memories of the ’70s – Silly Little Love Songs by Wings

In the mid 1970s, this song by Paul McCartney became a radio favourite: Silly Little Love Songs.

Written for the album Wings at the Speed of Sound, McCartney wrote this song in response to the criticism of his songwriting being lightweight.

John Lennon reportedly had said McCartney only wrote “silly little love songs”.

Recorded in January 1976, the single was released in April 1976, and has a decidedly disco influence in its melody.

As the opening lyrics say – a definite address to his critics:

You’d think that people would have
Had enough of silly love song
But I look around me and I see it isn’t so
Some people wanna fill the world
With silly love songs

Hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, the song spent five weeks at number one and was chosen as the number one pop song on Billboard’s Year End charts for 1976 and the third number one song achieved by the band on the Easy Listening charts. 

In the UK, the song hit number two, while the song was certified gold in the USA for selling a million copies.

McCartney may have been mocked by his former band mates and critics, but this song was his 27th number one hit, an all-time record for songwriters. Billboard Magazine declared this song as McCartney’s biggest success after his Beatles career.


About Waheeda Harris

A pop culture junkie with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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