Silly Love Songs

Silly Love Songs

"Silly Love Songs"
Single by Wings
from the album Wings at the Speed of Sound
B-side "Cook of the House"
Released 1 April 1976 (US)
30 April 1976 (UK)
Format 7" single
Recorded January - February 1976
Genre Disco, funk
Length 5:53 (commercial 7" version)
3:22 (DJ copy edit)
Label MPL Communications (UK)
MPL Communications/Capitol (US)
Writer(s) Paul & Linda McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Certification BPI (UK) Silver 1 June 1976[1]
RIAA (US) Gold 11 June 1976[2]
Wings singles chronology
"Venus and Mars/Rock Show"
"Silly Love Songs"
"Let 'Em In"
Wings at the Speed of Sound track listing

"Silly Love Songs" is a song written by Paul McCartney and performed by Wings. The song appears on the 1976 album Wings at the Speed of Sound. It was also released as a single in 1976. The US single was released on 1 April 1976[3] and spent five non-consecutive weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4][5] "Silly Love Songs" was the number 1 pop song in Billboard's Year-End Charts of 1976. It was also the group's second of three number ones on the Easy Listening chart.[6] In 2013, Billboard Magazine determined the song is McCartney's biggest US chart hit of his post-Beatles career, ranking at No. 36 on the "all-time" charts.[7] The UK single was released on 30 April 1976[3] and reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.[8][9] The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies.[10]


McCartney had often been criticized by music critics as well as former Beatle and friend, John Lennon, for writing lightweight songs and he wrote this number in response.[11]

Not unlike "Goodnight Tonight", another of McCartney's singles from the era, the instrumentation in Silly Love Songs features a distinct disco flavour. Both "Silly Love Songs" and "Goodnight Tonight" appear again on McCartney's second greatest hits compilation, All the Best!.

The song was McCartney's 27th number one as a songwriter, the all-time record for most number one hits by a songwriter. (see List of Billboard Hot 100 chart achievements and milestones)

With this song, McCartney became the first person to have a year-end No. 1 song as a member of two distinct acts. He previously hit No. 1 in the year-end Billboard chart with "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in 1964 and "Hey Jude" in 1968.[12][13]

This song was used in the pilot episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air when Carlton Banks is heard singing the first verse while taking a shower.

In 2005, the song was sampled in Jenn Cuneta's Come Rain, Come Shine.

In 2008, the song was listed at No. 31 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[11]

Author Tim Riley suggests that in the song, McCartney is inviting "his audience to have a laugh on him," as Elvis Presley had sometimes done.[14]




  • Tony Dorsey
  • Thaddeus Richard
  • Steve Howard
  • Howie Casey

Recorded versions

All-time charts

Chart Position
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 36

See also


  1. ^ "Certified Awards Search". BPI. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "RIAA Gold and Platinum".  
  3. ^ a b McGee 2003, p. 210.
  4. ^ McGee 2003, p. 232.
  5. ^ "Paul McCartney Charts and Awards".  
  6. ^  
  7. ^ a b Bronson, Fred (2 August 2012). "Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  8. ^ McGee 2003, p. 240.
  9. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - June 06, 2014". RIAA. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  11. ^ a b Billboard 2009.
  12. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1964
  13. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1968
  14. ^ Riley, T. (2002). Tell Me Why: The Beatles: Album By Album, Song By Song, The Sixties And After. Da Capo. p. 359.  
  15. ^ a b "Original versions of Silly Love Songs by Shirley Bassey". SecondHandSongs. 1976-03-25. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ "Performs the Hits of Wings".  
  18. ^ "Glee Season 2 Episode 12: Silly Love Songs | The Official Music for Glee Site". Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  19. ^ Erica Futterman (2011-02-09). Glee' Recap: 'Silly Love Songs' Hits the Right Note | Culture News"'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 


  • "The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs (40-31)". Billboard. 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  • McGee, Garry (2003). Band on the Run: A History of Paul McCartney and Wings. New York: Taylor Trade Publishing.  
Preceded by
"Boogie Fever" by The Sylvers
"Love Hangover" by Diana Ross
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
May 22, 1976
June 12, 1976 - July 3, 1976 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Love Hangover" by Diana Ross
"Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band
Preceded by
"Welcome Back" by John Sebastian
Billboard Adult Contemporary number one single
May 29, 1976
Succeeded by
"Shop Around" by Captain & Tennille
Preceded by
"Shannon" by Henry Gross
Canadian "RPM" Singles Chart number-one single
June 5, 1976 – June 12, 1976 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Get Up and Boogie" by Silver Convention