in Moulin Rouge - it was a crap movie and pretty much destroyed every song used in it.
  • Melissa from Brampton, OnIf I remember correctly and anyone can correct me if I'm wrong- this song, and All You Need Is Love was in the Moulin Rouge Elephant Love Medley because Paul McCartney arranged it or something like that. It was well done either way!
  • Christy from Palm Springs, CaThe bassline. Listen to the bassline.
  • Greg from Calgary, AbIt's a very catchy song with the deep bassline. Not a lyrical masterpiece but a lot of fun.
  • Ammar from Baghdad, IraqOne of the best songs of the seventies...

    great Bass line..
    and great Harmonies,specialy the middle part when everyone (Paul ,Linda,Denny)sings different lines in one time..
    Linda's voice is so lovely here..
  • Kevin from Reading , PaI wish I could find the edited version of this song, which is just a little over three minutes and edits out the second long, slow interlude of "I love you's" sung in a round. All the versions on ITunes or on the compilations available commercially contain the 5 minute plus version.
  • Mairin from Garden City, NyI was recently married and this was our wedding song. Our first dance led to everyone at the wedding exclaiming, "Best dance to a great song choice ever!". It is upbeat and has a positive outlook on life How we often forget to say I LOVE YOU! to those we love. I LOVE YOU MIKIE!
  • Steve from Birmingham, AlWell, yeah, John and Paul were in faqct, watching Saturday Night Live when Lorne offered The Beatles $3,000 "...for three songs. 'She Loves You', there's a thousand dollars, right there..." Sounds like they were just a couple of buddies at the time, doesn't it? However, the very next day, Paul stopped back by The Dakota and John famously wouldn't let him in and told him not to come back without calling first. It's pretty well documented that they weren't the best friends they once were when John died.
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaSara, Nashville, TN, I believe John & Paul DID make up over the course of the 70s. In fact, according to Paul, when Lorne Michaels would offer the Beatles $50,000 or whatever to get back together on Saturday Night Live, John & Paul were watching one night at John's Dakota apartment. They toyed with the idea of showing up at the studio and surprising everyone just for giggles, but they were a little too tired to go through with it.
  • Lucyinthesky from Philadelphia, PaSilly Love Songs,is a very good song that is actually not silly,And Whats Wrong With That?!
  • Bill from Liverpool, EnglandIn the reprise version of Silly Love Songs on Give My Regards To Broad Street, does anybody know who is singing "zippidy do dah".
  • Basil from Skylark Sound City, MtLinda forced him to write it. To get him to say I love you more often. The first take featured him singing it to her underwater, face down, while she looked up from the bottom. It was a hot day. Yoko did a belly flop.
  • Barry from New York, NyThis is Paul's first stab at the disco beat. In 1976 disco was just starting to grow.
  • Sara from Nashville, TnWait a second, I'm confused! I KNOW that I read somewhere that John and Paul DIDN'T make up before John was shot. (I think) I just remember reading about John throwing bricks at Paul's windows and then this book said something about how Paul regretted NOT making up with John before he was shot. But then again, you could be older than me and been alive at that time, but judging by the way you spelled "kool", I am guessing that you are right around my age. (14) lol
  • Yuya from Kyoto, JapanI love the "Silly Love Songs" video in "Give My Regards To Broad Street".
  • Niall from Dublin, Irelandboth John Lennon and Paul McCartney songs are used in Moulin Rouge. Johns 'All You need is love' And Pauls 'Silly love songs'.
  • Patrick from Wevelgem, BelgiumThis song got to number one in the American charts on May 22, 1976. It kept that position for 5 weeks.
    That same year Wings toured America which resulted in the triple live album "Wings over America". It was Paul's first American tour since 1966.
  • Carissa from Seattle, WaThe first part of this song is used in the move Moulin Rouge as a love medely.
  • Mauricio from Hanford, CaI think it's very kool that John and Paul made up before John was shot. Therefore, they didn't hold anything against each other.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyPaul recorded a slightly more "rockier" version of this for his movie "Give My Regards To Broad Street".
  • Dwight from Calgary, CanadaActully, insted of Paul writing it as a song against John it was actully a song against a reporter. The reporter commented on one of his albums saying all he does anymore is silly love songs. Piece of nothing song but cool bass line.
  • Amelia from CastellÃ?n, SpainThe first part of this song was sung in "The Elephant Love Medley" (Moulin Rouge) by Ewan McGregor.
  • Jim from Cumberland, RiVery good song...good response to lennon though im sure the comment was only made out of some spite i mean paul did leave the beatles out to dry
  • Roberto from Punta Negra, PeruThis is my favourite Song! I love the parts of Linda
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica)

Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica)Songwriter Interviews

The former Metallica bassist talks about his first time writing a song with James Hetfield, and how a hand-me-down iPad has changed his songwriting.


MelanieSongwriter Interviews

The singer-songwriter Melanie talks about her spiritual awakening at Woodstock, "Brand New Key," and why songwriting is an art, not a craft.

Have Mercy! It's Wolfman Jack

Have Mercy! It's Wolfman JackSong Writing

The story of the legendary lupine DJ through the songs he inspired.

Which Songs are About Drugs?

Which Songs are About Drugs?Fact or Fiction

"25 or 6 to 4" to "Semi-Charmed Life" - see if you can spot the songs that are really about drugs.

Little Richard

Little RichardFact or Fiction

Was Long Tall Sally a cross-dresser? Did he really set his piano on fire? See if you know the real stories about one of rock's greatest innovators.

Bob Daisley

Bob DaisleySongwriter Interviews

Bob was the bass player and lyricist for the first two Ozzy Osbourne albums. Here's how he wrote songs like "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley" with Ozzy and Randy Rhoads.