This atmospheric instrumental track introduces Egypt Station, a record based on the concept that each song is like a different train station. McCartney said in a press release: "I liked the words 'Egypt Station'. It reminded me of the 'album' albums we used to make… 'Egypt Station' starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gives us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from."
McCartney explained in a video that this song features "a montage of sounds" that are the "sound effects of real stations." Additional noises then were added to create "a dreamscape."
Egypt Station was McCartney's eighth #1 on the Billboard 200 and his first in over 36 years. He last led the tally in 1982 with Tug of War.
Dido helped shut down a Neo-Nazi Web site after learning it was using "White Flag" to promote its hateful messages. Owners of the site had misinterpreted the track as racist and thought they represented their white supremacy views.