Now this isin't a thread for McCartney bashing, let's establish that ok. The great artist that is Paul McCartney does it all. Writes words & music, sings lead & harmony, plays bass, guitar, drums, piano, can fiddle about on ukelele, mandolin, trumpet & more. He's an award winning record producer for himself & for other artists like Badfinger, Denny Laine, Peggy Lee & others. As a member of the Beatles in the 1960's, he was part of the most successful & (arguably ) groundbreaking band in history. Besides McCartney's abilities as singer, writer, producer, & musician. He's also a very personable & photogenic guy & has had one of the greatest careers in history as a live performer. Not Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison or Elvis Presley, but still huge career as a performer !. Besides that, McCartney has played a fictionalized version of himself, co-starring in 4 major motion pictures, 3 as a Beatle & one as a solo (GMRT Broadstreet) as well as various cameos, interviews, & documentaries. McCartney paints, writes poems, sculpts ? Very creative guy. But obviously we aren't going to judge his paintings or acting skills, as we would his fields of expertise, songwriting, recording, singing. Just to give a couple fair examples before the poll, one could fairly say he's a great Songwriter but I've felt his lyrics can't measure up to his ability to come up with melodies. Or he's great but should've stuck to what he did best, dabbling in Electronica, punk, Jazz, was a mistake, pop was his strength. That's just hypothetical, not saying it's true or untrue, just an example. The poll couldn't possibly encompass every possible critique or viewpoint. Again I think he's a great artist, an all-time great. Like many people I have criticisms, as I would of anybody.