Analysing Macca’s set list

No surprise, lots of Beatles

Just for a bit of fun, while it’s still fresh in the mind, I thought I’d analyse Paul McCartney’s set list from his “Got Back” concert in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago.

Paul McCartney set list, Melbourne 21/10/2023
Can’t Buy Me LoveBeatlesA Hard Day’s Night
Junior’s FarmWingssingle
Letting GoWingsVenus and Mars
She’s a WomanBeatlessingle
Got to Get You Into My LifeBeatlesRevolver
Come On to MeSoloEgypt Station
Let Me Roll ItWingsBand On The Run
Getting BetterBeatlesSgt Pepper
Let ‘Em InWingsWings at the Speed of Sound
My ValentineSoloKisses On The Bottom
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-FiveWingsBand On The Run
Maybe I’m AmazedSoloMcCartney
I’ve Just Seen a FaceBeatlesHelp!
In Spite of All the DangerQuarrymensingle
Love Me DoBeatlesPlease Please Me
Dance TonightSoloMemory Almost Full
BlackbirdBeatlesWhite Album
Here TodaySoloTug of War
Lady MadonnaBeatlessingle
Fuh YouSoloEgypt Station
JetWingsBand On The Run
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!BeatlesSgt Pepper
SomethingBeatlesAbbey Road
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-DaBeatlesWhite Album
You Never Give Me Your MoneyBeatlesAbbey Road
She Came in Through the Bathroom WindowBeatlesAbbey Road
Band on the RunWingsBand On The Run
Get BackBeatlesLet It Be
Let It BeBeatlesLet It Be
Live and Let DieWingsLive and Let Die
Hey JudeBeatlessingle
I’ve Got a FeelingBeatlesLet It Be
BirthdayBeatlesWhite Album
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)BeatlesSgt Pepper
Helter SkelterBeatlesWhite Album
Golden SlumbersBeatlesAbbey Road
Carry That WeightBeatlesAbbey Road
The EndBeatlesAbbey Road

First, we can break down the number of songs by band.

As you can see, quite a bit of songs from Wings and his solo career, but there’s more Beatles than anything else.

Paul McCartney 21/10/2023: songs by original performer

If we find the original album from each song, we can see that the final (recorded, not released) Beatles album Abbey Road gets more tracks than anything else. There are also a lot of singles – back in the 60s, many songs got a single release but not an album release.

Paul McCartney 21/10/2023: Songs by original album

Finally, by percentage of each album played. Abbey Road actually ranks second here, with 6 out of 17 tracks played. But the winner is the superb Wings album Band On The Run, with 4 out of 9 tracks played, or 44% of the album.

Paul McCartney 21/10/2023: Percentage of original album played

From all this can we reach any conclusion? Perhaps only that McCartney knows what the crowds like!

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

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